SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Three-time All-Pac-12 Utah outfielder DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., was chosen in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.
Keirsey, the 124th overall pick, is Utah’s highest draft selection since Tyler Wagner was chosen in the fourth round in 2012. Utah has had 11 total players selected in the first 10 rounds in head coach Bill Kinneberg’s tenure, most notably first-round pick C.J. Cron (2011), third-round selection Stephen Fife (2008) and Wagner.
Keirsey joins 11 former Utes currently participating in Major League Baseball organizations.
Keirsey, who was also a three-time selection to the Pac-12 all-defensive team, ended the regular season ranked third in the Pac-12 with a .386 batting average. He led the league and tied for 10th in the NCAA with 23 doubles while ranking sixth in the NCAA in doubles per game (0.46). Keirsey ranked tied for third in the Pac-12 with 78 hits and was second in hits per game (1.56). He was also tied for fourth in triples (5), seventh in slugging percentage (.609) and eighth with a .440 on-base percentage. In addition to leading Utah in the above categories, he also led the team with 47 runs scored and tied for the team lead with four home runs. Keirsey was 7-of-12 in stolen bases and drove in 22 runs.
Keirsey had a .334 career batting average at Utah and played in 154 career games with 148 starts. He was Utah’s first-ever selection to the Pac-12 all-defensive team back in 2016 and was a Freshman All-American that year.