“We are excited for Austin (Upshaw) and his family. It’s a tremendous honor for him and he’s had a long history of playing consistently and hitting at a high level,” head coach Mike Sansing said. “He’s a tremendous student of the game and the Cubs got a quality player in the draft.”
Upshaw made an immediate impact in the Owls’ lineup since joining the Black and Gold family in 2016, posting a career .339 batting average in 109 games. The left-handed hitter has compiled 146 hits, 30 doubles, one triple and 15 home runs. In 2017, Upshaw posted a career-high 17 doubles and eight home runs, driving in a career-best 41 runs while slugging .518. Defensively, the first baseman tallied a career .992 fielding percentage with 876 putouts and 77 assists.
Upshaw, who hails from Buford, Ga., is the 64th Owls to ever be drafted, and just the third Black and Gold member to be drafted in the 13th round.
|2001||Landon Stockman, RHP||Detroit Tigers||13th-387|
|1999||Jason Jones*, IF/OF||Texas Rangers||13th-405|
Beau Hanna — who signed with Kennesaw State and was announced as one of 10 baseball student-athletes signee class on November 9, 2016 — also had he’s name announced Wednesday in the 12th round (371) by the Boston Red Sox. The catcher play at Winder Barrow High School and was rated by Perfect Game as the 154th best player in the entire country along with being ranked in the Top 5 for the state of Georgia.
“Beau has a rare commodity with big time power at the plate, and that attracted a lot of teams. He has a tremendous family as we got to know him and still anticipate on him coming to Kennesaw State,” Sansing said.