KSU's Freeman Drafted in Fifth Round by Diamondbacks

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

KENNESAW, Ga. – With the 183rd overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Kennesaw State catcher Ronnie Freeman in the fifth round.

The Diamondbacks, deeply in need of a catching prospect in their minor league system drafted the 6-1, 190 pound junior. After three outstanding seasons with the Owls in which he totaled 242 hits (9th All Time in KSU history), 152 RBI (8th), 25 homeruns and 41 doubles (10th), Freeman will go down as one of the best hitters in the history of Black and Gold baseball.

During his tenure in an Owls uniform, Freeman stockpiled a 42-game hitting streak that stands as the fourth longest in NCAA history. He was a three time Atlantic Sun All-Conference Honoree and a 2010 Collegiate Baseball First Team Freshman; National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association Second Team Freshman and a Ping Baseball Freshman First Team member.

This past season, Freeman started in all 54 games for KSU and held a .352 batting average, which was fifth best in the conference. He recorded a .500 slugging percentage (13th A-Sun), .426 on-base percentage (7th A-Sun) and tallied 74 hits (6th A-Sun). Freeman also finished second in the conference with 52 RBI’s.

He helped lead the Owls to a Division I record 34 wins on the season and aided the squad to their first ever postseason victory as the team fell just short of capturing the A-Sun Championship Title.

Freeman becomes the highest drafted player from Kennesaw State since 2009 when Chad Jenkins (No. 20 overall - Toronto Blue Jays) and Kyle Heckathorn (No. 47 overall - Milwaukee Brewers) were each drafted in the first round. Freeman is the 47th student-athlete to have garnered the Black and Gold and be chosen in the MLB draft.

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