The St. Louis Cardinals are making eight selections in the second day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, June 6, covering rounds 3-10. Their initial choice of the day was Loyola Marymount right-handed pitcher Trevor Megill, followed by left-handed hurler Austin Gomber of Florida Atlantic University.
Overall, through day two and their first 12 picks, the Cardinals have selected 10 college players and two high schoolers. The first six are pitchers, of which just one is a lefty. The other six include two middle infielders, one catcher, one third baseman and two outfielders.
Three 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 $7,087,200 for these 12 selections.
Trevor Megill, RHP (Round 3/Overall selection 104)
Megill (mih-GILL), a tall, right-handed pitcher at 6-foot-8, missed his junior year at Loyola Marymount due to Tommy John surgery in May 2013. Prior to his elbow injury, the Huntington Beach, California native touched 93 on the radar gun. As a sophomore, Megill posted a 2.72 ERA in 43 innings and struck out 45 to only 11 walks.
Having recently begun throwing, Megill's plan has been to pitch in the Cape Cod League this summer, then return to Loyola for his senior season and a re-entry into the 2015 draft. By definition, that could be a signability red flag.
Kiley McDaniel, Scout.com's national baseball analyst, had Megill ranked as the #257 player in the draft.
The pool amount for this pick is $504,400.
Austin Gomber, LHP (Round 4/Overall selection 135)
Gomber (GOHM-ber) is a junior from Florida Atlantic University who posted a 3.26 ERA with 72 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 77 innings. Featuring pitchability and a good changeup, Gomber looks to be a number four-type starter.
The pool amount for this pick is $374,100.
Scout.com's National Baseball Analyst Kiley McDaniel scouted Gomber this spring. Following is a short excerpt from a much more detailed scouting report, for subscribers.
"The reports that I referenced above turned out to be very accurate on Gomber. He sat 92-94 mph in the first inning, only giving up a few runs after some well-placed bleeders and defensive miscues piled up, compounded by Gomber falling behind in the count a few too many times. He settled in at 90-93 mph the next few innings and sat 88-92 mph the rest of the way. Gomber's heater had above average two-seam life down in the zone and he showed the ability to locate it down and to each side of the plate, though he still left the ball up more than you'd like to see.
"His 77-80 mph slurve was fringy early but he found the feel for it in later innings, throwing a 3/4 breaker that flashed above average potential. Gomber's 79-81 mph changeup had been his best off-speed pitch the last few years and was more consistently average while also flashing above average potential with good late fade and sink."
Darren Seferina, 2B (Round 5/Overall selection 165)
The 20-year-old freshman from Miami Dade Community College in Florida hails from Curacao, also the home of Springfield infielder Curt Smith. The second baseman is the Cardinals' first non-pitching selection in this draft.
Seferina (SEF-err-ee-nah) has a good hit tool as evidenced by a .405 batting average and .982 OPS over 54 games. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder stole 34 bases and was caught nine times.
The left-handed hitter led his 2014 club to the finals of the Junior College World Series, but Miami Dade lost in the finals. Seferina was named to the all-tournament team and earlier was first team All-Southern Conference.
Kiley McDaniel, Scout.com's national baseball analyst, did not list Seferina among his top 748 draft-eligible players.
The pool amount for this pick is $280,100.
Andrew Sohn, SS (Round 6/Overall selection 195)
The Cards took their second middle infielder in two rounds in Sohn (rhymes with "own"). The junior from Western Michigan is 21 years of age. This spring, the right-handed hitter batted .323 and stole 17 bases for the second consecutive season. Sohn has 29 extra base hits, 36 stolen bases and 76 RBI in his three-year career at WMU.
Sohn was 2013 First Team All-MAC and 2014 Second Team All-MAC selection. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native is playing for the Columbia Blowfish in the Coastal Plain League this summer.
The pool amount for this pick is $209,700.
Brian O'Keefe, C (Round 7/Overall selection 225)
The Cardinals selected someone to catch all the pitchers drafted in Brian O'Keefe from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Said to be defensively solid with a good arm, the right-handed bat of the 6-foot, 210-pounder may be the biggest question.
Named to the Atlantic 10 Conference first team, O'Keefe batted .350 with 43 RBI. His 58 runs scored tied the school single-season record. Behind the plate, O'Keefe committed just five errors in 333 chances (.985 fielding percentage) and threw out 14 attempted base stealers.
The pool amount for this pick is $163,200.
Nick Thompson, OF (Round 8/Overall selection 255)
Not from a baseball powerhouse, William and Mary, Nick Thompson became the Cardinals' first outfielder taken in the 2014 draft. The 21-year-old helped lead his team to their first-ever Colonial Athletic Association regular season title.
In his first season with the Tribe after two seasons at East Carolina, the right-handed hitter batted .368 with a 1.050 OPS. Thompson hit 11 home runs and drove in 37 in 56 games. His 69 runs scored was tops in the nation in 2014.
Academically, Thompson entered William and Mary as a graduate student. Despite being an aspiring orthopedic surgeon, he told The Virginian Pilot that he planned to sign if taken in the first 10 rounds.
The pool amount for this pick is $152,400.
Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP (Round 9/Overall selection 285)
Believe it or not, Daniel Poncedeleon is not the Cardinals' first draftee from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, located in Daytona Beach, Florida. He follows since-released Brandon Creath, taken in the since-eliminated 44th round of the 2011 draft.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Poncedeleon, a California native, is well-traveled. Embry-Riddle is the 22-year-old's fourth college in four years and his fourth time drafted by his fourth organization. They include the Tampa Bay Rays in the 24th round of the 2010 draft, Cincinnati Reds in the 38th round of the 2012 draft and the Chicago Cubs in the 14th round of the 2013 draft.
The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher came to terms with the Cubs last summer, but the deal was voided due to a failed physical because of nerve placement in his elbow. One ramification was that he had to leave the University of Houston and move to the NAIA level to keep playing in 2014.
Said to sport a decent fastball and a hard slider, Poncedeleon logged a 1.60 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings this spring. He held opposing hitters to just one home run and a collective .197 batting average. Following the season, Poncedeleon was named a second-team NAIA Baseball All-American.
The pool amount for this pick is $142,300.
Danny Diekroeger, 3B (Round 10/Overall selection 315)
Danny Diekroeger (DEE-kro-gher) was drafted as a third baseman but has been playing first base for Stanford. The senior is batting .311 with a .402 on base percentage this season with his team still alive in the Nashville Super Regional.
The 22-year-old is the second of three brothers to play baseball for the Cardinal. The left-handed hitter also played in the Cape Cod League for Cotuit in 2013, where he batted .324.
The pool amount for this pick is $137,600.
Check back as more reports will be added through round 10 on Friday's day two of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
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The Cardinal Nation staff writer Leonda Markee contributed to this report.
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