The Owls Welcomed 27 Scouts to Stillwell Stadium Tuesday Afternoon
KENNESAW – The Kennesaw State Baseball team hosted its annual Scout Day at Stillwell Stadium, welcoming 27 scouts to “The Shake” from various Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs to evaluate all of the Owls’ draft eligible prospects and for others to showcase their up and coming talents.
“We want to thank all of the MLB scouts that took the time to come out to Kennesaw State for this special day,” head coach Mike Sansing said. “We really appreciate their interests with the Owls and University.”
Among those in the stands Tuesday evening were Kennesaw State alumni Tyler Stubblefield, Ryan Coe and Derrick Tucker.
Coe, a 40th round (1,204 overall) draft selection by the Houston Astros in 1995, is currently a scout for the Texas Rangers. KSUowls.com recently featured him and his journey – CLICK HERE TO READ!
Stubblefield, a 22nd round (664 overall) selection by the San Diego Padres in 2010, reached as high at AAA for the Tucson Padres in 2011. He batted a career .283 with 39 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs in 143 games for the Owls.
Also in the stands was Derrick Tucker, a four-year starter under Sansing who finished his career hitting a career-high .282 his senior year. One of the best defensive catchers in the program’s history, Tucker had a tremendous arm and possessed excellent reflexes behind the plate. As a junior, he caught 18 base runners attempting to steal and picked off three additional runners for a combined 21 putouts and a .429 caught stealing percentage.
With Tucker behind the plate, Kennesaw State won the Peach Belt Conference Championship in 2002, competed in the NCAA Regionals in three of four years, winning the region title in 2003 and finishing third in the NCAA Division II College World Series.
The Owls have had a lot of draft success through the years. Since 1989, 66 student-athletes have been drafted by MLB clubs. Ten straight years at least one Owl has been drafted and, in 2014, Max Pentecost (1st round, 11th overall) became the highest draft selection in KSU history.
RHP Alan Busenitz, a 25th round selection (757 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels, played a huge role for the Minnesota Twins bullpen in 2017. His 1-1 record and 1.99 ERA in 28 games helped the Twins clinch an AL Wild Card spot, which takes on the New York Yankees at 8 p.m. on ESPN Tuesday, Oct. 3.