The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Florida State pitcher Luke Weaver with the 27th pick of the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Weaver continues the string of college pitchers the Cardinals have selected with their first picks in the past couple years. He follows lefty Marco Gonzalez, who was picked 19th overall from Gonzaga in 2013, and righthander Michael Wacha, who was picked 19th out of Texas A&M in 2012. With Gonzales now in Double-A and Wacha in the big leagues, the Cardinals will hope that Weaver can advance just as quickly as his predecessors.
Weaver, an undersized righty who can touch speeds as high as 97, compares similarly size and style-wise to another Cardinals pitcher, Carlos Martinez. He’s had a great junior year for the Seminoles, registering a 2.62 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and .226 opponent batting average. It should be exciting to see him progress through the Cardinals’ system.
For your viewing pleasure, here’s some video of Weaver, courtesy of Baseball America: