Cardinals Drafts: 2005

The last in a series looking back at recent Cardinals drafts from 1996-2005. The Cardinals drafted 13 of their top 40 prospects in 2005.

It's probably still too early to judge, but early indications are that Jeff Luhnow did a fine job with his first draft. A lot of the players remain in the organization so I did not write about all of them, but you can still get plenty of information by clicking on the link to the players' names. Below are the players that ranked among the Cardinals' top 40 prospects in our most recent rankings and then additional notes on other players drafted by the club in 2005.

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Colby Rasmus (1st round)

Rasmus was named Cardinals' Minor League Player of the Year and ranked as their top prospect here at The Birdhouse following the 2006 season. Invited to his first big league camp this spring, the 20-year-old outfielder is in Double-A to start 2007. He is off to a somewhat slow start through the first ten games, but hit his first home run of the season on Thursday night, going 3-for-5 in the contest. Many are projecting Rasmus to replace Jim Edmonds after his contract expires following the 2008 season.

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Tyler Greene (1st round)

Greene struggled after beginning his first full professional season at Palm Beach and in July was sent down to Quad Cities. He regained his stroke with the Swing, hitting .287 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI to close out the season. His 33 combined stolen bases led the system. He was rated as the Cardinals' No. 8 prospect by the Birdhouse. Through the first nine games of the 2007 season, the 23-year-old shortstop is hitting .222 with two home runs for Double-A Springfield.

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Mark McCormick (Supplemental 1st round)

McCormick is not expected to throw off a mound until mid-to-late May after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. The 23-year-old right-hander is regarded as having the best arm in the system with a mid-to-high-90s fastball. His biggest issue since being drafted has been command, as he has walked 72 compared to 123 strikeouts in 105 innings. He is currently on the Palm Beach Cardinals disabled list after ending the 2006 season with the club.

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Tyler Herron (Supplemental 1st round)

Ranked as the Cardinals' No. 20 prospect by The Birdhouse, Herron began the 2007 season with Low-A Quad Cities after splitting the 2006 season between Johnson City and State College. Part of the tandem-starter pitching staff for the Swing this season, Herron has struggled in his first three appearances (two starts), going 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA.

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Nick Webber (2nd round)

The Cardinals converted Webber to relief for the 2007 season. He dropped from 12th to 26th in our annual prospect rankings after posting a 4.21 ERA and walking 63 compared to 65 strikeouts in 134.2 innings for Palm Beach in 2006. The move to the bullpen should have came as no surprise to anyone as Webber did not become a starter until after the Cardinals drafted him. The right-hander served as the closer at Central Missouri State and was said to have one of the best fastballs in the draft; not because of the velocity, but rather because of its downward movement.

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Daryl Jones (3rd round)

Considered by some to be the best athlete in the system, Jones fell two spots in our prospect rankings from 15th to 17th following a sub-par season with Johnson City and Quad Cities in 2006. He joined the Cardinals rookie-level affiliate in June after the start of his season was delayed by a hamstring injury, and overall hit a combined .248 between the two levels. He returned to Quad Cities for the 2007 season and through the first 12 games is hitting just .158.

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Bryan Anderson (4th round)

Anderson is the only 2005 draftee to be invited to big league camp each of the past two seasons. After hitting .302 with a .377 OBP for Quad Cities in 2006, the 20-year-old catcher skipped High-A entirely, beginning the 2007 season with Double-A Springfield. He is hitting .333/.394/.533 through the first eight games. He was ranked as the Cardinals' No. 4 prospect by The Birdhouse.

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Mitch Boggs (5th round)

Boggs was ranked as our No. 21 prospect after going 10-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 27 starts for Palm Beach last season. The right-hander has received the loss in each of his first two starts for Double-A Springfield this season, having allowed seven runs in 8.1 innings.

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Nick Stavinoha (5th round)

The only 2005 draftee on the Memphis roster, Stavinoha has wasted no time advancing through the system. Rated as the Cardinals No. 10 prospect, the 24-year-old outfielder hit .297 with 12 home runs and 73 RBI in 111 games for Double-A Springfield in 2006 before playing in the Arizona Fall League following the season. He has two home runs, but is hitting just .196 through the first 14 games of the season.

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Randy Roth (10th round)

Baseball America reports that he is on the restricted list and the Palm Beach Cardinals list him on the suspended list. No matter what list he is really on, Roth made the decision to retire prior to the season reportedly because he was unhappy with an assignment to Palm Beach and was placed on the restricted/suspended list by the Cardinals. Ranked as the organization's No. 34 prospect, the 25-year-old hit a combined .305 with 20 home runs and 80 RBI between Quad Cities and Palm Beach in 2006. Springfield manager Pop Warner told the Springfield News-Leader on Monday that Roth left for a "private-sector job that apparently had more financial stability".

"If (Roth) would have stuck with it, he would have been here right now because of his versatility," Warner said.

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Jaime Garcia (22nd round)

As you will notice below, it doesn't list a school for Garcia next to his name, just "Mission, Texas". This was because he did not play at all in 2005.  He was first eligible for the draft in 2004, but because teams were unaware of that until just four weeks prior to the draft, Garcia fell to the Orioles in the 30th round and chose not to sign. The confusion was due to the fact that teams believed he had a year remaining until he was eligible. He attended ninth grade twice, once in Mexico and then again after he moved right across the border to Mission.

Garcia sat out the 2005 season nursing a sore arm and fell out of shape. Joe Almaraz, the Cardinals' area scout who also covered Garcia for the Orioles in 2004, talked the Cardinals into drafting the now 20-year-old lefthander. He spent the remainder of the 2005 working out with the Johnson City Cardinals, but was unable to be paid or pitch in a game because the Cardinals were not able to acquire a work visa for him.

It should be noted that we ranked Garcia as the Cardinals No. 37 prospect here at the Birdhouse prior to the 2006 season, before he had even appeared in a game. And now, after a very good season split between Quad Cities and Palm Beach that earned him a selection to the All-Star Futures Game, Garcia moved up to No. 3 in our rankings, and was even ranked as the No. 151 prospect in all of baseball in the 2007 Prospect Guide. He has a 3.60 ERA through his first two starts for Springfield this season.

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Cory Meacham (35th round)

Cory legally changed his name to "Cory Rauschenberger" prior to the 2007 season. After going a combined 13-8 with a 3.25 ERA between Quad Cities and Palm Beach and being rated as the Cardinals' No. 40 prospect in 2006, Rauschenberger is in Springfield for the 2007 season.

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Blake King (44th round)

When King and Armando Carrasco (36th round) signed with the Cardinals on May 29 last season, they became the final two players from the 2005 draft to sign with the Cardinals as draft-and-follows. Due to changes in the labor agreement following the 2006 season, players will no longer be able to hold out like that. King attended Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College after the Cardinals drafted him and led all junior college pitchers in strikeouts (123 in 86 innings) and ranked seventh in ERA (1.05), prompting the Cardinals to sign him. His grandfather, Roy Mantle, was Mickey Mantle's brother. He came in at No. 22 in our 2007 prospect rankings.

 Additional Notes

* Josh Wilson (second round) was limited to just three starts in 2006 because of labrum damage that required surgery. He is currently in extended spring training and has appeared in two games.

* Wil Pujols (sixth round) is a cousin of Albert Pujols.

* Jason Cairns (eighth round) began the season on the disabled list for Quad Cities due to a knee injury.

* Daniel McCutchen (12th round) decided not to sign with the Cardinals and returned to Oklahoma for his senior season. He was drafted in the 13th round by the Yankees in 2006, but was slapped with a 50-game suspension after appearing in just nine games because of a substance abuse violation for taking Adderall, a drug used for attention deficit disorder. He was rated as the Yankees' No. 48 prospect by

* Adam Daniels (15th round)  made 24 starts for low Class A Quad Cities in 2006, posting a 3.07 ERA and striking out 128 in 137.2 innings.

* Matt Lane (16th round) decided to sign after also being drafted by the Cardinals in 2003 (30th round).

* Mike Cooper (17th round) began the year at Palm Beach despite missing the entire 2006 season due to a right shoulder injury that required surgery.

* Brandon Garner (18th round) was moved to the mound prior to the 2006 season after being drafted as a shortstop and hitting .181 for Johnson City in 2005. He is currently in extended spring training.

* Miers Quigley (19th round) did not sign with the Cardinals, instead attending the University of Alabama. After a rough freshman season, he has developed into the ace of the staff in 2007.

* RHP Shaun Garceau (20th round) missed the entire 2006 season due to a thigh infection that required two surgeries in July.

* A.J. Van Slyke (23rd round) is the son of former Cardinal and current Detroit Tigers first base coach Andy Van Slyke.

* Trey Hearne (28th round) went 12-3 with a 2.25 ERA and opponents hit just .216 against him in 31 games (17 starts) for Quad Cities in 2006.

* Kenny Maiques (37th round) was considered one of the top Junior College pitchers in the country until he required Tommy John surgery shortly prior to the draft. He required the surgery again last season, but is currently healthy and serving as the closer for Quad Cities this season.

* Tyler Leach (39th round) missed the entire 2006 season due to "Tommy John" surgery.

* Jesse Schoendienst (40th round) is a great nephew of Red Schoendienst.

2005 Draft Picks

1. Colby Rasmus, of, Russell County HS, Phenix City, Ala.
1. Tyler Greene, ss, Georgia Tech University.
1a. Mark McCormick, rhp, Baylor University.
1a. Tyler Herron, rhp, Wellington (Fla.) Community HS.
2. Josh Wilson, rhp, Whitehouse HS, Tyler, Texas.
2. Nick Webber, rhp, Central Missouri State University.
3. Daryl Jones, of, Spring (Texas) HS.
4. Bryan Anderson, c, Simi Valley (Calif.) HS.
5. Mitch Boggs, rhp, University of Georgia.
6. Wil Pujols, of, Fort Osage HS, Independence, Mo.
7. Nick Stavinoha, of, Louisiana State University.
8. Jason Cairns, rhp, Central Michigan University.
9. Zach Zuercher, lhp, University of Rhode Island.
10. Randy Roth, c, Southeastern Lousiana University.
11. Steve Gonzalez, c, Programa Alcase, San Juan, P.R.
12. Daniel McCutchen, rhp, University of Oklahoma.
13. Malcolm Owens, of, San Bernadino Valley (Calif.) JC.
14. Mike Repole, rhp, Birmingham-Southern College.
15. Adam Daniels, lhp, Oklahoma State University.
16. Matt Lane, rhp, University of Louisiana-Monroe.
17. Mike Cooper, rhp, Fresno State University.
18. Brandon Garner, ss, Yale HS, Melvin, Mich.
19. Miers Quigley, lhp, Roswell (Ga.) HS.
20. Shaun Garceau, rhp, Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) HS.
21. Ryan Rohlinger, ss, University of Oklahoma.
22. Jaime Garcia, lhp, Mission, Texas.
23. A.J. Van Slyke, 1b, University of Kansas.
24. David Phillips, rhp, El Paso (Texas) CC.
25. Adam Rodgers, 1b, Rice University.
26. Steven Blackwood, of, Georgia Tech University.
27. Charles Carter, of, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
28. Trey Hearne, rhp, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
29. Reid Price, lhp, College of Charleston.
30. Matt Trent, rhp, Wingate (N.C.) College.
31. Christian Lopez, c, Juana Colon HS, Comerio, P.R.
32. Casey Rowlett, of, University of Arkansas.
33. Scott Vander Weg, rhp, Lamar University.
34. Kyle Sadlowski, rhp, Kutztown University.
35. Cory Meacham, rhp, Alabama Southern JC.
36. Armando Carrasco, rhp, Saddleback (Calif.) JC.
37. Kenny Maiques, rhp, Rio Hondo (Calif.) JC.
38. Steve Junker, lhp, Valley Forge HS, Parma Heights, Ohio.
39. Tyler Leach, rhp, Kings Mountain (N.C.) HS.
40. Jesse Schoendienst, 2b, Old Dominion University.
41. David Fonseca, ss, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) HS.
42. Josh Schwartz, lhp, Rowan (N.J.) University.
43. Michael Meagher, lhp, University of Maryland.
44. Blake King, rhp, Bishop Kelley HS, Tulsa, Okla.
45. Kevin Fitzgerald, rhp, University of Stony Brook.
46. Danny Feldman, rhp, Gloucester Catholic HS, West Deptford, N.J.
47. Adam Morris, 3b, Rice University.

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