Carson Kelly Opens 2012 Cards Draft Day Two

Second-rounder Carson Kelly

The St. Louis Cardinals selected 14 players in day two of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, led by Oregon high school third baseman Carson Kelly.

The St. Louis Cardinals had 14 selections in the second day of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, in rounds 2-15. Their initial choice of the day was Oregon high school third baseman Carson Kelly.

College players were predominant the rest of the day. In the third round, Wake Forest left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney was selected. The fourth round brought reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year, University of Arizona shortstop Alex Mejia, into the fold. College of the Canyons right-handed pitcher Cory Jones was the fifth-round selection.

Another Arizona player was taken in the sixth in right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer. Another college RHP and another player from St. Mary's, Kyle Barraclough was selected in the seventh. Juco outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez from College of Central Florida was the eighth-round choice.

The Cardinals ninth-rounder is a Canadian. Catcher Rowan Wick attended college in California at Cypress College. The college picks continued with University of Memphis second baseman Jacob Wilson being the 10th-round choice.

The Cards took a shot at star California high school shortstop Trey Williams in the 11th and Florida prep left-handed pitcher Max Foody in the 12th.

The final three picks of the day were collegiate shortstops: Brett Wiley from Jefferson College, Boston College's Anthony Melchionda and Bruce Caldwell of Spartanburg Methodist College.

Pick
2-86
St. Louis Cardinals
Westview HS (OR)
Player: Carson Kelly
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 215
Hometown: Portland, OR
Current Team: Westview High School
Position: 3B
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: After selecting two third basemen on day one of the draft, the Cardinals started off day two by choosing Carson Kelly. The pick does have a caveat. Many scouts like him more as a third baseman than as a right-handed pitcher. The University of Oregon recruit is the highest high school pick from that state since 1998.

On the mound, he sits in the low 90s with a developing change up and curveball. The 2012 Oregon Player of the Year has told teams that he wants to hit so it will be interesting how things play out.

Last season, Kelly hit .473 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI and a .973 slugging percentage. He also went 9-1 with 1.64 ERA and 71 strikeouts while pitching.

Kelly was a member of the 2011 Team USA Gold Medal winning club in the Pan American Games and led his Westview High School team to their first 6A State Championship in 2011.

Scout.com's Frankie Piliere called Kelly the 37th rated prospect in the 2012 draft class, also, as a third baseman. Kelly has offensive upside with a good line drive stroke and power potential. In the box, the right-handed hitter has fast, strong hands to go along with his excellent swing mechanics. He has good pop that allows him to pull pitches over the fence and hit the ball to the opposite field with good authority.

Possessing an athletic build, he is a steady defender at third base with an above average arm. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has average speed and his bat could play at a corner outfield slot.

Kelly is a player with helium that moved up draft boards as the event approached. Keith Law had him rated 27 on his board while MLB had him rated as the 48th overall prospect.

To keep him from attending Oregon, Kelly will most likely start his professional career as a third baseman.

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Pick
3-117
St. Louis Cardinals
Wake Forest
Player: Tim Cooney
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 195
Hometown: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Current Team: Wake Forest University
Position: LHP
Bats: L
Throws: L
ANALYSIS: The Cardinals have struggled to find good left-handed arms but Tim Cooney could help remedy that. After a stellar sophomore season, the Wake Forest product struggled with constancy this season. Scout.com's Frankie Piliere had the Demon Deacon as the 87th rated prospect in this draft.

During the 2012 spring, he posted a record of 6-7 with 90 strikeouts with 38 walks in 99 innings. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder held opponents to a .264 average with a 3.82 ERA.

While playing for Chatham of the Cape Cod League, the 21-year-old posted a record of 2-5 with a 3.54 ERA. In 48.1 innings, Cooney struck out 46 while walking only eight batters.

Cooney throws his fastball in the high 80s, low 90s with the ability to touch 93. The southpaw throws a cutter that he uses as his out pitch to go along with a solid change up that he uses against right-handed hitters. His curveball is a work in progress but with his work ethic, it should develop.

Pick
4-150
St. Louis Cardinals
University of Arizona
Player: Alex Mejia
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 200
Hometown: Sylmar, California
Current Team: University of Arizona
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: The Arizona Wildcats' shortstop was a three-year starter on the perennial Pac-12 power. This spring, Mejia hit .367/.398/.504 with three home runs and 51 RBI. In 240 at bats, he only walked 12 times while striking out 21.

After his stellar season, he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year along with the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Mejia was recently named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American along with being named to the Tucson All-Regional team after the Wildcats advanced to the super regionals this past weekend.

At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, he has good size with some power potential and some scouts believe he will be able to stay at shortstop. He has a solid glove with an above average arm. If Mejia does not have the quickness to cover short, he should hit enough to move off the position. Second base and third are obvious changes but don't rule out a switch to catcher.

Mejia has a polished approach at the plate with a good plate discipline. He has shown the ability to hit the ball to all fields with some authority.

His father, Carlo, was an All-American third baseman at Pepperdine in 1975.

Pick
5-180
St. Louis Cardinals
College of the Canyons (CA)
Player: Cory Jones
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 220
Hometown: Simi Valley, California
Current Team: College of the Canyons (CA)
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: Drafted out of the College of the Canyons, Jones had started his college career at Pepperdine. The 6-foot-5 pitcher throws in the low-to-mid 90s with the ability to touch 97. His command is lacking as is his secondary offerings. With a solid fastball and below average off speed pitches, he profiles more as a reliever.

The right-hander struck out 89 in 61.1 innings but did walk a concerning 38 batters this spring while playing in the California Junior College League.

At this point in the draft, Jones looks like a player that will sign quickly and below slot. That is something needed for a team with as many picks as the Cardinals.

Pick
6-210
St. Louis Cardinals
University of Arizona
Player: Kurt Heyer
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 211
Hometown: Huntington Beach, California
Current Team: University of Arizona
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: After picking Alex Mejia in the fourth round, the Cardinals chose his teammate Kurt Heyer in the sixth round. The right-handed pitcher works in the high 80's with the ability to dial it up to 92-93. At 6-feet-2, 211 pounds, Heyer has the frame to add some velocity as he develops under pro coaching. Highly recruited out of high school, he has served as the Wildcats' Friday night starter since his freshman season.

The California native has an average slider along with a change up and curveball which need refinement. He shows impeccable control and command and a strong work ethic that helps him compensate for his average pitches.

This spring, he posted a record of 12-2 with a 2.03 ERA. The 12 wins are tied for the nation's lead. In 128 innings, most in the NCAA, he struck out 98 while walking only 22 and holding his opponents to a .243 batting average against.

This past weekend, he pitched a complete game in the first game of the Tuscon regional. It was his seventh complete game of the season which is only one game shy of former big leaguer Scott Erickson's school mark.

Last summer, the 21-year-old pitched on the Cape where he racked up 26 strikeouts with eight walks in 26.2 innings.

With an almost sidearm delivery, Heyer might be best suited for the bullpen but the Cardinals should give him every opportunity to develop in the rotation.

Pick
7-240
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Mary's College (CA)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 218
Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Current Team: St. Mary's College (CA)
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: The Cardinals' run on college right-handers continued into the seventh round. Barraclough throws a fastball that sits around 93 and can reach 95. His best pitch is a splitter that is described as a true out pitch. As several of the Cardinals other picks, Barraclough was a starter in college but profiles better in the bullpen.

During the spring, he posted a record of 2-9 with an ERA near four. In 84.1 innings, he struck out 80 while issuing 50 free passes.

The 22-year-old has been a teammate of Cardinals supplemental first round pick, Patrick Wisdom. Last year, Barraclough was drafted in the 40th round by the Minnesota Twins.

Pick
8-270
St. Louis Cardinals
College of Central Florida
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 180
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Current Team: College of Central Florida
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: Drafted out of a Florida junior college, the right-handed hitting centerfielder hit .317 with seven home runs in 167 at bats. The Coral Gables, Florida, native stole 14 bases while reaching base at a .377 clip.

Gonzalez was not considered one of the top 105 players in the state of Florida by Baseball America.

Pick
9-300
St. Louis Cardinals
Cypress College (CA)
Player: Rowan Wick
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 225
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Current Team: Cypress College
Position: C
Bats: L
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: The Cardinals went to the junior colleges of California to find Wick. The catcher and outfielder is a mountain of a man at 6'4, 225 pounds. Born in North Vancouver, BC, the left-handed batter hit .250 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 50 at bats this spring.

Originally enrolled at St. Johns before transferring to Cypress, Wick was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 19th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. The backstop also played for the Canadian Junior National Team at the 2010 IBAF World Junior Baseball Championships.

Wick has signed a letter of intent to attend North Carolina State this fall after being recruited by assistant coach Tom Holliday, father of Cardinals' left-fielder Matt Holliday.

Pick
10-330
St. Louis Cardinals
University of Memphis
Player: Jacob Wilson
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 190
Hometown: Arlington, Tennessee
Current Team: University of Memphis
Position: 2B
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: For the tenth-round pick, the Cardinals looked to the home of its Triple-A affiliate to select University of Memphis' Jacob Wilson. The reigning Conference USA Player of the Year hit .320 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 2012. His home run total was tops in the conference as were his 142 total bases and .615 slugging percentage.

Wilson has manned third base during the last two seasons but should be athletic enough to move to second and perhaps fill in at short in a pinch. He was listed as a second baseman on draft day.

Pick
11-360
St. Louis Cardinals
Valencia High School (CA)
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 210
Hometown: Valencia, California
Current Team: Valencia High School (CA)
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: Williams appears to be a great selection this late in the draft. The California prep third baseman was rated as the number 99 prospect in this class by Scout.com's Frankie Piliere. Most thought he would be picked in the top three rounds, so to get him here could be a coup. Money could be the challenge.

The teenager is a physical specimen that looks that part of an elite prospect. Williams possesses big time power that has been rated a 70 on the scouts' 20-80 scale. Some scouts do question his hit tool and wonder if he will hit enough to tap into his power potential. The son of former big leaguer Eddie Williams struggles with pitch recognition and has trouble with breaking balls.

Williams was a shortstop in high school but will most likely move to the corner in the pro ranks. At the hot corner, he projects as a solid defender with a strong arm. If everything lines up, he has the potential to be a five-tool player with exceptional power.

Williams signed a letter of intent with Pepperdine. ESPN ranked him as the 32nd best prospect in his senior class.

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Pick
12-390
St. Louis Cardinals
Pendleton School (FL)
Player: Max Foody
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 220
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Current Team: The Pendleton School (FL)
Position: LHP
Bats: L
Throws: L
ANALYSIS: The Cardinals brought another southpaw into the system with the selection of Foody. Drafted out of a Florida high school, he possesses great size at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds.

The Florida State signee's fastball sits in the low 90's with the potential of gaining velocity as he matures. His off speed pitches are below average but he has shown a feel for developing both his curveball and changeup.

Before the season, ESPN ranked Foody as the fifth best high school left-hander in the country and the 54th best prospect in his senior class.

Pick
13-420
St. Louis Cardinals
Jeffesron College (MO)
Player: Brett Wiley
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 175
Hometown: Huntington, Indiana
Current Team: Jefferson College (MO)
Position: SS
Bats: L
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: The Cardinals went with a local player in choosing Brett Wiley of Jefferson College. The shortstop originally attended Evansville before transferring to Jefferson. The left-handed hitter posted a .418 average with 24 doubles in 177 at bats in 2012. Blessed with above average speed, Wiley stole 28 bases in 31 attempts. Both his double and stolen base marks ranked among junior college leaders.

During the summer of 2011, Wiley hit .318 with 17 extra base hits in the wood bat Northwoods League. He was named a league all-star after his solid campaign that included more walks, 41, than strikeouts, 38.

Wiley has good plate discipline and has shown the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field solidly. He should be able to stay at short as he has shown good range and a solid glove. If the Cardinals can't sign him, Wiley will play baseball at Missouri State.

Pick
14-450
St. Louis Cardinals
Boston College
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 195
Hometown: Braintree, Massachusetts
Current Team: Boston College
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: Anthony Melchionda, who just received his degree at Boston College, started his final three seasons after serving as a part-time player his freshman year.

During his senior campaign, he posted a line of .310/.389/.476 with six home runs and 17 doubles. After the season, he was named an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second-Team selection and a New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star.

Playing in the Cape Cod League in 2011, the 22-year-old hit .259 with three doubles in 81 at bats.

Pick
15-480
St. Louis Cardinals
Spartanburg Methodist College
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 180
Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina
Current Team: Spartanburg Methodist College
Position: SS
Bats: L
Throws: R
ANALYSIS: The Cardinals made a late run on middle infielders on day two and Caldwell finished off the streak. Drafted out of a South Carolina junior college, he put together an impressive spring season regardless of the level.

In 205 at bats, Caldwell posted a line of .444/.520/.829 with 15 home runs and more walks, 33, than strikeouts, 18.

He played a lot of shortstop as an amateur but profiles as a second baseman as a professional.





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