ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The St. Louis Cardinals made 29 selections on Tuesday in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Cardinals selected 16 pitchers, 6 outfielders, 5 infielders, and 3 catchers. They drafted 21 college and 9 high school players.
Charlie Tilson, the Cardinals second round pick, is an outfielder from Wilmette, Illinois. Tilson was named the Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year after leading New Trier High School to a 25-10 record. New Trier is still playing in the Illinois State 4A Finals.
C.J. McElroy, the third round pick, is an outfielder from League City, Texas. Though a commitment for football to the University of Houston, the Cardinals are confident that McElroy will eventually sign. McElroy is the son of former lefthanded pitcher Chuck McElroy and nephew of former Astros’ manager Cecil Cooper.
Day two of the draft included local picks made by the Cardinals. Outfielder Lance Jeffries, the tenth round pick, is a McCluer High School graduate. Righthanded pitcher Brett Graves, the twenty-sixth round pick, is a Francis Howell High School graduate and has made a commitment to the University of Missouri. Graves was recently named the Gatorade Missouri Baseball Player of the Year.
After the making selections on Tuesday, Vice President of Player Development & Scouting, Jeff Luhnow, discussed the potential future Cardinals: