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Chris Okey
Player Profile:
Chris Okey 1767538
Position: C
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mount Dora, Fla.
High School: Eustis HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Career Stats

Junior catcher who was the team’s unquestioned leader in 2016 ... aggressive hitter ... one of the most athletic catchers in the nation ... a career .301 hitter with a .504 slugging percentage and .392 on-base percentage in 186 games (186 starts) over three seasons ... had 41 doubles, four triples, 31 homers, 172 RBIs, 138 runs, 100 walks, 12 hit-by-pitches and 10 steals ... caught 1083.1 of Clemson’s 1124.0 innings pitched (96.4 percent) in 2015 and 2016 ... started 143 consecutive games at catcher to end his career ... two-time Johnny Bench Award semifinalist ... two-time, first-team All-American, Clemson’s first since Jeff Baker (2001,02) ... two-time, First-Team All-ACC selection, Clemson’s first since Richie Shaffer (2011,12) ... drafted two times in his career ... two-time USA Collegiate National Team member.

2016: Drafted in the second round (No. 43 overall pick) by the Cincinnati Reds and signed in June ... Johnny Bench Award semifinalist ... Golden Spikes Award Watch List member ... first-team All-American by NCBWA ... second-team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game ... third-team All-American by College Sports Madness and D1Baseball ... second-team All-Atlantic Region by ABCA ... First-Team All-ACC selection ... won the Tiger Baseball Award, given to the team’s best leader ... hit .339 with 61 runs, 16 doubles, two triples, 15 homers, 74 RBIs, a .611 slugging percentage, .465 on-base percentage, 51 walks, six hit-by-pitches and four steals in 64 starts at catcher ... third in the nation in RBIs, 15th in RBIs per game (1.16) and tied for 17th in walks ... first in the ACC in RBIs, tied for third in homers, tied for third in total bases (146), fourth in slugging percentage, fifth in walks, tied for fifth in runs and 10th in on-base percentage ... led the team in hits (81), RBIs and pickoffs (4) ... tied for the team lead in multiple-hit games (25), including a team-tying-high six games with at least three hits, and two-out RBIs (23) ... had 16 multiple-RBI games, including a team-high 12 games with at least three RBIs ... hit two grand slams and five three-run homers ... was the catcher for 549.1 of Clemson’s 575.0 innings pitched ... hit .345 with six homers, five doubles, one triple, 25 RBIs, 23 runs, a .449 on-base percentage and one steal in 30 ACC regular-season games ... hit a team-high .383 with six homers, five doubles, one triple, 26 RBIs, 23 runs and a .473 on-base percentage in 24 games on opponents’ home fields ... hit .417 with a .798 slugging percentage and .545 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position ... had nine homers, 10 doubles, 42 RBIs, 31 runs and 27 walks in the last 28 games ... Clemson Regional All-Tournament selection after going 6-for-12 with three homers, eight RBIs, seven runs, a 1.250 slugging percentage, seven walks, a .684 on-base percentage and a steal in four games ... went 2-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs against James Madison on Feb. 27 ... went 1-for-4 with three runs and a walk against James Madison on Feb. 28 ... went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs against Wofford on March 1 ... went 1-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a walk against No. 18 South Carolina at Greenville, S.C., on March 5 ... went 3-for-6 with a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning at Wake Forest on March 13 ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI, three runs and a walk at The Citadel on March 15 ... went 2-for-3 with a double, run and two walks at The Citadel on March 16; was 4-for-6 with four runs and three walks in the series ... went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs at No. 4 Miami (Fla.) on March 25 ... went 3-for-4 with a double, run and walk at No. 4 Miami (Fla.) on March 26 ... went 4-for-5 with a homer and double at No. 4 Miami (Fla.) on March 27; was 9-for-14 (.643) with two homers, two doubles and four runs in the series ... went 2-for-2 with a double, three runs, two walks and a hit-by-pitch against Pittsburgh on April 1; was 5-for-10 with a double, two RBIs, five runs and a .643 on-base percentage in the series ... went 2-for-4 with a two-out, two-run triple on an 0-2 pitch with Clemson trailing 2-1 in the ninth inning at Duke on April 9 ... went 2-for-4 with a homer, two runs and a walk against Western Carolina on April 12 ... went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, five RBIs and two runs against Georgia on April 19 ... hit a key three-run double in the seventh inning against Georgia Tech on April 22 ... went 3-for-5 with a homer, five RBIs, two runs and a steal against No. 3 Florida State on April 30 ... hit a homer against No. 9 NC State on May 7 ... went 4-for-4 with a homer, double, four RBIs, four runs and a hit-by-pitch at Georgia Southern on May 13 ... went 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs, three runs and a walk at Georgia Southern on May 15; was 6-for-10 with two homers, a double, eight RBIs, seven runs, two walks and a hit-by-pitch in the series ... went 1-for-2 with three walks at Notre Dame on May 19 ... hit a two-run homer at Notre Dame on May 21 ... went 2-for-6 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs and a steal against No. 11 Florida State in the ACC Tournament on May 29 ... went 3-for-3 with two homers, four RBIs, four runs and three walks against Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional on June 3 ... went 2-for-2 with a homer, three RBIs, three runs, three walks and a steal against Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional on June 5 ... preseason first-team All-American by Baseball America and Perfect Game ... preseason second-team All-American by College Sports Madness, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball and NCBWA ... preseason first-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness and Perfect Game ... No. 19 college prospect for the 2016 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball ... No. 25 prospect for the 2016 draft in the preseason by Baseball America ... No. 20 junior in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game ... No. 3 catcher in the nation in the preseason by D1Baseball ... No. 4 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft in the preseason by Baseball America and Perfect Game ... No. 5 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft in the preseason by D1Baseball ... No. 1 defensive catcher in the ACC in the preseason by Baseball America.

2015: Team co-captain ... Johnny Bench Award semifinalist ... first-team All-American by NCBWA and Perfect Game; became Clemson’s first All-America catcher since 1997 (Matthew LeCroy) ... second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... third-team All-American by Baseball America ... second-team All-Atlantic Region by ABCA ... First-Team All-ACC selection; became the first Tiger named First-Team All-ACC catcher since 1997 (Matthew LeCroy) ... second-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness ... won the Mitchell Award, given to the team’s most valuable player ... hit .315 with 50 runs, 16 doubles, one triple, 12 homers, 57 RBIs, a .545 slugging percentage, .389 on-base percentage, 27 walks, four hit-by-pitches and three steals in 61 starts at catcher ... sixth in the ACC in homers, eighth in slugging percentage (.545), eighth in total bases (128) and tied for eighth in RBIs ... led the team in homers, total bases, slugging percentage and pickoffs (3) ... was the catcher for 534 of Clemson’s 549 innings on defense ... had only one passed ball ... had 20 multiple-hit games, including a team-high eight games with at least three hits ... had 15 multiple-RBI games, including a team-high eight games with at least three RBIs ... had a 10-game hitting streak in April ... named ACC Player-of-the-Week on April 13 for his performance in five games from April 7-12; was 13-for-23 (.565) with three homers, two doubles, seven RBIs and six runs ... went 2-for-4 with a homer, four RBIs and two runs against No. 10 South Carolina on Feb. 27 ... hit two doubles in the second game of a doubleheader against Notre Dame on March 14 ... went 2-for-5 with a two-out grand slam in the 10th inning to score the game’s only runs at Virginia Tech on March 20 ... went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs at Virginia Tech on March 21 ... went 3-for-6 with a double, three RBIs and two runs at Western Carolina on March 24 ... hit a three-run homer against Furman on March 31 ... hit a three-run homer against North Carolina on April 5 ... went 3-for-5 against Charleston Southern on April 8 ... went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, four RBIs and two runs at Boston College on April 10 ... hit two homers with three RBIs at Boston College on April 11 ... went 3-for-5 with a run at Boston College on April 12; was 8-for-14 with three homers, a double, seven RBIs and five runs in the series ... went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs against Western Carolina on April 14 ... went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run in the first game of a doubleheader against Duke on April 18 ... hit a two-run homer against Georgia Southern on May 8 ... went 3-for-3 with the game-winning homer in the eighth inning, two RBIs and two runs against Georgia Southern on May 9 ... went 3-for-6 with two homers, a team-season-high five RBIs, three runs and a walk at Furman on May 12 ... went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI at No. 8 Florida State on May 14 ... preseason third-team All-American by Baseball America and Perfect Game ... preseason first-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness ... No. 18 sophomore in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game ... No. 4 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft in the preseason by Baseball America and Perfect Game ... played for the USA Collegiate National Team in the summer, where he hit .138 with four runs, two doubles, two RBIs and one steal in 13 games; one of four players who received the USA Baseball International Performance-of-the-Year award for being the catcher on the team’s no-hitter of the Cuban national team; it is the only time Cuba’s national team has been no-hit in international play.

2014: Hit .248 with 27 runs, nine doubles, one triple, four homers, 41 RBIs, a .311 on-base percentage, 22 walks, two hit-by-pitches and three steals in 61 games (61 starts, including 41 at catcher and 20 as the DH) ... hit .278 with three homers and a team-high 22 RBIs in ACC regular-season games ... had 12 multiple-RBI games ... hit .307 in 34 home games ... went 2-for-5 with a two-run single in his first career plate appearance against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 14; became the first freshman in Tiger history with a hit that scored two runs in the first inning of a season ... went 1-for-3 with a game-high three RBIs and a walk against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 16 ... went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, a run and walk against Virginia Tech on March 9 ... hit a three-run homer, his first career long ball, at Wake Forest on March 14 ... went 1-for-3 with three RBIs in the second game of a doubleheader at Wake Forest on March 15; had seven RBIs in the series ... went 2-for-4 against No. 1 Florida State on March 22; was 6-for-12 with two doubles, an RBI and a run in the series ... hit a two-run homer at Georgia on March 25 ... hit a two-run homer in the second game of a doubleheader at Maryland on March 28 ... went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs, and a steal against NC State on April 5 ... went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs, a run and two walks against Coastal Carolina on April 15 ... hit a solo homer and had two RBIs at Pittsburgh on April 20 ... went 1-for-3 with three runs and a walk against Western Carolina on April 23 ... went 2-for-3 with a walk and steal against No. 3 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Tournament on May 22 ... No. 3 freshman in the nation in the preseason by Baseball America ... No. 5 freshman in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game ... No. 1 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by Baseball America and Perfect Game ... No. 1 ACC prospect for the 2016 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game ... played for the USA Collegiate National Team in the summer, where he hit .286 with four doubles, one homer, six RBIs and a .407 on-base percentage in 22 games; second on the team in on-base percentage and fourth in batting average; was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the team to victory in the gold medal game in The Netherlands, where he was named “Mr. Popular.”

Before Clemson: Drafted in the 31st round (No. 928 overall pick) by the San Diego Padres ... No. 20 player and No. 4 catcher (highest to attend college) in the nation and No. 2 player (highest to attend college) in Florida by Perfect Game ... No. 72 player in the nation and No. 5 player (highest to attend college) in Florida by Baseball America (includes college and high school players) ... two-time USA 18U National Team member (2011,12) ... USA 16U National team member (2010) ... Perfect Game All-American Classic participant in San Diego, Calif. ... Perfect Game National Showcase participant in Minneapolis, Minn ... FACA All-Star Game participant ... East Coast Pro Showcase participant in Syracuse, N.Y. ... region MVP as a senior ... lettered four times in baseball at Eustis High School, where he was coached by David Lee.

Personal: His father, Chuck, played football at Presbyterian College ... his mother, Kim, was a cheerleader at Clemson ... his grandfather was a president of IPTAY at Clemson ... majoring in parks, recreation & tourism management ... born Christopher Campbell Okey on Dec. 29, 1994 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

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