Back on June 7, senior third baseman Jordan Betts was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 18th round as the No. 554 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
— Jordan Betts (@Jordan_Betts41) June 7, 2014
Duke hadn’t had a third baseman drafted since 1998, when the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Jeff Becker in the 20th round of the MLB Draft that year.
Betts started his journey as a Blue Devil in 2011. That season he had a .255 batting average and played in 56 games. He had a career-high 216 at-bats that season and connected for 55 hits, 14 of which for extra bases (12 doubles, one triple and one home run.) He collected 32 RBI and had a .333 slugging percentage with a .322 on base percentage. In the field he a career best seven errors and a .944 fielding percentage.
His sophomore season was arguably his worst season based on statistics. He had a .237 batting average, his lowest over his career. He had 49 hits, which was another career low. He recorded 19 RBI, another career low. His on base percentage was also the lowest of his career during his sophomore campaign (.305). Despite having the lowest numbers of his career in those categories, in other statistical groups, he had a career high 36 runs that season. He committed 10 errors and had a .919 fielding percentage.
Betts’ junior year is where things started to turn around. He had a .281 batting average and was at the plate 217 times, the most in a season during his career. He had 61 hits with 26 for extra bases (18 doubles, one triple and seven home runs). He recorded a career best 48 RBI and had a .470 slugging percentage. After his junior campaign Betts was named to the All-ACC second team.
In his senior season, Betts had his all-time best batting average at .316. Career bests were something that Betts went out and did that season. He connected for 62 hits in 2014, a number he hadn’t reached up until that point. 27 of those hits were for extra bases. His slugging percentage was significantly better than in years past (.515). His on base percentage was the same way (.404). Betts capped off his college career being named to the All-ACC second team for the second consecutive year, a feat that hadn’t been done in Duke history since the 1998 and 1999 seasons when Vaughn Schill earned the honor.
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