Interview: Cards Fifth-Rounder Thomas Eager

The St. Louis Cardinals' fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft, #172 overall, a right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University, spoke with Brian Walton on a number of topics before reporting to the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League.

Thomas Eager, a 6-foot-2, 205 pound right-handed pitcher from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University, was the St. Louis Cardinals' fifth-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the 172nd pick overall.

Eager hails from Merced, California and was the second pitcher from his school selected by the Cardinals in the early rounds of the draft in the last two years. Fellow right-hander Gary Daley, Jr. was the Cards' third-round pick, number 106 overall, in the 2006 draft.

Eager went 11-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 18 starts during his sophomore season with the Mustangs in 2007, fanning 99 but walking 50 opposing batters in 126 innings pitched. Those 11 wins were the second most all-time at Cal Poly in a single season.

Eager was a first-team All-Big West Conference selection in 2007. It should be noted that several draft sources identified Eager as a junior, however, he confirmed he was only a sophomore this past season.

I caught up with Eager between the time he came to terms with the Cardinals and when he will report to Batavia this coming weekend. In this exclusive interview, Eager discusses his game, his emotions on the mound, a scouting report on fellow Cardinals draftee Daniel Descalso and much, much more!

The audio follows.


In case you missed them, here are our other exclusive interviews of Cardinals 2007 draftees posted since draft day with more on the way:

First-round pick Pete Kozma

Supplemental first-rounder Clayton Mortensen

Third-round pick Daniel Descalso

Sixth-round pick Oliver Marmol

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