College outfielder Bosco is Cards' 13th-round pick

College outfielder Bosco is Cards' 13th-round pick

The Cardinals again looked to the outfield with their 13th-round pick, selecting center fielder Jimmy Bosco at No. 395 overall.

As a junior at Menlo College (Calif.), Bosco earned NAIA West Group Player of the Year honors with a .426 batting average and a .805 slugging percentage in 52 starts.

"Jimmy Bosco is a really exciting talent," scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. "He's really fast -- he ran a 6.3 [60-yard dash] in our workout in California, which is almost world-class speed. He flashes some power. He plays the game really similar to a guy like Brent Gardner. He's got some upside."

Bosco began his college career at the University of California-Berkeley, where he played in 36 games, batting .321 as a freshman. He then transferred to Arkansas, where he sat out the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules.

Bosco played in 44 game games as a redshirt sophomore with the Razorbacks in 2012, batting .262 with four homers and 28 RBIs in a mostly reserve role before landing at Menlo College, where he was immediately eligible to play the 2013 season at the NAIA school.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.