St. Louis Cardinals draft picks

Scott Hurst, the Cardinals third round pick out of Cal State Fullerton, is a 5-foot-10, 175 lb., centerfielder. The left-handed-hitting junior is batting a team-leading .332 with 12 home runs, five triples, 15 doubles and 39 RBI in 61 games for the Titans. Named to the Big West Conference First Team, Hurst leads the conference in runs scored (54) and total bases (141), ranks 2nd in home runs, and 3rd in slugging percentage (.585) and triples. Earlier this season, Hurst went 5-for-5 with a school-record four home runs against Cal State-Northridge on May 20. Cal State Fullerton faces Oregon State in their opening game of the College World Series on Saturday, June 17.

Kramer Robertson, the Cardinals fourth round pick out of Louisiana State University, is a 5-foot-10, 166 lb., senior shortstop who was recognized as a Third Team All-American and Second Team All-SEC selection this season. Robertson was batting .319 with eight homers, three triples, 18 doubles, 43 RBI and a Division 1-leading 83 runs scored for the Tigers, who face Florida State in their opening game of the College World Series on Saturday, June 17. As a junior, Robertson was voted Second Team All-American and First Team All-SEC before selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round of the of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Prior to LSU, Robertson was an All-American and All-State infielder at Midway High School in Waco, Texas, also playing quarterback for the football team and point guard for the basketball squad. His mother, Kim Mulkey, is the head women’s basketball coach at Baylor University and was a 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in basketball in Los Angeles, Calif. His father, Randy, played quarterback at Louisiana Tech.

Zach Kirtley, the Cardinals fifth round pick out of Saint Mary’s College, is a 6-foot-1, 190 lb., junior second baseman. Recognized as a West Coast Conference Honorable Mention, he batted .292 with five home runs, 16 doubles and 42 RBI in 57 games, while leading the Gaels in walks (43) and on-base percentage (.433). Kirtley was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2015, batting .346 with a team-leading 72 hits, 35 runs, 29 RBI and 12 doubles in 54 games while ranking fourth in the WCC in on-base percentage (.429)
Zach Jackson, the Cardinals sixth round pick out of Winter Haven (Fla.) High School, is a 6-foot-3, 215 lb. catcher. After moving from Haines City (Fla.) High School, the backstop batted .441 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 95 plate appearances as a senior. He signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Florida.

Chase Pinder, the Cardinals seventh round pick out of Clemson University is a 6-foot-1, 190 lb. outfielder. Pinder batted .305 with seven home runs, 16 doubles, 32 RBI and 13 stolen bases for the Tigers in 61 games as a junior, earning All-ACC Third-Team honors. An accomplished studio artist, Chase is a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll majoring in sports communications. He is the younger brother of Oakland Athletics infielder Chad Pinder. His father, Chris, played college baseball at Florida State University and Virginia Commonwealth.

Wilberto Rivera, the Cardinals eighth round pick out of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Florida, Puerto Rico, is a 6-foot-3, 207 lb., right-handed pitcher. The 18-year-old committed to play next season at Florida International University.

Evan Kruczynski (pronounced Kruh-zen-ski), the Cardinals ninth round pick out of East Carolina University, is a 6-foot-5, 215 lb. left-handed pitcher. The senior southpaw was a preseason All-American, but pitched in only 10 games due to an ankle injury, going 4-3 with a 4.47 ERA. Last season, the left-hander was 8-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 17 starts for the Pirates, ranking 10th among NCAA pitchers in starts and ERA. He pitched the Pirates to an 8-6 win over Texas Tech in the Lubbock Super Regional.

Brett Seeburger, the Cardinals 10th round pick out of San Diego State University, is a 6-foot-2, 225 lb., left-handed pitcher. The college senior was the 2017 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year and the first Aztec to earn the honor since Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Seeburger went 10-3 with a 4.53 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 15 starts for the Aztecs, leading the MWC in wins, ranking T2nd in starts, 3rd in ERA, T5th in strikeouts, and 7th in opposing batting average (.281)

3 94 Hurst, Scott Cal State Fullerton CF L/R JR 5’10” 175lbs DOB: 03/25/96 $570.9K
4 124 Robertson, Kramer LSU SS R/R SR 5’10” 166lbs DOB: 09/20/94 $424.8K
5 154 Kirtley, Zach St. Marys 2B R/R JR 6’1″ 190lbs DOB: 10/01/96 $317.1K
6 184 133 Jackson, Zach Winter Haven HS C L/R HS 6’3″ 215lbs DOB: 05/24/98 $243.5K
7 214 Pinder, Chase Clemson CF R/R SR 6’1″ 190lbs DOB: 03/16/96 $190.7K
8 244 Rivera, Wilberto Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy RHP R/R HS 6’3″ 207lbs DOB: 04/26/99 $155.6K
9 274 Kruczynski, Evan East Carolina LHP L/L SR 6’5″ 215lbs DOB: 03/31/95 $140.6K
10 304 Seeburger, Brett San Diego State LHP L/L SR 6’2″ 225lbs DOB: 01/19/95 $132.8K

Kansas City Royals draft picks

The Kansas City Royals completed the second day of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft today, selecting eight players, including left-handed pitcher Daniel Tillo in the third round (90th overall) from Iowa Western Community College.

The Royals drafted just one high school player and seven from the college ranks today. Among the 11 players selected over the first two days, the position-by-position breakdown includes: seven pitchers (two right handers, five left handers), one catcher, one infielder and two outfielders.

1 14 Nick Pratto 1B 6-1 195 L/L 10/06/98 HS Huntington Beach HS (Calif.) Huntington Beach, Calif.
2 52 MJ Melendez C 6-1 175 L/R 11/29/98 HS Westminster Christian HS (Fla.) Cutler Bay, Fla.
CBB 73 Evan Steele LHP 6-5 210 R/L 11/14/96 J2 Chipola College Marietta, Ga.
3 90 Daniel Tillo LHP 6-5 215 L/L 06/13/96 J2 Iowa Western CC Sioux City, Iowa
4 120 Michael Gigliotti CF 6-1 180 L/L 12/14/96 JR Lipscomb University Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
5 150 Charlie Neuweiler RHP 6-1 205 R/R 02/08/99 HS Monsignor McClancy HS (N.Y.) East Elmhurst, N.Y.
6 180 Tyler Zuber RHP 5-11 190 R/R 06/16/95 SR Arkansas St. University White Hall, Ark.
7 210 Brewer Hicklen OF 6-2 208 R/R 02/09/96 SO Univ. of Alabama Birmingham Huntsville, Ala.
8 240 Holden Capps LHP 6-2 195 R/L 03/24/95 SR Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lawton, Okla.
9 270 JC Cloney LHP 6-1 226 L/L 08/03/94 SR University of Arizona Castaic, Calif.
10 300 Jordan Floyd LHP 6-3 255 L/L 02/23/95 SR Kansas St. University Topeka, Kan.