Previously, de la Cruz was ranked by the highly respected Fan Site, soxprospects.com as the #19 position prospect in the organization. Ool was not ranked.
Myers finished the 2004 season with Boston, helping the Red Sox make the playoffs before they beat the Cardinals for their first World Series championship in 86 years. He made 25 appearances for Boston after a midseason trade with the Seattle Mariners, putting up a 4.20 ERA in 15 innings.
Over a 10-year Major League career, Myers has appeared in 684 games, putting up a 4.40 ERA in 419 1/3 innings. He has 14 career saves and has pitched in at least 64 games in each of the past nine seasons.
In return for Myers the Cardinals get minor league outfielder, Carlos de La Cruz. The 19 year old, Dominican Republic native stands six feet tall and weighs in at 190 pounds. A non-drafted free agent Carlos de La Cruz played for the Lowell Spinners, of the Red Sox farm system, in 2004.
In his first season with the Spinners, Carlos de La Cruz hit a respectable .274 with 1 HR and 16 RBI. The kid showed some speed, in that he did steal 15 bases in just 64 games. He would have stolen a few more, but he was caught stealing 10 times. Looks like another Lou Brock project in the future, in the making.
The Cardinals also picked up a left-handed pitcher in Kevin Ool, in the deal.
Ool was the sixteenth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2003 Amateur Player Draft.
Ool has played two full minor league seasons, last season pitching for Augusta in the South Atlantic League where he had a record of 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 27 games. In his two minor league seasons combined, Kevin is 6-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 54 games.
The 5'11" & 180 pounds, left-hander had an impressive college career, pitching for Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Among his college honors, he was named, All-MAAC Second Team Selection in 2002... Was the MVP of the 2000 MAAC Tournament... Was an ABCA All-Northeast Region Team selection in 2000 and 2002.
Ool is expected to fit in well with the Cardinals organization. His unassuming personality has a hand in his good mound presence. But it is his competitive zeal that takes over between the lines, that is going to make him a fan favorite.
He's another one of those players who the scouts and fans say he is too small to play in the big leagues and he shouldn't be playing or doesn't even have the stuff, (mid-80's fastball) but somehow he manages to get the job done.
Neither Ool or de La Cruz will set the baseball world on fire this season, it's not likely you will hear their names again anywhere except here, but with Mike Myers clearly not beating out Bill Pulsipher, Randy Flores and or Kevin Jarvis, for a spot in the bullpen, it made him dispensable. Pulsipher, Flores and Jarvis all have pitched well and they are still trying to make the team.
The deal with Boston makes sense, it's better to get something for Myers now, than nothing later.
UPDATE: Carlos De La Cruz and left-hander Kevin Ool were assigned to rookie-level Johnson City and Low-A Quad Cities, respectively.