WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Philadelphia Phillies have assigned Oklahoma Christian baseball product Hunter Markwardt to the Williamsport Crosscutters, their Class A short-season minor-league affiliate.
The Phillies selected Markwardt in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft on June 5 — making him the ninth-highest player chosen this year from the NCAA Division II ranks — and he signed with them a few days later after reporting to Clearwater, Fla., with other draftees.
The Phillies assigned him to Williamsport on Friday. He will wear uniform No. 51 and was slated to be the starting left fielder on Saturday for the Crosscutters at home against the Batavia Muckdogs. The Crosscutters compete in the New York-Penn League.
Markwardt will be the second former OC player to wear the Williamsport jersey. In 2013, after the Phillies drafted pitcher Chris Burgess in the 26th round, they assigned him to Williamsport. Burgess was promoted later that season to the Phillies' low-Class A affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League.
During his two seasons at OC, Markwardt starred in the leadoff spot and in center field. In 2018, Markwardt made the Heartland Conference's second-team honor list — the only OC player to make the All-Heartland squads.
He ranked fifth in the Heartland in hitting with a .351 average and was eighth in runs scored (37), fourth in stolen bases (15) and third in sacrifice bunts (seven) despite missing 12 games due to injury. He had a .440 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base percentage and added 11 RBIs and one home run. He committed only two errors and had a .974 fielding percentage.
This season, he started all 48 games for OC and earned All-Heartland first-team recognition and second-team All-South Central Region honors from both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
He hit .372 with three home runs and 23 RBIs for the Eagles, adding 18 doubles and four triples for a .551 slugging percentage. He led the Heartland in stolen bases with 21 (in 24 attempts) and set what is believed to be a school and conference record with a 28-game hitting streak.