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Clemson catcher Chris Okey drafted 43rd by Cincinnati

Clemson catcher Chris Okey (25)
Clemson catcher Chris Okey (25) GWINN DAVIS / FOR THE STATE

Clemson catcher Chris Okey broke out in 2015.

A year later, he earned his chance in the pros.

Okey was selected with the second pick of the second round of the MLB Draft, 43rd overall, by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. That puts him in line for a signing bonus of $1,497,500.

Okey hit .339 with 15 home runs in 64 games in 2016, and led the team with 74 RBIs and 81 hits. He was a second-team All-American a year after taking first-team honors with a .315 average, 16 doubles, one triple, 12 homers, 57 RBIs.

The Floridian helped lead Clemson to a 44-20 record and a fourth-place finish in the ACC Atlantic Division.

He was drafted in the 31st round, No. 928 overall, by the San Diego Padres out of high school.

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