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Draft Matheny's son

The final day of the Major League Baseball draft saw a few more Show-Me-State players get picked. One of those taken was a headliner.

The Cardinals selected Tate Matheny from Westminster Christian Academy in the 23rd round. Matheny is the son of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Matheny, who has signed to play at Missouri State, was one of the state’s top high school prospects this year. He hit .610 with 11 home runs, 10 doubles, 11 triples and 51 RBI. He helped lead Westminster to the Class 3 state title for the second straight season.

It is not known if Matheny will sign with the Cardinals or go to Missouri State.

The Cardinals stayed in state to draft University of Central Missouri pitcher Lee Stoppelman in the 24th round. The right-hander was 10-0 with a 1.47 ERA in 11 starts. Opponents hit just .217 off him.

The Royals stayed in Missouri for one pick, selecting pitcher Ashton Goudeau of Maplewoods Community College in the 27th round.

The Atlanta Braves drafted four Missouri products Wednesday. Missouri shortstop Eric Garcia was picked in the 20th round, Southeast Missouri State third baseman Moses Trenton was grabbed in the 26th round, SEMO pitcher Shae Simmons went in the 22nd round while Kennett High School pitcher Adam Grantham was selected in round 32.

Garcia hit .271 with 35 RBI last season for the Tigers. Grantham has committed to play at Arkansas State.

Simmons was 7-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 15 starts. He had 89 strikeouts in 82 innings pitched.

Trenton led the Redhawks with a .408 average and 19 home runs.

Former Moberly High School standout Cory Embree was drafted for the second straight year. He was selected by the Dodgers in the 38th round. Embree went to Maple woods Community College in Kansas City after being drafted by the Indians in last year’s 47th round.

Will Dupont of Lafayette was drafted in the 16th round by the Blue Jays.

Toronto also picked up Hazelwood Central pitcher Jonathan Harris in the 33rd round.

The Cubs picked a pair of Missouri high school seniors in Parkway South’s Daniel Holst (31st round) and Lee’s Summit West Catcher Matthew Fultz (34th round).

The Diamondbacks picked up Missouri State second baseman Kevin Medrano in the 18th round.

The Giants selected Missouri catcher Ben Turner in the 21st round.

Another Tiger was drafted in the 27th round as the Mariners took pitcher Blake Holovach.

Detroit selected Savannah pitcher Blake McFadden in round 32 while the Phillies picked up Trenton pitcher Austin Norris in the 39th round.

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