MLB Draft: OU's Levi Prater selected in third round by St. Louis Cardinals
NORMAN — Oklahoma left-handed pitcher Levi Prater was drafted in the third round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
Prater, a Byng High School product, was taken with the No. 93 overall pick, which has a bonus slot of $627,900.
The Sooners’ Saturday starter, Prater was 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA in four starts during the spring’s shortened season. He struck out 33 batters and allowed just nine runs in 23 2/3 innings.
In 2018, he appeared in 16 games, making 14 starts. He was 7-4 with three shutouts. He also lead the team with a 3.26 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 80 innings. As a freshman, he was primarily a reliever, appearing in 33 games and making just four starts.
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In high school, Prater was on The Oklahoman’s All-State first team, posting a 0.35 ERA as a senior.
Prater also overcame a childhood accident to become a dominant star. He lost all but two fingers on his right hand during a lawn-mowing accident.