Casey Opitz - Baseball - Arkansas Razorbacks

#12 Casey Opitz

C | Sr. | 5-11 | S/R | 200 | Centennial, Co. / Heritage HS

MLB Draft
2021 – Chicago Cubs, 8th round (No. 244 overall)
2017 – Cleveland Indians, 27th round (No. 822 overall)

Junior (2020)
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Entered the 2020 season as a Baseball America Third Team Preseason All-American … Rated as the “Best Catcher Arm” by Major League Baseball scouts (BA) … Ranked fifth at catcher in D1 Baseball’s Preseason Position Power Rankings … Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Watch List … Preseason All-SEC First Team (Coaches) … Played in all 16 games, starting 14 at catcher, entering the other two as a defensive replacement during the 2020 season … Hit fifth-through-eighth in the order as a junior, seeing five starts in the seven-hole … Finished the season with a .302/.509/.361 slash line at the plate over 53 at-bats … Tallied 16 hits, eight for extra bases, with six doubles, a triple and a homer … One of two Hogs with a triple in 2020 … Scored 10 runs, drove in 11 and walked six times … Threw out six-of-10 base stealers … Reached base safely in each of the first five games … Had two hits in the opening series against Eastern Illinois (Feb. 14-16), including a double, two RBIs, a run scored and a team-high four walks … Brought in two runs on a double, scoring once while drawing two walks in the finale against the Panthers … Punched out the one EIU runner attempting to steal … Hit .429 against Gonzaga on Feb. 20-23 with a .929 slugging percentage after four of his six hits when for extra bases … Opened the series with a two-hit, two-RBI showing, also scoring a run in the contest after hitting a double … Followed it up by coming a double shy of the cycle on Feb. 21, with a single in the fifth, a triple off the top of the right-center field wall in the sixth and a homer in the seventh … First Razorback in 2020 to come a hit away from the cycle … Recorded an RBI double in the finale against the Bulldogs … Tallied three hits at the Shriners College Classic (Feb. 28-March 1), including a multi-hit performance against Texas on Feb. 29 … All three hits in Houston were doubles … Produced a three-hit game against South Alabama on March 8, scoring twice with one RBI … Had two RBIs in the series opener on March 7 behind a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout … Notched a knock in both games against Grand Canyon (March 10-11), driving in a run in the first game of the series, while scoring and walking in both contests … Part of an offense that finished with a .310 average at the plate with 175 hits and 118 runs scored in 2020.

Sophomore (2019)
Was the Razorbacks’ primary catcher, playing in 58 games, starting 50, and hitting a career-high .243 with 31 runs scored, 43 hits, three home runs and 33 RBIs, all career bests … Also walked 38 times and stole seven bases … Had a .379 on-base percentage, the sixth highest on the team … Totaled 22 caught stolen bases, which was the most in the SEC and a career-high … It was the most caught stolen bases by a Razorback catcher in the last three seasons … Also had 14 caught stolen bases in SEC play … Hit slightly better in conference play, going .265 at the plate with 15 RBIs and 17 walks … Had six hits in the NCAA Tournament, four coming in the NCAA Super Regional vs. Ole Miss … Finished with the second-highest average (.444) on the team in the super regional and slugged .778 with a team-high tying five RBIs … Went a perfect 3-for-3 in the deciding game of the NCAA Super Regional against Ole Miss (June 10), including a career-high four RBIs and his third home run of the year … Finished with two of Arkansas’ walk-off hits (vs. Missouri – March 17; vs. No. 18 Tennessee – April 28) and also had the go-ahead hit on the road at No. 6 Vanderbilt (April 14) … Also finished with six multi-hit games, four of three hits or more, and seven multi-RBI games … Games of three hits or more include: 4 at Vanderbilt (April 14), 3 vs. Mississippi St. (April 19), 3 at Kentucky (May 3), 3 vs. Ole Miss in NCAA Super Regional June 10 … His four hits against Vanderbilt were a career-high and included the go-ahead ninth-inning hit that helped Arkansas complete a two-run comeback in the final frame to avoid a sweep … Tallied a career-high three walks in a 9-2 victory over Charlotte (March 6).

Freshman (2018)
Appeared in 19 games, starting seven … Compiled a .222 batting average with six hits in 27 at-bats … Two of his hits went for doubles and he had five RBIs … Also walked three times and had two sacrifice flies … Appeared in six conference games with two starts (at Mississippi State – April 21; at Georgia – May 17) … Totaled two multi-hit games (at San Diego – Feb. 25; vs. Dayton – Mach 1) and had a double and an RBI in both games … Also tallied RBIs against ULM (April 3), at Mississippi State (April 21) and against Texas A&M (May 13) … Appeared in two NCAA Fayetteville Regional games (vs. Oral Roberts – June 1; vs. Southern Miss – June 2), both as a defensive replacement … Caught seven would-be base stealers, two less than everyday catcher Grant Koch.

High School
Played for head coach Scott Hormann for Heritage HS … Ranked the No. 3 player in the state of Colorado and the top catcher overall by Perfect Game … Combined to hit .313 in his first two years of high school with 27 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits and 32 RBIs … Upped all of those totals as a junior in 2016, hitting .424 with 23 runs, seven extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in 21 games … Threw out eight base runners in 11 stolen base attempts … Named First Team All-Continental League as a sophomore and junior … Attended the 2016 Perfect Game Rocky Mountain Showcase … Plays summer ball with the Midland Redskins, which made the AABC Connie Mack World Series.

July 30, 1998