The Tampa Bay Rays made Louisville’s Brendan McKay the No. 4 overall pick in Monday’s Major League Baseball Draft.
The Cincinnati Reds had a chance to select McKay with the No. 2 pick but opted instead for California high school standout Hunter Greene.
McKay, the slugging pitcher/first baseman, dominated opponents at the plate and on the mound.
The 6-foot-2 junior left-hander out of Darlington, Pa., has gone 10-3 this season for the College World Series-bound Cardinals with 2.34 ERA, 140 strikeouts and a .188 batting average against.
The three-time John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year also batted .347 with 17 home runs and 56 RBI, second-best on the team in each statistic to Drew Ellis, who is projected as a second-round pick.
The Minnesota Twins used the No. 1 overall pick to draft Royce Lewis a high school shortstop/outfielder from California.
After the Reds chose Greene and before the Rays picked McKay, the San Diego Padres drafted MacKenzie Gore, a high school pitcher from North Carolina.