The Scott Prospect Report

At the end of day one of the 2005 Draft, Jason Scott takes a look at the Cardinals Draft Picks over the past decade.

The first half of the 2005 Amateur Draft began today. Here is a recap of what the Cardinals have done in each of the past ten drafts.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): Matt Morris ($850,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: None

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 6 – Matt Morris, Matt DeWitt (10th round), Britt Reames (17th round), Chris Richard (19th round), Kerry Robinson (34th round), Cliff Politte (54th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): 1 – Cody McKay (5th round)

All-Star appearances: 2 – Matt Morris (2)

Current Cardinals: 2 – Matt Morris, Cody McKay

Notes: Matt Morris won 22 games for the Cardinals in 2001…Cliff Politte was part of the trade with Philadelphia that brought Ricky Bottalico and Garrett Stephenson to St. Louis for the 1999 season.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): Braden Looper ($1,675,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: 1 – Braden Looper

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 3 – Braden Looper, Brent Butler (3rd round), Stubby Clapp (36th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): 1 – Randy Flores (21st round)

All-Star appearances: None

Current Cardinals: 2 – Randy Flores, Mark Nussbeck (29th round)

Notes: Braden Looper was part of the trade with Florida that brought Edgar Renteria to St. Louis for the 1999 season.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): Adam Kennedy ($650,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: 1 – Rick Ankiel ($2,500,000)

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 5 – Adam Kennedy, Rick Ankiel (2nd round), Jason Karnuth (8th round), Justin Brunette (20th round), Jose Rodriguez (24th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): 3 – Xavier Nady (4th round), Seth Etherton (9th round), Jason Michaels (15th round)

All-Star appearances: None

Current Cardinals: 1 – Rick Ankiel

Notes: Adam Kennedy was part of the trade with Anaheim that brought Jim Edmonds to St. Louis in 2000.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): J.D. Drew ($3,000,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: 2 – J.D. Drew, Chad Hutchinson ($2,300,000)

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 6 – J.D. Drew, Chad Hutchinson (2nd round), Bud Smith (4th round), Jack Wilson (9th round), Les Walrond (13th round), Esix Snead (18th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): 2 – Ben Diggins (Supplemental 1st round), Justin Knoedler (41st round)

All-Star appearances: 1 – Jack Wilson (1)

Current Cardinals: 1 – Gabe Johnson (3rd round)

Notes: J.D. Drew signed a four-year, $7 million major league contract after being drafted, $3 million of which was his signing bonus. The deal had incentives that could make it worth up to $8.5 million. He was the Cardinal's starting right-fielder for five seasons before being traded along with Eli Marrero to the Atlanta Braves prior to the 2004 in exchange for Ray King, Jason Marquis, and Adam Wainwright…Chad Hutchinson signed a $3.5 million, four-year major league contract after being drafted, $2.3 million of which was his bonus, and appeared in 3 games for the Cardinals in 2001 before quitting baseball and going to the NFL where he is now a quarterback for the Chicago Bears…Bud Smith threw a no-hitter for the Cardinals in 2001 and was part of the trade that brought Scott Rolen to St. Louis in 2002…Jack Wilson was traded to Pittsburgh for Jason Christiansen in 2000 and was named an All-Star in 2004.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): Chance Caple ($1,200,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: 2 – Chance Caple, Nick Stocks ($1,410,000)

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 6 – Josh Pearce (2nd round), Jimmy Journell (4th round), Coco Crisp (7th round), Albert Pujols (13th round), Mike Crudale (24th round), Bo Hart (33rd round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): None

All-Star appearances: 3 – Albert Pujols (3)

Top 30 prospects (Baseball America): 2 – Chris Duncan (Supplemental 1st round), Jimmy Journell

Current Cardinals: 6 – Chris Duncan, Josh Pearce, Jimmy Journell, Albert Pujols, Jeremy Cummings (21st round), Bo Hart

Notes: Chance Caple underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2001, never fully recovered, and was released during the 2004 season, topping out in high-A ball…Nick Stocks finally reached triple-A Memphis in 2004, but was released earlier this season at the age of 26…Chris Duncan received a $900,000 signing bonus…Coco Crisp was part of the trade with Cleveland that brought Chuck Finley to St. Louis in 2002…Albert Pujols received a $60,000 signing bonus.


1st round picks (Signing Bonus): Shaun Boyd ($1,750,000), Blake Williams ($1,375,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: 2 – Shaun Boyd, Blake Williams

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 2 – Yadier Molina (4th round), Carmen Cali (10th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): None

All-Star appearances: None

Top 30 prospects (Baseball America): 2 – Carmen Cali, John Gall (11th round)

Current Cardinals: 8 – Shaun Boyd, Yadier Molina, Josh Axelson (5th round), Dan Moylan (8th round), Carmen Cali, John Gall, Tyler Johnson (34th round), John Santor (35th round)

Notes: Shaun Boyd, 23, has topped out at double-A in six minor league seasons and was not even rated among the Cardinals top 30 prospects by Baseball America prior to the season…Blake Williams was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2003 Rule-5 draft but was later returned, and he was released during spring training in 2004…Chris Narveson (2nd round) was part of the trade with Colorado that brought Larry Walker to St. Louis last season.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): Justin Pope ($900,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: 2 – Blake Hawksworth ($1,475, 000), Tyler Adamczyk ($1,000,000)

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 1 – Dan Haren (2nd round), Skip Schumaker (5th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): 1 – Kevin Correia (23rd round)

All-Star appearances: None

Top 30 prospects (Baseball America): 4 – John Nelson (8th round), Rhett Parrott (9th round), Blake Hawksworth (28th round)

Current Cardinals: 7 – Joe Mather (3rd round), Skip Schumaker, Tyler Adamczyk (7th round), John Nelson, Rhett Parrott, Blake Hawksworth, Anthony Rawson (42nd round)

Notes: Justin Pope was part of the trade with the Yankees that brought Sterling Hitchcock to St. Louis in 2003…The Cardinals gave big signing bonuses to Blake Hawksworth and 44th round pick Shane Reedy ($500,000) as draft-and-follows in 2002 to try and make-up for their lack of 1st and 2nd round picks. Hawksworth is currently in extended spring training recovering from shoulder surgery that he underwent last season. Reedy underwent Tommy John surgery in 2003 and has since been released…Tyler Adamczyk's $1 million signing bonus is an all-time record for a seventh round draft pick. Coming into this season, Adamczyk was 16-25 with a 4.50 ERA in his first three professional seasons. This season he has more walks than strikouts and an ERA over six in 12 starts for Palm Beach.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): None

7-figure signing bonuses: None

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 1 – Brad Thompson (16th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): None

All-Star appearances: None

Top 30 prospects (Baseball America): 5 – Calvin Hayes (3rd round), Cody Haerther (6th round), Travis Hanson (9th round), Reid Gorecki (13th round), Brad Thompson

Current Cardinals: 12 – Calvin Hayes, Cody Haerther, Tyler Parker (8th round), Travis Hanson, Matt Lemanczyk (10th round), Reid Gorecki, Brad Thompson, Scott Schweitzer (18th round), Rich Scalamandre (23rd round), Kyle McClellan (25th round), Mike McCoy (34th round), Kevin Estrada (42nd round)

Notes: The Cardinals lost their first and second round picks to the Athletics and Yankees as compensation for signing Type A free agent Jason Isringhausen and Type B free agent Tino Martinez… Calvin Hayes received a $400,000 signing bonus as the Cardinals' top draft pick.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): Daric Barton ($975,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: None

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): 1 – Brad Thompson (16th round)

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): None

All-Star appearances: None

Top 30 prospects (Baseball America): 5 – Stuart Pomeranz (2nd round), Mark Michael (4th round), Brandon Yarbrough (5th round), Brendan Ryan (7th round), Anthony Reyes (15th round)

Current Cardinals: 11 – Stuart Pomeranz, Dennis Dove (3rd round), Mark Michael, Brandon Yarbrough, Brendan Ryan, Matt Pagnozzi (8th round), Justin Garza (9th round), Buddy Blair (10th round), Anthony Reyes, Jason Motte (19th round), Jordan Pals (20th round)

Notes: Daric Barton was part of the trade with Oakland that brought Mark Mulder to St. Louis this past offseason…Anthony Reyes has shot up through the system and is considered by many to be the Cardinal's top prospect.


1st round pick (Signing Bonus): Chris Lambert ($1,525,000)

7-figure signing bonuses: 1 – Chris Lambert

Made it to MLB (signed by Cardinals): None

Drafted but not signed (Made it to MLB): None

All-Star appearances: None

Top 30 prospects (Baseball America): 6 – Chris Lambert, Mike Ferris (2nd round), Eric Haberer (3rd round), Donnie Smith (4th round), Mike Parisi (9th round), Mark Worrell (12th round)

Current Cardinals: 31 – Chris Lambert, Mike Ferris, Eric Haberer, Donnie Smith, Wes Swackhamer (5th round), Jarrett Hoffpauir (6th round), Matt Shepherd (8th round), Mike Parisi, Brady Toops (10th round), Simon Williams (11th round), Mark Worrell, Daniel Nelson (13th round), Jake Mullinax (14th round), Jeremy Zick (15th round), Matt Scherer (16th round), Chris Noonan (17th round), Chad Gabriel (20th round), Mike Sillman (21st round), Billy Becher (22nd round), Phillip Anderson (23rd round), Jose Delgado (24th round), Mike Miller (25th round), Chris Della Rocco (28th round), Brandon Marcelli (30th round), Micheal Gross (33rd round), Brian Parish (35th round), Chris Patrick (37th round), Sean Dobson (40th round), Mark Broome (41st round), Jessen Grant (43rd round), Quinton Robertson (44th round)

Notes: Chris Lambert has skyrocketed through the system, having already made it to double-A…The Cardinals only had four high school picks in this draft and didn't sign any of them.

News and notes

• The Cardinals promoted Josh Pearce to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.

Pearce, 27, started the season in extended spring training recovering from surgery he underwent in September to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He spent most of the 2004 season in Memphis, except for a brief call-up to St. Louis in May, before going on the disabled list for the remainder of the season in July with the shoulder problem.

The righthander was activated from extended spring training and added to Springfield's roster on May 13. He appeared in seven games out of the bullpen for the Double-A Cardinals and posted a 2.50 ERA. In 18 innings he struck out 14 and walked two.

Pearce debuted in Memphis for the 5th straight season on Sunday. He pitched three shutout innings in relief of Mark Nussbeck, allowing only three hits and striking out three.

''As many times as I've been here, I could have run for mayor by now,'' he told the Memphis Commercial Appeal after the game.

• The Texas League All-Star teams were announced on Tuesday, with four members of the Springfield Cardinals selected to attend the game which will be held at Dr. Pepper/7-Up Ballpark in Frisco, TX on Tuesday, June 21st.

Outfielder Tyler Minges, third baseman Travis Hanson, left-hander Randy Leek and catcher Robinson Cancel were all voted to the East Division squad.

Minges, 25, is in his first season in the Cardinal's organization. Through 56 games, the outfielder is currently hitting .299 with a team-leading nine home runs and 29 RBIs. He will be a starter.

Hanson, 24, is batting .268 with eight home runs and a team-high 35 RBIs. He will also start.

Leek, 28, leads Springfield and is third in the Texas League with six victories. He is 6-2 and has the fifth best ERA in the Texas League at 2.91. He is also the leader in innings pitched with 80.1 innings this year.

Cancel has appeared in 34 games with Springfield, hitting .322 with five homers and 18 RBIs. The 29-year-old was signed by the Cardinals on April 27 after being released by the Cubs in spring training. He will start the game on the bench.

• Chris Lambert, the Cardinal's first round pick last June, made his double-A debut on Wednesday. In five innings he allowed four runs on six hits. He struck out two and walked two.

"I liked what I saw," Springfield pitching coach Blaise Ilsley told the Springfield News-Leader. "He showed some really good stuff at times."

Lambert wasn't overly happy with the start but was glad to get it over with.

"I just wanted to get here, and get this day out of the way," Lambert said. "I didn't do terrible. They got a couple of good hits, and I got balls in the (zone) a couple of times."

Cody Haerther, who was also recently promoted to Springfield, has only three hits in his first 15 at bats.

• Buddy Blair was dominant in his first two starts for Palm Beach after being demoted from Springfield on May 23, but was placed on the disabled list on Monday, retroactive to June 2, with shoulder soreness. He went 2-0 and allowed only one run while striking out 11 and walking only one in 12 innings since the demotion.

To replace the 23-year-old Blair on the roster, the Cardinals activated righthander Justin Garza, who had been on the disabled list with a shoulder strain and inflammation on April 9.

Garza, 22, was rated by Baseball America as having the best slider in the Cardinal's organization. He had appeared in one game before the injury, allowing a run on two hits in one inning.

• The 2005 Florida State League All-Star teams were announced on Thursday, and 4 members of the Palm Beach Cardinals were selected. Cody Haerther, Chris Lambert, Brendan Ryan, and Mark Worrell were selected from the Cardinals, but due to recent promotions to double-A, Haerther and Lambert will miss the June 18th contest.

Worrell, 22, was the Cardinals' 12th round draft pick last year. He has racked up 13 saves as the closer for Palm Beach, and has a 2.60 ERA and 30/13 K/BB ratio in 27-2/3 innings.

Ryan was selected despite being on the disabled list since May 17 with a left hamstring strain. The 23-year-old shortstop was batting .323/.380/.465 with a home run and 12 RBI in 26 games before going down with the injury.

Before being promoted to Springfield Lambert was 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA, and Haerther was batting .318 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI.

• Donnie Smith made his second start since being activated from extended spring training on Friday. He pitched six shutout innings allowing only three hits while striking out two and walking three.

Smith, 22, was left behind in extended spring training after experiencing arm troubles. He was the Cardinals' 4th round draft pick last June out of Old Dominion.

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