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Jul 17, 2022

Wagner Drafted in Second Round

By: Brian Hennessy

CLEMSON, S.C. – Sophomore infielder Max Wagner (Green Bay, Wis.) was selected in the second round (No. 42 overall) by the Baltimore Orioles on the first day (rounds 1-2) of the MLB draft on Sunday night. He was the first Tiger drafted by the Orioles since 2014 (Steve Wilkerson).

Wagner, the ACC Player-of-the-Year, a Dick Howser Trophy finalist and unanimous first-team All-American, led the 2022 Tigers in batting average (.369), runs (66), hits (75), doubles (15), homers (27), RBIs (76), total bases (173), slugging percentage (.852), walks (45) and on-base percentage (.496). He tied for third in the nation in home runs and was second in slugging percentage. His 27 homers tied the school season record and tied for third most in a season in ACC history as well.

Wagner hit a home run every 7.5 at bats in 2022, easily setting a school record, and his .852 slugging percentage was second highest in a season in school history. He also reached base via a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in each of the last 42 games.

In his career, he is hitting .324 with a .704 slugging percentage and .445 on-base percentage in 93 games (76 starts) over two seasons. He has 20 doubles, a triple, 29 homers, 85 RBIs, 82 runs, 56 walks, eight hit-by-pitches and four steals. Wagner is second in Tiger history in slugging percentage.

The second day of the 2022 MLB draft is Monday with rounds 3-10.