Instead of being first, Lavigne was the very last player taken by the Cardinals in this June's draft, in the 50th round. San Diego State was not a one-man team however, as Lavigne earned second-team Mountain West Conference honors on the heels of an 8-2, 3.95 season. His 87 strikeouts trained only Strasburg on the Aztecs.
In his first professional assignment with the New York-Penn League's Batavia Muckdogs, the 20-year-old Las Vegas native has gotten off to a hot start. Lavigne has a 1-1 record with a 3.06 ERA in five appearances, including four tandem starts. He has fanned 23 and walked only three in 17 2/3 innings.
I spoke with Lavigne recently about his transition from college to professional baseball.
Previous interviews in our Cardinals 2009 Draft Interview Series:
Justin Edwards (41st Round)
Matt Adams (23rd Round)
Christian Beatty (26th Round)
Matt Carpenter (13th Round)
Scott Bittle (4th Round)
Scott Schneider (20th Round)
Alan Ahmady (11th Round)
Ross Smith (14th Round)
Nick McCully (7th Round)
Robert Stock (2nd Round)
Joe Kelly (3rd Round)
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