Mark Biggs, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, outfielder and third baseman, is passing up his selection in the Major League Baseball draft, to play for the University of Louisville.

Mark Biggs (Joe Imel/BG Daily News)

Biggs, who played for Warren East High School, was drafted in the eighth round — 259th overall — during the first year player draft in June by the Toronto Blue Jays.

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Biggs told the Blue Jays:

“We had good talks, good negotiations, all the way from the draft up until this point. I told them before the draft I would make my decision before today just because I’m going to summer school at U of L. We couldn’t get a deal done.”

Biggs had a 5-0 record with 50 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched and an ERA just more than 2.00. He also hit better than .440 to go along with 47 RBIs and 12 homers in helping Warren East earn the school’s first Region 4 Tournament championship since 1988.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.