University of Louisville junior two-way player Brendan McKay has been selected by the Tampa Bay Rays as the No. 4 pick in the June Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
McKay becomes the highest U of L baseball player taken in the MLB Draft.
The Rays selected McKay on Monday night over several other potential prospects and experts on the MLB Network expect that McKay will start out with the Rays as a first baseman. He also plays first base and one of the leading hitters in the country.
A three-time All-American and three-time John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year, McKay has been a star since he arrived on U of L's campus. The native of Darlington, Pa., last weekend became the Cardinals' all-time strikeout leader.
McKay has stamped himself as one of the all-time greats in college baseball and he has helped lead the Cardinals to the College World Series, which starts on Saturday in Omaha, Neb.
But on this night, the draft was about McKay himself. The Friday night starter for the Cardinals and the clean-up hitter said he had "a lot of emotions" thinking about getting drafted.
On the mound, McKay has a 10-3 record this season with a 2.34 ERA and a school record 140 strikeouts in 104.0 innings. McKay has a 31-10 record with a 2.15 ERA and 385 strikeouts for his career and a 21-3 record at home.
As a hitter, McKay has a .343 batting average, 17 home runs, 13 doubles, 56 RBIs and a .464 on-base percentage this season. For his career, McKay is batting .328 with 27 home runs, 46 doubles and 131 RBIs.
McKay was named Baseball America National Player of the Year, is a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is like baseball's Heisman Trophy.
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