Cardinals Drafts: 2000

The fifth in a series looking back at recent Cardinals drafts. In 2000, the Cardinals drafted Yadier Molina, Chris Narveson and Tyler Johnson.

The Cardinals' top two picks from the 2000 draft proved to be busts, but five of their 48 draft picks that year made it to the majors; four having played for the team during their World Championship 2006 season. While this was certainly not one of the Cardinals best drafts, it did produce their starting catcher and two promising left-handed pitchers.

Following we will take a closer look at both of the Cardinals' first round draft picks and the players that made it to the major leagues.


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Shaun Boyd (1st round)

Given a $1.75 million signing bonus, Boyd never quite lived up to the hype. Moved to the outfield from second base in 2003, he seemed to have a hard time adjusting to each new level of the system. It took him until 2006 to finally advance past Double-A, and even then he only lasted until June after hitting just .188 in 49 games. The Cardinals did not bring him back following the season, and it does not appear that Boyd has hooked up with another organization for 2007.


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Blake Williams (Supplemental 1st round)

Williams, who received a $1.375 million signing bonus, actually posted pretty good numbers except for his 9-22 win-loss record in four seasons with the Cardinals organization. The Cincinnati Reds selected him in the Rule 5 draft prior to the 2003 season, but they returned him and he spent the season with high Class A Palm Beach, where he went 2-10 with a 4.36 ERA. The Cardinals cut him prior to the 2004 season. He has spent the past two seasons with Schaumburg of the independent Northern League.


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Chris Narveson (2nd round)

The Cardinals gave Narveson $675,000 as a second round draft pick in 2000. He underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2001 season. In August, 2004, the Cardinals traded Narveson to Colorado along with Luis Martinez and Jason Burch for Larry Walker.

In a 2005 spring training deal, the Rockies traded Narveson along with Charles Johnson and cash to the Boston Red Sox for Byung-Hyun Kim. The Cardinals claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox on August 8, when Boston attempted to pass him through waivers. He underwent surgery to repair his labrum following the season and did not return until late May, 2007. After posting very good numbers at Triple-A Memphis, the Cardinals made him a September call-up and he posted a 4.82 ERA, appearing in four games (one start). The Birdhouse ranked him as the Cardinals' No. 6 prospect over the off-season.


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Yadier Molina (4th round)

The youngest of three brothers, all of which are Major League catchers, Molina has developed into one of the best defensive catchers in the game today. He was called up to the Majors for the first time on June 3, 2004, to replace injured catcher Mike Matheny. He threw out 50% of would-be-base stealers in 51 games and hit .267 that season. In 2005, he absolutely shut down the opponent's running game, throwing out 17 of 31 (55%) runners attempting to steal. He allowed the fewest stolen bases (14) among Major League catchers, with Joe Mauer next with 31 allowed.

Having caught 41% of would-be-base stealers, and picked off seven runners in 2006, many believed Molina should have been the recipient of the National League Gold Glove Award over Brad Ausmus. Despite struggling at the plate during the season, Molina was one of the Cardinals best hitters in the post-season. In 16 games, he hit .358/.424/.547 with two home runs and eight RBI, including a dramatic game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning in game seven of the NLCS.


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Carmen Cali (10th round)

Cali had never advanced past Class A until 2004 when he used his mid-90s fastball to skyrocket through the system, receving a September call-up after beginning the season at high Class A Palm Beach. His velocity dropped a notch in 2005 and he spent just six games with the Cardinals that season. He struggled so badly with Triple-A Memphis in 2006 that he even spent some time with Double-A Springfield. He was let go following the season and is currently a non-roster invitee with the Twins.


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John Gall (11th round)

After reaching Triple-A Memphis in 2003, Gall spent most of the next four seasons there, receiving just two short stints with the big club in 2005 and 2006. He annually posted very good numbers, and many thought that he should have been in the big leagues sooner; the Cardinals just never had a spot for him. Feeling that he wasn't a good fit with the club, Gall requested and was granted his release during the 2006 season so that he could pursue a career in Korea. However, he came back following the season and is currently in camp with the Florida Marlins.


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Tyler Johnson (34th round)

A 34th round draft pick in 2000, Johnson led the organization with 15 wins as a starter in 2002, his first full season, but was moved to the bullpen in 2003. He was selected by the Oakland A's in the major league phase of the December, 2004 Rule-5 draft but was returned prior to the 2005 season. He made his major league debut that season when the Cardinals made him a September call-up. He began the 2006 season in Triple-A, but was recalled in May and spent the remainder of the season in St. Louis. He held left-handers to a .227 average and became a key-member of the bullpen in the post-season. He is currently competing for a spot in the Cardinals bullpen.

2000 Draft Picks

1. Shaun Boyd, of, Vista HS, Oceanside, Calif.
1a. Blake Williams, rhp, Southwest Texas State University. (Choice from Rangers as compensation for Type A free agent Darren Oliver).
2. Chris Narveson, lhp, T.C. Roberson HS, Arden, N.C.
3. Chase Voshell, ss, Wake Forest University.
4. Yadier Molina, c, Maestro Ladi HS, Vega Alta, P.R.
5. Josh Axelson, rhp, Michigan State University.
6. Justin Woodrow, of, Knoch HS, Saxonburg, Pa.
7. Shaun Stokes, rhp, William Paterson (N.J.) University.
8. Dan Moylan, c, University of North Carolina.
9. John Novinsky, rhp, Iona (N.Y.) College.
10. Carmen Cali, lhp, Florida Atlantic University.
11. John Gall, 1b, Standford University.
12. Roddy Friar, c, University of Southern Colorado.
13. Matt Galante, 2b, St. John's University.
14. Dee Haynes, of, Delta State (Miss.) University.
15. Chris Morris, of, The Citadel.
16. Justin Hileman, ss, Palmyra Area (Pa.) HS.
17. Kaulana Kuhaulua, ss, Los Angeles CC.
18. Marc LaMacchia, rhp/ss, East Lake HS, Palm Harbor, Fla.
19. Chef Medlock, rhp, McNeese State University.
20. Landon Brandes, 3b, University of Missouri.
21. Bryan Schultz, rhp, University of Nevada.
22. Billy Schmitt, 3b, Green Valley HS, Henderson, Nev.
23. Mike Meyer, rhp, University of Arizona.
24. John Lockhart, rhp, Centenary College.
25. Ryan Hammill, c, UCLA.
26. Matthew Dogero, c, Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC.
27. Derek Roper, rhp, Hutchinson (Kan.) CC.
28. Bryan Grassing, rhp, St. Leo (Fla.) College.
29. Dave Lindsey, rhp, Loyola (La.) University.
30. Mailon Kent, of, Auburn University.
31. Dan Firlift, ss, Southwest Missouri State University.
32. Dallas Pallaro, 2b, Dixie (Utah) JC.
33. Richard Burgess, rhp, San Bernardino Valley (Calif.) JC.
34. Tyler Johnson, lhp, Moorpark (Calif.) JC.
35. John Santor, 1b, Highland HS, Palmdale, Calif.
36. Troy Grimmer, rhp, Rex Putnam HS, Milwaukie, Ore.
37. Matt Vriesenga, rhp, Western Michigan University.
38. Bruce Nelson, c, Rockhurst (Mo.) College.
39. Preston Harriman, 3b, North Arkansas CC.
40. Nate Meza, rhp, Palomar (Calif.) JC.
41. Brian Fatur, of, Moorpark (Calif.) CC.
42. Ty Soto, ss, Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif.
43. Adam Pritchard, of, Griffin (Ga.) HS.
44. Chad Cummings, rhp, Saddleback (Calif.) CC.
45. Kelly Johnson, rhp, Yavapai (Ariz.) CC.
46. Matt Pender, rhp, Middle Georgia JC.
47. Felipe Tetelboin, ss, Grant HS, Van Nuys, Calif.
*Source: Baseball America Draft Almanac

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