Clemson junior centerfielder Chase Pinder was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. Pinder was selected 214th overall and was the second Tiger taken in the draft after Charlie Barnes went to the Twins in the fourth round (106th overall).
The third-team All-ACC selection started 60 of Clemson’s 63 games and missed only two games as the everyday centerfielder for the Tigers over the past two seasons. Pinder batted .305 with seven home runs and 32 RBI. He led Clemson with 13 stolen bases and sported an on-base percentage of .419 hitting all over the order at various times. He did not commit a single error in the outfield for the Tigers in 2017.
The Cardinals used two of their first five picks on centerfielders, as they chose Cal State Fullerton’s Scott Hurst with their first selection of the draft in the third round. Pinder outperformed his projection by Baseball America, which rated Pinder as the 279th-best prospect in the draft.