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.
signed a letter of intent to attend the
Eighth Round: Pick 245
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
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
11th Round: Pick 335
hit nine home runs with a wood bat this week for the Cardinals according to
12th Round: Pick 365
Michael Swinson OF Coffee HS GA
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
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
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
his senior year as one of the most prolific high school hitters in
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
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.
17th Round: Pick 515
Hester RHP Freed
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
18th Round: Pick 545
Jared Bradford RHP LSU
drafted in 2005 by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 21st round. Serving primarily as a reliever, the
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
Mateo SS Jose Rojas Cortez
Slick fielding shortstop out of
picks 21-35, the
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
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
southpaw stands only 5'7". In 2007 was among the best pitchers in the NAIA with
a 12-0 mark helping lead
24th Round: Pick 725
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.
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
28th Round: Pick 845
Matthew Frevert, RHP, Missouri St.
an outstanding 15.6 K/9 as a sophomore out of the Bears bullpen. The native of
experienced forearm tightness while playing on the
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.
the summer of 2006, Lilley played on the
30th Round: Pick 905
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
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,
32nd Round: Pick 965
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
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
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
he is the son of Scott Boras. Committed to the
2008 First Year Player Draft wrapped up, the
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
Attended the same junior college as Tyler Johnson.
37th Round: Pick 1115
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
the Kane County Chronicle,
said afterward that the lower-than-expected draft slotting likely will solidify
his plans to attend
38th Round: Pick 1145
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.
his first season at
39th Round: Pick 1175
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
Another thick-bodied player who is a better athlete than his physique would suggest.
40th Round: Pick 1205
hit .362 as a senior while playing outfield for
A left-handed hitter and thrower, the 5'10" outfielder is an outstanding athlete with above average speed and good range in the field.
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
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
Babick OF King HS,
Same high school that produced Derek Bell and Tim Crews.
44th Round: Pick 1325
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
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.
last collegiate regular season game, he
hit a walkoff home run in the bottom of the tenth in
46th Round: Pick 1382
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.
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
In 28.1 innings, the right-hander struck out 19 batters while posting a 4.13 ERA.
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
signed a letter of intent to play for the
49th Round: Pick 1463
Adam Veres RHP St. Petersburg JC
innings, Veres struck out 70 while issuing 33 walks and posting a 4.74 ERA. Has signed a letter of intent to attend
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
on the Florida Legends summer team along with Cardinal draft pick Anthony
Ferrara as well as other top
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