Phillies Snag Knapp in Second Round

Cal catcher Andrew Knapp goes 53rd overall to the Philadelphia Phillies on the first day of the MLB Draft after hitting a team-best .350 as a junior.


California catcher Andrew Knapp was taken in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday evening, with the 53rd overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Knapp became the highest Golden Bear taken since the 2009 Draft when Brett Jackson was the 31st pick and Jeff Kobernus was taken 50th. Kobernus recently made his MLB debut with the Washington Nationals.

The MLB Network's Harold Reynolds called Knapp one of the sleepers of the draft, and was surprised that the switch-hitting catcher didn't sneak into the first round.

Knapp was a preseason All-American and a first-team All-Pac-12 selection this past season, after batting a team-leading .350 (third in Pac-12) with a team-high 16 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI in 2013. He also hit a team-best .392 (20-for-51) with runners in scoring position.

In his career, Knapp hit .294, with 82 RBIs, 14 home runs and 35 doubles in 137 games.

Knapp was a projected to be a high pick (one of 38 collegiate player picked in the first two rounds), and this season, he slugged three-run homers against Washington State and Oregon, and knocked in the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning versus Michigan in the 2013 season-opener.

Knapp – the son of former Cal catcher Mike Knapp, and the older brother of Bears 2013 signee Aaron Knapp -- becomes the 67th different player to be drafted by a Major League team since head coach David Esquer took over before the 2000 season, and the first taken by the Phillies since Brad Steele was picked up in the 26th round in 2000.

Knapp started his Cal career off with a bang, tallying his first collegiate hit in the second game of the 2011 season against Utah, driving in the winning run in a 6-5 walk-off win.

Mike Knapp was taken in the 15th round of the 1986 MLB Draft by the then-California Angels, and went on to play 11 seasons in the minor leagues. Top Stories