The Cardinals 2007 Draft - Day One Recap

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals selected four pitchers, two infielders and an outfielder in the first day of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.


The Cardinals took Peter Kozma, a shortstop from Owasso High School in Oklahoma as their first pick.

Kozma, 18, was an All-American at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma. "Pete projects as a solid player who has above average tools for a middle infielder," said Cardinals Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow, "He has tremendous potential and really upgrades our infield depth in the minor league system.

The 6'1", 180 pound Kozma posted a .491 career batting average at Owasso and scored 154 runs with 140 RBI and 30 HRs.

The Cardinals second pick, 36th overall, was college senior Clayton Mortensen who was a Third Team All-American and West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year for Gonzaga. Mortensen finished the season leading the Bulldogs with a 9-2 record, 3.92 ERA and 122 strikeouts. In 16 starts, the Rexburg, Idaho native threw six complete games and one shutout.

David Kopp was in Clemson's weekend rotation and went 6-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 17 starts this past season. The Cards third choice today led his team with 98.0 innings pitched and 75 strikeouts. He'll try and help the Tigers get past Mississippi in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend at Starkville, MS.

The second of St. Louis' second round selections, Jesse Todd, was Arkansas's Saturday starter and went 9-3 with a 2.89 ERA (93.1 IP/30 ER) in 23 games, 10 starts for the Razorbacks this season. He led the staff with 128 strikeouts and tossed a pair of complete games.

Daniel Descalso led Cal-Davis in almost every offensive category, which included the second-best batting average (.397), hits (92) and doubles (22) in a single season at the school. Overall, he also led the Aggies with 44 RBI, 132 total bases, 35 walks, a .569 slugging percentage and a .474 on base percentage.

Outfielder Kyle Russell, taken in the fourth round, set a University of Texas record this past season and leads the nation with 28 home runs.

RHP Thomas Eager, the Cardinals fifth round selection, was 11-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 18 starts for Cal Poly SLO.



1. (18) Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso HS (OK)
1a.(36) Clayton Mortensen, RHP, Gonazga U (Sr)
2. (71) David Kopp, RHP, Clemson U (Jr)
2. (82) Jesse Todd, RHP, U of Arkansas (Jr)
3. (112) Daniel Descalso, 3B, UC Davis (Jr)
4. (142) Kyle Russell, OF, U Texas Austin (So)
5. (172) Thomas Eager, RHP, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Jr)




Question: How is the selection order determined?

Answer: Clubs select in reverse order of standing at the close of the preceding season. A first round pick can be exchanged from one club to another as compensation; the pick would go from a Type A free agent's signing club to the free agent's former club if the record of the signing club in the previous regular season was among the best 15 records in Major League Baseball. (See below for more on compensation picks.)

In January 2004, Major League clubs voted that starting in 2005, the order of the draft would be determined independent of league affiliation. In previous years, the American League club with the worst record at the close of the last season chose first in odd years and the National League club with the worst record took the top choice in even years. Each pick would alternate by league.

Question: How many rounds are there?

Answer: Due to a rule change in 1998, the First-Year Player Draft will last a maximum of 50 rounds, allowing for up to approximately 1,500 selections.

Question: Who is eligible for the Draft?

Answer: A player who is a resident of the United States or Canada and who has not previously contracted with a Major League or Minor League Club, only in accordance with this Rule 4 and the provisions of any applicable High School, College, Junior College or American Legion rules. For purposes of this Rule 4, the term "United States" shall mean the 50 states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and any other Commonwealth, Territory or Possession of the United States of America (Major League Rule 4).

Question: How are compensation picks determined?

Answer: The former Club of a Player who became a free agent and ranks as a Type A or B Player shall be entitled to receive compensation in the form of a draft choice in the First-Year Player Draft succeeding the Player's election of free agency.

A Type A or B shall be a Player who became a free agent and ranks as a Type A or B Player under the statistical system of ranking Players set forth by the Elias Sports Bureau, using statistics based on a two-year average for each respective position group. Type A and Type B players necessitate that the Player's former Club receive a sandwich pick in between rounds one and two. Additional picks in the second, third and fourth rounds are exchanged from one club to another for the losses of Type A free agents.

Type A Players now rank in the upper 20% of his respective position group by the Basic Agreement, instead of the upper 30% as was stipulated in the previous collective bargaining agreement.

Type B Players now rank in the upper 40%, but not in the upper 20%, of his respective position group. Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, Type B Players ranked in the upper 50% not in the upper 30%. Before the most recent collective bargaining agreement took effect for the 2007 season, a Club would receive compensation for losing a Type C free agent. Under the new Basic Agreement, Type C free agents no longer call for a draft pick as compensation.

Question: What other changes stemming from last year's extension of the Basic Agreement have taken effect?

Answer: • Type B free agents now require indirect compensation (sandwich picks) as opposed to direct compensation from the signing Club. • A signing deadline of August 15th is now in effect for draft picks other than college seniors.



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