On Monday evening, the opening rounds of the 2015 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft took place at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. The St. Louis Cardinals had three picks- the twenty-third, thirty-ninth, and the sixty-sixth. In an effort to provide you and myself with some information on the Redbirds’ draft selections, I’m going to dig into their backgrounds a bit. Enjoy!
Outfielder Nick Plummer was the first player drafted by the Cardinals, 23rd overall. Nick is a solid defender and a guy who loves to hit. The left handed slugger has a .520 batting average in his high school career at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield, Michigan. To accommodate that eye-popping batting metric, Plummer has scored sixty-eight runs and stolen thirty-bases. Nick was offered a scholarship to the University of Kentucky, but he has declined and will hop into the Cardinals’ organization.
The Cardinals used their second pick, 39th overall, of the draft to pick up Jake Woodford. Woodford is a right handed pitcher from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. In his high school pitching tenure, Jake produced a 0.88 earned run average. Over the 175.2 innings in which he pitched, he held his opponents to a slim .168 batting average. He struck out 190 batters along the way. Jake is a Florida commit.
The third and final pick of the night for St. Louis was used to draft infielder Bryce Denton. Bryce is from Ravenwood High School located in Brentwood, Tennessee. Denton played in 34 games this season for his school. In those games, he batted a solid .324 and drove in 25 runs. He also scored 24 runs. Denton has a commitment with Vanderbilt University.
If you haven’t noticed, all three of these guys were drafted straight from their high schools. Perhaps so the Cardinals can grow them up the way they want to? We’ll have to wait and see!
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The first photo can be found on baseballamerica.com
The second can be found on tbo.com.
The third can be found here.