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.
Outfielder Ross Smith was the Cardinals pick in the 32nd round. He is the son of Cardinals scout Roger Smith.
"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.
"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:
|19. Brandon Buckman||1B||L-L||6-6||205||University of Nebraska||Monument, CO|
|20. Brandon Cooney||RHP||R-R||6-6||240||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|
|25. D'Marcus Ingram||OF||R-R||5-10||175||North Little Rock H.S.|
|26. Garrett Bussiere||C||R-R||6-2||190||Univ. of California-Berkeley||Thornton, CO|
|27. Christian Reyes||C||R-R||6-1||215||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|
|30. Jared Schweitzer||3B||R-R||6-1||185||University of Kansas|
|31. Mark Shorey||OF||L-L||6-0||230||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||Houston, TX|
|35. James Rapoport||OF||L-L||5-11||180||Westlake Village, CA|
|36. Adrian Alaniz||RHP||R-R||6-2||195||University of Texas|
|37. Logan Collier||RHP||R-R||6-7||195||Rural Hall, NC|
|38. Scott Thomas||C||L-R||6-0||195|
|39. Matthew Michael||LHP||L-L||5-11||190||Chandler, AZ|
|40. Tyler Mach||3B||R-R||6-1||195||Oklahoma State University|
|41. Mitchell Canham||C||L-R||6-2||215|
|42. Kyle Mura||RHP||R-R||6-4||215||Loyola Marymount Univ.||Trabuco Canyon, CA|
|43. William Torres||SS||R-R||5-9||190||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|
|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.|
|49. Gary Taylor||OF||R-R||6-5||185||Holmes JC||Kosciusko, MS|
|50. Charles Matthews||RHP||R-R||6-5||200||Athens, GA|