St. Louis Cardinals Draft Day Two Recap

After selecting three right-handed pitchers on day one, the St. Louis Cardinals diversified things on Day Two after taking Ole Miss right-hander, Scott Bittle.

With 27 picks on day two of the 2009 MLB First Year Player draft, the St. Louis Cardinals set out to add to its bounty of day one. The team chose three high upside players on day one and would look to do the same on this day.

As we review day two, you will find my take on each pick from rounds four through ten. You will also see who I would have picked if I were drafting. For the past couple years, I have done a shadow draft for the team. I got the idea for Minor League Ball's John Sickels. He has been doing a Twins shadow draft for years.

Since I didn't add it to my review of day one, here is where I differ with the Cardinals in their first three picks.

The Cardinals went with Shelby Miller in the first round and that is the player I chose as well. In the second round, the team chose Robert Stock, I had Clemson's Chris Dwyer tabbed. Looking back, I think I like the Cardinals pick more. In the third round, I chose shortstop Robbie Shields out of Florida Southern. Of course, the choice was Joe Kelly.

Though the team would diversify, it continued the trend of right-handed pitchers with the selection of Scott Bittle. The Ole Miss product came into the college season as one of the top relievers in the country but struggled with injuries and inconsistencies. The Rebels were struggling during the season but received a jolt when Bittle was moved to the rotation. After becoming a weekend starter, he was as dominant as anyone in the nation.

The native Texan would be later shut down due to a shoulder injury. Drafted with the 75th overall pick in last year's draft, the New York Yankees passed due to concerns over the same shoulder. During that season, he struck out 130 batters and walked only 30 in 70.2 innings of work.

He possesses an above average cutter and would to seem to be of great value if he can continue to start and stay healthy. Plus, he is a senior meaning he should be a cheap sign.

My take: If healthy, and that is a big if, I like this pick. If not, it is a wasted pick.

My pick: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, Zachary HS, Louisiana

Shortstop Ryan Jackson came into the season with the look of a possible supplemental first round pick. The knock against Jackson has always been his bat and his hit tool abandoned him this spring. He hit only .263/.362/.381 after hitting .360 the year before. Jackson is a veteran of the Cape Cod League and played on Team USA with number one overall pick Stephen Strasburg.

Regarded as the best defensive short stop in this draft, the University of Miami product possesses excellent range, soft hands, and an above average throwing arm.

My take: Jackson offers tremendous value if the Cardinals can straighten out his hitting mechanics.

My pick: Jackson

Without a doubt, outfielder Virgil Hill has the most intriguing background of any player the Cardinals selected. Drafted out of Mission Junior College in California, his father is Virgil Hill, Sr., won an Olympic silver medal in boxing and would later become the WBA cruiserweight champ. His mother, Denean Howard-Hill, won a silver medal in the 4 x 400 relay in the 1988 Olympics.

The Oakland A's tabbed Hill in the 35th round last season but he chose to improve his draft stock instead of signing. The move worked as he hit .462 with 10 home runs and 27 stolen bases. The superb athlete could probably be best described as a tool shed.

My take: I love the pick and I love the upside. I just wonder if the team could have got him later.

My Pick: Brooks Raley, LHP, Texas A & M

With the system in much need of some raw power, the team looked to the Washington Huskies for its next pick. Outfield/first baseman Kyle Conley hit 19 home runs and now has 42 in his career. Selected in the 16th round by the Dodgers last year, he hit eight home runs in the New England Collegiate League last summer.

At 6'4, Conley has a long swing and is a dead pull hitter. He will have to show that he can catch up when facing big-armed pitchers. Reminds me of a right-handed hitting Kyle Russell.

My take: If he can cut down on his stroke without losing much power, he could move quickly.

My pick: Brody Colvin, RHP, St. Thomas Moore HS, Louisiana

Though he played second and third his first two seasons at Florida State, Jason Stidham shifted to shortstop to fill a need for the Seminoles this spring. He hit .363/.465/.650 for the Seminoles leading them to a Super Regional birth. Though he struggled on the Cape last summer, he stepped up and was named the Co-MVP of the League's Championship Series.

The lefthanded-hitting Stidham has limited range, which makes him more suited for second or third on the professional level. Scouts consider his bat as his best tool; he routinely puts the ball in play while showing flashes of raw power.

My Take: Great pick that should give Daniel Descalso competition as the top second baseman in the system.

My Pick: Jacob Stewart, of, Rocky Moutain HS, Colorado

Nick McCulley is the stereotypical Cardinal pick. The right-hander possesses a solid sinker and he had success on the Cape. How successful? He threw a perfect game, although it was of the fog-shortened variety.

The 20-year-old throws a heavy fastball and an outstanding slider. This past spring, he went 8-1 with a 2.10 earned-run average in 28 appearances for Coast Carolina. McCully collected eight saves and struck out 64 batters in 73 innings pitched. He also held opponents to a .197 batting average. He earned the win in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional opener against Kansas, striking out four and allowing just four hits in 7.1 innings.

My take: Seems a reasonable choice, I just hope he is capable of starting.

My pick: Kendal Volz, RHP, Baylor University

Finally, in the tenth round, the team selected its first left-handed pitcher. Hector Hernandez out of the Puerto Rico Academy and ranked as the top southpaw on the island. He has a nice smooth delivery and really quick arm action.

My take: I really like this pick. My pick: Tyler Lyons, LHP, Oklahoma St.

Rounds 11-20

The Cardinals took their first corner infielder with the choice of Fresno State's Alan Ahmady. This season, he hit .326/.428/.520 after hitting .380 and leading the Bulldogs to the College World Series title in 2008.

The talented first baseman was suspended from the team twice this season and three times in the past two years.

Patrick Dougherty is a long, lanky left-hander who had a horrendous season at Pearl River Community College. He recorded an ERA over eight this season but at 6'5, the Cardinals must see his projection. He is the nephew of former big league reliever Jay Powell.

Third baseman Matt Carpenter is a third baseman that leaves Texas Christian University as one of the school's most prolific offensive players. He ranks first all-time in career games played with 241. His 263 career hits ties him for second all-time with while his 57 doubles is second all-time and his 159 RBIs are fourth all-time.

Carpenter played in all 58 games this season and finished second on the squad with a .333 batting average. For the second straight season, he tallied 11 home runs, while driving in 47. His 23 doubles on the season is a new single-season record.

Outfielder Ross Smith played sparingly at Dodge County College and is the son of one of the team's scouts.

California prep David Washington is a mountain of a man. He is listed as a 1B/OF and stands 6'5 and weighs 220. He has a big frame and seems to have the potential to be a big time power hitter.

Pitching for University of California-Irvine, Daniel Bibona established himself as one of the top college pitchers in the land this spring. Listed at 6', the southpaw struck out 108 in 106 innings while walking only 26.

Bibona brings a fastball that sits 85-87 along with an above average changeup. Also, he works in a usable curveball and slider.

Drafted out of Manatee Junior College, Jonathan Rodriguez is a native of Puerto Rico. Only 19-years-old, "J-Rod" is a big kid, standing 6'2 and weighing 215. From the right side, he hit .363 with 10 home runs this season.

The team went to the island of Puerto Rico again for backstop Anthony Garcia. His scouting video shows a power bat but he seems to have very raw catch-and-throw skills.

The Cardinals went for another catcher in the 19th round, choosing Travis Tartamella. The 21-year-old hit .301 with eight home runs and 40 runs batted in for the California State-Los Angeles in 2009. Reportedly, he was regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in the region.

A transfer from Pepperdine, he was drafted in the 50th round of high school by the Tampa Bay Rays.

In the 20th round, pitcher Scott Schneider out of St. Mary's was the choice. An undersized right-hander, he saved his best for his toughest competition. In a win over No. 24 San Diego, he did not allow an earned run while yielding only six hits to go along with nine strikeouts in six innings of work.

Rounds 21-30

A native of Lee's Summit, MO, Trevor Rosenthal is listed as an infielder on the Cowley Community College roster. Even so, the organization drafted him as a pitcher as the served as the team's closer. In 34 innings, he struck out 48 while allowing 17 walks. The 6'2 right-hander has a low nineties fastball that he reportedly locates well.

For the second consecutive year, the Cardinals chose a player from the College of Charleston. Second baseman Joey Bergman was the Southern Conference's Player of the Year. Bergman ranked second in the nation with a .452 batting average and leads the country with 88 runs scored. The left-handed hitter added 15 homers and 57 RBI's while he was 24-26 in stolen bases.

Slippery Rock produced the next pick, catcher Matt Adams. In Division II, he led the nation in hitting with a school-record .495 batting average. He also ranked fifth nationally in on base percentage, .566, eighth in both slugging percentage, .853, and doubles, 24, 10th in total hits, 91, and 12th in total bases,157.

Another right-handed pitcher, Keith Butler struck out 59 while walking only 15 for Wabash Valley College. Serving as the team's closer, he recorded seven saves and earned all-conference recognition.

Townson's Josh Squatrito is definitely the best name the Cardinals have drafted. The 6'1 right-hander served as the team's closer and struggled after a dominant 2008. This season he struck out 45 while walking only eight in 38.2 innings. Last seasons, he logged 10 saves while he striking out 68 in 31 innings. Played in the Shenandoah Valley League where he made 26 appearances and posted a 2-4 record with 7 saves and a 1.74 E.R.A.

Christian "C.J." Beatty of North Carolina A & T was the team's next choice. The outfielder hit .365/.460/.641 this season and has been named the school's Male Athlete of the Year for two consecutive years.

The University of Connecticut's Jonathan Folino would be the next right-handed pitcher selected. At 6'4, he has a good feel for pitching. He possesses fastball that is average at best while his slider and changeup both grade out at below-average.

Folino spent his past two summers in the Cape Cod League.

Justin Edwards is a thick lefty that played his college ball at Kennesaw State. Edwards was a member of a weekend rotation that included highly drafted pitchers Chad Jenkins and Kyle Heckathorn. In 71 innings, he struck out 64 while walking 33.

Next up would be another left-hander, Murray State's Daniel Calhoun. The local product (Evansville, Ind.) tied a school record with 11 wins this season which was originally set by former big leaguer Kirk Rueter.

This spring, he struck out 85 with only six walks in 97 innings. His 0.56 walks-per-nine-innings is the best in Division I college baseball. The workhorse set a school record with 11 complete games.

Calhoun is currently playing in the Coastal Plains League.

The Cardinals went back to Ole Miss with its last selection of day two. Chris Corrigan became the second Rebel the team picked on this day and the second player that was dismissed from his team for disciplinary reasons.

His arm should be fresh having thrown only 8.2 innings this past spring. The 21-year-old came to the SEC from San Jancito Community College where he was named an All-Star. He possesses a low nineties fastball and a power slider.

Link to draft day 1 coverage



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