ROCKTON – The St. Louis Cardinals selected Hononegah graduate Tyler Statler in the 14th round on the final day of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Statler is officially the 425th selection in the Draft. He just graduated from Hononegah and lead the Indians to the regional finals as a senior. His official scouting report on the MLB Draft website reads, “Statler is a big high school right-hander from Illinois — 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds — who’s a Southeast Missouri State commit for next year. Pitching out of a high three-quarters arm slot, he gets up to 94 mph with his fastball and mixes that with a breaking ball that has some room to develop. Statler has a lot of raw arm strength. He was named to the Perfect Game 2019 National Indoor Showcase Top Prospect Team.”
As for the newest Cardinal himself, he told 13 Sports, “Got the call at 11:45 today. They called and asked if I wanted to be a Cardinal. We told them yes, after that, we waited and they announced me on the Draft board.”
Statler grew up a Cubs fan, but he told 13 Sports that after he saw his name flash on the screen, he and his family hustled to their nearest sporting goods store to stock up on Cardinals gear, which he donned for his interview with us.
Statler continued, “It was just so exciting. I felt like I was on Cloud 9 knowing I got drafted right out of high school…I can definitely bring my athleticism and my ability to develop myself and work hard.”