Schumacher Set to Begin Professional Career With Cardinals Organization
June 12, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State senior pitcher Cody Schumacher reached a contractual agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, becoming the 129th Bear to ink a professional contract in the 51-year history of MSU baseball as a varsity program.
Schumacher, a 36th-round pick in last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, is expected to begin his professional career with St. Louis's New York-Penn League (Short-Season Class A) affiliate, the State College (Pa.) Spikes, which open their 2014 season Friday (June 13).
Schumacher capped his three-year MSU career with a dominant 2014 season as the Bears' regular Friday starter, leading the Bears in mound victories with a 6-2 mark for the season to go along with a 2.45 earned run average that not only paced the MSU staff, but ranked seventh overall in the Valley. Schumacher limited the opposition to a .210 batting average--the fourth-lowest in the circuit--and his six wins tied for ninth among all MVC pitchers.
The right-hander earned MSU's Dave Dickensheet Award as the Bears' most outstanding pitcher, becoming the first senior to claim the honor in eight years after finishing his career with a 15-4 overall record to rank seventh on the Bears' all-time winning percentage list (.789). Additionally, Schumacher's 3.05 career ERA ranks as the 10th-best figure in the history of the MSU program.