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Junior Michael Katz Drafted by New York Mets in Ninth Round
Updated: Monday 06/06/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – William and Mary baseball junior Michael Katz was selected in the ninth round with the 265th pick by the New York Mets on Friday afternoon in the 2014 MLB Draft.

The Falls Church, Virginia native finished the 2014 season with a .363 batting average, 87 hits, 24 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs, scored 64 runs, and had a school record 75 RBIs. He posted a .646 slugging percentage, and a .445 on-base percentage. He ranks sixth in the country in doubles, seventh in home runs, sixth in runs scored, 10th in slugging percentage, second in RBIs, and fourth in total bases.

To date, Katz has appeared 166 games, all starts for the Tribe. He has a .346 career batting average with 230 hits, 57 doubles, two triples, 29 home runs, 180 RBIs. He ranks in the top 10 all-time in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, and total bases.

So far this season, he has been named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and to the league’s first team. He was also named a Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American.  He was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award.

Katz becomes the 31st Tribe player drafted all-time, and the fifth in the last four years.  He joins classmate Nick Thompson (255th overall) as the two Tribe players drafted. Katz becomes the eighth highest draft pick in W&M history.

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