Wando High School’s Kep Brown has turned down a chance to sign a pro contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and will play college baseball at Miami, he announced Friday night.
Brown, a 6-5, 200-pound outfielder, was drafted in the 10th round by the Cardinals in the MLB draft on Tuesday. He was projected as a first or second-round pick before tearing his Achilles tendon in April during Wando’s season.
This spring, Brown was 15 of 29 through Wando’s first 13 games, with six doubles, one triple and two home runs. That translated to a .517 batting average, .548 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of 1.000 before he was injured.
Brown underwent surgery on his Achilles tendon, an injury that usually requires a rehab of six to eight months. He expects to be ready to play college baseball next spring.
Brown will be eligible for the draft again in 2018, after three seasons at Miami.