St. Louis Cardinals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 19 Michael Wacha RHP Texas A&M Texas $1,900,000
After the consensus top three college pitchers (Stanford's Mark Appel, Louisiana State's Kevin Gausman, San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer) go off the board, Wacha could be the next one selected. He owns the best changeup in the draft, a pitch that can be devastating when he sets it up with a 90-93 mph fastball that peaks at 96. His command also is as good as any pitcher in this crop, as is his competitiveness. He also has an athletic 6-foot-6, 200-pound frame and delivers his pitches on a tough angle to the plate. The only thing keeping him from being considered on the top tier of college arms is the lack of a plus breaking ball. Wacha made progress with a slider last summer under the tutelage of Team USA pitching coach Rob Walton, and he also throws a curveball. Wacha generally sticks with whichever breaking pitch is working best on a given day. Both pitches can get loose at times and project as no better than average at the big league level. Despite that one shortcoming, he still could find his way into the first 10 picks. He may not have the ceiling of Appel, Gausman or Zimmer, but Wacha has a higher floor.
1 23 James Ramsey OF Florida State Fla. $1,600,000
Scouts have called Ramsey the Tim Tebow of Florida State baseball, referring to his leadership, strong Christian faith and big-play ability, and Seminoles coaches don't shrink from the comparison. The first player under 33-year head coach Mike Martin to wear a "C" on his uniform as team captain, Ramsey spurned the Twins as a 22nd-round pick last summer, turning down more than $500,000 from a club that wanted to shift him to second base. He has moved from right to center field as a senior and got off to a blistering start, and he was batting .401/.536/.731 to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in all three categories. Scouts see Ramsey as much the same player he was last year, with average to above-average tools but no true plus tool. He's an above-average runner who might be able to stick in center field, though some scouts question his instincts and doubt he could stick there in a larger home park. He has an average, accurate arm sufficient for right field. Ramsey has average power but may not have corner power. He's a safe bet to be a big leaguer, with scouts split on just how much impact he'll have. He has yet to play the infield, but another club might want to follow the Twins' lead and try him at second in a Jason Kipnis redux.
1s 36 Stephen Piscotty OF/3B Stanford Calif. $1,430,400
For the teams that value track record, Piscotty has been a consistent performer. He's hit well all three years at Stanford, hit well in the Alaska League after his freshman year and led the Cape Cod League in batting last year. Piscotty has a strong frame at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds. He has a soild, line-drive approach at the plate and projects as more of a doubles hitter than a home run threat. Piscotty's bat profiles better at third base than it does in a corner outfield spot. But if he has to move there as a pro--which is likely, since he moved to the outfield midway through the season at Stanford to make room at third for freshman Alex Blandino--then it's a tougher profile as a righthanded hitter with limited power potential. Piscotty has a strong arm and is a fringe-average runner and scouts like his makeup and work ethic.
1s 52 Patrick Wisdom 3B St. Mary's Calif. $678,790
While most scouts like Wisdom's defense and makeup, this spring has raised questions about how much he'll hit. Scouts who believe in him point to his track record, which includes a .351/.423/.582 line last year and a league-leading seven home runs in the Alaska League last summer, when he was the league's No. 2 prospect. They see a solid hitter with above-average power. This year, however, he was hitting just .254/.380/.435. Scouts who don't believe in Wisdom don't think he'll have enough bat to profile at third base, where he's a strong defender with above-average arm strength. He is an average runner who moves well for his size, and a great teammate with an outstanding work ethic. Wisdom played some catcher in high school, and a team may ask him to give that another shot.
1s 59 Steve Bean C Rockwall (Texas) HS Texas $700,000
The University of Texas landed two of the top three high school catching prospects in its recruiting class, though neither Bean nor Wyatt Mathisen figures to arrive on campus. Bean has raised his profile as much as any prospect in Texas this spring, giving himself a chance to go in the top two rounds of the draft. His standout tool is an arm that grades as a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's improving as a receiver and projects to develop solid skills in that regard. A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, Bean offers offensive potential from the left side of the plate as well. He makes consistent contact and has the wiry strength to grow into decent power. While he's a below-average runner, he's athletic for a catcher and plays with a lot of energy.
2 86 Carson Kelly 3B/RHP Westview HS, Portland, Ore. Ore. $1,600,000
Oregon hasn't produced a high school player in the first three rounds since 1998 when righthander Steve Bechler went to the Orioles, but Kelly has the talent to end that streak. He is a two-way player, but more scouts prefer him as a position player. He's a below-average runner, but his other tools are solid. Kelly has a strong build and is already pretty well filled out. He has a nice line-drive stroke with good loft and power potential. He's not flashy, but he's a steady defender at third base and has a strong arm. Some teams would like to try Kelly behind the plate. On the mound, he sits in the 90-92 mph range and throws a curveball and changeup. The Oregon recruit is young for the class and won't turn 18 until mid-July but shows excellent maturity and leadership.
3 117 Tim Cooney LHP Wake Forest N.C. $404,400
Undrafted out of high school, Cooney emerged as an early-round prospect last season when he went 7-3, 3.01 with 91 strikeouts and 18 walks in 99 innings for the Deacons. For Chatham in the Cape Cod League last summer, Cooney had 46 strikeouts to just eight walks in 48 innings. His junior season has been a different story, as he's been up and down throughout. In 13 starts he was 5-6, 3.76 with 76 strikeouts and 36 walks in 84 innings. Cooney relies on command, so he has been inconsistent because it has been inconsistent. He has a good delivery but seemed to be overthrowing this year. His fastball ranges from 87-93 mph, and he'll typically sit 88-91. He has good secondary stuff in a cutter, curveball and changeup. The cutter is an out pitch that can sit in the mid-80s, and he uses his changeup against righties. His curveball is inconsistent. Despite a rocky season, scouts like the package Cooney offers and his overall track record, and he still has a good chance to go in the first few rounds.
4 150 Alex Mejia SS Arizona Ariz. $250,000
Mejia hit well for Arizona this year. He has a line-drive stroke with an all-field approach. Mejia is an average runner with good footwork and soft hands. His pure arm strength is below average, but he has a quick release, which makes it play up. Mejia could play shortstop some, but he profiles best as a utility player in the big leagues. Mejia's cousin is Brewers righthander Marco Estrada.
5 180 Cory Jones RHP JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif. $220,300
Jones started his collegiate career at Pepperdine before transferring to Canyons, where he has shortened his arm stroke and improved his alignment by throwing across his body less. His arm strength has caught scouts' attention, making him a candidate to be a top-five round pick. At his best, Jones has touched 95-97 mph, but he works more consistently in the 88-93 range. His fastball command is spotty at best. His breaking ball is inconsistent, sometimes looking like a slightly above-average power curveball in the 80-83 mph range, sometimes getting slurvish, and usually rating below-average. He has limited feel for a changeup, and he profiles best as a reliever.
6 210 Kurt Heyer RHP Arizona Ariz. $165,100
Because they're from the same state and both get by on command and deception over stuff, Heyer is often compared to Arizona State ace Brady Rodgers. Heyer is more physical at 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds. He's also more aggressive on the mound, showing a better ability to attack hitters and a little bit of a mean streak. Even with those points in his favor, Heyer doesn't have Rodgers' four-pitch arsenal. Heyer pitches with a fastball in the 86-89 mph range and an average slider. He shows an occasional changeup and curveball, but mostly sticks to his two main pitches and relies on his above-average control and command. Heyer has some funkiness to his delivery, but shows exceptional work ethic, competitiveness and toughness. Heyer has been very successful as a starter at Arizona--he ranked second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts last year and ranks second again this year--but scouts believe his two-pitch repertoire and aggressive demeanor profile better in the bullpen as a pro.
7 240 Kyle Barraclough RHP St. Mary's Calif. $65,000
Barraclough had a solid four-year career at St. Mary's. He passed Tom Candiotti to rank second all-time for St. Mary's career strikeouts. Barraclough has a strong build at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and touches 95 and he mixes in an above-average splitter that he uses as a changeup and an average slider. Barraclough smoothed out his delivery this year, but his control is below average, as he walked 47 batters over 79 innings. Barraclough will likely get a chance to start in pro ball, but profiles best in the bullpen. He was a 40th-round pick by the Twins last year, but is expected to go much higher this year, possibly even inside the top 10 rounds as a senior willing to cut a deal and give a team more spending flexibility.
8 270 Yoenny Gonzalez OF Central Florida JC Fla. $50,000
Gonzalez is a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder whose carrying tool is his well above-average speed, including 6.5-second times over 60 yards. He's a switch-hitter with an average arm. He hit .317 this spring with surprising pop, hitting seven homers.
9 300 Rowan Wick C Cypress (Calif.) JC Calif. $75,000
A 19th-round pick out of a Vancouver high school in 2010, Wick started his collegiate career at St. John's before transferring to Cypress. He created some buzz among scouts in the fall but had a pedestrian spring for Cypress, hitting .310 in just 87 at-bats, though he heated up down the stretch and finished with a team-best six homers. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Wick stands out for his plus to plus-plus raw power, but his feel for hitting is a huge question mark. He also has an above-average arm and average speed. Wick's raw tools are intriguing, but he has a long way to go to harness them.
10 330 Jacob Wilson 2B Memphis Tenn. $20,000
Wilson should be a good senior sign. He's athletic enough to fill in at shortstop and is a fine defender at third, with arm strength and good footwork. He had his best offensive season this spring, belting 17 home runs. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder might be moved to second base as a pro.
11 360 Trey Williams 3B Valencia (Calif.) HS Calif.
Williams' has been a high-profile prospect for years, and his father Eddie was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1983 and played in the big leagues for 10 years. Scouts began to sour on Williams this spring, however, frequently questioning his lack of energy and intensity. His pitch recognition needs improvement, leading to inconsistent contact (especially against breaking balls) and causing scouts to wonder if he'll be able to unlock his big raw power. He does have plus righthanded power potential, thanks to his natural bat speed and quick-twitch athleticism. Williams will have to move from shortstop to third base in pro ball, but his hands and feet work well enough to give him a chance to be a solid defender with a slightly above-average arm at the hot corner. He has shown the ability to handle slow rollers and throw from various angles. He's a below-average runner, and his speed sometimes plays down. Still, his upside and bloodlines make him likely to be drafted in the top three rounds.
12 390 Max Foody LHP Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $385,000
Foody has the stuff and frame scouts look for in a high draft pick, though his past labrum surgery has affected his stock, if he can be prodded away from Florida State. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, he produces two solid-average pitches, sitting in the 88-91 mph range with his fastball and throwing strikes consistently with it. He should have average fastball command down the line, and he has a feel for a fringe-average breaking ball. Foody has no plus pitch at present, though, and while scouts like his toughness and strength, it's hard to project his stuff getting much better.
13 420 Brett Wiley SS Jefferson (Mo.) JC Mo.
Wiley delivered the 10th-inning RBI double that sent Jefferson to the Junior College World Series for the second straight year. As a player with a chance to stick at shortstop and provide some offensive spark, he could fit in the first 10 rounds. A 6-foot, 180-pound lefthanded hitter, Wiley has a good approach at the plate. He offers patience, gap power, solid speed and baserunning savvy. He ranks among the national juco leaders in doubles (24) and steals (28), and he performed well in the Northwoods League last summer. He may need to cut down his swing a little to make more consistent contact in pro ball. He also has the arm and range to make the necessary plays at shortstop. A bench player at Evansville as a freshman, Wiley will transfer to Missouri State if he doesn't turn pro.
14 450 Anthony Melchionda SS Boston College Mass.
15 480 Bruce Caldwell 2B Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC S.C.
Caldwell had a loud first year at Spartanburg Methodist JC, hitting .444/.520/.829 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 66 RBIs in 205 at-bats and more walks (33) than strikeouts (18). He isn't overly physical at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds but clearly has a knack for handling the bat. He lacks the arm and range to play shortstop as a pro and made 19 errors in 61 games this season, though he could play there in a pinch. He profiles as a utility player.
16 510 Joe Scanio RHP Northwestern State La.
17 540 Chris Perry RHP Methodist (N.C.) N.C.
18 570 Jeremy Schaffer 1B Tulane La.
Many scouts considered Schaffer a good senior sign last year, and he wound up coming back to Tulane and putting up almost identical numbers. He's proven he can hit with the BBCOR bats, slugging .552 and .551 the last two seasons. He's a below-average athlete and receiver with solid arm strength who threw out 32 percent of baserunners this spring. Schaffer's defensive shortcomings could force a move to first base, but he may hit enough to make up for his glove.
19 600 Steven Gallardo RHP Long Beach JC Calif.
20 630 Matt Young OF/RHP Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
21 660 Joe Almaraz 1B Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
22 690 Casey Schroeder C Ottawa-Glandorf HS, Ottawa, Ohio Ohio
23 720 Tate Matheny OF Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis Mo.
24 750 Lee Stoppelman LHP Central Missouri Mo.
25 780 Dixon Llorens RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
Miami-Dade had bigger pitchers with past expectations, such as former Top 200 talent Michael Heller (a Florida transfer) and righty Tyler Bodwitch, but the 5-foot-9 Llorens teamed with Myles Smith to give the Sharks a solid one-two rotation punch. A South Carolina recruit, Llorens lacks size but battles hitters with a low-90s fastball and good, hard slider. Both rate as 50 pitches on the 20-80 scale thanks to his control and bulldog approach. He'll be a contributor for the Gamecocks unless a team takes him fairly early this spring.
26 810 Steve Sabatino LHP Notre Dame Ind.
27 840 Joey Cuda RHP Eckerd (Fla.) Fla.
28 870 Dodson McPherson OF Wingate (N.C.) N.C.
29 900 Andy Hillis RHP Lee (Tenn.) Tenn.
30 930 Kyle Helisek LHP Villanova Pa.
31 960 Joey Donofrio RHP California Calif.
32 990 Eduardo Oquendo SS Olney Central (Ill.) JC Ill.
33 1020 Ronnie Shaban RHP Virginia Tech Va.
34 1050 Mark Trentacosta LHP UC Irvine Calif.
35 1080 Ben O'Shea LHP Tampa Fla.
An unsigned 10th-rounder of the White Sox last June, O'Shea was set to go to Maryland but didn't qualify academically and wound up at Division II Tampa. He pitched well, going 7-2, 2.34 with just 13 walks in 92 innings. He's a fastball/changeup lefty whose fastball sits in the upper 80s and at times ranges from 90-92 mph. His durable 6-foot-6, 255-pound body and average changeup are other assets.
36 1110 Alex Swim C Elon N.C.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Swim has been an everyday player for the Phoenix since he walked on campus, starting 165 games in three seasons. He burst onto the scene as a freshman, hitting .310/.342/.403. His bat cooled as a sophomore, but he bounced back in 2012 by hitting .361/.402/.454 in 227 at-bats. His bat is light, but he handles it well. He is very difficult to strike out, fanning just 39 times in his career. Scouts take interest because he provides solid defense behind the plate. He has a strong arm that could improve with a shorter release. He runs a tick above-average and could be a fourth outfielder if he doesn't stick behind the plate.
37 1140 Derrick May OF Tattnall School, Wilmington, Del. Del.
38 1170 Javier Machuca LHP Turabo (P.R.) JC P.R.
39 1200 Mike Aldrete RHP San Jose State Calif.
40 1230 Ian Rice C Madison Academy, Huntsville, Ala. Ala.