Kameron Misner, a 6’4″, 215 lb. outfielder who throws and bats from the left side, grew up in Poplar Bluff, Mo. dreaming of playing professional baseball someday. Born on January 9th, 1998, the now 21-year-old college junior played his prep ball with Poplar Bluff HS, summer baseball with the Missouri Bulls and has attended the University of Missouri for the past three seasons.
Like the Miami Marlins first pick, Vanderbilt product J.J. Bleday, Misner was chosen in the 2016 draft. The Kansas City Royals chose him in the 33rd round. As a freshman in 2017, Misner hit .282/.360/.446 with seven homers and 34 RBI. He also stole 17 bases in 23 attempts. Misner struck out 55 times in 58 games that season, while drawing only 23 free passes.
In 2018, Misner learned a little patience at the plate, striking out 26 times with 32 walks in 34 games. He hit .360/.497/.576 with four homers, 25 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 19 tries. Here’s Misner this season, courtesy of D1 Baseball’s https://youtu.be/MKdu1X7RTew
This season, Misner led the Tigers to a 34-22 record overall, but the team was eliminated from the Southeast Conference tournament in Game 2, by Ole Miss. For his part, Misner slashed .286/.440/.481 in 57 games played. He stole 20 bases while getting caught only once, drawing 54 walks and whiffing 58 times. He hit 10 home runs with 32 RBI.
Kameron is the 3rd Missouri Bull to be drafted and by far the highest draft pick for the organization which started back in 2008.
"He came to us as an 8th grader entering high school and always played up a grade. He really came into his own between his sophomore and junior high school season, said Campbell, Director of the program. He was the player every college coach talked about that summer. Then we played a showcase at the University of Missouri, he played extremely well and the rest is history.
He's a great kid from a great family and we wish him the best. We are proud that we played some small role."