BOZICH | Will Funkhouser join Ray, Burdi as first-round Louisville baseball picks?
The latest mock draft from BaseballAmerica magazine has three Louisville players projected as first-round selections when the draft begins Thursday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – For the University of Louisville baseball team, there are two magic numbers – 2 and 3.
Two victories this weekend against UC Santa Barbara will put the Cardinals in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting June 18. The best-of-three Super Regional series against the Gauchos will begin Saturday at noon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The fifth and latest draft projection from BaseballAmerica magazine has three of coach Dan McDonnell’s players ranked as first round picks in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, which begins Thursday night.
Two Cardinals have been in the discussion all season – outfielder Corey Ray and closer Zack Burdi.
BA has senior starter Kyle Funkhouser back in the first round, projected to the Washington Nationals with the 28th or 29th pick.
As has been written many times, Funkhouser was projected as a high first-round pick last season before he slumped in May and was taken by the Dodgers with the 35th selection. He turned down a signing bonus of at least $1.7 million and returned to U of L.
After losing his spot as the Cards’ Friday night starter, Funkhouser has been outstanding in his last four starts, allowing only 10 hits and five runs while striking out 25 in 24 innings.
BA makes an interesting observation about the Nationals. The franchise has an excellent relationship with agent Scott Boras, who advised Funkhouser last summer.
John Manuel of BaseballAmerica projects that Ray will be taken by Milwaukee with the fifth overall selection. He has Burdi headed to Detroit with the ninth pick.
You can read Manuel’s entire mock draft by clicking this link.
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