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Cameron Baranek
Baseball
June 13, 2017

Cameron Baranek has been selected as the final Athlete of the Week in the 2016-17 academic year after becoming the Royals' first-ever MLB Draft pick. Baranek smashed his way onto the record books in 2017 and helped lead HIU to a GSAC Title, an NAIA Opening Round Championship, and a berth in the 2017 NAIA World Series.

Baranek batted .364 with 72 hits and a single-season record 14 home runs in 2017 while also breaking the previous single-season records for total bases, stolen bases, slugging percentage, and fielding percentage. The Marlins selected Baranek in the ninth round with the 269th overall pick and made Baranek just the third NAIA player selected in 2017 - 32 NAIA players in total were drafted in 2017, including four from the GSAC.

Congratulations to you, Cameron, on all of your hard work now paying off!