Now, Burdi is getting preseason love to prove it.
The right-handed Burdi was selected as a preseason First-Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
As a sophomore, Burdi was one of the top relievers in college baseball. He had 16 saves with a 0.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 29 appearances or 35.2 innings.
Burdi reached 100 MPH several times last season and was named a first-team All-American by Perfect Game and second-team All-American by the NCBWA.
The 6-foot-4 Burdi allowed opposing batters to hit just .192 and finished with a 3-3 record for the Cardinals, who won a school-record 51 games. The Cardinals made it to the College World Series for the second time in school history.
The Cardinals begin practice on Jan. 24 with the first game of the season slated for Feb. 14-16 in a tournament at Charleston, S.C.