Catcher O'Keefe picked by Cards in Round 7

For all the pitchers the Cardinals took in the first few rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, the team used its seventh-round selection on a player to catch them.

Catcher Brian O'Keefe was the team's choice with the 225th overall pick in the Draft on Friday, giving the organization a 20-year-old behind the plate with a strong arm and a powerful bat.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 12 p.m. CT.

O'Keefe, out of Saint Joseph's University (Pa.), hit .350 this past season with seven homers and 43 RBIs. He had been projected as a potential backup catcher who can hit for power.

O'Keefe was a First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference player in 2014. He was a middle-of-the-order hitter in his last two seasons at Saint Joseph's.

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