The 2011 First-Year Player Draft was completed Wednesday afternoon with the St. Louis Cardinals selecting their final 20 of the 50 total players chosen in the 50-round draft.
Among the Cardinals selections the third and final day are 10 pitchers, five infielders, four catchers and one outfielder. For the entire draft, the tally is 26 pitchers (17 RHP and nine LHP), 10 infielders, seven outfielders and seven catchers.
St. Louis chose 17 collegiate players and three high school prospects during the final complete day of selections for a total of 38 college players and 12 high school picks.
Cardinals day three selections 31-50
Round. Player (overall pick) Position Bat-Throw Height Weight School Hometown
31. Kevin Jacob (950) RHP R-R 6-6 225 Georgia Tech Baltimore, Md.
Kevin Jacob is a massive right-handed reliever out of Georgia Tech. Previously taken in the 18th-round of the 2010 draft by the New York Yankees, the 6-foot-6 fireballer routinely threw his fastball between 94-97 mph and occasionally hit 99 on the gun. After suffering a shoulder injury, Jacob avoided surgery but saw his velocity diminish to the low-90s. The diminished velocity and shoulder concerns allowed him to fall to the Cardinals in the 31st round.
Jacob has an unorthodox throwing motion that gives him deception on the mound. His throwing motion has also led to command issues, as he walked 14 in just over 16 innings. If he can get over his shoulder problems and regain the high-90s velocity, he could become an intriguing reliever for the Cardinals.
32. Jonathan Keener (980) C R-R 6-0 195 Calif. State Univ.-Dominguez Hills Lakewood, Calif.
The fourth catcher taken by the Cardinals in the first 32 rounds, Jonathan Keener is a junior out of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Keener showed pop in his bat by hitting nine home runs in 177 at bats, but also struck out 30 times compared to only seven walks and finished with a .266 batting average. The six-foot catcher is known for his defense and will likely have to rely on that to climb through the minors.
33. Heath Wyatt (1010) RHP R-R 6-2 190 Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ. Searcy, Ark.
Named the Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Year last season, Heath Wyatt is a 6-foot-2 closer out of Southeastern Oklahoma State. A first team All-American in both his junior and senior seasons, Wyatt tied the single-season saves record for the university after posting 16 saves and a 2.06 ERA in just over 100 innings pitched. In fact, he led all of Division II in saves over the last two seasons.
34. Tyler Rahmatulla (1040) 2B R-R 5-10 190 University of California-Los Angeles Mission Viejo, Calif.
Tyler Rahmatulla, a junior from UCLA, is a 5-foot-10 second baseman. After posting just a .101 batting average in his Cape Cod appearance in 2009, Rahmatulla raised his average to .328 at UCLA and showed pop in his bat with seven home runs and eleven doubles on the season in 2010.
Unfortunately, the second baseman suffered a broken wrist in a freak incident after the Bruins clinched a series win in the Super Regional in 2010. After appearing in just 68 at-bats and seeing his average drop to .250 with no home runs from the previous year, Tyler was suspended on May 17th for the rest of the season due to “academic reasons”.
35. Drew Madrigal (1070) RHP R-R 6-2 200 California Baptist University Menifee, Calif.
Initially selected by the San Diego Padres in the 11th round of the 2009 draft by the San Diego Padres, Drew Madrigal is a 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher out of California Baptist University. As a senior this season, Drew struck out 46 in just over 50 innings with a 2.15 ERA. He also posted a .293 batting average and had six extra-base hits in 75 at-bats.
During an interview in 2009, Madrigal stated that he threw an 88-92 mph fastball that he complimented with a curveball and slider. After dropping over 20 rounds from the 2009 draft, there isn’t very much information available on diminished velocity or ineffectiveness of his breaking pitches.
36. Casey Rasmus (1100) C L-R 5-10 175 Liberty University Phenix City, Ala.
Younger brother of Cardinals centerfielder Colby Rasmus, Casey is a catcher at Liberty University who just finished his junior season. Casey had a line of .287/.349/.407 this season and displayed good speed for a catcher with 18 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
Casey is the second player from Liberty University to be picked by the Cardinals. His teammate Matt Williams was taken earlier, in the 15th round.
37. Bradley Watson (1130) RHP R-R 6-4 185 Wartburg College Urbandale, Iowa
Bradley Watson is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher out of Wartburg College in Iowa. In his senior season during 2011, he started 13 games and led the staff with 88 strikeouts in 95.2 innings pitched. He posted a 2.07 ERA and finished five complete games.
38. Jeremy Patton (1160) 3B R-R 5-11 195 Florida International University Harvielle, Mo.
The first third baseman taken by the Cardinals this year, Jeremy Patton comes in at 5-foot-11 and weighs 195 pounds. In 2010, Patton was named the MVP of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and then earned First-Team All-Conference honors in 2011 during his junior season. Originally from St. Louis, the third baseman has good pop in his bat at his position and hit .359 with a slugging percentage of .511 in 2011.
39. Tyler Melling (1190) LHP R-L 6-2 170 Miami University of Ohio Bellefontaine, Ohio
The ninth left-handed pitcher taken by the Cardinals so far, Tyler Melling is a senior out of Miami University in Ohio. Melling started 15 games as a senior and had a 3.51 ERA in 89.2 innings. He showed good control on the mound, but gave up 33 extra-base hits over the course of the season.
40. Kyle Arnsberg (1220) C L-R 6-5 205 McLennan Community College Arlington, Texas
Left-handed pitching and catchers seem to be the theme in this year’s draft for the Cardinals, and Kyle Arnsberg keeps it up. The catcher is out of McLennan Community College. Listed as 6-foot-5, Arnsberg is much taller than the typical catcher. The big-bodied backstop hit .318 with 16 doubles and 34 RBI this season. He’s the son of current Houston Astros pitching coach Brad Arnsberg.
41. Michael Knox (1250) 1B R-R 6-4 230 Mount Olive College Cary, N.C.
Michael Knox is a 6-foot-4 first baseman out of Mount Olive College. At 230 pounds, Knox is a power hitter who became the first player to ever homer four times in one game at Mt. Olive. The slugger led his team in home runs on the season at 23, the second-highest total in Division II in 2011. He finished the season with a .352 batting average and slugged .832, fourth in DII. Knox’s swing can get too long at times, evidenced by the 47 strikeouts he recorded in 179 at-bats.
42. Cody Poarch (1280) RHP R-R 6-6 195 Walters State Community College Hudson, N.C.
Coming in at 6-foot-6 and 195 pounds, Cody Poarch looks like a pitcher. Poarch comes from Walters State Community College and is a right-hander who made 14 appearances in 2011. He had a 3.56 ERA, but he showed inconsistent command by walking 33 batters in 65.2 innings.
43. Chris Costantino (1310) RHP R-R 6-3 225 Walters State Community College Lincoln, R.I.
Chris Costantino is a teammate of Cody Poarch as the second consecutive player taken from Walters State by the Cardinals. He is also a right-handed pitcher. Costantino came out of the pen in 38 appearances and struck out 65 batters in 43.2 innings. His 2.27 ERA led to a 7-1 record.
The righty was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 49th round of the 2009 draft.
44. Brandon Creath (1340) RHP R-R 6-3 200 Embry-Riddle University San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Brandon Creath is the third straight right-handed pitcher taken by the Cardinals, but he breaks the string of Walters State players. Creath comes in at 6-foot-3 and is a junior from Embry-Riddle University. The righty mostly came out of the pen for the Eagles and had a 3.15 ERA in 13 appearances. He struck out 37 in 40 innings and hitters hit only .218 against him with two home runs.
45. Robert Moseley (1370) 2B R-R 5-11 185 Central Alabama Community College Montgomery, Ala.
Cooper Moseley will probably be used as a second baseman, but he was both a hitter and pitcher at Central Alabama Community College. As a right-handed pitcher, he recorded 2.90 ERA, with five saves and 65 strikeouts in 49.2 innings. As a hitter, he had a .418 average with seven home runs and a .714 slugging percentage. Moseley also walked 36 times in 48 games, which led his team.
46. Chadwick Kaalekahi (1400) C R-R 6-0 185 Campbell (Hawaii) High School Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Chadwick Kaalekahi is a catcher out of Campbell High School in Hawaii. Kaalekahi is the second player the Cardinals have taken from the state of Hawaii. He is listed as 6-feet tall and built strongly for a young catcher at 185 pounds. He still needs to work on his footwork and receiving skills, but he possesses a good, strong arm with a quick release. Kaalekahi is a line-drive hitter with a short, quick swing.
47. David Schmidt (1430) RHP R-R 6-0 175 Christian Brothers College (Mo.) HS Chesterfield, Mo.
David Schmidt is a right-handed pitcher out of Christian Brothers College High School. David is listed at 6-feet and 175 pounds and was clocked at 92-94 mph this past season. Prep Baseball Report described his throwing motion as “short and powerful, and when he’s locating his fastball it generates some nice arm-side action.” Schmidt also has a slider and is developing a changeup.
The Cardinals will have a tough time getting him to sign, as he has signed a letter of intent to pitch for Stanford.
48. Brock Asher (1460) CF L-R 5-10 175 Aiei (Hawaii) High School Waipahu, Hawaii
Another high-school centerfielder drafted by the Cardinals, Brock Asher comes in at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. Asher is a left-handed hitter out of Aiea High School and the third player taken by the Cardinals from Hawaii. The speedy centerfielder had eight extra-base hits and stole six bases on the season.
49. Corey Baker (1490) RHP R-R 6-1 170 University of Pittsburgh New York, N.Y.
Corey Baker became the all-time wins holder in the history of the University of Pittsburgh this season. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Baker struggled in his senior season with a 5.04 ERA in 16 appearances. He showed decent control and struck out 55 over 80.1 innings. Batters hit .305 against him during the season, and the righty had trouble giving up extra-base hits.
50. Tyler Sibley (1520) 2B R-R 5-10 160 Texas State University Frisco, Texas
With their last pick in the 2011 draft, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Tyler Sibley, junior second baseman out of Texas State University. Not very big at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, Sibley set a school record this season with a 30-game hitting streak. Sibley stole 20 bases in 24 attempts and hit .340, showing good patience with a .480 on-base percentage. The speedster struck out just 19 times in 256 at-bats and will have to focus on his speed and hitting ability to rise through the minors.
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