Voit Selected by St. Louis on Final Day of MLB Draft
June 8, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State senior Luke Voit became the third Bear to be chosen in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as the St. Louis Cardinals selected the catcher in the 22nd round with the 665th overall pick on the final day of the 40-round amateur draft Saturday afternoon.
A three-time All-MVC honoree, Voit backstopped all but one of the Bears' 54 games this season, recording a .299 batting average, two homers and team highs of 30 RBIs and eight stolen bases. The Wildwood, Mo., native was nearly flawless behind the plate with a club-best .996 fielding percentage this season, reaching base safely in 19 consecutive games and in 46 of his final 48 games as a Bear overall. Voit was named to Johnny Bench Award watch list each of the last two seasons and called each of the Bears' 13 shutouts over the last two seasons, helping MSU lead the nation in that category in 2012. He also helped the Bears post a Division I-best 2.57 team ERA in 2012.
Voit finished his MSU career 16th on the Bears' career hits list with 226 and 10th on the school's all-time doubles chart with 48. Additionally, he drove in the game-winning run 18 times over his MSU career to rank fourth on the Bears' career list and ranks among the Bears' all-time leaders in sacrifice flies, defensive putouts and fielding chances. A model of consistency and durability, Voit played in 140 consecutive games over three seasons to close his MSU career.
Voit joins a pair of pitchers on MSU's list of 2013 draftees after junior Nick Petree was taken by the Cardinals in the ninth round with the 275th overall pick and senior Grant Gordon, who was a 10th round selection (307th overall) of the Los Angeles Angels Friday afternoon. Additionally, a pair of MSU signees were selected, as infielder David Masters (Lake St. Louis, Mo./Central Arizona Junior College) was chosen by Washington in the 14th round (436th overall pick) and infielder Drew Bridges (Carthage, Mo.) was picked up by the New York Yankees in the 20th round (614th overall) Saturday.
Under the terms of Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, professional clubs must sign a drafted player by July 15, or the rights to that player are lost and he may re-enter the draft in 2014.