Five Owls Selected Wednesday By Major League Baseball Clubs
Game One Start Time Set For 2:30 PM; Watch Live On ESPN3
Owls Next Play Thursday In 9 AM Elimination Game
Start Time vs. Panthers Set For 12:30 PM
Rice defeated Stanford 12-1 in the final game of their weekend series.
At Rice - Polished hitter and outstanding defensive backstop, who head coach Wayne Graham entrusts to call the pitches in games... 2015: All-Conference USA (first team); ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I South Central All-Region First Team; Fought through some nagging injuries to have a productive, all-conference caliber year (C-USA head coaches picked him as the league’s preseason player of the year in their annual January poll)… Made the initial watch list for the Johnny Bench Award, presented annually to the nation’s top Division I catcher… Played in 56 of the team’s 59 games, and was a starter in every game which he appeared… Ended up making 19 starts behind the plate and 37 as the designated hitter… Batted fourth in the lineup 53 times, the most common spot by any Owl for any one spot in the order all season… Finished third in the conference in RBI, driving in a total of 55 runs in his 56 games played… Part of the RBI success was from a focused .448 batting average with runners in scoring position (and also hit .387 with men on base)… Collected two or more RBI in a game a team-best 16 times… Drove-in a career-high tying four RBI as part of a two-home run day on the road at UAB… Tied for ninth in the league with eight home runs... Finished ninth in on-base percentage (.412) thanks to 25 walks, the second-highest total on the team as pitchers had to be careful with the cleanup hitter… Reached base safely in 18-straight games during one stretch… Ranked 13th in C-USA with a .313 batting average for players with at least 200 at bats… Steady season at the plate included .313 overall batting average and .316 mark for conference-only games… Only Owl this season to record five hits in a single game (on the road national power Arizona)… Tallied 14 multi-hit games overall… Maintained a steady .463 slugging percentage... Scored 28 runs… Wasn’t usually asked to sacrifice, but is a well-rounded and versatile enough player to be able tie for fourth on the squad with five SAC bunts… Converted on each of his three stolen base attempts… Offense is only part of the story… Trusted backstop who usually calls the pitches during games (not the Rice coaches)… Threw-out four would-be base-stealers and picked another runner off base with a snap throw... 2014: Conference USA Newcomer of the Year; All-Conference USA (second team honoree); C-USA All-Academic Team; Twice named the C-USA Hitter of the Week (March 17 and April 20)... Started 56 of the team's 62 games, including 47 at catcher where the team was 36-11... Made nine starts as the designated hitter... Usually batted third or fourth in the in the order (a combined total of 38 times where the team was 28-10)... Tied for seventh in the conference in both home runs (6) and RBI (41)... Finished tenth in the league in batting average (.317) and slugging percentage (.439), and tied for tenth in hits (70) and total bases (97)... Batted .322 with runners on base and .372 with men in scoring position... Managed to reach base at a .593 pace when leading off an inning... Collected two or more hits in a game 17 times, including a career-best five hits in a road victory at Florida International and tying for the most by an Owl in a game all year... Maintained a team-best 13-game hitting streak March 8-26, and reached base in 18-straight games during stretch... Tallied season-best six total bases in a game three different times... Hit two doubles in a game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Knocked a grand slam against Louisiana Tech (May 15) to finish the day with a Rice-best ... Drove-in two or more runs in a game seven times, tying for the third-best total on the team... Respected hitter who twice drew two walks in a game... Maintained a .990 fielding percentage as a catcher, and recorded 16 put outs in a victory over Texas State.
Navarro College - Named the 2013 Region XIV East All Conference Baseball Player of the Year while at Navarro College in Corsicana, Tex.... Helped Navarro post a 39-18 record while reaching the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado... Played in 56 of the team's 57 games and led the Bulldogs with a .367 batting average... Drew 30 walks for a team-best .464 on-base percentage... Tied for second on the squad in runs scored (41) and home runs (4), including a solo blast to centerfield on a three-hit day in the JCWS elimination game against Palm Beach State... Tied for third on the team in RBI (40) and doubles (11)... Maintained a .482 slugging percentage and finished the year with nine stolen bases... Charged with only one passed ball all season and threw out three would-be base-stealers... Coached by Whoa Dill... Participated in the city of Grand Junction's Challenger Baseball, a program where volunteers from the visiting juco world series teams help handicap children play baseball.
Arkansas - Appeared in 28 games with 19 starts as a true freshman at the University of Arkansas in 2012... Helped the Razorbacks reach the College World Series and finish tied for third in the NCAA Tournament... All 19 starts were at catcher, including each of the last two games of the NCAA Waco Super Regional against No. 4 ranked Baylor (after a loss in the opener)... Batted .281 for the season and an eye-opening .353 in eleven Southeastern Conference league games... Hit three doubles, drove in four runs and scored five times... Collected two or more hits in a game six times, including a career-best three hits against Stephen F. Austin... Reached base in five consecutive games during one stretch... Threw-out two runners attempting to steal a base and picked-off another two with snap-throws.
High School - A 2011 graduate of Neville High School in Monroe, La.... Honorable mention Louisville Slugger All-American as a senior, and was ranked as the No. 328 prep player in the country by Perfect Game... Three-time all-state, all-Northeast Louisiana and all-District 3-4A selection... Played in the 2011 Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Game after batting .507 with seven home runs... Set the Tigers' school record for home runs in a single season with 16 as a sophomore in 2009... Coached in baseball by Joey Williamson... Also earned a varsity letter and was named an all-district linebacker for the football team... Maintained a 3.70 grade point average and graduated in the Top 10 percent of his class... Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club... Helped the Midland Redskins win the Connie Mack World Series title in 2011 and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Personal - Full name: John Clay Osborn Reeves... Born: Date November 10, 1992, in Longview, Texas... Parents: Donald and Amanda Reeves of Monroe, La., (one sister)... Active in a host of community-outreach programs, including the Salvation Army and building homes through Habitat for Humanity... College: McMurtry
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