Round 9, No. 253 overall: Luke Brown, OF, University of Louisville
Notable skill: Speed and consistency. Brown’s 17 stolen bases in 22 attempts were the third most for the Cardinals last season, and he stole 28 in 67 games over two years with Louisville. He also batted .320 or better in both 2020 and ‘21, but he upped his slugging last season -- despite hitting no homers -- with his speed helping him collect 13 doubles and four triples.
Fun fact: As a receiver at Bowling Green High School (Ky.), Brown won three state championships. He had 39 receptions for 795 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016, his senior year, helping power a team that scored 40 or more points in 13 of its 15 games that season.
Quotable: "A lot of guys don't know how hard the kid works," Louisville teammate Cooper Bowman told the Courier Journal during the college season. "He deserves everything he's getting right now. He went through his struggles and worked out of it, and there's no one I like to see succeed more than him right now."
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