Clemson bound: catcher Chris Okey gives Tiger baseball program a big boost

Lifelong Clemson fan opts for college route to Major League dream

Chris Okey (Photo courtesy of PerfectGame.com)

Chris Okey (Photo courtesy of PerfectGame.com)

There was never a question that Chris Okey's blood runs orange.

As the first two rounds of the Major League draft unfolded Thursday night, the Eustis, Fla. star made his second, and final, decision to be a Tiger.

Okey, central Florida's top high school player and one of the nation's top prep catchers, informed the world of his decision Thursday night via Twitter and texts.

He'll headline a strong 2013 recruiting class assembled by Jack Leggett, Bradley LeCroy and Dan Pepicelli.

Okey, whose mom was a Clemson cheerleader and his grandfather a past president of IPTAY, brings a wealth of high-level national team experience into the Tiger program.

Earlier this spring, Futures Big League noted that Okey "is a player with a lot of experience on the big stage, having played for USA Baseball’s 16U Team in 2010 and 18U Team in 2011. He is one of the top catchers for 2013 and a likely first round pick in the MLB Draft."

He's described on the website as "very athletic, above average bat speed with power potential, projects for a high average, strong arm with a quick release, moves well behind the plate.

In its scouting report, Coast2Coast Prospects says "Okey stands out with his excellent defensive tools and solid power from the right side...His arm has a chance to be plus from behind the plate and Perfect Game had it at 84 mph down to second base. His pop times sit comfortably below two seconds and his catching actions are smooth and athletic.

"At the plate, Okey's lower half is very quiet but he generates good bat speed on a smooth line-drive plane. He has shown the ability to turn around velocity and has good pop in the bat for a guy his size. Okey is a solid average runner and athletic in all aspects of the game. You're buying the defense first here, but Okey shows some potential with the bat as well and will probably be off the board in the first few rounds in 2013."

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33dtb writes:

........."gives Tiger baseball program a big boost" ..........

Is he going to coach ?????

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to 33dtb:

........."gives Tiger baseball program a big boost" ..........

Is he going to coach ?????

LOL! Too funny but true! I do believe that we need to go in another direction coaching. Leggett needs to go ahead and pass the torch! I know that out of loyalty, they don't want to fire him but man its time for some fresh young blood!

clemsongent writes:

in response to 33dtb:

........."gives Tiger baseball program a big boost" ..........

Is he going to coach ?????

Cheap shot. Apply for the job if your abilities are as big as your mouth.

clmtgr92 writes:

in response to clemsongent:

Cheap shot. Apply for the job if your abilities are as big as your mouth.

Waaaaa! Really, you think it's a cheap shot? Are you related to Leggett? Name another Clemson coach (since the 70's) that has lasted 20 years without winning a title or coming close to a title? Clemson used to be the top dog in the ACC for baseball, now we are no more than 5th or 6th best. And we definitely 2nd best in the State and Coastal Carolina might argue we are 3rd.
I bet you weren't as supportive of Tommy Bowden in 2008 were you?

DMM writes:

in response to clmtgr92:

Waaaaa! Really, you think it's a cheap shot? Are you related to Leggett? Name another Clemson coach (since the 70's) that has lasted 20 years without winning a title or coming close to a title? Clemson used to be the top dog in the ACC for baseball, now we are no more than 5th or 6th best. And we definitely 2nd best in the State and Coastal Carolina might argue we are 3rd.
I bet you weren't as supportive of Tommy Bowden in 2008 were you?

Sorry Clemsongent clmtgr92 gets my vote too. Hey - Wichita State had the stones to get rid of their coach after 30+ years for a different direction so why can't Clemson ? Better question yet - Radakovich was very quick to pull the trigger on women's basketball and track coaches - so why not Jack ? It's not a cheap shot and it's not personal - it's business.

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