Meet the freshmen: Steven Duggar dodged the draft to join Clemson outfield

Byrnes High star is ranked No. 15 nationally, No. 2 in the state, No. 7 newcomer in ACC by Baseball America

Baseball - Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar

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Baseball - Tyler Krieger and Steven Duggar

Steven Duggar

6-1, 185, Outfielder

Byrnes High School, Moore, S.C.

A lefthanded-hitting batter from one of South Carolina's top high school programs, Duggar is rated among the state's top prospects by Baseball America, who tapped him as the No. 15 player in the nation, the No. 2 prospect in state, and the No. 7 newcomer in the ACC.

Duggar arrived at Clemson in August after considerable draft drama played out in June. After letting it be known that he would entertain pro offers if he was drafted high enough, he had been projected as a second to fifth-round pick, with particular interest shown by Houston and Kansas City.

But when the draft reached the sixth round without Duggar being selected, he pulled his name out of the draft pool and made his decision to attend Clemson, where he'll join his friend and former Byrnes teammates Daniel Gossett and Reed Rohlman, an incoming freshman for the 2014 season.

A two-time all-state pick, Duggar earned select-team and all-state honors as a centerfielder. As a senior, he batted .444 with two homers, 20 RBIs and 37 runs scored.

Accomplishments

• #166 player in the nation and #4 player and #1 position player in South Carolina by Perfect Game

• #215 prospect in the nation and #2 high school prospect in South Carolina by Baseball America

• #4 player and #1 outfielder in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects

• East Coast Pro Showcase

• South Carolina Select All-Star

• All-state selection as a junior and senior

• All-region selection as a sophomore, junior, and senior

• Two-time offensive MVP

• Member of the Upperstate champions as a sophomore, junior, and senior

• Lettered five times in baseball

• Coached by Michael at Maus at James F. Byrnes High School

• His mother, Susan, was a swimmer at Evansville

• Majoring in community recreation, sport, & camp management

• Born Steven Michael Duggar on November 4, 1993 in Spartanburg, SC

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omnipotent1 writes:

I had the honor of sitting with his mother and Steven Sunday night at Clemson. He is an excellant quality young man. His mother is recovering from being run over while helping another in a parking lot. She told me she will be able to completely view entire games by May. I have not met a nicer young lady as his mother. I wish them both an excellant year and continued sucess both in life and baseball.

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