Of the 21, the Cardinals selected nine pitchers, seven outfielders, four infielders and a catcher. They picked 16 college and four high school players during this first day of the draft.
I caught up with Cardinals Senior Quantitative Analyst Sig Mejdal after Tuesday's draft. I asked him if the team had generally targeted college players over high schoolers. He said that wasn't the case. His reply: "We had players ordered as per their prospect potential."
Still, it seems like the heavy college take early in the draft was part of a grand plan. Sig said that wasn't the case; it was just how the draft played out. "We were expecting to get a couple of high school players in the first seven or eight rounds, but it just didn't work out that way," he explained.
Mejdal and the Cardinals are satisfied with their high school-college mix. "We took the best player available and it turned out that it was college for the first eight rounds. We did end up with four (high schoolers) though," said Mejdal.
Picks with local connections include sixth round selection pitcher Tyler Norrick of the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale and outfielder Travis Mitchell of Chesterfield, who was selected in the 13th round.
The 2005 College Player of the Year, Florida State's Shane Robinson, was also among the Cardinals draftees, as was pitcher Eddie Degerman of top-ranked Rice University. The final pick of the first day, Amaury Cazana Marti, came to the United States from Cuba.
The draft will continue Wednesday through 50 rounds. Stay right here at stlcardinals.scout.com for the best Cardinals draft coverage on the ‘net.
A recap of the Cardinals' complete list from the first day of the draft follows.
|1. Adam Ottavino||RHP||S-R||6-5||225||Northeastern University||Brooklyn, NY|
|1a. Christopher Perez||RHP||R-R||6-4||225||University of Miami|
|2. Thomas Furnish||LHP||S-L||6-2||185||Allen, TX|
|2. Jonathan Jay||OF||L-L||5-11||200|
|2a. Mark Hamilton||1B||L-L||6-4||215||Bellaire, TX|
|3. Gary Daley||RHP||R-R||6-3||200||Cal Poly San Luis Obispo||Grass Valley, CA|
|4. Edward Degerman||RHP||R-R||6-4||205|
|5. Shane Robinson||OF||R-R||5-9||160||Tampa, FL|
|6. Tyler Norrick||LHP||L-L||6-3||210||U. of S. Ill.-Carbondale|
|7. Luke Gorsett||OF||R-R||6-2||200||University of Nebraska||Denver, CO|
|8. Allen Craig||SS||R-R||6-2||190||University of Cal./Berkeley||Temecula, CA|
|9. Matthew North||RHP||R-R||6-5||170||Deer Valley H.S.||Antioch, CA|
|10. Blair Erickson||RHP||R-R||6-1||215||University of Cal./Irvine||Fair Oaks, CA|
|11. Phillip Walters||RHP||R-R||6-4||200||University of S. Alabama||Daphne, AL|
|12. David Carpenter||C||R-R||6-2||205||Fairmont, WV|
|13. Travis Mitchell||OF||R-R||6-3||185||Parkway Central H.S.||Chesterfield, MO|
|14. Jonathan Edwards||OF||R-R||6-5||230||Keller H.S.||Keller, TX|
|15. Lance Zawadzki||SS||S-R||5-10||180||San Diego State University|
|16. Thomas Pham||SS||R-R||6-1||175||Durango H.S.||Las Vegas, NV|
|17. Nathan Southard||OF||R-R||5-10||185||Luling, LA|
|18. Amaury Cazana Marti||OF||R-R||6-1||212||(No school)|