Nick Burdi drafted No. 46 by Minnesota Twins

Nick Burdi

University of Louisville two-time All-American reliever Nick Burdi has been selected by the Minnesota Twins as the No. 46 pick in the MLB Draft on Thursday night. Burdi is the highest selection ever by a U of L player.

Another University of Louisville star drafted by a team in Minnesota.

Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves), Asia Taylor (Lynx) and Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings) are already in Minnesota and now Nick Burdi is going to join them perhaps in the Twin Cities.

Burdi became the highest draft pick in U of L baseball history, selected at No. 46 by the Minnesota Twins during day one of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Burdi went 10 spots higher than Trystan Magnuson, who was No. 56 in 2007. He becomes the 41st U of L player selected in eight years under coach Dan McDonnell.

A two-time All-American, Burdi has 16 saves each of the past two seasons and is the school's all-time leader with 32. He has a 0.54 ERA this season and was named as a finalist for the 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.

Burdi has already been named a 2014 First Team Louisville Slugger All-American. He has a 3-1 record and 58 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.

"I'll celebrate with my family for 15 minutes and then it's Kennesaw State," Burdi said on Thursday, talking about U of L's Super Regional opponent for this weekend.

The Cardinals will play Kennesaw State in the opener of a best-of-three series on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.

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