For Release: (Immediately: June 8, 2013)
Springfield, Mo. – Blake McKnight became the first Evangel baseball alum to be drafted by a major league baseball today after the St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 38th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
McKnight completed his senior season with the Crusaders earlier this year. The O’Fallon, Missouri native was an NAIA honorable mention All-American and a first team All-Heart of America conference selection after going 11-3 with one save and a 1.56 earned run average. He had 83 strikeouts in 92.1 innings and opponents hit just .156 against him. McKnight led the conference in wins, strikeouts, opposing batting average and innings pitched.
Should he sign with the Cardinals, McKnight would become the third Evangel player in program history to sign with a major league affiliated team. 1B / OF Jim Mittan played in the Atlanta Braves organization in 1988 and P Kirk Hasenzahl signed with the Cleveland Indians organization in 1990.
McKnight helped Evangel to a program record 32 wins going 32-19 and 16-10 in the Heart of America conference.
He is expected to meet with Cardinals personnel early next week. St. Louis has rookie level minor league affiliates in the Gulf Coast League, Johnson City in the Appalachian League and State College in the New York-Penn League.
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Evangel University Athletics, (417) 865-2815, ext. 7417