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Grae Kessinger

Grae  Kessinger

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Oxford, Miss.

High School:
Oxford

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
IF

Experience:
HS

Preseason SEC Freshman of the Year (D1Baseball.com)
No. 15 Shortstop in the nation (D1Baseball.com)
No. 5 Freshman prospect in the nation (D1Baseball.com)

HIGH SCHOOL:
Attended Oxford High School where he was a four-year letterwinner and was coached by Chris Baughman … Selected in the 26th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres … Ranked as the No. 74 prospect in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Mississippi by Perfect Game … Named a 2016 Louisville Slugger second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball … Named 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game second team All-American and first team Southeast All-Region … Among college and high school players, rated the No. 143 draft prospect by D1Baseball.com and No. 167 prospect by MLB.com … Named a top-500 prospect by Baseball America … Made the 2016 Rawlings Top Prospect list … Named second team All-USA Mississippi by USA TODAY … Played in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field where his grandfather, Don, was the Chicago Cubs’ starting shortstop for 11 years … Four-time all-state shortstop … Hit .352 over his high school career, including 34 doubles, 127 runs, 83 RBI and 61 stolen bases … Led Oxford to Mississippi 5A State Championships as a junior and senior … Selected to the Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen in 2016 … Competed in the 2015 East Coast Pro Showcase … Earned All-America honors as a junior (second team) and as a sophomore (high honorable mention) … 2013 freshman All-American … All-state academic team with a 4.1 GPA … Member of National Honor Society and two-year student council member … Graduated with special distinction.

PERSONAL: Son of Kevin and Kelly Kessinger … Born: Aug. 25, 1997 … Has one brother, Josh … Grandson of Don Kessinger, who was a six-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner for the Chicago Cubs as well as an All-American shortstop (1964) and head coach (1991-96) at Ole Miss ... Dad, Kevin, and uncle, Keith, played baseball at Ole Miss … His father, Kevin, was drafted by the Cubs and played in the organization before his career ended due to injury … Keith ended up playing in the Majors for the Cincinnati Reds and now serves as the radio analyst for all Rebel baseball games … Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts.

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