TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Luke Weaver was selected with the 27th overall pick in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft. The announcement came from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Thursday evening inside Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, N.J.
Weaver is the fourth Seminole to be drafted in the first round since 2008 following Buster Posey (5th overall, San Francisco Giants, 2008), Sean Gilmartin (28th overall, Atlanta Braves, 2011) and James Ramsey (23rd overall, St. Louis Cardinals, 2012).
“It was hard because I got a text from my advisor saying, ‘Let’s Go!’ with the Cardinals on the clock,” said Weaver. “I sat there for a whole minute, my heart was racing, and when I heard my name it was such a surreal feeling. I was speechless, I didn’t know what do. This is what every kid dreams about.”
Florida State has now produced 21 first round draft picks by 20 different players in the history of the program. Six of FSU’s 21 first round picks have been selected by the Cardinals including Terry Kennedy (C, 1977, St. Louis, 6th), Luis Alicea (2B, 1986, St. Louis, 23rd), J.D. Drew (OF, 1998, St. Louis, 5th), Nick Stocks (P, 1999, St. Louis, 36th - compensatory pick), James Ramsey (OF, 2012, St. Louis, 23rd) and now Weaver in 2014.
“For three years Luke Weaver was the epitome of a student-athlete,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “All the way through his last semester at Florida State, he maintained over a 3.0 GPA culminating with a 3.5 GPA this past spring.
“Luke Weaver was well respected by all of his teammates because of his hard work, dedication and determination to succeed in all facets of his life. He continued to improve from his freshman year through his junior year and was an exceptional pitcher for us. He represented his family, his university and himself in a first class manner at all times. Everything Luke Weaver has accomplished since he has been at Florida State he has earned. We are excited for Luke and congratulate him on being drafted by the Cardinals.”
In three years at Florida State, Weaver went 16-6 with a 3.04 ERA and one save in 49 appearances making 37 starts. The hard throwing right hander tallied 244 career strikeouts in 245.2 innings of work. He ranks ninth all-time at Florida State with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.87.
“After bypassing the draft coming out of high school and choosing to attend Florida State, I promised myself that I would work to be the best I could be,” added Weaver. “I wanted to prove to myself and to those around me that I made the right decision.
“It was a big decision to go to Florida State. I used the opportunity to mature more and as a stepping stone for a career in professional baseball. I don’t regret for one second the decision I made. I have met some of my best friends and beautiful girlfriend at FSU and to gain the experience under a great coaching staff has been a great experience. This has really paid off.”
Weaver was named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper in 2014 after leading the Seminoles in wins (8), innings pitched (106.1) and strikeouts (85). The DeLand, Fla., native tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout against Boston College in Rhode Island and then followed with his second complete game victory at Wake Forest on April 18. Weaver, a first-team All-ACC honoree in 2014, worked six or more innings in 13 starts this year, while tallying seven or more strikeouts six times.
“The Cardinals were my top team,” said Weaver. “When talking to past players like Shane (Robinson), John (Gast) and James (Ramsey), I heard nothing but good things about the organization. They do such a great job with their farm system in developing pitchers. If I could hand pick anyone to play for it would have been the Cardinals.”
The 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft will continue at 1:05 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday. Day 2 covers rounds 3-10, and Day 3 features rounds 11-40.
FSU’s All-Time First Round Draft Picks
Player, Position, Year Drafted, Team, Pick
Jim Lyttle, OF, 1966, New York (AL), 10th
Tom Cook, C, 1968, Oakland, 12th
Terry Kennedy, C, 1977, St. Louis, 6th
Jeff Ledbetter, OF, 1982, Boston, 26th
Luis Alicea, 2B, 1986, St. Louis, 23rd
Eduardo Perez, 1B/OF, 1991, California, 17th
Kenny Felder, OF, 1992, Milwaukee, 12th
Chris Roberts, P/OF, 1992, New York (NL), 18th
John Wasdin, P, 1993, Oakland, 25th
Paul Wilson, P, 1994, New York (NL), 1st
Jonathan Johnson, P, 1995, Texas, 7th
David Yocum, P, 1995, Los Angeles (NL), 20th
J.D. Drew, OF, 1997, Philadelphia, 2nd
J.D. Drew, OF, 1998, St. Louis, 5th
Nick Stocks, P, 1999, St. Louis, 36th (compensatory pick)
John-Ford Griffin, OF, 2001, New York (AL), 23rd
Stephen Drew, SS, 2004, Arizona, 4th
Buster Posey, C, 2008, San Francisco, 5th
Sean Gilmartin, P, 2011, Atlanta, 28th
James Ramsey, OF, 2012, St. Louis, 23rd
Luke Weaver, P, 2014, St. Louis, 27th