After he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals last week in the third round (100th overall), I had a chance to catch up with Bronxville native Harrison Bader and get his reaction to being the first player picked from the #lohudbaseball area this year.
The name might be unfamiliar to many of you because Bader played his high school ball in the city for Horace Mann, so we didn’t get much of a chance to see him play. But he’s made a name for himself nationally as an outfielder for the University of Florida, leading the Gators in batting average each of the past two seasons. As a junior, he’s helped lead Florida to the College World Series, where the Gators are currently 1-1 after a win over Miami on Saturday and a loss to Virginia on Monday.
Bader strikes me as a really humble kid, who stressed that his priority is finishing his collegiate career with a national title. He said that he watched the draft alone to avoid the hoopla, but felt incredibly grateful once he saw that his name had been called. The Cardinals see him as a strong defensive outfielder with improving power potential. He’s had his best year in terms of run production with 15 homers and 62 RBI up to this point.
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