Editors Note (3/15): Due to replies I have received from readers, I have updated the following article to include four more players: Michael "Terry" Evans, Rhett Parrott, Ben Julianel and Jared Blasdell.
Four players remain in the Cardinals organization from the 2001 draft: Skip Schumaker, John Nelson, Blake Hawksworth and Joe Mather. Schumaker and Nelson both saw time in St. Louis this past season, Hawksworth is one of the team's top pitching prospects while Mather has yet to see action above high Class A. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' first-round draft pick turned out to be a disappointment, and their second-rounder pitched for the club in a World Series and later became a key part in a trade. Also, their 25th round pick, Dan Kantrovitz, currently works in the Cardinals' scouting department.
Following we will take a closer look at some of the Cardinals draft picks from that year.
New Jersey Cardinals
Justin Pope (1st round)
The Cardinals gave Pope a $900,000 signing bonus as the 28th overall pick. In 2003, he was part of the trade, along with 12th round pick Ben Julianel, that brought Sterling Hitchcock to St. Louis. Moved to the bullpen by the Yankees, Pope has actually posted pretty good numbers, but did not reach Triple-A until 2006. Now 27, Pope posted a 7.30 ERA in eight appearances after being promoted to Triple-A Columbus last season. Overall, he has a 3.32 ERA in 183 career games.
Julianel remained in the Yankees organization until he was traded to the Marlins for Ron Villone prior to the 2006 season. Despite performing well in the minor leagues, Julianel has yet to pitch above the Double-A level.
Dan Haren (2nd round)
Haren came up with the Cardinals in 2003 when injuries had depleted the starting rotation. He went 3-7 with a 5.08 ERA in 14 starts. He spent most of the 2004 season in Memphis, but pitched out of the bullpen for the Cardinals in the post-season and appeared in two World Series games against the Boston Red Sox. Following that season, the Cardinals dealt Haren, along with Kiko Calero and Daric Barton to the Oakland A's for Mark Mulder. He has been very dependable for the A's, making 34 starts and winning 14 games each of the past two seasons. The right-hander posted a 3.73 and 4.12 ERA in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Skip Schumaker (5th round)
Schumaker was brought up by the Cardinals in 2005 and has seen time in St. Louis each of the past two seasons as a reserve outfielder. He is a career .289/.351/.378 hitter in the minors and is currently competing for a spot on the Cardinals roster. The 27-year-old has been very impressive this spring and it appears likely that he could make the opening day roster if Jim Edmonds begins the season on the DL.
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Tyler Adamczyk (7th round)
Adamczyk's $1 million signing bonus in 2001 set an all-time record for a seventh round draft pick. Despite spending five years in the system, the right-hander never reached Double-A. He posted a 4.21 ERA in 66.1 innings for high Class A Palm Beach this past season before being released.
John Nelson (8th round)
The Cardinals purchased Nelson's contract in September last season and he went hitless in five at-bats. Following the season, the Cardinals out-righted Nelson, removing him from the 40-man roster. Surprisingly, he didn't even receive an invitation to big league camp in 2007. In 125 games for Memphis in 2006, the shortstop hit .215 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI.
Rhett Parrott (9th round)
Considered one of the Cardinals top prospects, Parrott was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster prior to the 2004 season. However, after making seven starts for Triple-A Memphis, Parrott was shut down for the season and underwent labrum surgery. He reported to camp in 2005, but again began to feel pain and had to undergo another operation on the same shoulder. He tried to come back again in 2006, making a total of five appearances between short-season Class A State College and high Class A Palm Beach, but his shoulder was not responding well. The Cardinals released him in July.
Shane Komine (19th round)Komine did not sign with the Cardinals, instead re-entering the draft in 2002 and moving up to the 9th round where the Oakland A's selected him. He made his major league debut with the A's in 2006, posting a 5.00 ERA in two starts.
Kevin Correia (23rd round)Correia was another player that did not sign with the Cardinals. He moved all the way up to the 4th round in 2002, where he was selected and signed by San Francisco. He has appeared in 86 games for the Giants over the past four seasons, posting a 4.35 ERA. In 2004, Baseball America ranked Correia as the Giants' No. 6 prospect.
Blake Hawksworth (28th round)
Hawksworth, who received a $1.475 million signing bonus as a draft-and-follow, was named the Cardinals' top prospect by Baseball America in 2004. However, he made just two starts in 2004 before undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. The injury caused him to miss most of the next two seasons. He came back strong in 2006, being named Pitcher of the Year by both the Birdhouse and the Cardinals. He went a combined 11-4 with a 2.92 ERA between Palm Beach and Springfield, making 27 starts, allowing 147 hits, striking out 121 and walking 50 in 163.1 innings. Following the season, he was added to the Cardinals 40-man roster and is currently in big league camp with the club.
The Cardinals also signed 44th round pick Shane Reedy as a draft-and-follow in 2002, giving him a $500,000 signing bonus. However, his career was derailed by Tommy John surgery in 2003. Despite not playing in another game following that season, the Cardinals didn't release him until just prior to the 2006 season.
Terry Evans (47th round)
Like Hawksworth and Reedy, Evans was another draft-and-follow. However, Evans wasn't even considered to be a prospect until 2006. Entering the season, he was a career .239 hitter with 40 home runs in four minor league seasons. By July, he had already hit 22 home runs to go along with .310 average between Palm Beach and Springfield. That is when the Cardinals traded him to the Los Angeles Angels for Jeff Weaver. Evans was rated as the Angels' No. 10 prospect in the 2007 Scout.com Prospect Guide.
It should also be noted that 38th round pick Jared Blasdell was part of the trade that brought Jeff Fassero to St. Louis in 2002. He pitched in the Cubs organization through the 2004 season before moving on to the Phillies organization in 2005. He did not pitch at all in 2006.
2001 Draft Picks
|1.||Justin Pope, rhp, University of Central Florida.|
|2.||Dan Haren, rhp, Pepperdine University.|
|3.||Joe Mather, ss, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix.|
|4.||Josh Brey, lhp, Liberty University.|
|5.||Skip Schumaker, of, University of California, Santa Barbara.|
|6.||John Killalea, lhp, Seminole (Fla.) HS.|
|7.||Tyler Adamczyk, rhp, Westlake HS, Westlake Village, Calf.|
|8.||John Nelson, ss, University of Southern California.|
|9.||Rhett Parrott, rhp, Georgia Tech.|
|10.||Seth Davidson, ss, University of Southern California.|
|11.||Jesse Roman, 1b, Rice University.|
|12.||Ben Julianel, rhp, San Diego State University.|
|13.||Chris Netwall, c, Penn State University.|
|14.||Jordan Robison, of, Northwestern State (La.) University.|
|15.||Matt Williams, 3b, Baylor University.|
|16.||Mike Wodnicki, rhp, Stanford University.|
|17.||Josh Merrigan, lhp, Oklahoma State University.|
|18.||Neal Simoneaux, ss, University of Louisiana-Lafayette.|
|19.||Shane Komine, rhp, University of Nebraska.|
|20.||Bryce Kartler, lhp, Arizona State University.|
|21.||Cody Gunn, c, Brewster (Wash.) HS.|
|22.||Bryan Moore, 1b, Louisiana State University.|
|23.||Kevin Correia, rhp, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.|
|24.||Aaron Ledbetter, rhp, Westark (Ark.) CC.|
|25.||Dan Kantrovitz, 2b, Brown University.|
|26.||Aaron Russelburg, rhp, Murray State University.|
|27.||Lee Gwaltney, rhp, Louisiana Tech.|
|28.||Blake Hawksworth, rhp, Eastlake HS, Sammamish, Wash.|
|29.||Pilar Amaya, ss, San Diego State University.|
|30.||Jeff Jones, of, Long Beach State University.|
|31.||Marcus Markay, lhp, Springhill (La.) HS.|
|32.||Andrew Davie, 1b, Central Arkansas Christian HS, Little Rock, Ark.|
|33.||Jacob Nowlen, rhp, University of Arkansas-Monticello.|
|34.||Matt Pearl, of, UCLA.|
|35.||Michael Cust, of, Immaculata HS, Whitehouse Station, N.J.|
|36.||Billy Biggs, rhp, West Virginia University.|
|37.||Richard Quilhuis-Bell, 1b, Central Arizona JC.|
|38.||Jared Blasdell, rhp, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.|
|39.||Dan Shouse, lhp, St. Louis University.|
|40.||Steven Green, of, University of Arkansas-Monticello.|
|41.||Travis Palmer, rhp, University of Utah.|
|42.||Anthony Rawson, lhp, University of Southern Mississipii.|
|43.||Jesse Kozlowski, rhp, Los Angeles Pierce JC.|
|44.||Shane Reedy, rhp, Utah Valley State JC.|
|45.||Billy Paganetti, of, Galena HS, Reno, Nevada.|
|46.||Drew Davidson, of, Dowling HS, West Des Moines, Iowa.|
|47.||Michael Evans, 3b, Middle Georgia JC.|
|48.||Michael Levy, c, Dartmouth College.|
|49.||San Fisher, rhp, University of Dayton.|
|50.||Mike Fox, ss, University of Central Florida.|
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