St. Louis Cardinals Select Nick Plummer in First Round of 2015 MLB Draft


The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Nick Plummer, an outfielder from Brother Rice High School in Michigan, with the 23rd overall selection of the first round in the 2015 MLB Draft. Plummer, a lefthanded hitter and thrower, is renowned for his hitting approach. He’s believed to have high upside as both a contact and power hitter, and he may be a strong enough fielder to play center at the major-league level.

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The 18-year-old Plummer, who was ranked as the 27th-best prospect in this year’s draft class by, is committed to the University of Kentucky. With that said, the Cardinals have never failed to sign a first-rounder since the draft began in 1965, so the Cards should be able to work something out with Plummer. Plummer is the eighth high-schooler that the Cardinals have taken among their 25 first-round picks since 2005.

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Plummer is the first player that the Cardinals have drafted as an outfielder in the first round since they took James Ramsey with the 23rd pick out of Florida State in 2012. He should make a strong bid to become the Cardinals’ top outfield prospect in rather short order, as current Triple-A right fielder Stephen Piscotty is the organization’s only really viable prospect at the position as things stand now. Others, such as current Triple-A center fielder Tommy Pham, 2011 second-rounder Charlie Tilson and 19-year-old Magneuris Sierra, are possible future big-leaguers but don’t have quite the upside that Plummer does.

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