Knapp Selected in Second Round of MLB Draft
June 6, 2013
BERKELEY - Cal junior catcher Andrew Knapp, a 2013 first-team Preseason All-American and a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, was selected in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies and was the 53rd pick overall Thursday (June 6) during the first day of the Major League Amateur Draft.
Knapp was a projected to be a high pick (one of 38 collegiate player picked in the first two rounds) after batting a team-leading .350 (third in Pac-12) with a team-high 16 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI in 2013. He also hit a team-best .392 (20-for-51) with runners in scoring position. Other highlights this season for Knapp included hitting three-run homers against league foes Washington State and Oregon, and knocking in the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning versus Michigan in the 2013 season-opener.
For his career, Knapp currently has a .294 average (142-for-483) with 35 doubles, 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 137 games.
Knapp is the son of Mike Knapp, a standout catcher for the Golden Bears in 1985-86. Knapp's younger brother, Aaron, has signed a letter of intent and will join David Esquer's program in the fall of 2013.
Knapp is now the 67th Cal baseball player drafted since Esquer became the Bears' coach in 2000 and the eighth second rounder in Esquer's tenure. Cal has had second round picks in the MLB draft in each of the past three years with Knapp joining Tony Renda in 2012 (Washington Nationals) and Erik Johnson in 2011 (Chicago White Sox).