The Major League Baseball Draft opened Thursday night with two full rounds and two compensatory rounds and between the two Clemson and USC had four players selected. Three belong to the Tigers and all three are likely to sign.
The first two come off the board was Clemson signee 3B Carter Kieboom. He was the 28th pick of the draft and was taken by the Nationals.
Next, Clemson catcher Chris Okey was picked #43 by the Reds.
USC signee 3B Joe Rizzo was selection #50 by the Mariners.
And Clemson signee RHP Travis MacGregor was pick #68 by the Pirates.
Okey is Clemson’s highest overall pick since 2012 (Richie Shaffer). He was also the Tigers’ highest drafted catcher in the history of the June draft. Okey was a second-team All-American and First-Team All-ACC selection in 2016 who batted .339 with 16 doubles, two triples, 15 homers, 74 RBIs, 61 runs, a .611 slugging percentage, 51 walks, a .465 on-base percentage and four steals in starting all 64 games at catcher. In his three-year career, he has started all 186 games, including each of the last 143 games behind the plate. He is a career .301 hitter with 41 doubles, four triples, 31 homers, 172 RBIs, 138 runs, 100 walks and 10 steals.
The draft resumes at 1:00 PM Friday and will conclude Saturday after the completion of 50 rounds.