Cardinals Prospect Interview: Jack Flaherty

Taken 34th overall in the 2014 Draft, right-hander Jack Flaherty has shown maturity and skill early on as a St. Louis Cardinals prospect.

Coming from a strong prep program at Harvard-Westlake in University City, California, right-handed pitcher Jack Flaherty made an early commitment to the University of North Carolina.

Knowing that it could take $2 million to alter the 18-year-old’s trajectory did not deter the St. Louis Cardinals. The organization selected Flaherty with their second first-round selection, 34th overall. It was a compensatory pick awarded to the Cardinals for the loss of free agent Carlos Beltran.

Flaherty signed quickly and reported to the Cardinals’ lowest-level US rookie squad in the Gulf Coast League. While he was eased into work, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder was impressive, striking out 28 and walking just four in 22 innings. The main photo offers an example of what the hitter sees as Flaherty’s windup progresses. In the most recent Cardinals system prospect rankings from The Cardinal Nation, Flaherty has pitched his way into the top 10.

In the following interview, held during the Cardinals instructional league camp, Flaherty discusses his first-year journey from high school to the professional ranks, his workload, four-pitch offerings and more.

What is Next

The Cardinal Nation’s extensive series of player and coach interviews from Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter will continue in the upcoming days. They will include Mike Shildt, Derrick May, Tim Leveque, Oscar Mercado, Malik Collymore, Carson Kelly, Mason Katz, Alex Reyes, Ronnie Williams, Bryan Dobzanski, Rowan Wick, Chris Rivera, Andrew Morales and Jery Then.

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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