The same day he was named the Josh Willingham Award recipient the Division II Baseball's Most Valuable Player, Florida Southern senior Logan Browning was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 24th round (730th pick overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. The Lakeland native is the third Florida Southern picked by the Red Sox since 1999.
Browning led the Moccasins with a .440 batting average and a .521 on-base percentage. He also tied for the team lead with 14 doubles while scoring 38 runs and driving in 30 more. On the mound, the lefty was 11-2 with a 3.07 earned run average while leading the team with 127 strikeouts in 114.1 innings pitched.
In NCAA postseason play, Browning twice struck out 11 batters in two wins and also earned a save in the NCAA Regional. At the plate, the senior right fielder was 5-for-12 for a .417 average in three starts. Three of the five hits were doubles that helped him drive in five runs
For his career, Browning finished with 291 strikeouts, which is fourth most in FSC history, while his 24 wins (24-7) is tied for seventh all-time. His 49 career starts are tied for third most for any Moccasin pitcher.
Browning was named to All-America first-team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and a second-team honoree by the America Baseball Coaches Association and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. He was also named to the All-South region teams by all three organizations as well as a first-team All-Sunshine State Conference honoree. In addition, he was selected to the NCAA Division II National Championship All-Tournament team. Earlier this season, he was one of only two Division II players named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list.
The Lakeland, FL native was also named to the D2CAA All-America 1st team last season. He has been an All-South and All-SSC honoree in each of his three seasons.
This is the third time Browning has been drafted. He was a 37th round draft pick of the San Diego Padres a year ago and a 36th round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2014 out of Lakeland Christian School.