June 5, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior righthanded pitcher Nick Burdi became the highest draft pick in program history on Thursday night after being selected 46th overall by the Minnesota Twins during day one of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Selected in the second round, Burdi went 10 positions higher than Trystan Magnuson, who was chosen 56th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007 and stood as the highest draft selection in program history prior to Thursday. Overall, Burdi is the 41st Louisville player selected in the MLB Draft in head coach Dan McDonnell's eight seasons with the Cardinals.
Named as a finalist for the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award earlier in the day, Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill.) is the Cardinals' career saves leader with 32, including 16 this season. Already named a 2014 First Team Louisville Slugger All-American, he has a 3-1 record with a 0.54 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 28 relief appearances and 33.1 innings pitched this season. Opposing batters are hitting just .125 this season against Burdi, who had 16 saves, a 0.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 29 appearances and 35.2 innings last season.
Following the completion of the first two rounds and both competitive balance rounds on Thursday night, the 2014 MLB Draft will continue on Friday at 1 p.m., ET with rounds 3-10 before concluding on Saturday at 1 p.m., with rounds 11-40.
Looking for their second consecutive College World Series appearance, the Cardinals will return to action on Friday at 6:30 p.m., ET against Kennesaw State in game one of the NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.