Brown, Tiger Centerfielder, Drafted in 15th Round

Charles A. Smith/University Communications

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State junior outfielder Bryce Brown was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft.

As the 439th overall pick, Brown recently helped the JSU baseball program win its sixth Southwestern Athletic Conference East Division title under the leadership of head Coach Omar Johnson. During the 2017 season, the Walker, La. native maintained a .374 batting average with 48 starts on 49 games. He recorded 63 at-bats, 47 runs, 61 hits (seven doubles, one triple, and one home run), 33 RBIs, and 73 total bases for a .448 slugging percentage and a .514 on base percentage. He was 27-for-31 in stolen bases and held a .945 fielding percentage with 101 putouts and three assists.

Nationally, the centerfielder ranked 26th in batting average, 10th in stolen bases per game, 11th in stolen bases, and third in on base percentage.

In the conference, Brown ranked second in batting average and second in stolen bases.

For his effort during the 2017 season, he was named to the SWA All-Conference first team and the All-SWAC Tournament Team.

In just three seasons with Tigers, Brown has played in 150 games with 509 at-bats, 144 runs, and 172 hits (22 doubles, four triples, and nine home runs). He has career batting average of .338 and, a career slugging percentage of .450. His overall stolen base record is 59-for-67.


Aaron Bond, a Tiger signee, was drafted in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants. The outfielder most recently played baseball at San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas.

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