ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals took Oklahoma high
school shortstop Pete Kozma with the 18th overall pick of the
baseball draft today.
The 18-year-old batted .522 his senior year with eleven home
runs and 55 R-B-I-s in 113 at-bats. His Owasso High School team
made the state Class Six-A title game.
The Cardinals say he has above-average tools for a middle
Kozma is six-foot-one and 180 pounds. He's the third infielder
taken in the first round by the Cardinals since 1997.
Second baseman Adam Kennedy was the 20th pick in 1997 and Tyler
Greene was selected in 2005.
The Cardinals' draft position is their highest since 2001, off
their 83-and-78 regular-season record last year. The Cardinals have
four picks in the first two rounds because of free agent
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