2008 St. Louis Cardinals Draft: Day Two

A look at the St. Louis Cardinals picks in rounds seven through 50 from day two of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

The St. Louis Cardinals started off day two of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by taking two left-handed pitchers before making a run on outfielders.  The organization continues to go college-heavy, looking to all levels of college baseball and continuing to take players with experience in the Cape Cod League. 


Seventh Round: Pick 215


Anthony Ferrara LHP Riverview HS FL


Coming off bicep tendonitis that Dr. James Andrews said only needed a strengthening program.  Blessed with a 6-foot-3 long, lanky frame, he also has what scouts call an "electric arm." Has good command of a low to mid nineties fastball.  Also in his arsenal is a sharp-breaking curve and changeup that are both considered above average.  Could be a steal as he was projected by some to go in the top 100 picks. 


Has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of South Florida. Was named an AFLAC All-American in 2007. 


Eighth Round: Pick 245


Ryan Kulik LHP Rowan University


Kulik is on the small side, standing only 5-foot-11. Finished his senior season with a 10-2 record and a 1.72 earned run average.  Kulik finished first in Division III in strikeouts (144) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.74). He is also tied for eighth in victories (10), 11th in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.82) and 18th in ERA. Last summer, Kulik pitched in the Cape Cod League where he went 1-3 with a 6.26 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 27 innings. 


His fastball sits 89-91 and can touch 93 with good endurance deep into games.  His secondary pitches are average at best; a curveball and a changeup. 


Ninth Round: Pick 275


Aaron Luna OF Rice


On video, Luna looks to have quick hands that help him generate above average bat speed through the hitting zone.  Hit .319/.473/.512 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs. Power numbers fell this season after hitting 29 home runs during his first two seasons.  The 5-foot-11 Luna played left field this season and will have to show the power to play a corner outfield spot.  Did play second base in 2007 and has much more upside if he can handle the position on the professional level.  During that season he led the conference with 66 RBIs and 48 walks. 


Played in Cape Cod League during the summer of 2007 where he hit .299 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.  With a year of eligibility left and projected to go much higher before the season started, he may be unsignable. 


Tenth Round: Pick 305


Alejandro Castellanos 2B Belmont-Abbey College


Goes by Alex.  This season he hit .390/.452/.683 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs for a successful Division II school. His 31 doubles led all of DII baseball.  In his two-year career, he slugged 53 doubles, 28 home runs and drove in 103 runs after attending Coral Park in Miami.  He is the first player from Belmont-Abbey to be drafted since 1972. 


11th Round: Pick 335


Devin Shepard OF College of Southern Nevada


Dismissed from the University of Oklahoma baseball team, rated as the top JUCO prospect at the beginning of the season but got off to a slow start.  Toolsy big guy who shined on the showcase circuit, some scouts have been turned off by his lackadaisical play and inability to bring all his tools together.  Committed to Oregon State but is considered signable. 


Supposedly hit nine home runs with a wood bat this week for the Cardinals according to Baseball America. 


12th Round: Pick 365


Michael Swinson OF Coffee HS GA


Toolsy outfielder from the state of Georgia who is a 6.5 runner in the 60 and throws 88 MPH from the outfield.  He is very raw but has great tools and is a lefty hitter. Signed to play at the JUCO level in Florida. 


13th Round: Pick 395


Mitchell Harris RHP Navy


Considered to be one of the top college pitchers going into the season, Harris injured his shoulder after falling while rounding the bases and was unable to pitch until late in the season.  The big-bodied right-hander has a fastball that sits in the low nineties to go along with an above average slider and a playable changeup.  Could be a late round find if the Navy allows him to put off his military duty like the Army allowed Nick Hill in 2007.


The Atlanta Braves drafted him in the 24th round in 2007. 


14th Round: Pick 425


Charlie Cutter C California Berkeley


Good arm, still needs some coaching with his footwork.  Average bat speed with a little hitch at the top of his swing. Possesses good strike zone judgment.  This season the lefty swinger hit .321/.414/.395 with 18 strikeouts compared to 17 walks.  Started the last 40 games of the season in the outfield after beginning the season as the Bears starting backstop.  Was honorable mention All-Pac 10 as well as being named to the All-Academic team. 


 Last summer played on the Cape hitting .271 and was named an All-Star outfielder. 


Finished his senior year as one of the most prolific high school hitters in California history.  Finished his prep career as the all-time leader in hits, triples, runs, and RBIs. 


15th Round: Pick 455


Scott McGregor RHP Memphis


McGregor posses a big projectable pitcher's frame, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds.  The one-time Tigers' ace finished 2008 with a record of 1-8 and a 5.19 ERA.  In 78 innings, he struck out 55 while opponents batted .337 against him. 


16th Round: Pick 485


Miguel Flores RHP Cerritos College


In 2008, the 6-foot-1 right-hander finished with a record of 7-2 with a ERA of 2.07.  In 113 innings, he struck out 121 and allowed 48 walks.  Flores pitched a complete game allowing only an unearned run five hits in a May Regional playoff game.  Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round in 2006 draft.  Has a sharp slider and his fastball has been clocked in the low to mid nineties. 


17th Round: Pick 515


Josh Hester RHP Freed Hardeman University


A senior, he was selected as a second team NAIA All-American after finishing sixth in the country with a 1.52 ERA while his 105 strikeouts ranked ninth.  Both figures set his school's single season record.  His school record for strikeouts came in 89 innings and opponents only batted .168 against him.  The batting average against along with allowing only 5.56 hits/9 innings both ranked second in the nation. The 6-foot-2 Hester is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. 


18th Round: Pick 545


Jared Bradford RHP LSU


Originally drafted in 2005 by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 21st round.  Serving primarily as a reliever, the 6-foot-1 Bradford has a record of 10-4 with five saves and a 4.05 ERA.  In 80 innings he has logged 73 strikeouts.   As was the case in 2007, led Tiger pitchers in both wins and saves.   


19th Round: Pick 575


Xavier Scruggs 1B UNLV


The big bruiser put up outstanding numbers .389/.489/.778 with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs and was named Mountain West Player of the Year.  Scruggs is incredibly strong, which helps him generate above-average power with a short stroke.  Though he played first base this season, he played third base in the past.  With a thick frame and at least average arm strength, he looks like he could make a move to catcher. 


20th Round: Pick 605


Luis Mateo SS Jose Rojas Cortez Superior HS


Slick fielding shortstop out of Puerto Rico with good range that looks good enough to stay at the position.  The prep player has soft hands and a playable arm.  At the plate he has a smooth right-handed stroke that can get a little long at times.  On the basepaths, he has above average speed. 



With picks 21-35, the St. Louis Cardinals kept with the game plan. They chose mostly college-seasoned players some with experience in the Cape Cod League. The team was able to choose the last two Big East Pitchers of the Year as well as two Academic All-Americans.

21st Round: Pick 635


Joseph Rigoli, 1B, Pace University


Goes by Matt. Son of Cardinals' scout Joe Rigoli. Hit only .295/.355/.355 with one home run and 24 RBIs in 183 at bats. Plays both corner positions. Attended same school as Quad Cities River Bandit Matt Arburr. A senior, Rigoli stands 6'1" and weighs 200 pounds.


22nd Round: Pick 665


Colt Sedbrook, SS, University of Arizona


The senior shortstop has twice been drafted before, in Selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 42nd round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and was then selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 42nd round of the 2007 draft. During his senior campaign, Sedbrook hit .333/.434/.439 with a .950 fielding percentage. Finishes his career as the Wildcats' All-Time leader in hit by pitches with 54.


After leading the Wildcats in hitting as a sophomore, missed part of his junior season due to personal reasons.


23rd Round: Pick 695


Jon Bravo, LHP, Azusa Pacific


Diminutive southpaw stands only 5'7". In 2007 was among the best pitchers in the NAIA with a 12-0 mark helping lead Azusa to its first World Series appearance in over 20 years. In 2008 he once again led his team in wins but finished with a 5.76 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 89 innings. Also disturbing is his 100 hits allowed.


24th Round: Pick 725


Zach Pitts, RHP, Louisville


Came into the 2008 season being named the Big East Preseason Pitcher of the Year along with being named to numerous Preseason All-American teams. In 2007 he was named the Big East Pitcher of the year after posting a school record-tying 10 wins to go along with a 2.52 ERA in 121.2 innings.


The hype really got to the 6'3" right-hander as he really struggled (as did the rest of the team). He posted a 6-5 mark with a 4.90 ERA. In 75.1 innings, he struck out 71 compared to 22 walks.


25th Round: Pick 755


Jason Buursma, RHP, Bucknell


Besides being drafted Friday, he was also named the District I Player of the Year. On the mound in 2008, Buursma went 9-3 with a 2.58 earned-run average in 83.2 innings, just 10 walks and 78 strikeouts, while opposing hitters batted only .226 against him. At the plate, he hit .367 with 58 hits, 13 home runs, and 37 RBIs. His home run total ranks second in both Bucknell and Patriot League history for a single season, one shy of both records. Buursma was honored as the 2008 Patriot League Tournament MVP after he accomplished the remarkable feat of recording all four of Bucknell's tournament wins en route to the championship.


The senior stands 6'3" and throws from a low-three-quarters while working in the 85-88 mph range with his sinker. He also average to below average slider.

Buursma was drafted in 2007 at the end of his junior year as he was taken in 43rd Round by the Seattle Mariners.


26th Round: Pick 785


Chris Swauger, OF, The Citadel


Finished his career being twice named an Academic All-American after finishing with a 3.95 grade point average in business administration. The senior ranks among the career leaders in many offensive categories; first in triples (16), second in doubles (71), and third in runs (211) and home runs (38). He is also the second player in school history with 300 hits. This season the lefty hitter batted .360/.485/.603 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs. He was also automatic in the field finishing with a perfect fielding percentage. Walked 51 times compared to 35 strikeouts.


The Cardinals have drafted more players from the Citadel than any other organization.


27th Round: Pick 815


George Brown, LHP, St. John's University


Brown works 82-88 mph with his fastball and has an above-average changeup with excellent fading action. His third pitch is a curveball that is average at best but can be effective against lefties.


In 2008, Brown was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year. The lefty finished the season with a 9-1 record and a 2.91 ERA. In 89.2 innings he logged 59 strikeouts compared to only 12 walks. For his effort, he was named a Louisville Slugger second team All-American. Brown finished his career at St. John's with a 22-3 career record.


28th Round: Pick 845


Matthew Frevert, RHP, Missouri St.


Averaged an outstanding 15.6 K/9 as a sophomore out of the Bears bullpen. The native of Columbia, MO posted a 0.47 ERA while striking out 33 compared to only four walks.


He experienced forearm tightness while playing on the Cape and wasn't the same after that. He throws a low nineties fastball that can touch 94 with an above average slider.


In 2008, he posted a record of 6-1 with eight saves and a 4.19 ERA while striking out 42 in 34.1 innings.


29th Round: Pick 875


Brett Lilley, 2B, Notre Dame


Played shortstop in college. Think David Eckstein from the left side. Started every game, 231, in his Notre Dame career. Came into the season with a .345 career average. This season he really struggled finishing with a .297/.459/.381. Drew as many walks as hit by pitches, 31, while striking out 26 times. The 31 hit by pitches led the NCAA and he also holds the all-time mark with 109.


In the summer of 2006, Lilley played on the Cape and while he hit only .182 he did post a .370 on base percentage. A fifth-year senior, graduated in May of 2007 with an accounting degree and a final cumulative grade point average of 3.74. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in accounting and was named an Academic All-American.


30th Round: Pick 905


Brett Bruening, LHP, Grayson County CC


A southpaw with a long, lean projectable frame (6'6"). Bruening works in the low nineties, topping out at 95. Still a work in progress as he is two years removed from elbow surgery that cost him two years in high school. Pitched a complete game to clinch a spot in the JUCO World Series.


31st Round: Pick 935


Justin Leith, LHP, Barron G Collier HS FL


Struck out 74 in 53.1 innings while walking 19. He finished the season with a 7-3 record and a 2.88 ERA. During his junior season, Leith worked with a fastball in the low eighties. After smoothing out his mechanics, the 6'2" southpaw added 6-8 MPH on to his fastball before his senior season. Missed most of his junior year due to shoulder tendinitis.


Received offers from Miami and Florida Atlantic before signing to play at Florida International University.


32nd Round: Pick 965


Samuel Freeman, LHP, University of Kansas


Selected out of North Central Texas CC by the Cardinals in the 24th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft. That season he went 10-1 with a 3.20 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. A superb athlete, the 5'11" southpaw hit .344 with 28 stolen bases as well. When he and the Cardinals could not come to an agreement, he opted to go to KU.


With the Jayhawks, Freeman went 4-1 with an 8.53 ERA in 13 appearances.


33rd Round: Pick 995


Kevin Thomas, RHP, Stephen F. Austin St.


Thomas really struggled, posting a 6-4 mark and a 6.27 ERA. In 66 innings, the senior right-hander struck out 62 compared to 47 walks. In 2007, he pitched only 26.1 innings.


34th Round: Pick 1025


Jack Cawley, C, Pace University


Teammate Matt Rigoli was drafted in the 21st round but Cawley had the much better season. He has an above-average hit tool and a strong arm behind the plate. The senior hit .333/.422/.486 with six home runs and 41 RBIs, all tops on the team. He also showed good athleticism leading the Setters in stolen bases with 20. Has the versatility to play both the outfield and catcher.


35th Round Pick: 1055


Shane Boras, 2B, Junipero Serra Catholic HS CA


Yes, he is the son of Scott Boras. Committed to the University of Southern California. Do you think there are signability concerns? During his senior season, the 5'8" Boras hit .315/.387/.370 in 54 at bats. As a junior he hit .231/.286/.256 in 78 at bats.




As the 2008 First Year Player Draft wrapped up, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to find some value in these picks.  They were able to pick up to offensive minded catchers as well as some small conference player of the years.  Also, they selected a couple of high upside college lefties that should prove to be tough signs due to their draft slot as well as their college commitment.


Of note, some of the information on these players is incomplete.  Check back in the coming days for updated player information. 


36th Round: Pick 1085


Chris Notti RHP Moorpark College


Attended the same junior college as Tyler Johnson. 


37th Round: Pick 1115


Daniel Jimenez LHP St. Charles North HS IL


The 6'3" southpaw's fastball sits in the low eighties but he should add some velocity as he fills out.  He has plans to attend John A. Logan in Southern Illinois.  Was named one of the top 100 players in the Chicago area by the Chicago Sun Times. 


From the Kane County Chronicle, "Jimenez said afterward that the lower-than-expected draft slotting likely will solidify his plans to attend John A. Logan College in the fall, and give the draft another whirl after more seasoning… Dan Jimenez said the family told the Cardinals their informal, ballpark offer was not enough."

38th Round: Pick 1145


Daniel Richardson RHP University of Delaware


Really green as he played the field and only saw limited action on the hill.  Moved to the mound exclusively as a senior in 2008.  This season, he made 13 appearances, including seven starts, while posting a 4.97 ERA and 28 strikeouts over 41.2 innings of work.  In his college career he pitched only 52.1 innings while recording 35 strikeouts. 


During his first season at Delaware, he was named a freshman All-American as an outfielder.  Great makeup as he was the 2008 recipient of the team sportsmanship award. 


39th Round: Pick 1175


Curt Smith 1B University of Maine

The 2008 America East Player of the Year started in left field for the Bears as well as serving as a team captain.  Smith led America East in batting average (.403), slugging percentage (.722), runs scored (60) and total bases (127). Smith left his mark on the Maine record books as he ranks among the leaders in most offensive categories. 

Another thick-bodied player who is a better athlete than his physique would suggest. 

Was born in Curacao, whose most famous major league player is the Los Angeles Dodgers' Andruw Jones. 

40th Round: Pick 1205


Paul Cruz OF University of Tampa


Cruz hit .362 as a senior while playing outfield for Tampa. He led the Spartans with 17 doubles and five triples while starting 49 games. As a senior, he had 23 multi-hit games.  Also, he drew 19 walks compared to 17 strikeouts in 199 at bats. 


A left-handed hitter and thrower, the 5'10" outfielder is an outstanding athlete with above average speed and good range in the field. 


Previously attended Attended Hillsborough Community College his sophomore and junior years.


41st Round: Pick 1235


Kevin Siegrist LHP Palm Beach CC


In 34.1 innings this season, Siegrist struck out 41 while walking 17 batters. FB-84-89 mph with solid downhill plane and average tail. Slider is flat, occasional tilt, but slow. Change-up has deception with tail, decent feel. Good projectable body and the arm works good with a chance to really throw hard one day.  


42nd Round: Pick 1265


Blake Murphy C Western Carolina


Named first team All-Conference after a senior season in which he hit .358/.531/.740 with 16 home runs and 57 RBIs.  He also showed he was a good athlete by stealing 21 bases.  His on base percentage was a school record.  The 6'1" catcher walked 51 times while striking out 32 times.  Was named the National Player of the Week in 2007 for the week of May 15 after a stretch in which he hit .556 over five games with six home runs, 12 RBIs, 16 runs, 29 total bases and a 1.611 slugging percentage. 


This is the third time Murphy has been drafted; out of high school the New York Yankees drafted him in the 37th round. In last year's first-year player draft, Murphy was selected in the 50th round with the 1,435 pick by the Chicago Cubs.  Played in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2005. 


43rd Round: Pick 1295


Joe Babick OF King HS, Tampa


Same high school that produced Derek Bell and Tim Crews. 


44th Round: Pick 1325


Santo Maertz RHP St. Peter's College


Also served as the team's designated hitter.  Must have some upside as he posted a record of 1-7 with a 6.48 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 26 walks in 50 innings of work.  Was actually worse in 2007 when he posted an ERA of 10.26 in 33.1 innings. 

Played in the New England Collegiate League last summer.  In 17 innings, he posted a 1.59 ERA with 27 strikeouts and eight walks. 


45th Round: Pick 1354


Christopher Taylor C Charlotte


Looks like a good value pick as the senior was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American. Taylor led hit conference in home runs, RBIs, and total bases.  He finished the season with a line of .349/.439/.660 with 19 home runs and 70 RBIs. 


In his last collegiate regular season game, he hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the tenth in Charlotte's 2-1 win over Rhode Island to clinch the conference championship.


46th Round: Pick 1382


Brandon Sizemore 2B College of Charleston


The second baseman hit .325/.388/.675 with 20 homers and 82 runs batted in. Plate discipline is a concern as he struck out 50 times compared to only 14 strikeouts in 252 at bats. 


Sizemore led the Southern Conference with 24 doubles and earned first team All-SoCon honors.  He earned third team All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.


Previously attended Tallahassee Community College. 


47th Round: Pick 1409


Ray Asaro OF UC Irvine


Teammate of the Cardinals' fourth-round selection, Scott Gorgen.  Big guy, 6'4", who moves well for his size.  In 95 at bats, Asaro hit .326/.383/.568 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. 


Asaro batted .259 in the Northwoods League in the summer of 2007.  The previous summer, the big right-handed hitter played in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League. 


48th Round: Pick 1436


Adam Prange RHP South Mountain CC


In 28.1 innings, the right-hander struck out 19 batters while posting a 4.13 ERA. 


A tremendous athlete, Prange has missed a lot of action due to an arm injury during his senior year of high school and freshman year at South Mountain. 


Prange signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Santa Clara. He pitched for the Athletics of the Arizona Summer Collegiate League in the summer of 2007.  He also participated on the Detroit Tigers scout team in the fall of 2004. 


49th Round: Pick 1463


Adam Veres RHP St. Petersburg JC


In 74 innings, Veres struck out 70 while issuing 33 walks and posting a 4.74 ERA.  Has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of North Florida.  The right-hander earned All-Sunshine Conference honors as a freshman in 2007 after posting a 5-1 record. He was also voted to participate in the Junior College All-Star game. 


Considered to have a power arm, his future figures to be in the bullpen.  Veres has a big, projectable frame as he stands 6'3" and weighs 215.  Coming out of high school, he featured a fastball that would reach 90 with good sink.  According to Perfect Game, Veres curveball was one of the best in the country with sharp 12 to 6 bite. 


Is scheduled to play in the New York Collegiate baseball league. 


50th Round: Pick 1490


Danny Miranda LHP Miami Killian HS


Playing on the Florida Legends summer team along with Cardinal draft pick Anthony Ferrara as well as other top Florida preps.  Will be a difficult sign as he is committed to the University of Miami. 



Link to draft day 1 coverage



Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at dustin@whiteyball.com


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