Calvary Christian shortstop Christian Cairo was selected in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians. Cairo was the 130th player taken overall. The approximate pick value for that slot is $434,300.
Cairo was a four-year starter for the Warriors and helped the team win two state championships, including this season. As a senior he hit .451 with 33 stolen bases and 24 RBI. He had six doubles and four home runs. He played shortstop his final two years after playing mostly third base as a freshman and sophomore.
“He was very talented as a freshman,” Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen said. “You could see even then that he had a lot of potential. It’s been fun to watch him develop over the years. And he’s had great support from his family.”
This is the highest a Calvary Christian player has ever been drafted. As a freshman, Cairo played in 26 games and had a .088 batting average in 42 plate appearances. He hit .311 as a sophomore and never hit under .300 after his first season.
“I’ve matured both mentally and physically," Cairo said prior to the draft. “I think I’ve fine-tuned my swing and my defense. I’ve found my approach."
Cairo, who is 5 feet 11, 180 pounds, is the son of former major-league infielder Miguel Cairo. After his sophomore year he committed to LSU.
He was the only area high school player selected in the first 10 rounds. The draft continues on Wednesday at noon with rounds 11-40.