(Busch Stadium) It wasn’t the usual first round selection, but the St. Louis Cardinals made their first pick of the 2017 MLB Draft, selecting Cal State-Fullerton outfielder Scott Hurst in the 3rd round (the 94th overall pick) this afternoon.
“It means more than everything,” said Hurst. “I’ve been playing this game my whole life, being able to have the opportunity to play for a great organization like this. It was pretty emotional when it first happened, something I’ll never forget.”
Hurst was getting ready to leave his apartment and head to practice when he got the news.
“Being able to go to Omaha with my team is awesome, being drafted by the Cardinals is–I mean, I couldn’t ask for a better week,” he said. “It couldn’t have played out any better. Being able to beat our rival in the Super Regional and go to Omaha, then everything that happened today. It’s absolutely amazing. It’s tough to put into words, but it’s just a really great feeling what’s going on right now.”
In 61 games for the Titans this season, Hurst hit .332 with 12 home runs and drove in 39 runs. Four of those homers came in a May 20th game against CSUN. Hurst also stole 7 bases. He bats and throws right-handed.
“Anytime you get someone who has his tool package at that spot in the draft, who has also performed and can do it on both sides of the ball, that makes someone very interesting,” said Cardinals Scouting Director Randy Flores. “Our hope is that his adjustments and his better days are just beginning, that he would be one of those types of players who would continue to develop after his college career is done.”
Listed at 5’10, 190lbs, Hurst is a native of Glendora, California and attended Bishop Amat High School.
Besides commenting on Hurst, Randy Flores also addressed the team’s other seven picks from Day 2 of the MLB Draft and overall philosophy and approach this year…
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