The St. Louis Cardinals have made it clear what they are seeking in this year's draft. GM John Mozeliak even went as far to use the word "obviously" numerous times when talking about what they were trying to achieve in this year's MLB draft. In the first round the Cardinals had two picks, and took two left-handed pitchers, followed by a high school shortstop in the second round (See Article).
On day two, they continued a similar run, selecting left-handed pitchers in the fifth and sixth rounds. They also selected high school shortstops in the seventh and 10th rounds while they selected right handed pitchers in the third, eighth, and ninth rounds. They strayed slightly by drafting a multi-faceted infielder in the fourth round.
In the third round the Cardinals took power arm Mike Mayers out of Ole Miss. He throws mid 90s and has exceptional off speed pitches in his arsenal. He finished this season with a 2.83 ERA and is ranked no. 188 by Baseball America in this year's draft class.
In the fourth round the Cardinals took the power bat of infielder Mason Katz out of LSU. Katz primarily played first base for the Tigers, but can play other infield positions just as well. He batted .378 with 68 RBIs this season.
The Cardinals selected another high school left-hander in the fifth round, Ian McKinney. He was rated 213 overall by Baseball America and features four solid pitches with a fastball in the low 90s.
The sixth round selection featured left-hander Jimmy Reed out of the University of Maryland. Reed posted a 2.33 ERA and was named to the All-ACC Team.
In the seventh round, the Cardinals nabbed another high school shortstop in the form of California native Chris Rivera. Rivera was rated no. 119 overall by Baseball America, making him an excellent value pick at 215th overall.
The Cardinals drafted right-handed pitcher Andrew Pierce out of Southern Mississippi in the eighth round. Pierce went 9-2 with a 2.57 ERA in his final season as his team's ace.
Their ninth round selection was one of the more intriguing picks with college right hander Nick Petree out of Missouri State. Baseball America dubbed Petree the "college version of Greg Maddux, getting batters out with uncanny pitchability." Petree led all of NCAA Division I with 1.01 ERA last season and was 8-1 with a 1.61 ERA this season.
Another intriguing pick was made in the 10th round when they selected Canadian high school shortstop Malik Collymore. Collymore was ranked no. 190 by Baseball America. He likely fell to the 10th round due to signability concerns as he is already committed to the University of Missouri.
Early evaluations of the Cardinals draft thus far have come with high praise. The MLB draft continues Saturday with rounds 11-40.Tags: Baseball, Chris Rivera, Greg Maddux, Ian McKinney, Jimmy Reed, John Mozeliak, Malik Collymore, Mason Katz, Mike Mayers, MLB, St. Louis, St. Louis Cardinals
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