Interview: Cards Supp. Pick Clayton Mortensen

The St. Louis Cardinals' second pick at #36 overall, taken during the supplemental round of the 2007 draft, spoke with Brian Walton on draft night.

Clayton Mortensen from Gonzaga University was selected as the 36th overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. The right-handed pitcher was taken in the compensation round held between the first and second rounds as partial compensation for Type A free agent Jeff Suppan signing with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Mortensen, a 22-year-old senior, finished the 2007 season leading the Bulldogs with a 9-2 record, 3.92 earned run average and 122 strikeouts. In 16 starts, the Rexburg, Idaho native threw six complete games and one shutout.

Mortensen finished West Coast Conference play with an ERA of 1.60 and an unblemished 6-0 record en route to being named the WCC Pitcher of the Year. For his efforts, he was also named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball.

The 6-foot-4, 190 pounder joined the Zags for the 2006 season after two years at Treasure Valley Community College, where he posted a combined 13-7 record with a sub 2.50 ERA.

I caught up with Mortensen on Thursday night to get his thoughts on being drafted by the Cardinals and much more.

The audio follows.


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