Keshawn Ogans Drafted By Braves On Day Three
BERKELEY – California shortstop Keshawn Ogans was selected in the 20th round of the 2022 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Taken with the 605th overall pick, Ogans was the sixth Golden Bear to hear his name called throughout the three-day draft.
Ogans, a junior from Daly City, California, rounded out Cal's six-player draft class, joining standout outfielder Dylan Beavers – who was selected No. 33 overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the Competitive Balance A portion of the first round on Sunday night – pitcher Steven Zobac (No. 115, Kansas City), pitcher Josh White (No. 142, Miami), first baseman Nathan Martorella (No. 150, San Diego) and pitcher Joseph King (No. 277, St. Louis).
Ogans' selection came one day after Cal set a program record (4) for the most student-athletes selected in the first five rounds of the MLB Draft. The Bears' six draftees in 2022 are their second most in a single year in the Mike Neu era (2018-present); Cal had seven student-athletes drafted in 2019. Under Neu, Cal has seen 22 total Bears taken in the MLB Draft.
A mainstay in the Cal lineup throughout his three seasons in Berkeley, Ogans started 116 of 121 games played at shortstop since 2020. The slick-handed infielder had a career year in 2022, earning an All-Pac-12 honorable mention after slashing .315/.378/.420 with 69 hits, 36 runs and 30 runs batted in. He reached base safely in 46 of 56 games, including a stretch of 18 in a row from March 8-April 8. Defensively, Ogans posted a .966 fielding percentage while ranking fourth in the Pac-12 with 155 assists.
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