The University of Louisville was anything but a popular spot for Major League Baseball scouts during much of its history, but things have changed drastically under the direction of ninth year head coach Dan McDonnell.
When McDonnell arrived, the culture for Louisville baseball changed. It's become a program that is among the favorites to reach the College World Series on an annual basis and in the process has developed in the pro baseball factory of sorts.
Following the completion of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, there will have been more than two times more Cardinals getting the call to the show since McDonnell's arrival in 2007 than before. For those counting, U of L had 21 MLB Draft selections between 1978-2006 (the draft began in 1965), but has enjoyed seeing 40 players chosen by an MLB franchise from 2007 through last year's draft.
That number continues to grow, as a number of Cardinals are expected to hear their named called during this year's draft.
Louisville ace Kyle Funkhouser became the highest Cardinal ever chosen in the draft on Monday when the Los Angeles Dodgers selected him in the first round with the 35th overall pick. The All-American, who became the first Cardinal to throw for over 100 strikes in back-to-back seasons, finished 8-5 with a 3.20 ERA.
After a quiet day on the second day of the draft that saw no Cardinals or high school signee's selected, many are expected to get the call on Wednesday, the final day of the MLB Draft.
Sophomore pitcher Josh Rogers, who at 21 years is draft eligible, was chosen by the New York Yankees in the 11th round. The Cardinals day three starter, Rogers finished 8-1 with a 3.36 ERA and 82 strikeouts.
Robert Strader, another draft eligible sophomore, was selected in the 12th round by the Baltimore Orioles. The left-handed Strader was a frequent call out of the bullpen where he compiled a 1-0 record with a 1.27 ERA, while striking out 20 in 20 appearances.
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