STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford position players Austin Slater and Danny Diekroeger were selected during the second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday. Slater was taken in the eighth round by the San Francisco Giants, before Diekroeger went in the 10th round to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Slater, a junior, was picked as a center fielder after starting all but two games at the position for the Cardinal in 2014. The versatile athlete has also played infield positions throughout his career, which makes him an exciting pick for the organization located just north of Stanford’s campus. Slater, who is on a 23-game hitting streak, is Stanford’s leading hitter at .350 through Friday’s Super Regional game at Vanderbilt.
Diekroeger was drafted as a third baseman, despite starring as Stanford’s starting first baseman in 2014 and starting every game of 2013 at second base. The left-handed hitter has owned a spot in the starting lineup for 117 straight games dating back to 2012, while hitting .309 for his career.
.@dannydiekroeger's day: Play in the Super Regional Get drafted in the 10th round Take a math final— Stanford Athletics (@GoStanford) June 7, 2014
Both prospects will be in the Cardinal’s lineup tomorrow, when Stanford and Vanderbilt play game two of the Nashville Super Regional on ESPN2. The Cardinal, which saw Alex Blandino drafted 29th overall Thursday, looks to even the series, after Vandy jumped to a 10-0 lead en route to a 11-6 victory in the series opener Friday.