Mr. Baseball is taking his show to Louisville.
Former Warren East baseball star Mark Biggs confirmed to the Daily News this morning that he will opt for the University of Louisville baseball team over professional baseball.
Biggs, a 6-foot-3-inch, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, outfielder and third baseman, was drafted June 7 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
“I couldn’t tell you enough good things about the Blue Jays organization,” Biggs said. “We had good talks, good negotiations, all the way from the draft up until this point. I told them before the draft I would make my decision before today just because I’m going to summer school at U of L. We couldn’t get a deal done.”
Biggs was drafted in the eighth round - No. 259 overall - after a season that included a 5-0 record with 50 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched and an ERA just more than 2.00. He also hit better than .440 to go along with 47 RBIs and 12 homers in helping Warren East earn the school’s first Region 4 Tournament championship since 1988.
He said the Cardinals’ coaching staff was, as expected, thrilled with his decision.
“I talked to them last night and all the coaches were excited that I’m finally coming in,” he said. “They wanted me to talk to all the other signees and make sure they know that everybody’s fired up about coming in to Louisville.”