Joplin, Mo. — Missouri Southern senior third baseman Max Hogan has been drafted in the 32nd round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles in day three of the event today.
Hogan becomes the 15th player from Missouri Southern to be drafted and the fourth of head coach Bryce Darnell, joining Logan Moon (6th Rd., 2014 – KC), Joe Lincoln (34th Rd., 2010 – LAD), and Justin Beal (29th Rd., 2009 – PHI).
Hogan was the 2017 MIAA Player of the Year and was named an All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the D2 Conference Commissioner’s Association. He was also named an All-Region pick by each of those organizations.
This season, Hogan led the MIAA in seven different offensive categories, including walks, home runs, on-base percentage, RBIs, slugging and total bases. Hogan ranked second nationally in walks, while also ranking seventh in on-base percentage, 12th in total bases, 14th in doubles and 15th in slugging. In total, Hogan ranked in the top 20 nationally in five different categories.
He helped the Lions destroy the previous school record in home runs with 81 this year, breaking last year’s mark of 66. This season, Hogan led the Lions with a .390 average, 15 home runs, 20 doubles and 59 RBIs. He slugged .745, had a .528 on-base percentage and went 15-18 on the basepaths.