For those who want to dig in and both see and read details about the 42 players selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, The Cardinal Nation has a very comprehensive set of reports for you to view.
However, if you are looking for the basics, this is the place for you!
Breaking Down the Picks
Here is the breakdown by class, day selected and position.
When considering those likely first to sign, one should start with the first few picks, regardless of class. In those cases, one can assume money was discussed prior to the draft. Next are the college seniors, as that group has the least leverage to enter a long negotiation.
On the other end of the spectrum are the high schoolers, who have the threat of attending college instead and re-entering the draft later if they don't get the money they expect. This year's signing deadline is July 18.
As denoted in the table that follows, the Cards chose 12 seniors. That includes three in the first 10 rounds, where any money saved can be reallocated to the two high schoolers and seven college underclassmen in that top 10 rounds group of 12 total draftees.
The top 10 rounds are governed by a total bonus pool allocation to the Cardinals this year of just under $7.1 million. The Cardinals also selected a high schooler in the 11th round and non-seniors through round 19. If any players taken after round 10 receive more than $100,000 each, the excess will also count against the pool.
That money would come from below slot signings elsewhere in the top 10, especially Andrew Morales in the second, Daniel Poncedeleon in the ninth and Denny Diekroeger in the 10th. All three are seniors. The third and fourth-round selections, while juniors, could be underslot candidates, as well.
The Cardinals can spend up to five percent more than the above total without being docked a pick in 2015. There is a financial penalty, but it is tolerable.
Following is the basic biographical information for all 42. Remember that by clicking on any highlighted player name, you will be taken to his individual player profile page. There, all the prior information we have about him is available – articles, injury news, photos, videos, interviews and more - all in one place.
|Rd||Player (overall pick)||Pos||Cls||School|
|1||Luke Weaver (27)||RHP||Jr||Florida State University|
|1||Jack Flaherty (34)||RHP||HS||Harvard-Westlake HS, Calif.|
|2||Ronnie Williams (68)||RHP||JS||American Senior HS, Fla.|
|2||Andrew Morales (71)||RHP||Sr||California-Irvine|
|3||Trevor Megill (104)||RHP||Jr||Loyola Marymount|
|4||Austin Gomber (135)||LHP||Jr||Florida Atlantic|
|5||Darren Seferina (165)||2B||J1||Miami-Dade CC South|
|6||Andrew Sohn (195)||SS||Jr||Western Michigan|
|7||Brian O’Keefe (225)||C||Jr||St. Joseph’s (Pa.)|
|8||Nick Thompson (255)||RF||Jr||William & Mary|
|9||Daniel Poncedeleon (285)||RHP||Sr||Embry-Riddle Aero. Univ|
|10||Danny Diekroeger (315)||3B||Sr||Stanford|
|11||Justin Bellinger (345)||1B||HS||St. Sebastian’s School, Mass.|
|12||Jordan DeLorenzo (375)||LHP||Jr||University of West Florida|
|13||Matt Pearce (405)||RHP||J2||Polk State College (Fla.)|
|14||Chris Shaw (435)||C||J1||Midland College (Tex.)|
|15||Matt Ditman (465)||RHP||Jr||Rice University|
|16||Tristan Hildebrandt (495)||SS||HS||Esperanza HS (Cal)|
|17||Dustin Beggs (525)||RHP||J2||Georgia Perimeter College|
|18||Blake Drake (555)||CF||Jr||Concordia University (Ore)|
|19||Dom Thompson-Williams (585)||CF||J1||Iowa Western College|
|20||Collin Radack (615)||OF||Sr||Hendrix College (Ark.)|
|21||Casey Grayson (645)||1B||5S||University of Houston|
|22||Derek Casey (675)||RHP||HS||Hanover HS (Va)|
|23||Joe Gillette (705)||3B||HS||Scotts Valley HS (Cal)|
|24||Casey Turgeon (735)||2B||Jr||University of Florida|
|25||Landon Beck (765)||RHP||Jr||Anderson University (S.C.)|
|26||Tyler Bray (795)||RHP||Sr||Univ. of Louisiana-Monroe|
|27||Cole Lankford (825)||C||Jr||Texas A&M University|
|28||Tyler Dunnington (855)||RHP||Sr||Colorado Mesa University|
|29||Bryan Dobzanski (885)||RHP||HS||Delsea Regional HS (NJ)|
|30||Josh Wirsu (915)||RHP||Jr||Georgia Southern University|
|31||Julian Barzilli (945)||3B||Sr||Whittier College|
|32||Anthony Herron, Jr. (975)||RHP||Hs||Affton HS (Mo)|
|33||Dominic Moreno (1,005)||RHP||Jr||Texas Tech University|
|34||George Iskenderian (1,035)||SS||J2||Indian River State Coll. (NJ)|
|35||Michael Bono (1,065)||RHP||HS||Buchanan HS|
|36||Cody Schumacher (1,095)||RHP||Sr||Missouri State University|
|37||Chase Raffield (1,125)||LF||Sr||Georgia State University|
|38||Sasha Kuebel (1,155)||LHP||Jr||University of Iowa|
|39||Kyle Ruchim (1,185)||2B||Sr||Northwestern University|
|40||Davis Ward (1,215)||RHP||Sr||Ouachita Baptist University|
Finally, to see where these players might fit in the system if and when they sign, check out the Cardinals organization Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. All draftees will be added to a new matrix later this week, as the first short-season club to begin play, State College, divulges its roster.
Link to the Scout.com 2014 Draft Board, where an extensive library of draft materials, including scouting reports, mock drafts, interviews and much more awaits.
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