It has been nearly five years since the 2002 draft, but it's probably still too early to make any comparisons to past Cardinals' drafts. The Cardinals did not have a first or second round pick due to the free agent signings of Jason Isringhausen and Tino Martinez, and have had just one player from the draft graduate to the majors: Brad Thompson. However, three more – Reid Gorecki, Cody Haerther and Travis Hanson – are very close and are still considered prospects. Others that remain in the organization include Matt Lemanczyk, Kyle McClellan, Mike McCoy and Kevin Estrada.
Following, we will take a look at some of the more notable players selected by the Cardinals in the 2002. For others not discussed below, click on their names above to view their Scout.com player profiles.
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Calvin Hayes (3rd round)
With their first pick in the draft, the Cardinals selected infielder Calvin Hayes in the third round and gave him a $400,000 signing bonus. He hit .304 through his first two seasons, but was limited to just 40 games due to a nagging hamstring injury in 2004. Despite struggling at the plate and spending nearly a month on the inactive list due to personal reasons, Hayes played at three different levels in 2005. He hit .137 in 17 games for low Class A Quad Cities in 2006 before announcing his retirement.
Cody Haerther (6th round)
A sub-par 2006 season that saw Haerther get off to a horrific start before rebounding with a very good second half, dropped him from No. 5 to No. 12 in our annual prospect rankings. He has hit .304/.362./.472 since the Cardinals gave him $250,000 and signed him to a 2003 contract in July, 2002. He was added to the Cardinals 40-man roster prior to the season and in his first big league camp, Haerther sprained his wrist in the first exhibition game and has since been optioned to Double-A Springfield.
Travis Hanson (9th round)
Hanson was ranked as our No. 9 prospect for the 2006 season, but fell completely off the list in our most recent rankings. Hanson struggled very badly at the plate in 2006, finishing the season at Double-A after beginning the season with Triple-A Memphis. Some have cited an illness suffered in spring training that caused Hanson to lose 15 pounds as the reason for his sub-par season. After severely breaking his ankle in 2004, Hanson had a phenomenal 2005 season, hitting .284 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI for Springfield, and capping it off by playing in the Arizona Fall and tearing the cover off the ball playing for Team USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Like Haerther, Hanson was also added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster over the off-season.
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Matt Lemanczyk (10th round)
Lemanczyk missed the entire 2006 season because of a blood clot in his neck that caused a blood flow problem to his right fingers. The problem has required multiple surgeries and has recently left him with pain in his groin area that is keeping him off the field in spring training. A career .256 hitter in four minor league seasons (topping out with Palm Beach in 2004), Lemanczyk is known mostly for his speed, having swiped 169 bases since being drafted.
Reid Gorecki (13th round)
Gorecki's best season was 2004, when he hit .277 with eight home runs and 47 RBI in the Florida State League, received a late-season call-up to Double-A and hit .363 in the Arizona Fall League. Following that season, the Cardinals named him their Minor League Player of the Year (even though it should have went to Daric Barton) and added him to the 40-man roster. However, he has struggled the past two seasons and has since been dropped from the 40-man roster. He didn't even receive a non-roster invitation in 2007.
Brad Thompson (16th round)
Thompson was used primarily in relief in 2003, but became a starter in 2004 and began the season with 49 consecutive scoreless innings for Double-A Tennessee, not allowing a run until May 19, setting a Southern League record. Dating back to 2003, the scoreless innings mark was at 57-2/3, just 1-1/3 innings shy of Irving "Kaiser" Wilhelm's mark of 59 for Birmingham in 1907. He was selected to the Futures Game that season, but right shoulder tendinitis prevented him from being able to participate.
Moved to the bullpen in 2005, Thompson was called up to St. Louis in May and became an integral part of the bullpen, posting a 2.95 ERA in 40 appearances to finish the season. He began the 2006 season with St. Louis, but was sent down and inserted into the Memphis rotation in July to log some innings and regain control of his sinking fastball that wasn't as effective as it was the previous year. He pitched brilliantly at Memphis, got called back up in August and even made all three post-season rosters. He has looked very good in spring training thus far and appears to be the candidate most likely to fill the role of Josh Kinney, who will miss the entire season.
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Rich Scalamandre (23rd round)Despite never really being considered one of the Cardinals top prospects, Scalamandre has been a very effective reliever in his minor league career. He struggled somewhat in 2006 after pitching in the Arizona Fall League over the off-season, and was traded to the Atlanta Braves for Jorge Sosa at the trading deadline. It appears that the Braves may have gotten the better end of this deal. Overall, he has posted a 3.51 ERA, allowing 230 hits and striking out 224 in 246.1 innings.
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Kyle McClellan (25th round)Drafted out of Hazelwood West High School in the St. Louis area, McClellan has been severely hampered by an array of arm injuries since joining the organization. He spent a month on the disabled list with a right forearm injury in 2004, but was surprisingly ranked as the 193rd-best prospect in all of baseball, and sixth-best in the Cardinals' organization by CREATiVESPORTS prior to the 2005 season. However, that was the season in which McClellan discovered a partial ligament tear in his elbow, requiring Tommy John surgery in July. He returned on a rehab assignment with Rookie-level Johnson City in August 2006, but made only three starts before realizing things were not completely right. Later that month, the 22-year-old underwent an operation to move his ulnar nerve. He is currently completely healthy for the first time in nearly two years, and listed as a starter on the Palm Beach roster, even though he was pitching out of the bullpen before going down with the injury in 2005.
2002 Draft Picks
|1.||(Choice to Athletics as compensation for Type A free agent Jason Isringhausen).|
|2.||(Choice to Yankees as compensation for Type B free agent Tino Martinez).|
|3.||Calvin Hayes, ss, East Rowan HS, Salisbury, N.C.|
|4.||Kyle Boyer, ss, Dixie (Utah) JC.|
|5.||Josh Bell, c, North Side HS, Jackson, Tenn.|
|6.||Cody Haerther, 3b, Chaminade Prep, Chatsworth, Calif.|
|7.||David Williamson, lhp, University of Massachusetts-Lowell.|
|8.||Tyler Parker, c, Georgia Tech.|
|9.||Travis Hanson, ss, University of Portland.|
|10.||Matt Lemanczyk, of, Sacred Heart (Conn.) University.|
|11.||David Brockman, rhp, Grand Canyon University.|
|12.||Bob Runyon, rhp, Fresno State University.|
|13.||Reid Gorecki, of, University of Delaware.|
|14.||Joe Van Gorder, lhp, West Virginia University.|
|15.||Daylon Monette, of, Oklahoma State University.|
|16.||Brad Thompson, rhp, Dixie (Utah) JC.|
|17.||Chad Clark, rhp, University of Southern California.|
|18.||Stephen Schweitzer, lhp, Kentucky Wesleyan College.|
|19.||Ryan Mulhern, of, University of South Alabama.|
|20.||Harry Chafey, lhp, Francis Marion (S.C.) University.|
|21.||Gabe Veloz, 2b, New Mexico State University.|
|22.||Andy Davidson, lhp, Cal State Northridge.|
|23.||Richard Scalamandre, rhp, Dominican (N.Y.) College.|
|24.||Kevin Coleman, rhp, University of Florida.|
|25.||Kyle McClellan, rhp, Hazelwood West HS, Hazelwood, Mo.|
|26.||Mitch Maio, rhp, University of Utah.|
|27.||Matt Elliott, rhp, Basic HS, Henderson, Nev.|
|28.||Melvin Falu, 2b, Southern Arkansas University.|
|29.||Wes Jaillet, rhp, St. Louis University.|
|30.||Zach Cates, 1b, Oklahoma State University.|
|31.||Garris Gonce, of , University of South Carolina.|
|32.||Sean Kasmar, ss, Las Vegas (Nev.) HS.|
|33.||Joshua Bridges, c, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College.|
|34.||Mike McCoy, 2b, University of San Diego.|
|35.||Julian Williams, of, Long Beach (Calif.) CC.|
|36.||James Mondesir, rhp, Dominican (N.Y) College.|
|37.||Tyler Durham, 2b, Northwestern State (La.) University.|
|38.||Matt Varner, rhp, Angelina (Texas) JC.|
|39.||Jeff Tolotti, of, University of Nevada.|
|40.||Brian Flynn, rhp, St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College.|
|41.||Jonathan Estes, rhp, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) College.|
|42.||Kevin Estrada, ss, Pepperdine University.|
|43.||Joey Vandever, of, University of Evansville.|
|44.||Brock Jacobsen, of, Dixie (Utah) JC.|
|45.||Sean Clark, rhp, Chaminade Prep, Chatsworth, Calif.|
|46.||Jason Galbraith, lhp Concordia (N.Y.) College.|
|47.||Robert Gibson, 1b-of, Bellevue East HS, Bellevue, Neb.|
|48.||Phillip Perry, rhp, Georgia Tech.|
|49.||David Dennis, lhp, Valhalla HS, El Cajon, Calif.|
|50.||John Powell, rhp, McGehee HS, Tillar, Ark.|
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