Baseball - Thu, Jun. 8, 2006
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University senior relief pitcher/outfielder Luke Gregerson (Lyons, Ill./Morton) was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the final pick (No. 856) of the 28th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft late Wednesday. The draft drew 1,502 selections over 50 rounds with around 975 of the just over 1,500 draft picks coming out of the collegiate ranks.

"One word can describe how I'm feeling right nowÂ…relief," said Gregerson. "I spent the entire day with my family hovering over the computer waiting to see when my name would be called and when it finally happened, it was like a giant weight was lifted off my shoulders. This is a really exciting time for me and I can't wait to get started and show what I can do."

On the mound, Gregerson had a stellar season as the team's closer compiling nine saves and a 3-1 win-loss record with an impressive 0.68 earned-run average (ERA). In addition, as the Cougars' starting right fielder over 58 games, Gregerson earned both CCAC and Region VII Player of the Year honors. He hit .330 (72-for-218) and recorded a team-leading 49 runs-batted-in (RBI) and 12 stolen bases. Gregerson also posted 15 doubles, five home runs, and 46 runs scored this spring.

"Luke is a great person and player, who has worked extremely hard to put himself in this position," said Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley. "I believe he has a chance to do really well in professional baseball. I'm very happy for him and his family and I wish him well at the next level." Gregerson will head to Jupiter, Fla., on Sunday, June 11, to take part in a mini-camp. Following the camp, he will most likely head to University Park, Pa., to join the Cardinals' Class A affiliate, State College Spikes. Gregerson becomes the 46th player from Saint Xavier University to be drafted. Joseph Williams, a left-handed pitcher at SXU from 2002-2004, was the most recent draftee selected by the New York Mets following the 2004 season.