Kaczmarski selected in the 9th round by the NY Mets

📅09 June 2015, 21:46

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville senior Kevin Kaczmarski was selected by the New York Mets in the 9th round (269th pick overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

The UE outfielder leads all Division I baseball players in batting average (.465), triples (nine), and triples per game (0.20). He is also second in the nation in on-base percentage (.543), second in slugging percentage (.746), fifth in runs batted in per game (1.24), 20th in doubles per game (0.21) and 25th in total bases (138).

A Cary, Ill. native, Kaczmarski led the Purple Aces this season in batting average (.465), hits (86), doubles (19), triples (nine), home runs (five), runs batted in (57), total bases (138), slugging percentage (.746), on-base percentage (.543), stolen bases (13), and fielding percentage (1.000).

His .465 batting average is the highest in single season program history. Kaczmarski’s nine triples are second most for a Purple Ace and his 86 hits are eighth highest.

Kaczmarski was the Missouri Valley Conference’s Joe Carter Player of the Year this season, the first Purple Ace in program history to receive the honor. He was also named First Team All-Conference, and selected to the MVC All-Defensive Team this spring. A three-time MVC Player of the Week this season, Kaczmarski was also named NCBWA National Hitter of the Week (Apr. 28). He is on the Dick Howser Trophy Watch List, a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist, a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.

In his career, Kaczmarski finished his time at UE second in doubles (66) and triples (22), fourth in runs batted in (171), fifth in batting average (.352), sixth in runs (169), and seventh in at-bats (841),

With today’s selection, Kaczmarski is the eighth player that has been drafted in current head coach Wes Carroll’s seven-year tenure.

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