The excitement of being selected in the MLB Draft can often make a quick fan of any player chosen by an organization, but for Luke Weaver–who was selected 17th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals, he had been hoping to be selected by the team prior to Thursday night.
"Believe it or not, this is the team that was number one in my book," exclaimed Weaver on a conference call. "I was just sitting there dreaming for it to happen and it happening is just a dream come true. To have my family and friends and support–my heart dropped to the ground, I was so pumped and excited. It's something that I will never, ever forget."
At Florida State, Weaver was a freshman when another Cardinals first-round pick, James Ramsey was a senior. The two have remained in contact, with Ramsey even sending a congratulatory text, and other Seminoles/Cardinals John Gast and Shane Robinson also having nothing but good to say about the St. Louis organization.
Weaver's advisor is also the agent to Michael Wacha.
Able to dial it up to 97mph when necessary, Weaver shared he regularly sits at 92-94mph–but has been working hard on his slider and has always had a good changeup.
Besides the change, humor is also part of Weaver's arsenal.
"If I'm going ground animal that's definitely the one I'm going for, but if I'm trying to fly–the Cardinals is definitely a top bet," responded Weaver, not missing a beat about the discussion in his Weaver's World video about choosing a leopard versus a Cardinals as his favorite animal.
"When I cross that white line, it's game on," added Weaver. "No one's going to touch me–that's how I feel. I'm confident in myself and confident in my team, no matter what. When I step on the other side of that line and it's not game day–I'm obviously in the game, but when it's time to goof around I'll definitely take full advantage of it and I think it's key to not take the game too seriously because it's a rough game and it will get to you quickly and I think it's just that positive and loose attitude that what's going to excel."
Brian Stull will be contributing to KSDK Sports throughout the 2014 MLB season. Brian is the St. Louis Cardinals lead writer at St. Louis Baseball Weekly and is the host of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show on CBS Sports Radio 920.