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BYU baseball slugger Colton Shaver selected by the Houston Astros in 2017 MLB Draft

One of the best hitters in BYU baseball history is now in the Astros organization.

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Congratulations to Colton Shaver on his selection in the 39th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.

Colton Shaver has been a crucial piece of the BYU baseball program, as evidenced by his starting in every single game of his college career.

Shaver has been an important staple in the Cougars batting order, but has been useful all over the diamond. Shaver has played as a designated hitter, 1st baseman, 3rd baseman, and even pitcher for BYU baseball. He did every job well.

Shaver received post-season honors all 3 seasons he played in Provo. As a freshman, Shaver was named to the All-WCC Freshman Team as a DH. Shaver was a 1st Team All-WCC selection during the past two seasons.

As a freshman, Shaver hit .313 with a .595 slugging percentage with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. Shaver drew 22 walks for an on-base percentage of .405.

His sophomore season saw Shaver continue to rake the baseball. Shaver hit .335 with a .582 slugging percentage with 10 bombs and 57 RBIs. Shaver walked 39 times and had an ob% of .452.

Shaver played in the Cape Cod league last summer where he led the league with his 8 home runs and 29 RBIs.

Shaver’s junior season started out slowly in non-conference play. Colton was in a funk before West Coast Conference play. In WCC play, Shaver hit .374 with .673 slugging, 9 homers, 30 RBIs and a .415 on-base percentage. In total, his junior season saw a .269 batting average with .486 slugging 13 home runs, 42 RBIs and a .351 ob%.

In the total view of his career, Colton Shaver has easily hit his way into the conversation of the best power hitters in BYU Baseball history.

On a personal note, some of the biggest home runs I’ve ever seen in person has come off Shaver’s bat. When he stepped up to the plate, I definitely stopped playing with my cell phone and focused in on his at-bats. They were always fascinating due to the potential explosion that Shaver could generate with his bat.

Now, he will begin his quest to climb within the Houston Astros organization.

Best of luck to Shaver in the next phase of his baseball career.