Jason Scott's Cardinals Draft Day Two Recap

stlcardinals.scout.com's Minor League Co-Editor Jason Scott drills down on a number of the 32 players selected by the St. Louis Cardinals during Day Two of Major League Baseball's 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

The Cardinals completed Day two of the Major league Baseball Draft on Wednesday. They selected 32 more players, many which could have possibly gone on day one.

They started out the day by taking Brandon Buckman in the 19th round out of the University of Nebraska. The 6-foot-5 first baseman earned First Team All-Big 12 status this past spring.

The Cards took lefthander Bobby Gomez in the 24th round out of Texas Pan-American. Gomez sat out the 2006 season due to injuries. The Cardinals have compared his curveball to Jaime Garcia, one of the organization's top prospects.

"Bobby impressed some scouts during his freshman season, and he was dealing with some injuries so we decided to hold him out this season," UTPA head baseball coach Willie Gawlik told the UTPA Athletics website. "We didn't want to push him and further any injury that he would have along the way.

"I was not surprised that he was drafted because scouts have been calling, and even though, he was only a sophomore he is 21-years-old and eligible. He has a lot of potential and upside, and once he gets healthy, there is no telling what he can do,"

In the 27th round, the Cardinals made just one of their two junior college picks by taking catcher Christian Reyes from Porterville (Calif.) College. The Cardinals also drafted Reyes out of a Puerto Rican high school in 2004, in the same round, but he did not sign.

Kansas infielder Jared Schweitzer fell to the Cardinals in the 30th round. Drafted as a third baseman, Schweitzer earned First Team All-Big 12 as a second baseman. He also played first base.

Outfielder Ross Smith was the Cardinals pick in the 32nd round. He is the son of Cardinals scout Roger Smith.

Lefthander Brian Schroeder, selected by the Cardinals in the 33rd round out of UCLA, is the son of former UCLA and Washington Redskins quarterback Jay Schroeder.

"It was a nice feeling to see my name, it is something that I've worked hard at for a long time," Schroeder told the UCLA athletic website. "Just to get that opportunity to play baseball at the next level and have fun means a lot."

The next big pick came in the 36th round when they selected Adrian Alaniz, a right-hander from the University of Texas. An anchor in the rotation of the team that won the College World Series in 2005, Alaniz possesses a low-90s fastball. He went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two College World Series starts last year. He threw seven strong innings in game one of the national championship.

Stanford outfielder Jim Rapoport was the Cardinals 35th round pick. He had a disappointing season, but is considered to be one of the fastest players in the conference, and perhaps the nation.

"It's always exciting to go play professional baseball," Rapoport told the Stanford Athletics website. "The Cardinals are a great organization. I'm really excited and fortunate to have a chance to go play pro ball."

In the 40th round, the Cards chose Oklahoma State third baseman Tyler Mach. A junior for the Cowboys this season, Mach was the Big 12 Conference Co-Player of the Year and batted .364 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs. Mach has been named to several All-American lists and is a semi-finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to the nation's top college baseball player.

Scouts believe, however, that Mauch's bat may be his only tool. He has reportedly said that he would not sign if he was not selected in the draft's first day.

The Cardinals went with Missouri Baptist University catcher Scott Thomas in the 38th round. Thomas' dad, Lee Thomas, is currently a special assignment scout for the Brewers and was the Cardinals' director of player development during their successful run in the early and mid-1980s.

Kyle Mura, selected in the 42nd round and moved from third base to the mound by the Cardinals, is the son of Stephen Mura, a pitcher on the 1982 Cardinals team that won the World Series. Another pick with close ties to the team came in the 44th round with the selection of Cameron Grant. Grant is the great-nephew of longtime Cardinals scout Fred McAlister.

Following is a list of every pick made by the Cardinals on Wednesday:

Rd., Player Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. School Hometown
19.   Brandon Buckman 1B L-L 6-6 205 University of Nebraska Monument, CO
20.   Brandon Cooney RHP R-R 6-6 240 Florida Atlantic University Pembroke Pines, FL
21.   Mark Diapoules RHP R-R 6-2 200 Martin County H.S. Palm City, FL
22.   Casey Mulligan C R-R 6-2 190 Valencia H.S. Valencia, CA
23.   LaCurtis Mayes 3B R-R 5-11 185 Riverside Poly H.S. Riverside, CA
24.   Roberto Gomez LHP L-L 6-2 195 Univ. of Texas-Pan American Falfurrias, TX
25.   D'Marcus Ingram OF R-R 5-10 175 North Little Rock H.S. Little Rock, AR
26.   Garrett Bussiere C R-R 6-2 190 Univ. of California-Berkeley Thornton, CO
27.   Christian Reyes C R-R 6-1 215 Porterville College Arguas Buenas, PR
28.   Luke Gregerson RHP L-R 6-3 200 St. Xavier University Lyons, IL
29.   William Groff 2B R-R 5-11 180 SUNY Cortland Queensbury, NY
30.   Jared Schweitzer 3B R-R 6-1 185 University of Kansas Sherwood Park, Alberta
31.   Mark Shorey OF L-L 6-0 230 High Point University Peabody, MA
32.   Ross Smith OF R-R 6-2 190 Dodge County H.S. Eastman, GA
33.   Brian Schroeder LHP L-L 6-2 215 UCLA El Cajon, CA
34.   Isaias Garcia 2B R-R 5-10 180 University of Houston Houston, TX
35.   James Rapoport OF L-L 5-11 180 Stanford University Westlake Village, CA
36.   Adrian Alaniz RHP R-R 6-2 195 University of Texas Sinton, TX
37.   Logan Collier RHP R-R 6-7 195 Guilford College Rural Hall, NC
38.   Scott Thomas C L-R 6-0 195 Missouri Baptist College Town & Country, MO
39.   Matthew Michael LHP L-L 5-11 190 Grand Canyon University Chandler, AZ
40.   Tyler Mach 3B R-R 6-1 195 Oklahoma State University Kent, WA
41.   Mitchell Canham C L-R 6-2 215 Oregon State University Lake Stevens, WA
42.   Kyle Mura RHP R-R 6-4 215 Loyola Marymount Univ. Trabuco Canyon, CA
43.   William Torres SS R-R 5-9 190 St. Peters Prep School East Orange, NJ
44.   Cameron Grant OF R-R 5-9 150 Hermitage H.S. Richmond, VA
45.   John Goodman RHP R-R 6-0 185 Georgia Tech Marietta, GA
46.   Robert Woodard RHP R-R 6-1 205 University of North Carolina Charlotte, NC
47.   Nicholas Additon LHP L-L 6-3 170 Western H.S. Las Vegas, NV
48.   Garry Thomas LHP L-L 6-0 175 Pine Bluff H.S. Pine Bluff, AR
49.   Gary Taylor OF R-R 6-5 185 Holmes JC Kosciusko, MS
50.   Charles Matthews RHP R-R 6-5 200 Athens Academy Athens, GA

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