Andrew Brodbeck selected in ninth round of MLB Draft by St. Louis
Flagler College baseball standout Andrew “Opie” Brodbeck was selected in the ninth round (281st pick overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this past June. Brodbeck was the first Peach Belt Conference baseball player selected.
“Coming into this draft I was just hoping for a chance,” he said. “I just wanted a chance to play at the next level. That’s been my dream since I was playing t-ball. So to hear my name in the top-10 rounds was just surreal. I was in shock.”
Flagler has now produced 37 players who have signed contracts with professional teams, including 18 draft picks. Brodbeck is the highest Flagler player selected in the draft since Jim Woodrow in 1995. Last year in the 2014 MLB Draft, Kuehl McEachern and Kyle Bird were selected in the 34th round and 35th round.
“Every year I was at Flagler I was able to improve and mature, on and off the field,” added Brodbeck. “Everything about the Athletics Department at Flagler, especially the core covenants, has helped me become who I am today. I can truly say it was an honor to play at Flagler for four years.”
At Flagler, Brodbeck made 131 starts posting a career .346 batting average with 177 hits including 37 doubles, seven triples and 13 homeruns. The Palm Harbor native scored 151 runs and recorded 82 RBIs.
“First and foremost, Opie is a baseball player,” said Flagler Head Coach Dave Barnett. “He plays hard every day and plays the game the right way. I’m really proud of him for getting his opportunity. He’s worked hard for it. It’s every kid’s dream to get an opportunity to play professional baseball, and as his coach it’s as rewarding and as exciting for me as it is for him.”
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