LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) UK junior pitcher Zack Thompson was chosen 19th overall in the 1st round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League Baseball Draft. Thompson is the highest draft pick, as a pitcher, in UK history surpassing Alex Meyer who was taken 23rd overall by the Nationals in 2011. Thompson, a 2nd team All-SEC selection and semifinalist for the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards, was dominant on the mound this season, posting a 6-1 record and 2.40 ERA in 14 starts. In 90 innings, Thompson allowed just 59 hits and 34 walks while striking out 130 batters and holding opposing hitters to just a .184 batting average.
Other UK pitchers taken in 1st round of MLB Draft:
2019 - ZACK THOMPSON (19th overall) - St. Louis Cardinals
2011 - Alex Meyer (23rd overall) - Washington Nationals
2009 - James Paxton (37th overall) - Toronto Blue Jays
2002 - Joe Blanton (24th overall) - Oakland A's