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Cardinals Draft Report Card

By Jim Callis

Best Pro Debut: RHP Blake Williams (1) went 3-1, 1.59 for short-season New Jersey. C Ryan Hamill (25), who was mostly a backup at UCLA, batted .263-12-46 at Rookie-level Johnson City.

Best Athlete: SS Chase Voshell (3) and OF Justin Woodrow (6) have solid tools across the board.

Best Hitter: OF Shaun Boyd (1) has a line-drive swing and plus speed. If he can learn to draw walks, he’ll make a nifty leadoff man. SS Justin Hileman (16) already uses the entire field and will add power as he matures.

Best Raw Power: OF Dee Haynes, the NCAA Division II player of the year at Delta State (Miss.), has more pop now, but 3B Billy Schmitt (22) will surpass him with more growth and experience.

Fastest Runner: OF Chris Morris (15) led Division I with 84 steals in 94 attempts this spring at The Citadel. He swiped 42 more bases at New Jersey even though he batted just .170. He’s a switch-hitter who goes from the right side of the plate to first base in 4.0 seconds.

Best Defensive Player: Woodrow has center-field skills and a right-field arm. He played in right at Johnson City because Boyd was in center.

Best Fastball: RHP John Novinsky (9), who spent the summer in the Cape Cod League, throws 92-93 mph and also has an outstanding curveball.

Most Intriguing Background: Yedeal Molina (4) hopes to become the third member of his family to catch in the majors, following brothers Bengie (Angels) and Jose (Cubs). 2B Matt Galante (13) is the son of the Astros dugout coach of the same name. SS Kaulana Kuhaulua’s (17) father Fred pitched in the majors. RHP Marc LaMacchia (18) is the grandson of Devil Rays scout Al. Neither Kuhaulua (who headed to Long Beach State) nor LaMacchia (Florida State) signed.

Closest To The Majors: Williams should move rapidly because he not only has a low-90s fastball and hard slurve, but he also knows how to pitch.

Best Late-Round Pick: Hileman, who dropped because of signability concerns. Hamill has some potential, though he isn’t quite the power hitter he looked like at Johnson City.

The One Who Got Away: LaMacchia needs to develop physically, but he has the potential for three average or better pitches.

Assessment: The Cardinals had a pair of first-round picks thanks to the loss of Darren Oliver, though some teams believe they squandered that advantage by overdrafting Boyd and Williams. If Boyd hits like he should and Williams continues to build on his strong debut, St. Louis will be vindicated.

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