JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 14, 2017) – East Tennessee State University junior catcher Hagen Owenby (Knoxville, Tenn.) was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Owenby was the 350th overall pick.
This marked the second straight year Owenby heard his named called, as the Buccaneer All-American was drafted in the 14th round (435th pick) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016.
Owenby – who started all 59 games for the Blue and Gold in 2017 – hit .346 (81-for-234) with 12 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 40 walks, 54 runs and 51 RBI. The Knoxville, Tenn. native registered .573 slugging and .438 on-base percentages – both marking team bests. The Buccaneer slugger also led the team in home runs, walks and RBI. Owenby – a two-time first team All-Southern Conference selection – ranked second in the SoCon in walks, fourth in total bases (134), tied for fourth in home runs, ranked sixth in on-base percentage, tied for seventh in runs, ranked eighth in hits, and ninth in RBI and slugging percentage. Owenby reached base in 23 straight games from Feb. 19-April 2 and reached base safely in 55 of the 59 games this season.
In his first three seasons with the Bucs, Owenby is hitting .347 (222-for-640) with 39 doubles, one triple, 37 home runs, 126 runs, 89 walks and 149 RBI. The Buccaneer All-American also has a career slugging percentage of .584 and on-base mark of .426.
The Knoxville, Tenn. native won the TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby last July en route to becoming the second Buccaneer to claim the honor.
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