#12 Casey Opitz

C | So. | 5-11 | S/R | 175 | Centennial, Co. / Heritage HS

As a 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).

As a 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.

In the Draft
2017 – Cleveland Indians, 27th round (822 overall)

Heritage High School
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 … Played for head coach Scott Hormann for Heritage High School.