Rockwall catcher Steve Bean drafted first by world champ St. Louis Cards

ROCKWALL – Rockwall High School catcher Steve Bean was selected as the first pick of the world-champion St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League Baseball compensatory round draft Monday.

Selected 59th, he was the only Dallas/Fort Worth-area high school player selected on the first day among the first 60 picks of the MLB First-year draft.

A University of Texas signee, Bean is considered to be the top catching prospect in North Texas, with an outstanding arm and good hitting stroke. He hit .438 this season, with four home runs, nine doubles and a team-high 32 RBIs.

At 6’2″ & 190 lbs, he  made both Keith Law’s top 100 and Baseball America’s top 100 lists.

After learning about his selection, Bean told the Dallas Morning News that he didn’t have any special relationship with St. Louis, and entered the night unsure where he might end up. He wasn’t sure he’d be drafted on Day 1, but was watching the draft. He said it was “an honor” to see his name pop up on the next-to-last pick of the night.

Bean’s Yellowjacket teammate Spencer Edwards and Bean’s D-Bat Mustangs teammate Jake Thompson, the Rockwall-Heath pitcher, were drafted during the second round of the draft Tuesday.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher



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