While there is understandably far less interest in the third and final day of the annual First-Year Player Draft compared to days one and two, some very good baseball players are chosen. Every club can offer examples with the St. Louis not alone. Matt Carpenter (lucky 13th-rounder), Trevor Rosenthal (21st round) and Kevin Siegrist (41st round) provide recent reinforcement that these picks can be difference-makers.
On Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals had 30 selections from rounds 11-40 to make. As the day progresses into evening, this article will be updated as picks are made and information added.
As always, remember to click on highlighted player names to be taken to their player profile pages with full age, batting/throwing, height/weight, hometown, earlier schools, photos, prior Scout.com articles and more.
Day Three Selections
Justin Bellinger, 1B (Round 11/Overall selection 345)
The Cardinals selected a high-schooler for the second straight year to kick off day three. Without penalties for not signing, these players can be considered upside picks and could draw six-digit offers.
Bellinger, 18, is big, listed at 6-foot-6, 236 pounds. The left-handed hitter is a prep star from Weston, Massachusetts and has committed to play college ball at Duke. However, the Cards have an ace in the hole as State College manager Oliver Marmol has been Bellinger's personal hitting coach for the last two years.
The veteran of the showcase circuit raked in high school. Last spring at St. Sebastian's High School in Needham, Mass, Bellinger hit .396 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 53 at-bats. He had a .736 OBP and 1.698 OPS.
According to a report in the New England Baseball Journal, at a Power Showcase Home Run Derby in 2012 at Chase Field, Bellinger hit the longest ball in the competition, 477 feet. This winter, he was named to the Perfect Game Dream Team as well as the Best Hitter for Power in the Northeast Region.
Jordan DeLorenzo, LHP (12/375)
The Cardinals reached into the NCAA Division II Gulf Coast Conference for their second left-handed pitcher in this draft so far. DeLorenzo, 21, is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.
In a highly decorated junior season for the University of West Florida, DeLorenzo posted an 11-1 record, including four shutouts, for a 0.93 ERA and a .184 opponent's batting average. In 87 innings, the Winter Park, Florida resident struck out 78 and walked 20.
DeLorenzo is one of eight finalists for the inaugural Brett Tomko Award, given to the top NCAA Division II hurler annually. Among his many awards are NCBWA National Pitcher of the Year and ABCA/Rawlings All-America First Team.
Matt Pearce, RHP (13/405)
The Cardinals drafted a second-year juco pitcher in Matt Pierce from Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida. The 20-year-old from Bonita Springs, Florida logged a 2.61 ERA to go with four complete games in 11 starts. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-hander fanned 73 and walked just nine in 82 2/3 innings.
Chris Shaw, C (14/435)
The Cardinals took a catcher in the 14th round for the second consecutive year, after Elier Rodriguez in 2013. Chris Shaw is a sophomore at Midland College in Texas. The 20-year-old stands 6-feet-1 and weighs 185 pounds.
For his juco club in 2014, the right-handed hitter posted a lusty line of .384/.471/.707/1.178, hit 14 home runs and plated 63 in just 57 games.
Here is another Cardinals common thread. Like Rowan Wick, the Cardinals' ninth-rounder from the 2012 draft, Shaw hails from Winnipeg, British Colombia. Wick was also a catcher when drafted, but has since moved to the outfield.
Matt Ditman, RHP (15/465)
Right-handed pitcher Matt Ditman made an impressive conversion from bullpen catcher his freshman year to Rice's closer his junior year. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder logged a 5-6 record, 1.83 ERA and nine saves for the Owls in 2014.
Ditman, 21, was a high school teammate of St. Louis outfielder Randal Grichuk at Lamar Consolidated High School in Richmond, Texas.
Tristan Hildebrandt, SS (16/495)
As a senior in high school in Anaheim, California, the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder batted .481 with a .613 on-base percentage. The right-handed hitting shortstop not only scored 24 runs in 28 games but also plated 23. 19 of his 39 hits went for extra bases.
Last spring, Hildebrandt changed his college commitment from Oklahoma to Cal State-Fullerton.
Dustin Beggs, RHP (17/525)
Right-handed pitcher Dustin Beggs, 20, is a sophomore with Georgia Perimeter College. Starting and relieving, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder threw 103 1/3 innings, with his 125 strikeouts leading the nation's Division II junior colleges. He walked just 13.
Beggs made 14 starts, won 11 games and picked up five saves while posting a 1.65 ERA. The Roswell, GA native was named to the 2014 NJCAA All-American Third Team.
He has committed to attend the University of Kentucky.
Drake Blake, OF (18/555)
From the San Diego area, Drake, 20, could not secure a Division I offer so he went to Concordia, a Northeast Portland school that competes in the NAIA. In his junior year, the right-handed hitter batted .320 and stole 21 bases in 24 attempts.
Last summer, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder played for the Corvallis Knights of the West Coast League after turning down an offer to transfer to Oregon State because he did not want to sit out a season.
On Thursday, Drake told OregonLive that he is "ready to go" once a team drafted him and does not expect to return to school in the fall.
Dom Thompson-Williams, OF (19/585)
As a freshman, Dom Thompson-Williams, 19, was a member of the 2014 Iowa Western College NJCAA National Championship squad. The left-handed hitter batted a cool .407 in 55 games, scoring 44 times and stealing 20 bases.
Earlier, as a high schooler in Sioux City, Iowa, the 6-foot, 180-pounder was an all-state baseball and football player. At that time, Thompson-Williams was named the Western Iowa Athlete of the Year and the Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year.
He also pitched in high school, winning 17 games and getting good marks for his throwing from centerfield.
Collin Radack, OF (20/615)
Radack, 22, from Hendrix College in Arkansas, was the Southern Athletic Association Player of the Year and All-SAA First Team selection. In his senior season, the right-handed batter ranked fourth in NCAA Division III in hits, third in stolen bases, 11th in runs scored and 30th in total bases. On the year, Radack hit .401 with 73 hits, 53 runs, 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 23 RBI, 34 stolen bases, a .549 slugging percentage, .471 on-base percentage, and a perfect fielding percentage in 158 chances.
Radack was named the SAA Man of the Year, Hendrix College Man of the Year and Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and was an Academic All-American, the first in his school's history.
The Austin, Texas native previously drew attention from prospect-watchers with a solid 2013 stint in the Alaskan Summer League.Link to video one
Casey Grayson, 1B (21/645)
6-foot-1, 215-pound Casey Grayson should be ready to sign based on his fifth-year senior status and the fact that his Houston Cougars were eliminated in the Super Regionals on Saturday.
Grayson had missed most of the prior two years due to injuries. Because of a hamstring pull that kept off the field entirely in 2012 and a torn ACL that cost him about half of the 2013 campaign, the 22-year-old was awarded a medical redshirt.
The first baseman from Cypress, Texas batted .320 this season. The left-handed batter hit six home runs and drove in 48 in 65 games. Impressively, Grayson drew almost twice as many walks, 50, as strikeouts, 28.
Grayson previously played for Navarro Junior College.
Derek Casey, RHP (22/675)
Casey is a right-handed pitcher from Hanover High School in Virginia with a low-90's fastball that can reach 93 consistently and touch 95. The 18-year-old led his team to the 2013 Group AAA State Baseball Championship and has committed to pitch for the University of Virginia.
For that reason, Casey may be a challenging sign. In fact, according to a report from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder turned down an offer from the Cubs for $900,000 to be drafted in the third or fourth round.
Joe Gillette, 3B (23/705)
The Cardinals hope they can convince Joe Gillette for forgo college and sign. As a junior, the 18-year-old from Scotts Valley High School in California committed to play for Oregon State.
Gillette was voted Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League Player of the Year in 2013. This season, the right-handed hitter batted .317 with six doubles, a triple and four home runs. The leadoff hitter drew 21 walks, stole 26 bases, scored 40 runs and drove in 17, while posting a 1.038 OPS.
A five-tool player, Gillette ran a 6.5 in the 40-yard dash, according to Perfect Game USA.
There may at least be some hope in signing the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Gillette participated in two pre-draft workouts. One was with the nearby San Diego Padres. The other was for the Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida, on May 27.
Casey Turgeon, 2B (24/735)
A junior in a top program coming off a disappointing season then being drafted in the 24th round could add up to Casey Turgeon being a difficult sign.
While the 5-foot-10, 160-pounder led the Florida Gators this season with 34 walks against just 16 strikeouts and ranked second on the team in runs (35), RBI (32), doubles (11) and home runs (4), the right-handed hitter batted just .255 in 62 games.
A three-year starter in the SEC, Turgeon has turned down mid-20s-round money before. He was drafted by the Mets in the 22nd round in 2011 out of high school.
Landon Beck, RHP (25/755)
In the same round the Cards took right-handed pitcher Michael Holbeck last year, they went for another right-handed "Beck" in 2014 in 21-year-old Landon Beck, from Anderson University in South Carolina.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder struck out 90 and walked 24 in 72 2/3 innings in his junior season of 2014. The Georgia native was touched for 42 earned runs for a 5.20 ERA, however, while opposing hitters batted .293 against him.
Beck is currently committed to pitch this summer for the Columbia Blowfish of the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League.
Tyler Bray, RHP (26/795)
Formerly at Mississippi Gulf Coast, right-handed pitcher Tyler Bray completed his collegiate career at Louisiana-Monroe as a senior in 2014. Tall and slender at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, you might wonder why the Mississippi native was a reliever – that is until you look at his submarine delivery.
The 22-year-old fanned 69 and walked 20 in 67 innings over 33 games this spring. Bray yielded 25 earned runs for a 3.36 ERA, but did not issue a home run ball all season. He hit 14 batters and held opposing hitters to a collective .253 average.
Bray comes from a baseball family. His brother Colin was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the sixth round of 2013 and his father, Scott, played baseball at the University of South Alabama and in the Expos organization.
Cole Lankford, C (27/825)
As a freshman at Texas A&M in 2012, Cole Lankford was one of the catchers that worked with an Aggies staff that included current Cardinals starter Michael Wacha. In his sophomore year, the 21-year-old became his team's MVP and was named to the all-SEC defensive squad.
In his junior season in 2014, the Houston native posted a .319/.344/.422 line with a team-best 47 RBI in 61 games and took home his second straight Aggies MVP award.
Defensively, Lankford split most of the last two seasons at first base, but the Cardinals drafted him as a catcher.
The left-handed hitter is a veteran of summer ball, having played in the Northwoods League in 2012 and with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League in 2013, where he batted .245 (27-for-110) with 13 runs, seven doubles, 17 RBI and one stolen base.
Tyler Dunnington, RHP (28/855)
Senior right-handed pitcher Tyler Dunnington started his college career at Southern Idaho and finished at Colorado Mesa University, where the 22-year-old helped pitch his team into the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Game.
Pitching in relief, the Shelton, Washington native had two bad outings in March but improved in April and May, finishing with a 5.65 ERA in 14 1/3 innings over 12 appearances. The 6-foot-2, 195 pounder struck out 24 but issued 11 free passes in 2014.
His brother Jacob pitches in the San Francisco Giants organization.
Bryan Dobzanski, RHP (29/885)
This is another déjà vu pick, after the Cardinals took another tough pitching sign in the same round in 2013, Bryan Radziewski. This year's 29th-rounder is another Bryan, Bryan Dobzanski, a two-sport athlete from Delsea Regional High School in New Jersey.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is a two-time state champion wrestler and an accomplished right-handed pitcher. Throwing a low-90's fastball that touches 93-95 and a developing curve, the 18-year-old fanned 83 and walked 15 in 74 1/3 innings, Dobzanski allowed just five earned runs for an ERA of 0.61.
Unlike the Cards' last high school pick from the Garden State, 2013 first-rounder Rob Kaminsky, Dobzanski seems committed to attend college, having signed with the University of Louisville.
Josh Wirsu, RHP (30/915)
After two years at juco Gordon State College, Josh Wirsu moved to Georgia Southern in 2014 and became the Southern Conference's Pitcher of the Year. The 20-year-old junior went 9-3 with a 2.44 ERA.
The 6-foot, 200-pound right-hander started 16 games, including the Conference Championship Game and a NCAA Regional contest. Wirsu racked up 92 strikeouts but walked 37 in 96 innings while holding opponents to a collective .209 batting average.
Julian Barzilli, 3B (31/945)
Having started at Sacramento State, third baseman Julian Barzilli completed his senior year in 2014 at Whittier College in California. There, the 23-year-old earned ABCA All-West Region Player of the Year honors.
The Los Angeles native led his club in most major offensive categories, starting with a video game-like slash line of .387/.497/.845/1.342. The right-handed hitter led all of NCAA Division III with 17 home runs and 52 RBI, compiled in just 40 games.
At the hot corner for the Poets, Barzilli was charged with eight errors for a .939 fielding mark.
Anthony Herron Jr., RHP (32/975)
Anthony Herron, 18, is a right-handed pitcher from St. Louis, who played his high school baseball at Affton High School. As a two-way player, the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder was named the Suburban East Conference Player of the Year as a junior in 2013.
Herron was drafted as a pitcher, with a five-pitch arsenal that includes a fastball in the upper 80's to low 90's and a plus splitter.
Within the last 10 days, Herron committed to Indiana State, giving him some leverage in potential negotiations with the Cardinals.
Dominic Moreno, RHP (33/1005)
We may have to cut Dominic Moreno some slack if he doesn't sign immediately. After all, the 21-year-old is currently competing in the Lubbock Super Regional with his Texas Tech teammates. Then there is the fact that as a junior, the New Mexico native could decide to return to school rather than go professional.
After being almost exclusively a starting pitcher as a sophomore, this season, the 5-foot-11, 190 pound right-hander split his time between the rotation and the bullpen. In 67 innings, Moreno posted a 3.17 ERA to go with 56 strikeouts and 24 walks.
Before becoming a Red Raider, Moreno began at Howard College, a Texas juco.
George Iskenderian, SS (34/1035)
In the 34th round, we have another New Jersey connection. Shortstop George Iskenderian is from the same hometown, Englewood Cliffs, but attended a different high school than Cardinals 2013 first-round pick, left-handed pitcher Rob Kaminsky.
Iskenderian, 20, already left home to play for Indian River State College in Florida. In his sophomore season, the right-handed hitter logged a line of .373/.407/.453. While the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder did not take many walks, 10 in 172 plate appearances, he also fanned just 18 times. Defensively, he committed nine errors in 150 chances.
As a freshman, Iskenderian played at South Carolina. He will have to move to a third club in three years by 2015, but it remains to be seen if it will be another four-year college or within the Cardinals system.
Michael Bono, RHP (35/1065)
The Cardinals selected their sixth and final high school pitcher of the 2014 draft in the 35th round in Michael Bono. The 17-year-old right-hander hails from Clovis, California and has committed to Santa Clara. One must assume his advisor works pro bono.
The 6-foot-1, 177-pound two-way player was a part of the 2013 Tri-River Athletic Conference championship team at Buchanan High School. In summer 2012, he traveled to Australia and in summer 2011, competed in Japan with the Fresno USA team. Bono also participated in the Area Code Games with the Northern California Region and was named to the 2013 Bay Area World Series All-Tournament Team.
Cody Schumacher, RHP (36/1095)
The Cardinals selected their third Missouri State Bear in the last two years in right-handed pitcher Cody Schumacher. The 23-year-old from Topeka, Kansas follows 2013 draftees Nick Petree and Luke Voit.
After starting his college ball at Johnson County Community College, Schumacher moved to Missouri State for his final two-plus seasons. As the Friday night starter for the Bears during his senior year, the 6-foot, 195-pounder went 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA while holding opponents to a collective .210 batting average. Schumaker struck out 66 in 77 innings, but also walked 26.
The fine bounceback in 2014 came on the heels of Schumacher having suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after just five starts in 2013. The return was culminated by his being named the Bears' most outstanding pitcher this season.
Chase Raffield, OF (37/1125)
At Georgia State during his senior season, Raffield was first-team All-Sun Belt Conference and an All-American for the second consecutive year. The left-handed batter hit .356 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 56 games. Raffield finished tied for seventh in the NCAA in home runs and 11th in RBI. The 22-year-old set new school records for slugging percentage (.650) and OPS (1.099).
Raffield spent his first three collegiate years at Gordon College but the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder suffered two serious knee injuries, one of which led to a redshirt season in 2011.
Sasha Kuebel, LHP (38/1155)
The Cardinals selected another player with area roots in the 38th round, left-handed pitcher Sasha Kuebel. The 21-year-old played at St. Louis University High School before going on to the University of Iowa.
In his junior year with the Hawkeyes in 2014, the 6-foot-1, 196-pounder went 6-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 17 appearances, including 15 starts. Kuebel logged 61 strikeouts and 19 walks in 89 1/3 innings.
Coming out of high school, Kuebel was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round of the 2011 draft and played in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2012.
Kyle Ruchim, 2B (39/1185)
What looked to be a promising senior year on the diamond as a tri-captain for Northwestern ended almost before it began for Kyle Ruchim. After just two games, the right-handed thrower suffered a season-ending arm injury that required surgery. Because of this, Ruchim is eligible to return to college and play in 2015 if he so chooses.
The 21-year-old from the Chicago area has a career batting average of .292 after hitting a career-high .365 during his junior season. Ruchim was named to the 2013 All-Big Ten Team after ranking fifth in the conference in batting average and leading the league with 10 doubles. The senior has 65 career RBI, 36 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs and 24 stolen bases.
Defensively, Ruchim has spent time at second base, the position at which the Cardinals have designated he would play, as well as shortstop, outfield and on the mound, where he was a successful closer.
Davis Ward, RHP (40/1215)
The final player chosen in the entire 2014 draft is a 22-year-old right-handed pitcher from NCAA Division II Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, Davis Ward. The 6-foot, 196-pounder hails from Little Rock.
In his senior season, Ward made 15 appearances, throwing 110 2/3 innings. He posted a 2.60 ERA, striking out 87 and walking just 16.
Ward was named First Team Central Region by three different organizations, OBU Co-Male Athlete of the Year and twice Great American Conference Pitcher of the Year. Ward finished his career at OBU tied for first in career wins, first in complete games and second in strikeouts.
In his post draft comments reported on OBU's website, Ward indicated his intention to sign with St. Louis.
Check back on Monday at The Cardinal Nation. For subscribers, I will break down the Cardinals' 2014 First-Year Player Draft in depth and compare it to 2013.
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The Cardinal Nation staff writer Leonda Markee contributed to this report.
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