Louisville junior closer Zack Burdi was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox with the No. 26 overall selection on Thursday evening.
One of the strongest throwers in baseball, with a fastball that often hits the century mark, Burdi became the second Cardinal to hear his name during the opening round, joining Corey Ray.
A finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award, the hard-throwing righty ranks second all-time in Louisville history with 20 career saves. He collected his 11th save of the season in the Regional final against Wright State, working 1.2 innings in the 3-1 victory. In 28.2 innings of work this season, Burdi has struck out 46 and has a 2.20 ERA.
He was selected second team Louisville Slugger All-American and was first team All-ACC.
While he has filled the role of the closer at Louisville, it's possible that the White Sox may move the Illinois native into the rotation.