Cardinals Prospect Interview: Brian O’Keefe

The Cardinals seventh-round draft pick and State College Spikes catcher talks about his transition from the college to professional game.

It only seemed natural that the St. Louis Cardinals assigned their seventh-round draft pick from this June, catcher Brian O’Keefe, to the short-season Class-A level New York-Penn League.

After all, not only did the 21-year-old attend college at nearby St. Joseph’s of Pennsylvania, he calls Albany, New York his home. Batting .350 this spring, O’Keefe was an Atlantic 10 Conference first-teamer and a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s top catcher.

With State College, O’Keefe is learning his new pitchers as well as adjusting to professional pitching. In 155 at-bats over 47 games, the right-handed hitter logged a .236/.366/.348 line. O’Keefe hit three home runs, drove in 17 and coaxed 16 walks against 23 strikeouts.

To read a scouting report on O’Keefe, check out Robert Davidson’s recent article, Scouting the Spikes – Infielders and Catchers.

Invited to the Cardinals instructional league camp later this month, O’Keefe and his State College teammates have some business to complete first - one game remains in the New York-Penn League finals, to be played Tuesday night. He spoke during the semi-final round.

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