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Cardinals select Pete Kozma with top pick
06/07/2007 5:25 PM ET
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals today selected shortstop Pete Kozma with their first pick, 18th overall, in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. It was the third time in the last seven years that the Cardinals opted for a position player with their top pick.

Kozma, 18, was an All-American at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma. He finished his senior season with team-bests in batting average (.522), runs (56), RBI (55) and home runs (11). He struck out five times in 113 at-bats and had 23 walks. Kozma had a three-homer game in the Oklahoma state 6-A playoffs and helped lead the school to a state title as his solo HR was the only run in the 1-0 championship win.

"Pete projects as a solid player who has above average tools for a middle infielder," said Cardinals Vice President of Amateur Scouting & Player Development Jeff Luhnow. "He has tremendous potential and really upgrades our infield depth in the minor league system."

The 6'1", 180-pound Kozma posted a .491 career batting average at Owasso (171-for-348) and scored 154 runs with 140 RBI and 30 home runs. His .553 batting average as a junior was a school record. He has a commitment to attend Wichita State.

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