AT GEORGIA STATE: Versatile player who started at third base and in left field as a freshman ... Expected to compete for starting berth at second base or shortstop ... Two-way athlete in high school who was also a standout in football.
2018: Made an impact as a freshman, starting 16 games at third base and six in left field ... Hit .256 and drove in 15 runs in 86 at-bats ... Drew 17 walks and posted a .379 on-base percentage ... Delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double in the Panthers’ eighth-inning rally vs. Louisiana (4-29-18) ... Followed with a two-run, pinch-hit single in win over Savannah State (5-2-18).
Making his first start at third vs. Kennesaw State (3-27-18), he drove in four runs with an RBI-single and a bases-loaded double ... Had three hits and three RBI in Arkansas State sweep ... Started one game at shortstop vs. Morehouse ... Pressed into service in left field for the six games of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 12 shortstop in Georgia and a top 500 prospect nationally by Perfect Game … High honorable mention Underclass All-American by Perfect Game in 2015 and 2016 … Honorable mention all-state in Class AAAA as a senior at Upson-Lee High School … Three-time All-Middle Georgia by the Macon Telegraph and four-time all-region honoree … Hit .434 as a junior and was 15-for-16 on stolen bases … Dynamic athlete who also played quarterback for the Upson Lee football team, which he led to the playoffs his junior and senior years … In 2016, he earned first-team All-Region 2-AAAA at quarterback and first-team All-Middle Georgia recognition as a punter, averaging 41 yards per kick … Three-time all-region and two-time All-Middle Georgia in football.
PERSONAL: Full name is Kalen Wayne Puckett ... Born Sept. 3, 1998 ... Parents are Wayne and Karen Puckett ... Majoring in health and physical education