19 Matt Whatley
19 - Matt Whatley
Height: 5-10
Weight: 200
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Claremore, Okla.
Position: C
Previous School: Claremore HS
B/T: R/R

Taken with the 104th overall selection in the 2017 MLB Draft in the third round by the Texas Rangers, becoming the highest ORU draft pick since Alex Gonzalez was taken by the Rangers in the first round of the 2013 draft ... Earned a spot on the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings All- Midwest Region Second Team for the third-straight year, and was a Johnny Bench Award Finalist given to the nation's best catcher ... Selected as a finalist for the Rawlings NCAA Division I Gold Glove Team and to the All-Summit League Second Team, as well as the Academic All-Summit League Team ... Posted a .302 batting average and a .446 on-base percentage, while starting all 59 games ... Led the league drawing 50 walks, ranking 11th nationally, and moved into ORU’s top 10 all-time ... Was third in the league with 49 RBI totaling 22 extra-base hits, including 11 doubles and 11 home runs ... Recorded a perfect fielding percentage in 507 total chances and threw out 43 percent of base stealers.

Was named a First Team All-Summit League member behind the plate ... Earned Second Team ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region as well as Academic All-League honors ... Started 52 games on the year ... Finished second on the team with a .363 average ... Led the team with 39 walks and finished with a team-high .469 on-base percentage ... Tied with the team lead with eight home runs ... Collected 21 extra-base hits on the season ... Had 10 doubles, three triples and eight home runs on the year ... Drove in 41 runs and scored 42 times ... Was third on the team with 73 base hits ... Had a team-high .562 slugging percentage ... Was a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen bases ... Went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI against Little Rock on March 4.

Whatley led ORU in hitting with a .355 average earning Summit League Newcomer of the Year honors and First Team All-Summit League accolades at catcher ... Was named to the Stillwater Regional All-Tournament team after going 6-for-10 in the NCAA tournament ... Became the 14th Golden Eagle to earn Freshman All-America honors and the first to do so since 2012 when Jose Trevino earned the honor ... Named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game USA ... His outstanding season earned him a spot on the Johnny Bench Award watch list and being named the only freshman semifinalist at the end of the regular season ... His 44 RBI were second most among the Golden Eagles and finished the season with a .528 slugging percentage and .437 on base percentage ... Led ORU with 56 runs scored which also ranked in the top 50 nationally adding, three triples and 16 stolen bases ... Was second with 113 total bases and had five home runs ... Had a season high four hits at Oklahoma State going 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Cowboys ... Tallied five RBI at North Dakota State on April 17 going 2-for-6 with two runs scored ... Carried the longest hitting streak of the season for ORU at 15 games and was one of three Golden Eagles to post an on base streak of 20 or more games ... Finished with 21 multiple hit games and 10 multiple RBI games.

Lettered at Claremore High School, under head coach Brent Payne ... Led the Zebras to three District 4-5A Championships and a pair of OSSAA Class 5A State Championship Game appearances ... Was named Green Country Player of the Year as a senior ... Also named to the OCA All-State Team and the Tulsa World All-State team in his final year ... Posted a career high school batting average of .392 with 114 RBI ... Batted .404 as a senior and threw out 13-of-24 base stealers ... Also lettered in football and wrestling.

Son of Tom and Tempest Whatley ... Majoring in sport management at ORU plans to coach or be an athletic director after graduation ... Chose ORU because "it was the right fit for me and I felt that ORU was the best place for me to come" ... Lists Ivan Rodriguez as his favorite pro athlete.