Wagner drafted in 2nd round by Orioles

CUTrevor 2022-07-18 02:44:22

He was only a sophomore but was over 21 and therefore draft eligible. It's a shame to lose him! He was a finalist for national player of the year, and in my opinion he was the second-best player last season. He tied Khalil Greene's Clemson single-season HR record and surely would have broken it if the Tigers had made the post-season.

It's also a shame he didn't go in the 1st round! After the season he had and with his rare natural power for a 3rd baseman, he should have been a first-rounder. He averaged a HR every 7.5 at bats, which has never been done at the MLB level!

CUTrevor 2022-07-18 02:44:53

CLEMSON, S.C. - Sophomore infielder Max Wagner (Green Bay, Wis.) was selected in the second round (No. 42 overall) by the Baltimore Orioles on the first day (rounds 1-2) of the MLB draft on Sunday night. He was the first Tiger drafted by the Orioles since 2014 (Steve Wilkerson).

Wagner, the ACC Player-of-the-Year, a Dick Howser Trophy finalist and unanimous first-team All-American, led the 2022 Tigers in batting average (.369), runs (66), hits (75), doubles (15), homers (27), RBIs (76), total bases (173), slugging percentage (.852), walks (45) and on-base percentage (.496). He tied for third in the nation in home runs and was second in slugging percentage. His 27 homers tied the school season record and tied for third most in a season in ACC history as well.

Wagner hit a home run every 7.5 at bats in 2022, easily setting a school record, and his .852 slugging percentage was second highest in a season in school history. He also reached base via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in each of the last 42 games.

The second day of the 2022 MLB draft is Monday with rounds 3-10.