IL HS OF Tilson Opens Cardinals Draft Day Two

St. Louis takes a Chicago-area high school outfielder with their second pick of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

The St. Louis Cardinals' first pick of the second day of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is high school outfielder Charlie Tilson. The Illinois native was taken in round two, 79th overall.

In the first 30 picks, the Cardinals drafted 21 college and nine high school players. They include 16 pitchers, six outfielders, five infielders and three catchers.

Rounds 31-50 will be selected starting on noon EDT Wednesday.

We will recap all the Cardinals Tuesday selections here with details on each added throughout the day.

Pick
2-79
St. Louis Cardinals
New Trier Township HS (IL)
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 165
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Current Team: New Trier Township HS (IL)
Position: OF
Bats: L
Throws: L

Detailed player analysis from The Cardinal Nation writer Pierce Jefferson.

Day two for the Cardinals began with the selection of another position prospect in Charlie Tilson, speedy centerfielder out of New Trier Township High School in Illinois. Like Kolten Wong, Tilson hits from the left side of the plate and adds above-average speed to his game. Standing at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, he draws comparisons to Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox.

Ranked 80th overall in the draft by Baseball America, the two-sport star brings his athleticism to centerfield. He projects as a true leadoff hitter or number-two hitter based on his contact skills, patience, and speed. He doesn't bring a lot of home run power with his frame, but he hits well to the opposite field and should be a solid gap hitter. Baseball America also ranked Tilson's speed as 65 on the 20-80 scale, which will give him plenty of range in center. He gets good jumps on balls and has an average to above-average arm that should allow him to stick in center. During his senior season, he hit .406 with 28 stolen bases.

Tilson currently has a commitment to play baseball at the University of Illinois, so he has some leverage while the Cardinals try to sign him before the August deadline. There have been reports that he will look for a signing bonus upwards of $1 million, so it will be interesting to see if they can agree to a deal relatively soon. He was the first player in the Chicago area to be drafted this year.

Pick
3-109
St. Louis Cardinals
Clear Creek HS (TX)
Player: C.J. McElroy
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 180
Hometown: League City, TX
Current Team: Clear Creek HS (TX)
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

The Cardinals went with another high school centerfielder in C.J. McElroy out of Clear Creek High School in Texas. Nearly six months younger than Tilson, McElroy comes in at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. Like Tilson, he is a two-sport star who is currently committed to the University of Houston in both baseball and football. However, he made clear his plans to the Galveston Daily News when he said, "I've decided that is what I am going to do. Playing major league baseball has been my ultimate goal."

Son of former MLB pitcher Chuck McElroy, C.J. has quick bat speed that projects to have above-average power and combines that with his plus speed. His bat can be long at times, which will lead to a lot of strike outs early in the minors while he puts things together. He hit .488 his senior year with 5 home runs, 22 RBI, and 33 stolen bases.

McElroy has more baseball history in his bloodlines, as his grandfather, Sylvester Cooper, played in the Negro Leagues and caught Satchel Paige. Cecil Cooper, former first baseman and manager of the Houston Astros, is his uncle.

McElroy football video

Pick
4-140
St. Louis Cardinals
Westchester HS (CA)
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 165
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Team: Westchester HS (CA)
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R

Continuing with their string of drafting position players, the Cardinals selected Kenny Peoples-Walls, a shortstop out of Westchester High School in California. One of the more interesting last names in the draft, he is listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds.

Peoples-Walls shot up some draft boards recently due to his interesting mix of speed and power at the shortstop position. Baseball America described him as having a swing that fails to use his lower half effectively, so with his size and athleticism, he could add power as he matures and gets a feel for using the lower part of his body in his swing. Right now, his power potential is limited with his current swing. He has good hand-eye coordination but Baseball America stated that some scouts feel he may be more suited for second base.

As a senior, he had a slash line of .404/.500/.708 with two triples and 23 RBI.

Pick
5-170
St. Louis Cardinals
Oregon State
Player: Sam Gaviglio
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195
Hometown: Ashland, Ore.
Current Team: Oregon State
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R

The first pitcher selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in this year‘s draft, Gaviglio is a junior out of Oregon State who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 195 pounds. Ranked as the 175th best prospect by Baseball America, he doesn't blow away hitters with his fastball that sits 86-89 mph and occasionally hits 90. What Gaviglio lacks in velocity, he makes up for with big sink on his fastball that produces many groundballs, which is something that the Cardinals look at heavily. He adds a changeup and a slider that both project to be average to above-average, and he mixes those pitches well with good control.

The Rays selected Gaviglio in the 40th round out of high school before he ultimately decided to head to Oregon State. After posting a 1.87 ERA and 12-2 record in his junior season at OSU, he was named second team All-American by Louisville Slugger.

Pick
6-200
St. Louis Cardinals
Campbell Hall HS (CA)
Player: Adam Ehrlich
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 185
Hometown: North Hollywood, CA
Current Team: Campbell Hall HS (CA)
Position: C
Bats: L
Throws: R

The fourth high school player the Cardinals have taken out of six, Ehrlich is a catcher who is listed at 6 feet and 185 pounds. Baseball Beginnings scouted him and saw a balanced hitter with a long swing that will have to be shortened up based on the fact that he doesn't project to hit for much power. Profiled as a strong defensive catcher, he has good hands with solid-average arm strength that should keep runners at bay.

A senior out of Campbell Hall in California, Ehrlich hit .566 with a slugging percentage of 1.053 and an on-base percentage of .608. Don't let the batting line fool you, because his path to the majors rests with his glove.

Link to Ehrlich video at BaseballBeginnings.com.

Pick
7-230
St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas State
Player: Nick Martini
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 192
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Ill.
Current Team: Kansas State
Position: OF
Bats: L
Throws: L

The third centerfielder taken in this year's draft by the Cardinals, Martini bats from the left side of the plate. He hit .326/.442/.443 in his junior season at Kansas State with 24 stolen bases in 28 attempts. Ranked as the 172nd best prospect from Baseball America, he set an NCAA Division I record by reaching safely in 93 straight games as a junior.

Not drafted out of high school, Martini bats from the left side of the plate and has quick hands with a level, compact swing. He doesn't project to have a lot of home run power but hits well to the gaps. Baseball America stated that he may be better suited as a fourth outfielder, but he will be able to prove himself in the minors with his bat.

Pick
8-260
St. Louis Cardinals
Miami (FL)
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 217
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Ill.
Current Team: Miami (FL)
Position: LHP
Bats: L
Throws: L

Miranda was the second pitcher taken by the Cardinals. The lefty just finished his junior season at the University of Miami. Miranda was initially drafted by the Cardinals out of high school in the 50th round of the 2008 draft. They liked him enough to take him again this year 42 rounds higher.

He spent most of the 2011 season in the closer's role for Miami and posted a 2.67 ERA with a K:BB ratio of 37:4. He has three pitches and throws a high-80s fastball. Miranda is destined for the bullpen, but he could be very useful to the Cardinals, as they lack quality left-handed pitching.

Pick
9-290
St. Louis Cardinals
University of Michigan
Player: Tyler Mills
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 205
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, MI
Current Team: University of Michigan
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R

Another college pitcher, Mills just finished his redshirt-sophomore season at Michigan. Used as both a starter and reliever, he had a 5.02 ERA through 27 appearances on May 21st. He showed inconsistent control with 30 walks, but struck out 48 in 52 innings.

Mills was initially used as an outfielder in his first two seasons at Michigan before displaying a mid-90s fastball and mid-80s slider that he previously used to forge a 13-0 record as a junior in high school. However, he has thrown mostly in the high-80s and low-90s this season and was taken out of the rotation after demonstrating inconsistent control. Mills still has a few kinks to work out in his delivery and has leverage, since he will be entering his junior season.

Pick
10-320
St. Louis Cardinals
McCluer HS (MO)
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 185
Hometown: Florissant, MO
Current Team: McCluer HS (MO)
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

Another prep centerfielder, Jeffries just finished his senior season at local area McCluer High School. He impressed during his workouts at Busch Stadium and displayed plus speed with solid gap power. He has a quick-short swing that leads to a lot of contact, and will help his batting average with the speed that he produces on the base paths. Jeffries recorded a 6.55 60 time during his workout, which surely impressed the Cardinals in taking him with their 10th-round pick.

Pick
11-350
St. Louis Cardinals
East Carolina
Player: Seth Maness
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 205
Hometown: Pinehurst, NC
Current Team: East Carolina
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R

After earning Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Year honors in 2010, Maness was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 41st round of that year's draft. Electing to come back for his senior season, he is a four-time, first-team All C-USA performer who posted a 1.73 ERA in 15 starts.

Maness isn't a strikeout pitcher, but he displayed impeccable control with 17 walks in 105 innings pitched and had a record of 10-3. As Maness is a senior, the Cardinals hold the leverage in signing him to a deal, but both sides should not have a problem reaching an agreement.

Pick
12-380
St. Louis Cardinals
San Jose State
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 205
Hometown: Woodside, CA
Current Team: San Jose State
Position: 1B
Bats: R
Throws: R

Danny Stienstra initially went to San Jose State as a shortstop but was quickly moved to first base. Listed at 6-foot-2 and just over 200 pounds, the first-baseman does not have the body type of a shortstop. Stienstra doesn't have the typical power that you see in college first baseman, hitting only three home runs and recording a .448 slugging percentage in 241 at-bats during his senior season. He showed a quick bat with a good eye that led to only nine strikeouts all season.

Stienstra saw his batting average jump from .265 in 2010 to .349 this season, so the Cardinals may see something in his bat. The San Jose alum is an interesting pick for the Cardinals at first base, as he doesn't project at any other position.

Pick
13-410
St. Louis Cardinals
Copiah-Lincoln CC (MS)
Player: Kolby Byrd
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 215
Hometown: Bogue Chitto, MS
Current Team: Copiah-Lincoln CC (MS)
Position: C
Bats: L
Throws: R

The second catcher chosen from the Cardinals so far, Kolby Byrd is a left-handed hitting freshman out of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. Byrd has good pop in his bat for a catcher, as he led his team in home runs with eight and with a .618 slugging percentage. The catcher had a .344 batting average and was second on the team in walks.

Pick
14-440
St. Louis Cardinals
Missouri State
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 160
Hometown: Lee's Summit, MO
Current Team: Missouri State
Position: 2B
Bats: L
Throws: R

Another Missouri kid, Kevin Medrano is a second baseman from Missouri State. He earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in each of his three seasons at Missouri State. Billed by Perfect Game as a plus defender who makes good contact, Medrano is listed at 6-foot-0 and only 160 pounds and doesn't have the frame to project for much power. The wiry second baseman also hits from the left side of the plate.

Medrano has one brother who reached Double-A for the Royals in 2003 and another who reached Triple-A for the Red Sox in 2004. The youngest brother hopes to rise past his brothers with the Cardinals.

Pick
15-470
St. Louis Cardinals
Liberty University
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 160
Hometown: Franklin, TN
Current Team: Liberty University
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Matt Williams is a shortstop who saw his average climb from .283 his freshman year to .360 the next year. He hit .336 his junior year in 2011 and led the Liberty University Flames in home runs at nine. Williams was named to the Big South All-Conference second team the past two seasons.

Williams showed good power for a shortstop, but it is questionable how much power he projects in the minors. He has decent speed, stealing 16 out of 20 bases in 2011.

Williams probably can't do much more to increase his stock, so it will be surprising if the Cardinals don't sign the junior.

Pick
16-500
St. Louis Cardinals
Miami (FL)
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 210
Hometown: Tequesta, FL
Current Team: Miami (FL)
Position: RHP
Bats: L
Throws: R

Travis Miller is teammate of eighth-round pick Danny Miranda and the second player drafted from the University of Miami for the St. Louis Cardinals. Like Miranda, Miller is a reliever and features a 90-mph fastball with a slider. He throws from a three-quarters arm-slot and shows good control, walking only five batters in 21.1 innings in 2011. Miranda struck out 28 batters on the year and remained one of the more consistent relievers for Miami.

The righty reliever is a junior who could sign relatively quickly with the Cardinals.

Pick
17-530
St. Louis Cardinals
Aliso Niguel HS (CA)
Player: Dutch Deol
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 200
Hometown: Ladera Ranch, CA
Current Team: Aliso Niguel HS (CA)
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

A right fielder out of Aliso Niguel High School in California, Dutch Deol stands at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. As a senior, he hit .280/.350/.473 with 19 RBI in 33 games. At 6-foot-3, Deol has the size to hit for more power and ranked as the 93rd best prospect out of California by Max Preps on CBSSports.com.

Pick
18-560
St. Louis Cardinals
Old Dominion
Player: Kyle Hald
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 195
Hometown: Springfield, VA
Current Team: Old Dominion
Position: LHP
Bats: L
Throws: L

Kyle Hald is a 5-foot-11 lefty starter out of Old Dominion. Hald recorded a 3.67 ERA during his senior season and flashed his best strikeout rate of his tenure with 108 strikeouts in 95.2 innings. Hald ranks fifth all-time in strikeouts with 250 at Old Dominion behind Justin Verlander at the top spot with 427.

Hald holds a fastball that sits in the high-80s but is known more for his curveball/slider combo. The southpaw's control may be an issue, as his BB rate rose in his senior along with his K rate to the tune 46 walks in just over 95 innings.

Pick
19-590
St. Louis Cardinals
Mercyhurst College
Player: Nick Gillung
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175
Hometown: Worthville, PA
Current Team: Mercyhurst College
Position: LHP
Bats: R
Throws: L

Nick Gillung is the second lefty starter taken in a row by the Cardinals. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Gillung went 8-2 with a 2.60 ERA and struck out 102 batters in just over 69 innings. He has a fastball-curveball combo that he throws with consistency, but there is very little information about the velocity he carries with his fastball.

Pick
20-620
St. Louis Cardinals
Pembroke Pines Charter HS (FL)
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 195
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
Current Team: Pembroke Pines Charter HS (FL)
Position: C
Bats: R
Throws: R

The third catcher taken by the Cardinals in the first 20 rounds, Aramis Garcia was listed by Sports Illustrated writer Dave Perkin as an under-the-radar talent to watch after Day 1. He described Garcia as, "Solidly built at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Garcia is a rarity: an athletic high school catching prospect with remarkably quick feet and fluid receiving skills. His home-to-second-base throwing times range from 1.85 to 1.95 seconds, already above major league average. Garcia is not quite advanced with the bat, but he does show the potential to hit for power."

Garcia hit .508 with a .595 on-base percentage and a 1.031 slugging percentage during his senior year. High school stats should be taken with a major grain of salt and are almost always discarded, but with the reports on his defense one has to wonder how hard it will be for the Cardinals to sign the young catcher.



Cardinals day two selections 21-30

Round-overall pick. Player Position Bat-Throw Height Weight School Hometown

21-650. Chris Kirsch LHP L-L 6-2 185 Lackawanna College Newton Square, Pa.

Kirsch was previously selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round in the 2010 draft. After he dropped eight rounds compared to last year, the Cardinals decided to take a flyer on the left-handed pitcher out of Lackawanna College in Scranton, Ohio.

Kirsch has a projectable 6-foot-2 frame and was clocked in the high-80s during his senior season in high school, while using a high leg kick in his throwing motion. He has a curveball and has been working on a changeup. Scouts also think he could add several mph to his fastball once he fills out his 6-foot-2 frame.

Kirsch suffered from elbow tendinitis that reduced his velocity during his junior year but has been quoted as saying it returned to the low 90's by later in the season.

It's hard to tell if the Cardinals will be able to sign the lefty considering that he dropped so far from last year. Kirsch will pitch this summer for Springfield in the Delco League and the Cardinals will surely be watching.

22-680. Justin Kamplain LHP R-L 6-0 175 Walker (Ala.) High School Jasper, Ala.

Kamplain is the fifth left-handed pitcher taken by the Cardinals and fourth in the last five picks. Kamplain, an Alabama baseball commit, finished his high school career with a record of 30-7 and an earned-run average below 2.00.

The lefty throws a fastball that sits 88-92 mph, which is a bump from nearly five mph from the year before. Complimenting his fastball is a curveball that he feels comfortable using already. He still has room to fill out his six-foot frame and add mph to his fastball, but questions remain about his commitment to Alabama.

23-710. Kyle Deese RHP R-R 6-2 205 Western Carolina Inman, S.C.

Kyle Deese is a right-handed reliever who is listed at 6-foot-2. He made 13 appearances for Western Carolina out of the bullpen in 2011, resulting in an ERA of 3.31. He struck out 22 batters in just over 16 innings, but also displayed very erratic command with 15 walks.

Deese played for several schools before transferring to Western Carolina from Walters State.

24-740. Jonathan Cornelius LHP L-L 6-0 200 Florida Tech Land O'Lakes, Fla.

The sixth left-hander taken out of the draft so far for the Cardinals, Cornelius has no relation to the ape from Planet of the Apes. As a senior, the lefty went 8-1 with a 2.39 ERA and struck out a NCAA Division II best 129 batters, which was a school record. He walked only 28 batters and showed improvement in command between his junior and senior year.

25-770. Todd McInnis RHP R-R 6-1 140 Univ. of Southern Mississippi Brandon, Miss.

Todd McInnis set a school record for wins after finishing his senior season at Southern Mississippi in 2011. McInnis led all Golden Eagles starters with a 2.65 ERA in 98.2 innings. He showed pretty good command by only walking 32 and striking out 87.

Listed at 6-foot-1 and only 140 pounds, many can see why he dropped so far in the draft.

26-800. Brett Graves RHP R-R 6-1 170 Francis Howell (Mo.) High School St. Charles, Mo.

Brett Graves is a right-handed pitcher out of Francis Howell High School in Missouri. The Mizzou commit is a two-sport star who ultimately picked baseball over football when making the commitment. Graves touches 91 mph with his fastball and keeps hitters off-balance with a curveball. He's starting to learn how to throw a splitter to add a third pitch to his arsenal and has already stated that he wants to learn how to throw a changeup.

The big question remains how much the Cardinals are willing to pay to get a local guy to forego his commitment to Missouri and sign with them.

27-830. Gary Apelian OF R-R 6-4 205 Santa Ana College Yorba Linda, Calif.

Gary Apelian is a right fielder and the first position player to be taken by the Cardinals since the 20th round. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Apelian has the size to hit for power. Apelian doesn't have a standout tool but has shown that he can maintain a steady batting average, hitting .324 as freshman with 13 doubles while leading his team in RBI with 45. In 2011, Apelian batted .383 (third in his conference) while hitting nine home runs (first in conference) and 16 doubles (tied for tops in the conference).

28-860. Ryan Sherriff LHP L-L 6-1 185 West Los Angeles College Culver City, Calif.

Another left-handed pitcher drafted by the Cardinals, Ryan Sherriff is listed as 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. Drafted in the 33rd round of the 2010 draft by the Washington Nationals, Sherriff decided to stay behind and re-enter the draft this year. In 2010, the southpaw started 7 games and recorded a 4.58 ERA, struck out 35, and walked 8 in 35.1 innings.

After jumping up five rounds from last year, it will be interesting to see if that is enough to get him to sign.

29-890. Chris Matulis LHP L-L 6-6 217 University of Central Florida Boynton Beach, Fla.

Here we have yet another lefty pitcher that the Cardinals will take a chance on signing in this draft. At 6-foot-6 and weighing 217 pounds, Chris Matulis is by far the biggest guy drafted so far by the Cardinals. He had to sit out 2011 after transferring from LSU and as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. In his sophomore season during 2010 with the Tigers, he posted inconsistent command with 31 walks and 36 strikeouts in 54 innings.

Matulis was originally drafted by the Rays in the 47th round of the 2008 draft but elected to attend college instead. The Cardinals chose to draft him the first year he was draft eligible after he failed to sign with the Rays out of high school. It's hard to imagine Matulis signing unless the money is right, considering he missed the 2011 season.

30-920. David Bergin RHP R-R 6-2 235 Tennessee Wesleyan College Tampa, Fla.

The last player chosen on day two by the Cardinals, David Bergin is a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher out of Tennessee Wesleyan College. The righty posted a 3.63 ERA in 89.1 innings pitched. He ran his record to 9-2 and was named First Team All-American after his junior season this year.

As a two-way player in 2011, his NAIA Division I batting numbers included a .430 average, .967 slugging and five home runs in a 5-for-5 game.



Earlier article: Cardinals Draft Kolten Wong in First Round



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