KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Sam Houston State Bearkat Ryan O’Hearn has received his first big-league call-up and will join the Kansas City Royals when they take on the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday.
O’Hearn played for the Bearkats from 2012-14 and earned all-SLC honors before being drafted by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. The Kats took part in an NCAA Regional each of his three years as part of the squad.
A 6-2 first baseman, O’Hearn hit .288 with 11 home runs and 99 RBI and a .405 slugging percentage during his Sam Houston career, including career highs of eight homers and 44 RBI as a junior in 2014.
He gets the call from AAA Omaha where he put together a slash line of .232/.322/.391 with 11 home runs in 406 plate appearances in 2018. He was ranked as the 17th-best prospect in the Kansas City organization after the 2017 season that saw him slash .253/.330/.455 with 22 home runs, 55 walks, 139 strikeouts in 479 at-bats between AA and AAA.
O’Hearn is the 14th Bearkat to get the call to the big leagues and will be the third SHSU player on a current MLB roster, joining Ryan Tepera with the Toronto Blue Jays and Caleb Smith who is currently on the 60-day DL for the Miami Marlins.