Signee first U of L player to go in MLB Draft

Tucker Neuhaus

The University of Louisville baseball program had a player selected on the first night of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night. But it wasn't a current player. U of L signee Tucker Neuhaus was selected with the No. 72 pick.

The University of Louisville baseball program expects to lose several current players after this week's MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The Cardinals will also lose their top signee.

Wharton, Fla., shortstop Tucker Neuhaus, who signed with U of L in the fall, was selected as the No. 72 overall pick – Comp Round B – by the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the only played with a U of L connection picked in the first two rounds.

Neuhaus ranked in the top 100 prospects by every scouting service and batted .329 as a junior at Wharton, which is near Tampa, Fla. He only batted .222 in 35 plate appearances during his senior year, which was hampered by injuries.

Neuhaus likely won't be the only U of L player drafted.

U of L coach Dan McDonnell said on Thursday that he expects pitchers Dace Kime, Jeff Thompson and Chad Green to be the highest picks, while center fielder Adam Engel is also a "very good prospect."

Third baseman Ty Young and left fielder Coco Johnson are other players who will likely get drafted off the U of L roster.

With an NCAA Super Regional on tap this weekend at Vanderbilt, Engel said the Cardinals are "not really focused on the draft all that much."

"This is a family," he said of the team. "I am sure (those drafted) will get calls and the draft will be there, but we won't worry about it until after the season."

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