Gonzales, Kaminsky lead Cardinals draft day 1
Marco Gonzales: Selected 19th overall
Marco Gonzales: Selected 19th overall
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Posted Jun 6, 2013

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Gonzaga LHP Marco Gonzales with the 19th overall selection of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and added LHP Rob Kaminsky and SS Oscar Mercado before Thursday night was over.

Though the St. Louis Cardinals did not enjoy five selections in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft as they did in 2012, they did have one extra pick. To go with their own selection at 19th overall, the 28th overall selection was awarded to the Cardinals in compensation for the loss of Kyle Lohse as a free agent.

Even with the 2012 bounty, 2013 marks just the second time since 2005 that the Cardinals have multiple first-round picks. Further, since the draft’s inception in 1965, this is only the seventh time (1988, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2005, 2012) that St. Louis has been able to select more then one player in the opening round.

In the first segment of the 2013 Draft on Thursday evening, the 30 MLB clubs made their first and second round selections. St. Louis’ second-rounder was the 57th pick overall.

The Cardinals selected two high schoolers and one college player Thursday night. First up was Gonzaga junior left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales, followed nine picks later by another lefty, New Jersey high schooler Rob Kaminsky. Their second-rounder was Florida high school shortstop Oscar Mercado.

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Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Current Team: Gonzaga University
Position: LHP
Bats: L
Throws: L

Gonzales, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior was a two-way player at Gonzaga University, but was drafted as a pitcher. He was 7-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 16 starts (17 appearances) for the Bulldogs this season, striking out 96 in 106.0 innings, and did not allow a home run all season. As a batter, he led the team in batting (.311) with two home runs and 26 RBI.

Gonzales was the 2012 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and a Golden Spikes semi-finalist. His collegiate totals at Gonzaga included a 26-7 won-loss mark with a 2.34 ERA. He played for Team USA in 2010 and was a four-time 5A State Champion for Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo., starting and winning all four championship games.

The pool amount for this pick is $2,055,800.

Scouting report from Kiley McDanel, Scout.com’s national draft expert, who had Gonzales ranked as the #23 player in the draft:

Gonzales is an athletic, smaller lefty that has above average command and out-pitch plus changeup to carry his more ordinary fastball and curveball. He sits 88-92 mph with his fastball and spots it well to both side of the plate. A number of scouts suggested he would be the first player in this class to reach the majors unless one of the top couple picks gets a token quick promotion.

Gonzales' most famous outing came in an early season tournament in Arizona when he mowed down a strong Arkansas lineup in under two hours. Gonzales' command comes from his above average athleticism and he also is a prospect as a hitter with a solid lefty swing.

Just after the pick was made, McDaniel discusses Gonzales here:

And Gonzalez speaks about being drafted here:

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St. Joseph HS (NJ)
Player: Rob Kaminsky
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 190
Hometown: Engelwood Cliffs, NJ
Current Team: St. Joseph Regional HS
Position: LHP
Bats: B
Throws: L

Kaminsky, a 6-foot-0, 190 pound product of St. Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., posted a 9-0 record with 118 strikeouts and only five walks in 58 innings pitched this season. He led St. Joseph’s to a 29-2 record and the finals of the New Jersey Non-Public State Tournament, recently striking out 11 batters in a three-hit shutout over St. Peter’s Prep in the semi-finals. A two-way player, the switch-hitter was batting .506 with three home runs and 19 RBI.

Kaminsky was a Rawlings first round first team All-America Northeast and named the Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year for the second straight season. He is committed to play college ball for North Carolina.

The pool amount for this pick is $1,875,300.

Scouting report from Kiley McDaniel, Scout.com’s national draft expert, who had Kaminsky ranked as the #26 player in the draft:

Kaminsky is a smallish lefty that also gives away more plane with a drop-and-drive delivery but has feel for pitching and a knockout curveball. Some scouts grade Kaminsky's low 80's hammer as a future 70 pitch, one of the best pitches of any type in the whole draft. His velocity was up and down this spring, but was mostly 90-93, hitting 95 mph and along with command you can project to average, Kaminsky also shows an average changeup. His size and plane don't get scouts excited but a prep lefty that hits 95 with a potential plus-plus hook brings a lot to like to the table and scouts rave about his makeup;

Kaminsky has his own charitable foundation for children stricken with cancer. The wackiest rumor in the top 10 picks is that the Marlins may take Kaminsky at the 6th pick, but their interest and a private workout in Miami appear to be more tied to his family's connection to Marlins Owner Jeff Loria.

Just after the pick was made, McDaniel discusses Kaminsky here:

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Gaither HS (FL)
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Current Team: Gaither High School
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R

The native of Colombia moved to the US at the age of eight. In his freshman year at Gaither High in Tampa, Mercado hit .310 and scored 15 runs in 42 at bats. As a sophomore, he improved to .338, drove in 23 runs and stole 10 bases.

After playing travel ball, Mercado broke out as a junior, batting .370 that season, with 29 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Some scouts soured on him as a senior when he dropped to .286 in 63 plate appearances, but his defense remains his calling card.

Among his All-American recognitions came from Under-Armour, Perfect Game and Rawlings.

Mercado is a commit to play college ball at Florida State. The pool amount for this pick is $971,400.

Scouting report from Kiley McDaniel, Scout.com’s national draft expert, who had Mercado ranked as the 34th-ranked player in the draft:

Mercado is a slick-fielding shortstop with above average hands, speed and arm strength along with smooth shortstop actions. He's a rail thin 6'1 and while he may not put on much weight, he showed above average bat speed and feel for contact over the summer/fall.

Then, this spring, he was awful and looked disinterested with a number of lazy flyouts at the plate and careless errors in the field. Mercado has always been a nonchalant player, like many defensive-minded shortstops before him and some clubs are discounting his poor spring to overexposure and fixable focus issues while other clubs think he profiles more as a utility guy with 40 raw power and possibly the bat to match.

The draft will resume at 1 PM Eastern on Friday with rounds 3-10 to be chosen. The final group of players in rounds 11 through 40 will be named on Saturday afternoon.

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