By Jose Saldana
Juniors shortstop Nico Hoerner and pitchers Kris Bubic and Tristan Beck were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft on Monday and Tuesday.
Hoerner, an Oakland native, was drafted 24th overall by the Chicago Cubs. He is the first Stanford player to be selected in the first round since Cal Quantrill in 2016.
Hoerner has been a staple in the middle infield for the Cardinal since his freshman season, playing in 168 career games through three seasons.
He was great at the plate, batting .345 (second on the team), hitting 17 doubles and knocking in 40 RBI.
Hoerner was also lauded for his defense, earning a spot on the All-Pac-12 Defensive Team in his sophomore season. He was also a two-time All-Pac-12 selection for his sophomore and junior seasons.
Bubic, the southpaw out of San Jose, was the next Cardinal drafted at the 40th spot to the Kansas City Royals in the Competitive Balance Round-A.
The 6-foot-3 lefty was relatively unknown prior to his sophomore season, but he became the Cardinal’s Friday ace shortly into his second season on The Farm.
In 15 starts, Bubic led Stanford with a 2.79 ERA and 96 strikeouts as a sophomore.
He followed that up with a superior junior season where he had a 2.62 ERA and 101 strikeouts, including a 130-pitch, 10-strikeout performance in his final start.
Hoerner and Bubic make the first Cardinal pair to be drafted in the first two rounds since Mark Appel and Austin Wilson went in the first and second rounds, respectively, in 2013.
Beck was the third person drafted, going 112th overall (fourth round) to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4 right hander from Corona, CA was the Friday starter for the Cardinal this past season. He ended the season with a 2.98 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 90.2 innings (lead the team).
Beck was the Cardinal’s ace since his first Opening Day back in his freshman year in 2016, earning an All-Pac-12 First Team selection in his debut season.
He would not play his sophomore season due to injury, but he came back to his original role in the Cardinal rotation for his junior year.
The 2018 MLB Draft continues with Rounds 11-30 on Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT.
Contact Jose Saldana at jsaldana ‘at’ stanford.edu.