Murray State College Alumnus John Hayes Drafted by Detroit Tigers


Murray State College alumnus John Hayes has been drafted by the Detroit Tigers. Hayes was drafted in round 25 (745th overall) of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft.

“We are very proud of John, he earned this through his determination and strong work ethic. He has progressed and developed so much throughout his college career.  I couldn’t be happier for him,” said Murray State College Head Baseball Coach Zach Crabtree.

The right-handed pitcher from Pottsboro, Texas played for the Aggies during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. While at Murray State College, Hayes played a pivotal role on the 2013 National Championship team and the 2014 Region II Championship team. Hayes compiled a 6-3 record with four saves and 80 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched during his time at MSC.

After Murray State College, Hayes went on to pitch for perennial national powerhouse Wichita State University. During his first season with the Shockers, Hayes made 26 appearances, all in relief, and went 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA and four saves. In 51.2 innings pitched, Hayes struck out 55 with 22 walks. He was named an honorable mention player in the All-Missouri Valley Conference. Hayes was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Stopper of the Year watch list prior to the start of the 2016 season. He finished the 2016 season with a team-best 33 appearances and collected six saves. He pitched 35.1 innings with 42 strikeouts.

“John Hayes is an outstanding role model for all student athletes, and Murray State College is extremely proud of his latest accomplishment.  The Detroit Tigers will have in John an amazing athlete who works hard and challenges himself on a daily basis.  The entire Murray State College family stands behind him and will be watching as he makes his mark on the national playing field,” said Murray State College President Joy McDaniel.

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