Former LSN Bronco, St. Louis Cardinals farmhand Andrew Warner (and dad JD!)

He’s always been pretty good at this game; so good, in fact, that he could play anywhere on the field at a moment’s notice. Along with the amazing talent, he had a baseball IQ at such a young age that left me wondering-is he gonna play in the big leagues or manage? One thing at a time, coach…
If you ask him the most important things to him, he may tell you that he’s a family guy. He has amazing parents and he just got married. He may talk about his former coaches and teammates, which is no surprise because he’s humble and understands the importance of God’s gift of talent. You may even hear a hint of old school musicality when he shares his love of Pearl Jam and other classic rock bands. But make no mistake, this dude loves the game of baseball, and he’s good at it, really good. But he almost didn’t get there…
In the 2018 amateur draft, MLB organizations don’t draft as long as they used to. MLB Hall of Famer Mike Piazza was drafted in the 62nd rd. years ago by the LA Dodgers, only as a favor to his godfather, former Dodger mgr. Tommy Lasorda. This year, as the draft went along, Warner’s name wasn’t called….until the last round (40th) by the St. Louis Cardinals, a virtual afterthought after putting up monster numbers his last 2 years at Columbia College where he’d earned 1st Team All-American honors. At least he had his foot in the door, right? On a Wednesday, he got drafted. 2 days later, he got married. 1 day later, he got on a plane to begin a career he’d only dreamed of…
A draft round is only a number. This 40th rounder started his career by earning the FSL’s coveted MVP award, earned a promotion to Johnson City, TN and catapulted his status as late pick up to top prospect in a matter of weeks. Hear from the young man who experienced a lifetime over a 4-day span, and how the coaching thing may just have to be put on hold for a few years…