Hendrix College All-American Collin Radack was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Draft on Saturday.
Radack, a 6’3", 205 right-handed center fielder from Austin, Texas, was taken as the 615th overall pick, the highest pick in Hendrix history. Left-handed pitcher Matt Blanton was taken by the Cardinals in the 23rd round and 695th overall in the 2003 draft.
"I’m beyond excited for my opportunity to play with the Cardinals," said Radack. "Thank you so much to all my teammates, coaches, family and Hendrix College for everything they have done for me over the years. God has truly blessed me with some amazing people in my life. This is an absolute dream come true for me!"
Radack became the Warriors’ first baseball All-American this season as he was selected to the ABCA Rawlings Second Team and the D3Baseball.com Third Team. He was also a ABCA/Rawlings All-America Gold Glove Team selection and a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America second team pick.
A four-time first team all-conference selection in the outfield, he hit .389 (250-for-642) for his career with 163 runs scored, 45 doubles, 13 triples, six home runs, 110 RBIs, 339 total bases, .528 slugging percentage, 50 walks, 37 hit by pitch, .455 on-base percentage, 12 sacrifice flies, 81 stolen bases and a .922 fielding percentage. Radack ended his career with school records in games played, started, at bats, runs, hits, triples, intentional walks (12), stolen bases and fielding percentage and tied for first in total bases. He also broke the program record with a 28-game hitting streak during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
On the year, Radack hit .401 with 73 hits, 53 runs, 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 23 RBIs, 34 stolen bases, a .549 slugging percentage, .471 on-base percentage, and a perfect fielding percentage in 158 chances.
"We are thrilled for Collin to begin his professional baseball career with St. Louis," said Hendrix head baseball coach Neil Groat. "During his time at Hendrix he has excelled in all aspects of college life and has truly earned this opportunity."