Interview: Cardinals 4th-rounder Mason Katz

The St. Louis Cardinals' fourth-round draft pick from LSU speaks in an in-depth, exclusive interview.

After making it clear to scouts that he intended to return to LSU for his senior season, Mason Katz did just that. As part of a stacked Tigers lineup, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder primarily played first base. The right-handed hitter drew considerable attention after batting .378. Drafted while his club was in the Super Regionals, Katz had to wait to turn professional until after the College World Series was complete. Taken in the fourth round by St. Louis, the 22-year-old signed for $95,000. With a slot value of $405,000, the Cardinals banked over $300,000 to use on other tough signees.

Katz was the first of six middle infielders signed by the Cardinals organization in their first 20 picks and one of two assigned to the State College Spikes of the short-season New York-Penn League. The Cards made it clear they want Katz to focus on being a second baseman.

In the following exclusive interview, Katz discussed his senior season, his close friendship with former Cape Cod League teammate and current Springfield outfielder James Ramsey, his whirlwind last month and much more.

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Upcoming interviews to include minor league field coordinator Mark DeJohn and a multi-part series with scouting director Dan Kantrovitz.

Interviews previously posted:
Spikes third baseman Carson Kelly
Spikes manager Oliver Marmol
Spikes pitcher Mitch Harris
Cardinals farm chief Gary LaRocque



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