June 7, 2013

ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis catcher Grant Nelson has been drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 14th pick of the ninth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He is the first Billiken drafted since Dave Sever was drafted in the 16th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009. Nelson was the 270th overall selection.

"I am so happy for Grant and his family," head coach Darin Hendrickson said. "It speaks to his work ethic that he was selected at such a high round as a converted infielder. It is a great day for Billiken baseball, but a better day for Grant Nelson."

Nelson had a terrific senior campaign with the Billikens, hitting .338 with a .465 slugging percentage and a .433 on-base percentage. He also added five home runs and 32 RBIs. In the Saint Louis record book he is 17th in career batting average (.326). Nelson was a third baseman in 2012, his first season with Saint Louis, but moved behind the plate as a senior. 

The highest Billiken draft pick in the primary MLB draft is Ken Ossola, who was drafted in the eighth round of the 1969 draft (pick no. 172 overall) by the New York Mets.