The St. Louis Cardinals made eight selections in the second day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, in rounds 3-10. Their initial choice of the day was University of Mississippi right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers, followed by LSU infielder Mason Katz.
The Cards selected another high school left-handed pitcher in Florida's Ian McKinney in the fifth. A college lefty was taken in the sixth, Maryland's Jimmy Reed. The club went back to defense-first shortstops with California prepster Chris Rivera in the seventh.
Southern Miss senior right-hander Andrew Pierce was taken in the eighth. A standout at Missouri State in right-hander Nick Petree was the Cards' ninth-rounder. The club concluded day two with Canadian prep shortstop Malik Cullymore.
Overall, through day two and their first 11 picks, the Cardinals selected six college players and five high schoolers. Seven are pitchers, including four lefties, along with four middle infielders. No catchers, corner infielders or outfielders have yet been taken by the club.
Four of the college players are seniors which should free up money to sign some of the underclassmen with greater leverage. In total, the Cardinals have been allocated $6,907,900 for these 11 selections.
Hometown: Grove City, OH
Current Team: University of Mississippi
Mayers went 5-6, 2.83 in his junior season at Mississippi. He fanned 73 and walked 37 in 92 1/3 innings this spring. Mayers was the 17th ranked prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer, where he had a 42-7 strikeout-walk ratio with Bourne. He sports a low-90s fastball along with a slider and changeup.
Mayers pitched the opening game of the 2013 Raleigh NCAA Regional and was SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week on May 13th. His career marks are 12-9 with a 3.42 ERA over 215 innings with 171 strikeouts over three seasons at Ole Miss.
The pool amount for this pick is $557,900.
Hometown: Harahan, LA
Current Team: Louisiana State University
Katz was a senior at LSU where he hit .378 this spring. With his primary tool being power, he led the team with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 64 games. There is a question as to whether he can handle second base or will be a smallish first-baseman. Katz has also played in the outfield.
Like Mayers, Katz played in the Cape Cod League, where he was a 2011 All-Star. Among his teammates there were 2012 Cardinals first-rounders James Ramsey and Stephen Piscotty.
He was first-team SEC All-Conference and a two-time National and SEC Player of the Week in 2013. Katz' Tigers won the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championship and are currently in the NCAA Super Regional round.
The pool amount for this pick is $405,100. As a senior, Katz should be signable below value.
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Current Team: Boone High School (Fla.)
The Cardinals continue to load up on left-handed pitching. The commit to Central Florida is a smallish high-school hurler with a fastball that touches 90 mph along with a good slider, change and curve.
McKinney went 7-1 with a 1.08 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings this past season and led Boone High to the Florida Class 8A, District 4 championship. He was named to the Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida team.
The pool amount for this pick is $303,300.
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Current Team: University of Maryland
The Cardinals took yet another undersized left-handed pitcher and another senior whose salary expectations should be more reasonable. Reed’s changeup is his best pitch and he also has an average breaking ball. He could end up as a left-handed specialist.
Reed been drafted by the New York Yankees in the 21st round in 2012, but did not sign. He saved eight games as a reliever in 2012 then pitched in the Cape Cod League. In 13 starts for the Terps this spring, Reed posted a 2.32 ERA, eighth in the ACC. He fanned 74, but also walked 32 in 88 2/3 innings.
The pool amount for this pick is $227,100.
Hometown: Placentia, California
Current Team: El Dorado HS (CA)
Rivera was a two-way high school player drafted as a shortstop. He has a live arm with his mound offerings clocked as high as 97 MPH. He had been the first 14-year old selected to play for the 16-and-under U.S. National Team. During his senior season, Rivera batted .273 with four home runs and 21 stolen bases while posting a 1.90 ERA.
Rivera is a very good defender with an undeveloped hit tool. He has a good swing and bat speed and is considered an upside pick. Rivera has committed to play college ball for Central Arizona Community College. The pool amount for this pick is $170,300.
Rivera was ranked #109 in the draft by Scout.com national expert Kiley McDaniel. Here is his report.
Rivera was in the same travel team lineup as likely mid first rounders, LA-area prep SS J.P. Crawford and 1B Dominic Smith, on their loaded Yak Baseball travel team, where Rivera deferred to Crawford, mostly playing second base and hitting low in the lineup. Rivera's lateral speed and actions don't fit at short, where he plays in high school, but could fit at second or third and teams have worked him out behind the plate where his athleticism and plus arm have shown promise. He doesn't hit as well as scouts expect given his sound swing, but the chance to find a signable potential everyday catcher in the third round will be too much to pass up.
Hometown: Stringer, Miss
Current Team: Southern Mississippi
The Cardinals selected a tall, very slender right-hander in the Southern Miss senior. Pierce began at Jones County Junior College for his first two seasons before becoming a first-team All-Conference USA selection and and the conference Newcomer of the Year in 2012. As a junior that season, he went 7-4 with a 1.99 ERA.
As a senior, Pierce logged a 9-2 record with a 2.57 ERA. He struck out 98 (fourth in C-USA) and walked 26 in 112 innings and repeated as All-Conference. Pierce features a 90 mph fastball, slider and change up.
The pool amount for this pick is $153,300.
Hometown: Clinton, MO
Current Team: Missouri State
The Cardinals selected a Missouri State star in the ninth in Nick Petree. In 2012, his 1.01 ERA topped all Division I players. He followed that up with an 8-1 record this year and a 1.61 ERA. Petree fanned 111 in 100 innings. The polished hurler has a fastball that tops out at 90, an above-average change up, plus a curve and slider that he can throw for strikes.
Named the 2012 Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year and a first team All-American by Baseball America, Petree compiled a career 27-7 record with a 1.76 ERA. In 41 starts (46 appearances) over 311 1/3 innings, he collected 306 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .218 batting average.
The three-time All-American is a redshirt junior who might be considered like a senior in terms of leverage. Petree underwent Tommy John surgery as a freshman. The pool amount for this pick is $143,100.
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Current Team: Port Credit Secondary School, Canada
On one hand, it seems the Cardinals had to travel far and wide to find their 10th round pick in Canadian prep shortstop Malik Collymore. Then again, given the 18-year-old has committed to attend college at Missouri, maybe it wasn’t so difficult, after all.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has athleticism and speed, but like many teens, he needs polish. Collymore has been clocked at 6.54 seconds in the 60 yard dash and was Canada’s representative at the Power Showcase Home Run Derby.
The question is whether Collymore improves his game with Missouri or for Missouri’s most successful professional sports organization.
Check back as more reports will be added from rounds 11-40 during Saturday's day three of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Cardinal Nation staff writer Leonda Markee contributed to this report.
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