St. Louis Cardinals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 25 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas Ark. $2,000,000
Cox is the best pure hitter and top sophomore-eligible player in the draft. He hit just .266 as a freshman on Arkansas' College World Series team a year ago, but improved as the season went on and adjusted his pull-happy approach when he arrived in the Cape Cod League. He hit .344 with wood bats and ranked as the top position prospect in the summer circuit, setting the stage for a breakout spring in which he was hitting .432/.514/.606 entering regional play. Cox has very good hands, a short, lefty stroke and nice command of the strike zone. He has an uncanny ability to hit the ball with authority to the opposite field. There's some debate as to how much power he'll have in the major leagues, but he has the bat speed to do damage once he adds more loft to his swing. He has plenty of strength, as evidenced by a titanic shot he blasted off the top of a 90-foot-tall scoreboard at the 2009 Southeastern Conference tournament. Six feet and 215 pounds, Cox is a decent athlete with fringy speed and range at third base. Not all scouts are sold on his defensive ability. He does have a strong arm--he threw in the low 90s as a reliever a year ago--and will put in the work to improve his reactions at third base. He also has seen time at second base, and one scout said his actions looked better there, but his athleticism is more suited for the hot corner. Cox turned down an $800,000 offer as a Dodgers 20th-round pick out of high school, and he's in line to make two or three times as much as a top 10 choice this June. A pulled back muscle that kept him out of the Southeastern Conference wasn't expected to affect his draft stock.
1s 46 Seth Blair RHP Arizona State Ariz. $751,500
A Top 200 draft prospect out of Rock Falls (Ill.) High in 2007, signability caused Blair to drop to the 47th round and he headed west to Arizona State. He always had good stuff, and his results have taken a step forward every year there. He came into the season expecting to be Arizona State's Saturday starter, but was thrust into the Friday night lights when lefthander Josh Spence was shut down all season. He stepped up nicely, helping the Sun Devils get off to a 24-0 start and rank among the nation's top teams all season. Blair showed electric stuff earlier in the season, sitting 93-95 mph and even touching 97. He tailed off a little as the year went on, but he still pitches at 92-94. It's a heavy fastball with riding life and some sink when it's down in the zone, although it can flatten out later in games. His curveball is an average pitch now with a chance to be plus. He has a good changeup and a cutter that he uses occasionally. A long arm action in the back and some pulling off to his glove side cause him to have average command. His walk rate is down this year, but he still hits a batter nearly every game and runs up a high pitch count that causes him to leave games earlier than teams would like to see out of top pitchers. Blair is a Boras Corp. client, but teams don't consider him a particularly tough sign.
1s 50 Tyrell Jenkins RHP Henderson (Texas) HS Texas $1,300,000
Jenkins may be the most athletic pitcher in the draft. Baylor's top quarterback recruit, he also lettered in basketball and ran a 49-second quarter-mile in a relay race this spring—without any training. The next day, he was throwing 92-93 mph fastballs in the seventh inning. Jenkins has a loose, quick, whippy arm that can deliver fastballs up to 95 mph. There's a lot of projection remaining in his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame, and lots of room for improvement with his secondary pitches. He can spin a curveball and also throws a slider and changeup. He should develop more consistency once he focuses on baseball and does a better job of repeating his delivery. He's raw but has tremendous upside, making him a perfect fit in the sandwich round for teams with multiple picks. Jenkins is considered much more signable than fellow Texas high school pitcher/quarterback Zach Lee.
2 75 Jordan Swagerty RHP Arizona State Ariz. $625,000
Swagerty was a highly touted high school player out of Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. He was a 2007 Aflac All-American and a member of Team USA's junior national team. Now a draft-eligible sophomore, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander has been dynamite at the back end of the Sun Devils' bullpen. His fastball sits in the 92-94 mph range and can get up to 96 when he's amped up. But, that's not his best pitch. Swagerty also throws a 84-86 mph curveball that grades out as a legit 70 on the 20-80 scale. It's a true 12-6 hammer. Swagerty's size concerns some scouts, but he can hold his velocity in back-to-back outings. He doesn't quite profile as a big league closer, but should move quickly to the big leagues and reminds scouts of Angels set-up man Scot Shields.
3 106 Sam Tuivailala SS Aragon HS, San Mateo, Calif. Calif. $299,700
High school talents that pop up the summer after their junior year quickly gain a lot of attention. Tuivailala attended a small showcase in Sacramento last summer and started a lot of buzz when he hit 93 mph on the gun. He also showed bat speed and strength as a position player and is being considered by some scouts as a third baseman. At 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Tuivailala has good size and strength and a projectable frame. He has long arms and legs and has athletic agility. His secondary stuff is evolving. His curveball is a tweener pitch that should be a slider from his three-quarters slot, and he lacks a third pitch. He sits in the 88-89 mph range, with movement. He lacks a lot of mound time and an organization that is strong in pitching development will value him most. Tuivailala joins Judge in Fresno State's recruiting class.
4 139 Cody Stanley C UNC Wilmington N.C. $189,000
Stanley comes from a baseball family, as his father played both baseball and football at Elon, and his mother played junior-college softball. He was a high school punter at Clinton High, a powerhouse 2-A program in North Carolina, and was defensive player of the game in the state championship game. His draft credentials are less flashy, as Stanley has average tools across the board, but his profile is strong. He's a lefthanded hitter who has solid athletic ability at 5-foot-11, 192 pounds. He has a track record of hitting with wood and has handled a decent pitching staff with some hard throwers. Stanley hit .299/.409/.443 in the Cape Cod League last summer, and his polished approach was evident at the plate this spring, where he had 35 walks against 21 strikeouts. Stanley's a solid receiver and blocker with average arm strength. His release can get long, resulting in below-average times to second base, but he threw out 30 and 31 percent of opposing basestealers the last two seasons. Stanley has solid gap power and is a good runner for a catcher. While he has no glaring weakness, he also has no obvious strength, and for some his tools are only fringe-average. He still figures to go out in the first six rounds thanks to his profile and the lack of catching prospects.
5 169 Nick Longmire OF Pacific Calif. $144,000
He hasn't had the best statistical year among Northern California's college players, but there is no doubt that Longmire has the best package of tools. He had a great freshman year, struggled a bit as a sophomore, but has had a solid junior season. Longmire was considered a fringe prospect coming out of high school in San Diego and many Division I programs passed on him because they had concerns about his swing, which is how he came to be at Pacific. He was one of the state's home run leaders his senior year in high school and currently grades out as having plus raw power. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Longmire not only passes the tools test, but also the eye test. He can be graded out above-average across the board, except for his ability to hit for average. His body type is not quite the same, but he could be compared to Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young in terms of what scouts can envision him doing at the major league level.
6 199 John Gast LHP Florida State Fla. $140,000
Florida State doesn't have the power arms the program used to produce in the early 1990s. Its top arm this year was supposed to be Gast, whose career never quite got going in the right direction. He had Tommy John surgery after his senior season in high school and came back quickly, pitching in mid-April of his freshman year. His relief worked helped the Seminoles get back to the College World Series for the first time in eight years, and he stayed in a relief role as a sophomore. Early in his junior season, Gast was flashing his high school form, reaching 92-93 mph with his fastball and working with an upper-70s power curveball. However, as the season wore on, he no longer was showing the kind of stuff to go in the first three rounds. His ERA had soared to 6.33, mostly because of his lack of command. When he gets ahead of hitters, he still can finish them off with his curve.
7 229 Greg Garcia SS Hawaii Hawaii $75,000
Shortstop Greg Garcia was a first-team Western Athletic Conference shortstop this year, after being on the second team the two years prior. He's a lefthanded-hitting shortstop that is good enough for the position now, but may have to move off the position down the line. He has a strong arm, but won't hit for enough power to play third base in the big leagues and he's an average runner. He did not hit very well as a sophomore (.265/.359/.385), but turned things on this year and hit .358/.450/.505.
8 259 Daniel Bibona LHP UC Irvine Calif. $45,000
UC Irvine's Bibona didn't sign as the Cardinals' 16th-round pick last year and had another banner season for the Anteaters, going 9-2, 2.10 with a 100-15 strikeout-walk ratio in 90 innings. He's 30-6 the last three seasons overall. Bibona is not physically imposing at 6 feet, 170 pounds, and he doesn't have dominant stuff, but he has a strong track record of performance. Reminiscent of Tom Glavine in build and approach, Bibona throws his fastball at 86-89 mph, with excellent movement and command. He can run into trouble when he attempts to overthrow the fastball, and he doesn't have the raw velocity to challenge hitters up in the zone. He has a solid feel for his changeup, and some scouts believe his curveball is his best pitch. Bibona can take vary its speed, down to 74 mph or up near slider speed at 78-79. Bibona can eat away both corners of the plate with both his fastball and curve.
9 289 Tyler Lyons LHP Oklahoma State Okla. $40,000
After leading USA Baseball's college team with a 0.00 ERA in 2008, lefthander Tyler Lyons had a chance to go in the first round of the 2009 draft. His stuff was down for most of his junior season, picked back up in the NCAA playoffs and the Cape Cod League, but dipped again this spring. Lyons pitched at 87-90 mph as a sophomore and added velocity coming out of the Team USA bullpen, but now he rarely tops 88. His curveball also has regressed, leaving his changeup as his best pitch. He still throws strikes, but he got pounded to the tune of a 3-6, 6.06 record this spring. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder now projects as a middle reliever, though moving back to the bullpen could restore zip to this fastball. Though he had a good summer on the Cape last year, the Yankees didn't make him an offer after drafting him in the 10th round.
10 319 Reggie Williams Jr. OF Middle Georgia JC Ga. $125,000
Scouts aren't high on Williams Jr., the son of the ex-pro of the same name, in spite of intriguing tools. His brother J.D. is a better prospect in Florida's high school class. Reggie Jr. is a plus runner who runs 6.3- and 6.4-second 60s, but he doesn't carry that speed over to games due to a lack of instincts. While he made strides offensively, he still doesn't have a polished approach or a good idea at the plate. He has bat speed yet lacks the aptitude to use it, flailing at breaking stuff.
11 349 Ben Freeman LHP Lake Gibson HS, Lakeland, Fla. Fla.
12 379 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles Calif.
In the summer after his freshman year at Harvard-Westlake, Wilson was invited to the Southern California preliminary Area Code tryouts at Orange Coast JC. At that tender age Wilson carried a bit of baby fat, and while he did not make the final roster (freshmen rarely do) he displayed a provocative arm and 7.15-second speed in the 60-yard dash. Since then, Wilson has developed into the finest right-field prospect the Southern California region has seen since 2007, when Mike Stanton, the current Marlins phenom, came out of another Sherman Oaks private school (Notre Dame). Sporting a chiseled pro corner outfielder's frame, Wilson displays a throwing arm that conservatively grades out to a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has lowered his 60 times to around 6.78 seconds, outstanding for a player of his 6-foot-4, 210-pound size. A stress fracture in his lower back, since healed, prevented him from touring the showcase circuit last fall. Before that setback, Wilson put on some of the more impressive wood-bat batting-practice sessions local scouts have seen in years. As one example, in the fall of 2008 at JC of the Canyons in Valencia, Wilson blasted about 20 balls out of the yard, leaving jaws dropping all over the ballpark. The main on-field reservation scouts have regarding Wilson is how his bat will play in games. He struggles with pitch recognition, needs to be more patient, has difficulty with balls down in the zone and will need to avoid committing his front side too soon. Much has been made of Wilson's background. Both of his parents hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities, and he has a Stanford commitment. He is perhaps the draft's most fascinating wild card. He has no adviser heading into the draft and scouts were having difficulty gauging his signability.
13 409 Colin Walsh 2B Stanford Calif.
14 439 Cesar Aguilar RHP Miller HS, Fontana, Calif. Calif.
15 469 Geoff Klein C Santa Clara Calif.
Santa Clara's Klein is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound lefthanded-hitting catcher who has hit for average and shown a knack for driving in runs, while flashing power. His defense needs work but has improved since he stepped into a starter's role after an injury to Tommy Medica last spring.
16 499 Anthony Bryant OF Connally HS, Austin Texas $125,000
17 529 Corderious Dodd OF North Side HS, Jackson, Tenn. Tenn. $125,000
A Walters State JC recruit, Dodd has the arm strength to possibly move to the outfield, but at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, it will be tough for him to play anything but first base. He also pitches, but that's not why he was crosschecked. He has big raw power and good bat speed, making him the state's most interesting hitter on the prep side.
18 559 Boone Whiting RHP Centenary La.
Entering NCAA regional play, Boone Whiting ranked fifth in Division I in strikeouts per nine innings (12.9) and ninth in whiffs (120). The 6-foot-2, 175-pound righthander relies on his slider to miss bats, and he sets it up with an 88-91 mph fastball and an effective change. The Summit League pitcher of the year also does a good job of commanding his pitches and competing.
19 589 Chad Oberacker OF Tennessee Tech Tenn.
Oberacker runs well and had a tremendous season finishing with a batting line of .452/.527/1.217.
20 619 Trevor Martin SS West Seattle HS Wash.
21 649 Josh Lucas RHP State JC of Florida Fla. $100,000
The Manatees could have a third player drafted in 6-foot-6, 185-pound righthander Lucas, who is projectable and sits at 88 mph with his fastball.
22 679 Steve Ramos OF Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
23 709 Dyllon Nuernberg RHP Western Nevada CC Nev.
24 739 Pat Biserta OF Rutgers N.J.
Biserta hit .369 with 18 homers this spring, but scouts question whether Biserta's power will translate to wood bats, and he lacks athleticism.
25 769 Richard Mendoza RHP Isabel Flores HS, Juncos, P.R. P.R.
26 799 Victor Sanchez 1B San Diego Calif.
Sanchez looked like a potential first-rounder as a freshman, but injuries (particularly to his shoulder) and inconsistency have plagued him in the past two seasons. While he frequently plays DH or first base instead of third, Sanchez has power in his sweet swing, and a club may take a gamble on him as the Cubs did in 2007 in the 25th round.
27 829 Aiden Lucas RHP Denison (Ohio) Ohio
28 859 Taylor Black SS Kentucky Ky.
29 889 Chris Patterson RHP Appalachian State N.C.
30 919 Iden Nazario LHP Miami Fla.
31 949 Mike O'Neill OF Southern California Calif.
32 979 Ryan Copeland LHP Illinois State Ill.
33 1009 Joey Bergman 2B College of Charleston S.C.
College of Charleston should have several players drafted after reliever Heath Hembree, including senior Joey Bergman, who couldn't repeat last year's .452/.551/.778 season. A fringe-average runner who has good instincts on the bases, Bergman should slide to second base as a pro and fits the profile as a No. 2 hitter with contact ability, patience and modest power. He fought back from a hamate injury last summer in the New England Collegiate League and hasn't had the same zing in his swing this spring.
34 1039 Matt Valaika 2B UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Shortstop Pat Valaika's older brothers Chris and Matt were drafted by the Reds out of UC Santa Barbara. He's similar to both siblings in that he doesn't have huge tools but is a instinctive baseball player. Valaika will probably take the college route as well, though he has committed to UCLA.
35 1069 Drew Benes 3B Arkansas State Ark.
36 1099 Dean Kiekhefer LHP Louisville Ky.
37 1129 Packy Elkins SS Belmont Tenn.
38 1159 Jeff Nadeau LHP Louisiana State-Shreveport La.
39 1189 Ian Parry RHP Furman S.C.
40 1219 Phil Cerreto 3B Longwood Va.
41 1249 Chase Reid RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
Reid has considerably less velocity despite the better body at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, as he sits in the mid-80s with his fastball. His curveball and straight changeup are better than any secondary pitch Brewer or Hayes offers.
42 1279 Cole Brand RHP Bradley Central HS, Cleveland, Tenn. Tenn.
Chattanooga's top prep player was righthander Brand, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound power pitcher who is committed to Clemson. He has solid-average fastball velocity in the 88-92 mph range and had a strong spring, tossing a no-hitter.
43 1309 Chris Edmondson OF Le Moyne N.Y.
Edmondson was the centerpiece of Le Moyne's lineup this spring, hitting .348 with 12 of the team's 37 homers and 50 RBIs. A fringy runner who profiles as a left fielder, Edmondson will go as far as his lefthanded bat carries him. His compact swing produces average power.
44 1339 Adam Melker OF Cal Poly Calif.
45 1369 Robert Hansen RHP Beech HS, Hendersonville, Tenn. Tenn.
46 1399 Peter Mooney SS Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
Diminutive Peter Mooney of Palm Beach JC, whose older brother Mike was the shortstop for Florida in 2009 and is now with the Orioles organization, may be the best defensive shortstop in the state other than Gators freshman Nolan Fontana, who had made only one error entering the SEC tournament. Mooney has the hands, range and arm for shortstop, just not the body. He's 5-foot-7, 145 pounds and will be hard to keep away from South Carolina, where he's committed.
47 1429 Justin Wright LHP Virginia Tech Va.
48 1459 Hector Acosta C Coffeyville (Kan.) CC Kan.
Hector Acosta is an athletic catcher with gap power, solid speed (he stole 38 bases) and arm strength.
49 1489 Bob Revesz LHP Louisville Ky.
50 1519 Andy Moye RHP Georgia Southern Ga.