Cardinals Drafts: 2004

The ninth in a series looking back at recent St. Louis Cardinals' drafts. The 2004 draft has yet to produce a major leaguer for the Cardinals, but might be very close.

Unsatisfied with previous drafts, the Cardinals overhauled their scouting department prior to the 2004 season with Assistant GM John Mozeliak taking over the helm. In his first and only draft, the Cardinals leaned heavily toward college players, selecting just four high school players and signing none. The Cardinals were able to sign all but six of the 47 players drafted. Only eleven of the players, however, remain in the organization.

Below, we will take a look at some of the more notable players drafted by the Cardinals that season. Don't forget to click on the player's name for even more information.

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Chris Lambert (1st round)

At first, it appeared Lambert was going to move through the system pretty quickly after the Cardinals gave him a $1,525,000 signing bonus. By 2005, he was already at Double-A Springfield and was selected to represent the Cardinals in the 2005 All-Star Futures game and the Arizona Fall League. He was even picked to pitch for Team USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

However, the right-hander seems to have hit a road-block in Double-A as he returned to Springfield for his third season with the club in 2007. He did make a spot start for Triple-A Memphis in 2006 (3 ER in 4 IP), but had a 5.73 ERA in 41 Double-A starts entering the 2007 season. He has actually been quite impressive in his first two starts this season, posting a 0.84 ERA with opponents batting .231 against him in 10.2 innings.

"He ran out of pitches," Springfield Cardinals manager Pop Warner told the Springfield News-Leader after Lambert's outing on Thursday night in which he allowed just one run in 4.2 innings, on an 85 pitch-limit. "He battled out there. Most of the time guys go out there they aren't going to have their A stuff. They have to find a way to keep their team in the game, and he did."

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Mike Ferris (2nd round)

Ferris showed tremendous power and offensive potential in his junior season at the University of Miami (Ohio), drawing comparisons to Sean Casey and Rafael Palmeiro. So far, he has not lived up to the hype. Entering the season, he had hit just .216/.318/.359 with 27 home runs in three seasons since being drafted. He returned to Palm Beach, where he spent all of last season, in 2007. Through the first six games, he was hitting .273 with a home run and seven RBIs.

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Donnie Smith (3rd round)

Smith pitched alongside Justin Verlander and impressed scouts with his 93 mph fastball while pitching for Old Dominion before the Cardinals gave him a $235,000 as a third round draft pick. Despite the fact that the Cardinals were very careful with him in 2004, Smith was limited to just five starts in 2005 due to a shoulder problem that ultimately required shoulder capsule surgery in August that year. He spent the first half of the 2006 season in extended spring training, but made a total of 14 starts between short-season Class A State College and low Class A Quad Cities in the second half, posting a 3.42 ERA. He was moved to the bullpen for the 2007 season and has appeared in one game for Palm Beach thus far.

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Eric Haberer (3rd round)

Haberer moved up to Double-A Springfield in 2006 and pitched in the Arizona Fall League following the season. He struggled a bit with his command after the promotion to Springfield, but was still ranked as the Cardinals' No. 29 prospect following the season here at the Birdhouse. The left-hander was held back in extended spring training because of inflammation in his left shoulder, but he has since been activated from the disabled list and is expected to make his first start on Saturday.

When asked about the shoulder on Thursday, shortly after arriving in Springfield, Haberer told the News-Leader, "It feels great, the whole offseason it never really went away, but I'm glad we got it squared away."

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Mike Parisi (9th round)

Parisi received his first invitation to big league camp in 2007, and was scheduled to be the opening day starter for Springfield. However, he tweaked a hamstring the previous day and before he had time to make a start, he was promoted to Triple-A Memphis. In his first start for the Redbirds, he picked up the win, allowing just one run (unearned) in five innings.

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Mark Worrell (12th round)

Worrell struggled a bit at Springfield in 2006, but still managed to rack up 27 saves. Using an unorthodox delivery, he was named the minor league winner of the 2005 Rolaids Relief Award, which is given to the top relief pitcher in Minor League baseball. He posted a 2.25 ERA and 35 saves in 53 appearances for High-A Palm Beach that season. Worrell began the 2007 season at Triple-A Memphis and has yet to allow a run in three appearances.

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Matt Scherer (16th round)

Scherer was excellent for High-A Palm Beach in 2006. In 53 games, he was 9-5 with a 3.25 ERA, striking out a ridiculous 106 in 80.1 innings and holding opponents to a .234 batting average. He was assigned to Double-A Springfield to start the 2007 season and in his first four appearances, he has yet to allow a run.

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Mike Sillman (21st round)

A low-round draft pick, Sillman has used his deceptive submarine-style delivery to become one the top relievers in the system, and in 2007 earned his first invitation to big league camp with the Cardinals. He has been dominant in each of his three seasons in the Cardinals organization. In 2006, he racked up 35 saves for High-A Palm Beach, posting a 1.10 ERA and striking out 86 in 57.1 innings. He skipped Double-A entirely and began the 2007 season with Triple-A Memphis.

Additional Notes

* Sixth round pick Jarrett Hoffpauir returned to Double-A Springfield this season after spending the entire 2006 season there. The second baseman has hit .271 with a .357 OBP since being drafted.

* Seventh round pick Buck Cody and 18th rounder Cameron Blair chose not to sign with the Cardinals, but both re-entered the draft in 2006 and practically swapped places, Blair going in the sixth round to the Pirates and Cody in the 16th round to the Giants.

* 13th round pick Dan Nelson moved up to High-A Palm Beach in 2007 after spending the 2006 season with Low-A Quad Cities.

* 23rd round pick Phillip Andersen is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last May.

* 27th round pick Christian Reyes did not sign with the Cardinals in 2004, but re-entered the draft in 2006 and was again selected by the Cardinals in the same round. This time he signed and is currently in extended spring training.

2004 Draft Picks

1. Chris Lambert, rhp, Boston College.
2. Mike Ferris, 1b, Miami (Ohio) University.
3. Eric Haberer, lhp, Southern Illinois University.
4. Donnie Smith, rhp, Old Dominion University.
5. Wes Swackhamer, of, Tulane University.
6. Jarret Hoffpauir, 2b, University of Southern Mississippi.
7. Buck Cody, lhp, University of Texas.
8. Matt Shepherd, ss, University of Southern Mississippi.
9. Mike Parisi, rhp, Manhattan College.
10. Brady Toops, c, University of Arkansas.
11. Simon Williams, of, University of Maine.
12. Mark Worrell, rhp, Florida International University.
13. Dan Nelson, ss, Los Angeles Pierce JC.
14. Jake Mullinax, 2b, University of Nebraska.
15. Jeremy Zick, rhp, University of Mississippi.
16. Matt Scherer, rhp, LeMoyne College.
17. Chris Noonan, lhp, Seton Hall University.
18. Cameron Blair, ss, Texas Tech University.
19. Das Jesson, 3b, Cal State Los Angeles.
20. Chad Gabriel, of, Santa Ana (Calif.) JC.
21. Mike Sillman, rhp, University of Nebraska.
22. Billy Becher, 1b, New Mexico State University.
23. Phillip Andersen, rhp, Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) JC.
24. Jose Delgado, 2b, Texas Tech University.
25. Mike Miller, of, Cal State-Los Angeles.
26. Steven Sherman, of, University of North Carolina-Asheville
27. Christian Reyes, c, Jose M. Pestrana HS, Aguas Buenas, P.R.
28. Chris Della Rocco, rhp, Monmouth, (N.J.) University.
29. Cory Taillon, c, Cal Polly University.
30. Brandon Marcelli, c, Fresno State University.
31. Daniel Baysinger, rhp, Cornell University.
32. Austin Tubb, rhp, University of Southern Mississippi.
33. Michael Gross, rhp, University of North Carolina.
34. Brett Cooley, 1b, University of Houston.
35. Brian Parrish, rhp, Iona College.
36. Chris Bova, rhp, Ohio University.
37. Chris Patrick, ss, Fresno State University.
38. Adam Burton, c, University of Arkansas-Monticello.
39. Sam Herbert, of, Cal Poly University.
40. Sean Dobson, of, University of Toledo.
41. Mark Broome, 3b, Delta State (Miss.) University.
42. Joe Rigoli, 1b, Parsippany (N.J.) HS.
43. Jessen Grant, rhp, Columbia University.
44. Quinton Robertson, rhp, University of Nebraska.
45. Gregg Pleeter, rhp, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
46. Matt Johnson, rhp, Eupora (Miss.) HS.
47. Nicholas Dinapoli, of, Buena HS, Ventura, Calif.

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