SECAUCUS, N.J. — Becoming the 97th Cardinal to be drafted by a Major League Baseball (MLB) team, Lamar University's Jason Blanchard earned the opportunity to continue his baseball career on Tuesday when the pitcher was taken in the ninth round by the San Diego Padres as the 263rd pick.

"We are really happy for Jason," said head coach Will Davis. "He has worked incredibly hard to get this opportunity and no one deserves this more!"

Blanchard played two seasons for Lamar and earned a spot on the Third Team All-Southland Conference as a starting pitcher in 2019. This past season Blanchard ranked 10th in the SLC in ERA with a 3.12 and tied for third in strikeouts with 87 this year. He held a .226 opposing batting average, seventh best among qualifying pitchers, and was fourth in the league in batters struck out looking. His 89.1 innings pitched ranked seventh and he tied for the SLC lead in games started with 14. He allowed just nine doubles this year, the eighth-fewest in the league.

He struck out eight or more batters four times this season including a career-best 10 batters in his final career appearance, allowing just three hits and no earned runs in eight innings against UCA on May 17. He never walked more than three batters in a game and totaled at least six strikeouts in all but three of his 14 starts.

The selection of Blanchard marks the sixth Cardinal to be drafted in three seasons under Davis and the 27th Cardinal to be selected in the past 10 seasons.

The final 30 rounds of the MLB Draft will take place Wednesday on the MLB Network. For those Cardinal fans who can't watch MLB Network, click this link.