Cards take OF Nick Plummer with 23rd overall pick
After three straight years of using their top pick in the First-Year Player Draft to nab an advanced college pitcher, the Cardinals returned to the high school ranks on Monday to take outfielder Nick Plummer out of Brother Rice High School (MI) with the 23rd overall pick.
The left-handed hitting Plummer, ranked as the 27th-best prospect available in this Draft class by MLB.com, has a college commitment to the University of Kentucky that the Cardinals will try to lure him away from. The pick comes with a bonus slot value of $2.1244 million, though the Cardinals are not required to offer Plummer that exact amount.
Plummer, 18, becomes the first high school player to become the Cardinals’ top selection since Shelby Miller was taken 19th overall in 2009. The last high school position player the club used its top pick on was Pete Kozma, two years before that. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound center fielder is also the first Michigan prep position player to go in the first three rounds of the amateur Draft since Billy Killian in 2004.
Plummer’s high school team was eliminated from Michigan’s high school postseason tournament over the weekend. Entering his final high school game, Plummer has batted .520 with 68 runs, 32 stolen bases, 23 RBIs and 22 doubles in 41 games.
According to MLB.com’s Draft report on Plummer, he has a chance to be a plus hitter for both power and average and already showcases a mature approach at the plate. There have been questions about whether he has the speed to stick in center field or whether he might profile long term as a corner outfielder.
Plummer was the first of three players the Cardinals will pick on Monday, the first day of the three-day amateur draft. The Cardinals also received the 39th overall pick through the Competitive Balance Lottery and have a second-round selection at No. 66 overall.
The Draft will continue on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 11:30 p.m. CT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 12 p.m. CT.
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