St. Louis Cardinals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 22 Kolten Wong 2B Hawaii Hawaii $1,300,000
At 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, Wong will likely be the smallest first rounder this year. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in tools, with his hitting ability standing out the most. With a compact lefthanded swing and good bat sped, Wong profiles as an above-average hitter who will spray line drives from foul pole to foul pole. He hadn't been pitched to much this year but hasn't gotten anxious or expanded the zone. He has a professional approach at the plate and a good understanding of the strike zone. He has surprising pop for his size and should hit 10-15 home runs a year as a pro. He's also willing to do the little things--he can bunt for a base hit and hit-and-run with the best of them. Wong has average speed and good instincts and is fearless on the basepaths. He's just as versatile defensively as he is with the bat. He profiles best at second base but could become a Chone Figgins type who moves around the field. He played center field as a freshman and has also started games at catcher and shortstop.
2 79 Charlie Tilson OF New Trier HS, Winnetka, Ill. Ill. $1,275,000
Though Tilson was the best player on New Trier's 2009 Illinois 4-A championship team as a sophomore, he didn't burst onto the prospect scene until the Area Code Games the following summer. Tilson led all players with seven stolen bases in three games, hit the wood-bat event's lone home run and finished fourth in the SPARQ athletic testing. He hasn't quite shown the same tools this spring, however, and fits more in the second or third round. The Area Code homer was an aberration, as the 6-foot, 175-pounder has average bat speed and a line-drive swing. Power isn't his game, as he's a lefty hitter who fits at the top of the lineup. His game is to make contact and get on base. His speed rates a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale, and he'll be more dangerous once he improves his jumps. He runs down balls in center field and shows a slightly above-average arm. His instincts and makeup help enhance his tools. Area scouts who have more history with Tilson don't rate him as highly as scouting directors and crosscheckers who saw him at the Area Code Games. An Illinois recruit, he draws comparisons to former Illini speedster Kyle Hudson, a standout athlete who was a fourth-round pick of the Orioles in 2008. Hudson is quicker, but Tilson is a better hitter and has more polish at the same stage of their careers. He's a top student and could be a tough sign.
3 109 C.J. McElroy Jr. OF Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas $510,000
The son of longtime big league reliever Chuck McElroy, outfielder C.J. McElroy draws comparisons to Michael Bourn. His plus-plus speed stands out both on the diamond and on the gridiron. A running back who ran for 1,523 yards and accounted for 28 touchdowns last fall, he signed a football scholarship to play wide receiver at Houston. He also finished seventh at the Texas 5-A track meet in the long jump. At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, McElroy won't have much power, but he has a solid righthanded stroke, good pitch-recognition skills and the ability to handle velocity. He's a big-time stolen base threat and covers a lot of ground in center field. His arm is below-average.
4 140 Kenny Peoples-Walls SS Westchester HS, Los Angeles Calif. $200,000
Middle infielder Kenny Peoples has above-average speed and a knack for making contact. He's a bit undersized and has below-average power, but he has good hand-eye coordination, which helps him hit despite a swing that fails to utilize his lower half effectively. While he plays shortstop in high school, scouts agree that his range, arm strength and actions fit better at second. Peoples lacks polish and has questionable instincts, but his athleticism and chance for an average bat should get him drafted between the seventh and 12th rounds.
5 170 Sam Gaviglio RHP Oregon State Ore. $175,000
Gaviglio doesn't light up radar guns, but he really knows how to pitch. He can reach back for 90 mph on occasion, but mostly sits in the 86-89 mph range. He gets tremendous sink on his fastball, but can still command the pitch and he lives in the bottom half of the strike zone. The movement makes Gaviglio a groundball machine and he mixes in an above-average changeup and a good slider. He mostly uses the changeup against righthanded batters and the slider against lefties, so the pitches break in toward their hands. He changes speeds well on his offspeed stuff, adding and subtracting to always keep hitters guessing. Gaviglio has a lot of moxie and is a smart pitcher that controls the running game well. He's a good athlete and also does a good job of keeping his emotions on an even keel. A 40th-round pick by the Rays out of high school, where he helped the Ashland (Ore.) Grizzlies win a 5A state championship, Gaviglio knows how to win but ultimately is what he is--a back-end of the rotation type of guy.
6 200 Adam Ehrlich C Campbell Hall HS, North Hollywood, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Ehrlich, a Loyola Marymount recruit, played in the Area Code Games last summer and he kicked off the spring at the MLB Urban Youth Invitational in Compton. He has plenty of strength in his sturdy 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, but he is stiff at the plate and behind the plate. He has good arm strength but lacks good footwork, agility and throwing accuracy. He also lacks bat speed and seldom pulls balls with any authority, preferring to go the opposite way.
7 230 Nick Martini OF Kansas State Kan. $125,000
Martini set an NCAA Division I record by reaching base in 93 straight games in 2010-11, and that's what he does best, as he's a gifted lefthanded hitter with quick hands, a line-drive swing and good command of the strike zone. He works counts, makes consistent contact and uses the opposite field well. His instincts allow his solid speed to play up on the bases. Martini is 5-foot-11 and 192 pounds, and most of his power comes to the gaps. He has played both left and center field for Kansas State, and though he gets good jumps, his range fits better in left field. His arm is average. Because Martini doesn't have a plus tool besides his bat, he may profile better as a fourth outfielder than as a big league regular. Nevertheless, his hitting ability should get him drafted in the first five rounds or so.
8 260 Danny Miranda LHP Miami Fla. $125,000
Daniel Miranda racked up 15 saves as Miami's closer this season. At 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, he's not projectable and thrived by commanding a mix of three lively pitches from a low three-quarters slot: an average fastball, decent curveball and changeup that was his best pitch. He walked just four in 30 2011 innings, and some scouts questioned his durability considering he was basically a one-inning guy.
9 290 Tyler Mills RHP Michigan Mich. $100,000
Tyler Mills arrived at Michigan as an outfielder, redshirting in 2009 and getting just 11 at-bats last season. He opened scouts' eyes when he pitched two innings of relief in the season opener against Louisville, throwing a 94-96 mph fastball and an 84-87 mph slider. He threw 127 pitches in the third outing of his college career, however, and his stuff rarely was as sharp afterward. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder worked more at 88-92 mph and with a shorter slider, and he couldn't hold his spot in the weekend rotation. Mills still looks like a position player trying to pitch, working out of the stretch and struggling to repeat a less-than-smooth delivery. He'll have to be a reliever in pro ball. He's a draft-eligible sophomore, which complicates his signability.
10 320 Lance Jeffries OF McCluer HS, St. Louis Mo. $95,000
Multiple area scouts say outfielder Lance Jeffries' strong, compact frame and tools remind them of former Braves all-star Ron Gant. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder generates impressive bat speed from the right side of the plate, and he has plus speed and center-field range to go with solid arm strength. He's raw as a hitter, with a lot of effort in his uphill swing, but a team that believes in his bat could pop him in the first five rounds. Committed to Iowa Western CC, he's considered signable.
11 350 Seth Maness RHP East Carolina N.C.
12 380 Danny Stienstra 1B San Jose State Calif.
13 410 Kolby Byrd C Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) JC Miss.
14 440 Kevin Medrano 2B Missouri State Mo.
After finishing fourth in hitting (.321) and fifth in slugging (.423) in the Cape Cod League last summer, second baseman Kevin Medrano positioned himself as an early-round pick for 2011. He lost that momentum when he sprained his left shoulder in an early-season collision at home plate and got off to a slow start. He does an excellent job of using the whole field and making line-drive contact from the left side and has solid speed, but the 6-foot, 160-pounder doesn't walk much and has little power. He plays good defense at second base, though his below-average arm strength precludes him from trying shortstop. Scouts appreciate his blue-collar mentality but can't get past the fact that he's a second baseman with one plus tool. His brothers Steve and Jesus both played pro ball and reached the upper minors.
15 470 Matt Williams SS Liberty Va.
16 500 Travis Miller RHP Miami Fla.
17 530 Dutch Deol OF Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, Calif. Calif. $100,000
18 560 Kyle Hald LHP Old Dominion Va.
19 590 Nick Gillung LHP Mercyhurst (Pa.) Pa.
20 620 Aramis Garcia C Pembroke Pines (Fla.) HS Fla.
Florida's catchers got plenty of attention, and beyond the top group some evaluators preferred Aramis Garcia, a Florida International signee. Garcia resembles 2009 supplemental first-rounder Steve Baron, who was a premium defender. He has more power potential than Baron but lacks fluid actions behind the plate. His bat may have to carry him if the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder outgrows catching.
21 650 Chris Kirsch LHP Lackawanna (Pa.) JC Pa.
22 680 Justin Kamplain LHP Walker HS, Jasper, Ala. Ala.
The state has two late-blooming lefthanders who jumped up draft boards. Alabama signee Justin Kamplain, who has a quick arm on a 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame, has hit 91 mph and sits in the upper 80s, and he throws a decent curveball and changeup.
23 710 Kyle Deese RHP Western Carolina N.C.
Deese signed for a $20,000 bonus on June 12, but the contract was later voided.
24 740 Jonathan Cornelius LHP Florida Tech Fla.
25 770 Todd McInnis RHP Southern Mississippi Miss.
Todd McInnis has been the team's ace for three seasons and a member of the rotation for almost five, having received a redshirt after five 2007 starts. He is what he is: a 6-foot-1, 160-pounder who has durability questions and lacks a plus pitch. He commands his fringy fastball and has a good feel for his solid-average curveball.
26 800 Brett Graves RHP Howell HS, St. Charles, Mo. Mo.
Brett Graves' size and commitment to Missouri may preclude him from being an early-round pick, but the 6-foot-1, 180-pound righthander might have the best arm in the state. He's a quality athlete who drew college football interest as a quarterback and doubled as a shortstop on Francis Howell's state Class 4 championship team. He has a quick arm that arm that delivers fastballs up to 94 mph, and he can spin a hard curveball. His fastball doesn't have much downward plane, but he has good feel for the strike zone.
27 830 Gary Apelian OF Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif.
28 860 Ryan Sherriff LHP Glendale (Calif.) JC Calif.
29 890 Chris Matulis LHP Central Florida Fla.
30 920 David Bergin RHP Tennessee Wesleyan Tenn.
31 950 Kevin Jacob RHP Georgia Tech Ga.
Georgia Tech has its own once-touted prospect who has faltered in Kevin Jacob, a righthander who was the No. 1 prospect in the Alaska League in 2009, when he was hitting 97-99 mph. Jacob always had unusual pitching mechanics, with an over-the-top delivery, and he broke down last season, missing much of the year with a shoulder injury. He avoided surgery, but hasnt found that elite velocity since then. He had a good outing against Georgia in late April when he threw 91-93 mph and didn't walk a batter; scouts who saw him then may bite on the senior, who didn't sign as an 18th-round pick of the Yankees last season.
32 980 Jonathan Keener C Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
33 1010 Heath Wyatt RHP Southeastern Oklahoma State Okla.
34 1040 Tyler Rahmatulla 2B UCLA Calif.
Bruins second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla has been snake-bitten over the last two years. He had a strong sophomore season (.328/.434/.509 with seven homers and 19 doubles) as UCLA's No. 3 hitter, but he missed the Bruins' run to the College World Series finals after breaking his wrist in the post-super regional dogpile celebration. When he returned last fall, Rahmatulla misstepped while taking ground balls in the Bruins' first workout, breaking a bone in the top of his foot and sidelining him for eight weeks. Then his season ended after just 18 games due to academic ineligibility. He has a chance to be an average defender at second base with an average line-drive bat and a blue-collar mentality, but his stock has dropped.
35 1070 Drew Madrigal RHP California Baptist Calif.
36 1100 Casey Rasmus C Liberty Va.
37 1130 Brad Watson RHP Wartburg (Iowa) Iowa
38 1160 Jeremy Patton 3B Florida International Fla.
39 1190 Tyler Melling LHP Miami (Ohio) Ohio
40 1220 Kyle Arnsberg C McLennan (Texas) JC Texas
41 1250 Mike Knox 1B Mount Olive (N.C.) N.C.
42 1280 Cody Poarch RHP Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn.
43 1310 Chris Costantino RHP Walters State (Tenn.) JC Tenn. $100,000
44 1340 Brandon Creath RHP Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
45 1370 Cooper Moseley 2B Central Alabama JC Ala.
The state's top junior college prospects are all Division I transfers. Cooper Moseley, a hard-throwing righthander, and Robert Shipman, older brother of Athletics 2010 draft pick Aaron Shipman, both started their careers at Georgia. Moseley's best asset is his low-90s arm strength.
46 1400 Chadwick Kaalekahi C Campbell HS, Ewa Beach, Hawaii Hawaii
47 1430 David Schmidt RHP Christian Brothers College HS, St. Louis Mo.
David Schmidt is similar to Graves, as a 6-foot, 170-pounder with a quick, powerful right arm. He's even less likely to sign than Graves because he's committed to Stanford and had labrum surgery after injuring his shoulder playing hockey two years ago. He has made an impressive recovery and now pitches at 87-91 mph and touches 93 with his sinker. He shows aptitude for throwing a slider and does a nice job of throwing strikes.
48 1460 Brock Asher OF Aiea (Hawaii) HS Hawaii
49 1490 Corey Baker RHP Pittsburgh Pa.
50 1520 Tyler Sibley 2B Texas State Texas