KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan junior outfielder Tanner Allison was drafted in the 19th round and 560th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Allison, who was named an All-American by both Collegiate Baseball (Third Team) and College Sports Madness (Fourth Team), set the Western Michigan single season RBI record with 68, passing Frank Alferi's previous high of 63 set in 1999. He was named the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year, the first from WMU since Scott Conant in 1991, and named First Team All-MAC. He ended the season ranked No. 12 in total RBI and sixth in RBI per game (1.28) and led the team with .356 batting average, 77 hits, 18 doubles, nine home runs, 68 RBI, .574 slugging percentage. He had a 20-game hit streak from Feb. 19 to March 31 and had a streak of four games where he homered in each one and had nine RBI. Allison had 21 multiple hit games and two games with four hits.
Allison is now the seventh player drafted under current head coach Billy Gernon and the 110th MLB Draft pick in WMU Baseball history since the start of the draft in 1965. Kurt Hoekstra, a 21st round selection in 2015, is currently playing in the Braves organization.