Major League Baseball’s annual June draft got underway Thursday and the St. Louis Cardinals had four picks among the first 74, two of which came in the first 34 of the draft.
With their first pick, the 27th selection overall, the Cardinals chose right handed pitcher Luke Weaver out of Florida State.
Weaver went 8-4 with a 2.62 ERA for the Seminoles during his junior year. The right hander walked 23 batters while striking out 83 over 106.1 innings of work. During his three years with Florida State, Weaver was 16-6 with one save.
Coming out of high school, Weaver was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 19th round of the 2011 draft.
St. Louis’ second pick, the 34th pick overall, was a compensation pick for losing free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran to the New York Yankees. The Cardinals selected  a high school pitcher, Jack Flaherty from Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, California.
Flaherty went 10-0 as a senior in 12 starts with a 0.63 ERA in 78 innings pitched. He struck out 125 batters and walked just 12. Over his four years of high school baseball, Flaherty piled up 35 wins with an ERA of 1.19 with 324 strike outs over 265.2 innings pitched.
The Cardinals next pick came at the end of the second round, the 68th pick overall. With that selection, the Redbirds took another high school arm. This time it was American Senior High School senior Ronnie Williams out of Florida.
The Cardinals’ final pick came at pick No. 71. Andrew Morales of University of California Irvine became the fourth pitcher taken by St. Louis in the first two rounds.
The third round of the MLB draft will continue Saturday afternoon at noon. The Cardinals first pick will be No. 104.