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Arkansas State C Liam Hicks selected by Rangers in 2021 MLB Draft

Arkansas State junior leads the Sun Belt in batting average.
Arkansas State junior leads the Sun Belt in batting average.
Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 6:51 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Red Wolf is off the board in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Arkansas State junior Liam Hicks was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 9th Round. The Canadian catcher was the 254th overall pick. Hicks is the 17th A-State player to be drafted since Tommy Raffo took over as head coach in 2009.

Hicks led the Red Wolves with a .344 batting average (3rd SBC) in the 2021 season. He had 7 home runs and 30 RBI. Hicks was 3rd on the team with 54 hits. He led the Sun Belt with a .464 on base percentage.

“We are so excited for Liam being selected by the Rangers in the Major League Baseball Draft,” head coach Tommy Raffo said in a statement. “It’s not only a huge honor, but it is a well-earned one. Liam has worked very hard to get to this point and has a great opportunity to keep proving himself at a very high level in professional baseball. A huge shout-out goes to assistant coach Rick Guarno helping Liam improve defensively behind the plate and putting him over the top as a complete player to go along with his outstanding hitting ability.”

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