23. (19,590) Miers Quigley, LHP, Roswell (Ga.) HS
Rated by Baseball America at No. 79 in the top 200 draft prospects, Quigley fell all the way to the 19th round, due in part to the fact that he was arrested last summer for consuming alcohol at a party. To make things worse, he kicked out a window of the police car while being detained in the backseat.
"I had never been in that situation, and when you're a little intoxicated, you can do some stupid things," Quigley recently told Baseball America. "It was very impulsive.
"When I was sitting in jail I got to think about it a lot and (thought) if I get a second chance, what I'm going to do with it. And I think I'm going to make the best of it and I'm heading down the right path to make sure I never make those mistakes again. To make the most of the next chance.
"It was probably the most life-changing experience I had ever gone through."
Another reason he dropped so far is because of a case of biceps tendonitis that limited him in velocity and effectiveness all season. Two recent MRIs came up clean though. Luhnow told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that if it wasn't for these problems, Quigley would have been a first-rounder this year.
Quigley has already committed to the University of Alabama, so his fall in the draft could lead him to get an education before going pro.
At his best, Quigley dominates hitters with a 92-94 mph fastball and a hard curve.
24. (20,620) Shaun Garceau, RHP, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) HS
Garceau has signed to play with Alabama. The Crimson Tide likes pitchers who throw breaking balls for strikes, and Garceau can do that. If he did it more consistently with a power breaking ball as opposed to the slow curve he favors, he would be a premium pick. He throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range and has touched 93. – Baseball America
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Garceau underwent an elbow operation that cost him his senior season.
25. (21,650) Ryan Rohlinger, SS, University of Oklahoma
Rated by Baseball America as the 17th best prospect in the state of Oklahoma, Rohlinger led the Sooners in almost every offensive category during his 2005 junior season. He played in all but two of the Sooners' 61 games this year and batted .345 with 11 home runs, 53 RBI and a .563 slugging percentage.
He garnered Second Team All-Big 12 honors in 2005, as voted on by the coaches of the league. He also collected First Team All-Big 12 honors as selected by the Daily Oklahoman.
After guiding the Sooners to their first back-to-back appearances at the NCAA Regionals since 1997-98, Rohlinger was named to the All-Regional Team after the completion of the 2005 Oxford Regional.
26. (22,680) Jaime Garcia, LHP, No School
Garcia was drafted out of Sharyland (Texas) High School last season by the Baltimore Orioles. The 18-year-old throws a 87-90 mph fastball with a 12-6 curveball and a changeup.
27. (23,710) A.J. Van Slyke, 1B, University of Kansas
The son of former Cardinal Andy Van Slyke, A.J was the Central Illinois Collegiate League MVP last summer after leading the circuit in hitting (.402) and homers (nine) while finishing second in steals (19). His bat is his best tool, and he has average power and speed.
"I'm excited the Cardinals picked A.J," Andy told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I was holding back tears of joy. My son hopefully playing for the same club I did some day ... it can't get any better than that."
A.J., who batted .323 and led the Jayhawks with 12 home runs and 57 RBI during the 2005 season, plans on signing with the Cardinals. According to the Post-Dispatch, he will be assigned to Johnson City and work as a first baseman, which he has not played. He was an outfielder for the Jayhawks.
28. (24,740) David Phillips, RHP, El Paso (Texas) CC
Phillip's fastball sits in the low 90s with good sink. He also throws a solid curveball and a circle change. He just started pitching in the fall of 2004.
29. (25,770) Adam Rodgers, 1B, Rice University
Rodgers hit .332/.400/.512 with 6 home runs and 50 RBI for the Owls in 2005.
30. (26,800) Steven Blackwood, OF, Georgia Tech
Rated by Baseball America as the 30th best prospect in the state of Georgia, Blackwood is a smooth hitting, left-handed outfielder with good range and a solid arm. He hit .340/.433/.464 with 5 home runs and 65 RBI in 2005 for the Yellow Jackets.
"I was disappointed I didn't get a call (Tuesday), but I'm very excited that the Cardinals gave me a chance to possibly have a professional career," Blackwood told the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Blackwood said he will decide after the season (the Yellow Jackets are in the Super Regionals) whether to begin his professional career now or return to Tech for his senior season.
31. (27,830) Charles Carter, OF, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Carter led the Islanders with 15 home runs and 59 runs batted in. With 0.28 home runs a game, Carter was third amongst Independent batters and 38th in the nation, while finishing 46th in Division I with 1.11 RBI per games to top all Independent hitters. The centerfielder was second on the Islanders with 62 runs scored (35th in DI with 1.17 runs a game) and a .386 average, which was fifth in the Independent rankings and 56th in the country. Carter was the first Islander to be named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week following a stellar weekend at Northern Colorado where he tied the school record with three home runs in a single-game driving in seven runs and became the second Islander to hit for the cycle.
32. (28,860) Trey Hearne, RHP, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Hearne rewrote the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi record books this spring, going 8-1, 2.00 with 116 strikeouts in 108 innings. He has good life on an 87-91 mph fastball and also has an effective breaking ball. The righthander led all Independent pitchers in ERA, innings pitched (108.0) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.67). He had four games with 10 or more strikeouts and tossed three complete games. He finished his career with 16 wins, 201 strikeouts, and a 2.43 earned run average, which are all school records.
33. (29,890) Reid Price, LHP, College of Charleston
Price was 6-1 with a 3.73 ERA. He pitched 62.2 innings allowing 63 hits with 20 walks and 50 strikeouts. He was 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA in Southern Conference games.
34. (30,920) Matthew Trent, RHP, Wingate (N.C.) College
Trent had a 4.68 ERA in 25 innings as the Bulldogs closer. He struck out 39 and walked 15.
"I think the Cardinals will be an awesome fit," Trent told the Monroe (N.C.) Enquirer Journal "I never expected them, so that's pretty cool. I'm going to have to do some research on them."
He said that he expected to attend a mini-camp for draft picks soon, and then be sent to the Cardinals' short-season class A team in Augusta, N.J.
35. (31,950) Christian Lopez, SS, Juana Colon HS, Comerio, P.R.
36. (32,980) Casey Rowlett, OF, University of Arkansas
Rowlett was atop the batting race at .473 when he dismissed by Arkansas for violating team policy. He also had 1 home run and 24 RBIs and was 16 for 18 on stolen base attempts. Rowlett's bat and arm are his best assets.
Rowlett grew up a huge Cubs fan but doesn't mind switching allegiance.
"Guess I'll have to pack all that Cubs stuff away," Rowlett told HawgsIllustrated.com. "I kind of like the Cardinals now.
"I just wanted a shot," he said. "This is the first step toward my ultimate goal of getting to the big leagues.
37. (33,1010) Scott Vander Weg, RHP, Lamar University
A right-hander from Englewood, Colo., Vander Weg posted a 4-4 record with a 3.95 earned run average and a team-leading four saves for Lamar. He appeared in 19 games, earning nine starts, with 57 strikeouts and 28 walks in 66 innings pitched. He limited opponents to a .232 batting average, which ranked sixth in the Southland Conference.
Vander Weg saved his best outing for last as he pitched a complete-game to help Lamar stave of elimination with an 8-3 win over Texas-Arlington at the SLC Tournament. He allowed three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in nine innings pitched.
38. (34,1040) Kyle Sadlowski, RHP, Kutztown University
Sadlowski has a live arm that generates 92-93 mph fastballs and in capable of maintaining his velocity deep into games. He also flashed an above-average curveball on his way to compiling a 9-4, 3.78 record with 73 strikeouts in 83 innings.
39. (35,1070) Cory Meacham, RHP, Alabama Southern CC
40. (36,1100) Armando Carrasco, RHP, Saddleback (Calif.) CC
41. (37,1130) Kenny Maiques, RHP, Rio Hondo (Calif.) CC
Young and undersized on a Long Beach State staff that included Jered Weaver, Jason Vargas and Cesar Ramos—all first- and second-round talents—Maiques pitched sparingly as a freshman in 2004, with an 8.18 ERA in 12 appearances. After showcasing a 95 mph fastball in the Alaska League last summer, he planned to return to the Dirtbags but at the last minute elected to enroll at Rio Hondo Junior College. His timing couldn't have been better. He has been the most dominant junior college pitcher in the country. He pitched seven-inning perfect games three weeks apart, fanning 17 and 14 in those games, and went a stretch of 49 innings without giving up an earned run. He led California juco pitchers with a 0.66 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 82 innings, while walking just 16. Maiques has two above-average pitches: a 91-94 mph fastball that touches 96 and a power slider. He also has been working on a curve, but hasn't used it much as he relies on his slider almost exclusively as his breaking pitch. The big knock on Maiques is his size. He is 6-1, 185 lbs. – Baseball America
42. (38,1160) Steve Junker, LHP, Valley Forge HS, Parma Heights, Ohio
43. (39, 1189) Tyler Leach, RHP, Kings Mountain (N.C.) HS
Leach, 18, was rated as the 15th best prospect in the state of North Carolina by Baseball America.
Leach, a Virginia Tech signee, was hoping to be drafted on Day 1 and is looking for sixth-round money. "We're still negotiating the contract so I don't know if I'm going to be able to sign or not," Leach told the Shelby Star. "Hopefully if we come to terms then I'm going to do that. If not, I'm going to go to Virginia Tech."
44. (40, 1218) Jesse Schoendienst, 2B, Old Dominion University
The great nephew of baseball Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinal manager Red Schoendienst, Jesse hit .276 in 49 games with 48 starts for ODU. He hit two homers, with three doubles and one triple. He scored 23 times and stole five bases in five attempts.
45. (41, 1247) David Fonseca, SS, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) HS
46. (42, 1276) Josh Schwartz, LHP, Rowan (N.J.) University
Schwartz gained national acclaim in March by breaking the NCAA all-divisions record of 27 consecutive wins. He stretched the mark to 37 in May by pitching a shutout at the Division III World Series to improve his record to 13-0, 1.74 on the year, completing his third straight undefeated season. He went 10-0 as a sophomore and 13-0 as a junior. He is slightly built at 6 feet and 175 pounds with a below-average fastball and a big, rolling curve.
47. (43, 1305) Michael Meagher, LHP, University of Maryland
Meagher made 15 appearances out of the bullpen in his only season with the Terps and had a team-best 1.53 earned run average. He saved five games and allowed opponents to hit just .197. Meagher has a closer's mentality and features a fastball that can touch 90 miles per hour and a plus-slider that he can throw for a strike at any time.
48. (44, 1334) Blake King, RHP, Bishop Kelley HS, Tulsa, Okla.
The great nephew of Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, King was rated by Baseball America as the 35th best prospect in the state of Oklahoma.
49. (45, 1363) Kevin Fitzgerald, RHP, University of Stony Brook
50. (46, 1392) Danny Feldman, RHP, Gloucester Catholic HS, West Deptford, N.J.
51. (47, 1420) Adam Morris, 3B, Rice University Morris hit only .235/.316/.529 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI for the Owls.
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