Pitcher Jake Walsh has been selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. The junior righthander was the 484th player chosen overall.
Walsh completed the 2017 season with a 12-1 record and a 2.80 earned run average, helping lead Florida Southern to the NCAA South Region Tournament where the team finished with a 35-17 record. He struck out 104 batters in 99.2 innings pitchers as the Moccasins posted the second most strikeouts (481) in team history.
His 12 wins were second in the NCAA Division II this past season, while his ERA and strikeouts were second best in the Sunshine State Conference. The Moccasin pitching staff led the nation with a 3.62 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Indialantic, Fla. native was named a finalist for the Brett Tomko Award (named for the former Moccasin pitcher) as the NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year. Walsh was also named a second-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association and was selected a third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Walsh was named the South Region Pitcher of the Year by the NCBWA and D2CCA and was a first-team All-South pick by the ABCA as well as the Sunshine State Conference.
Walsh is the fifth Moccasin to be drafted by the Cardinals and the first since Ryan McHugh was picked in the ninth round of the 1995 MLB Draft. He is the 111th Florida Southern player chosen in the history of the draft.
Florida Southern's highest pick in the draft was Brett Tomko, who went in the second round, 54th player overall, to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1995 draft. Tomko went on to win 100 games over 13 seasons in the Major Leagues. Current Moccasin head coach, Lance Niekro, was the Mocs' second highest pick, also being selected in the second round, 61st overall, by the San Francisco Giants in the 2000 draft.
The Major League Baseball Draft continues throughout the afternoon, concluding with a 40th round of selections.