Matt Tellor has been drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Tellor was the 313th overall pick of the draft, making the first baseman the highest draft pick from Southeast Missouri in the program’s history.
Tellor, who was named the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, helped guide the Redhawks to their first OVC regular season title since 2002. He was also a Second Team Louisville Slugger All-American and First Team All-OVC selection. Tellor hit .386 on the season and scattered 90 hits, which tied for third in single-season hits at Southeast. Tellor slugged 15 home runs and 18 doubles along the way.
Tellor joins 2012 draftees Shae Simmons (22nd round, 689th overall) and Trenton Moses (26th round, 809th overall) in the Braves organization. Simmons made his major league debut with the Braves May 31 while Moses is playing at High-A Lynchburg in the Braves farm system.
Tellor is the fifth player in Southeast Missouri history to be named Player of the Year and the first since Moses earned the award in 2011 and 2012.