Five Cardinal selected in the Major League Baseball draft

MLB draft, Hoerner, Bubic
From left, Nico Hoerner and Kris Bubic. (Image courtesy of Stanford Athletics)

Five Cardinal were selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, which was held June 4, 5 and 6.

NICO HOERNER, middle infielder for the Cardinal men’s baseball team, was picked 24th overall in the first round by the Chicago Cubs. Hoerner is an American studies major who was an All-Pac-12 selection for the second straight season and the first Cardinal to be picked in the first round since CAL QUANTRILL in 2016.

KRIS BUBIC, left-handed pitcher for the Cardinal and a communication major, was also drafted in the first round and 40th overall by the Kansas City Royals. Bubic led the team in strikeouts and was named All-Pac-12 for the second consecutive season.

TRISTAN BECK, right-handed pitcher and a humanities and sciences major, was picked 112th overall in the fourth round by the Atlanta Braves. Beck’s success has been impressive since missing 630 days due to injury, including his entire sophomore season, returning on Opening Day in 2018 to lead the pitching staff.

BEAU BRANTON, second baseman and a management science and engineering major, was picked 838th overall in the 28th round by the Seattle Mariners. He appeared in 53 games for the Pac-12 Conference Champion Cardinal, making 44 starts at second base. He led the team in batting average and on-base percentage while serving as Stanford’s lead-off hitter.

DUKE KINAMON, second baseman and humanities and sciences major, was picked 1,010th overall in the 34th round by the New York Mets. He missed all of 2018 through injury. He was an All-Pac-12 selection in 2017. He ranked third in the Pac-12 with 15 steals.

To read more about the Cardinal selected during the MLB draft go to the Stanford Athletics website.