Cardinals Select 21 Players on Draft Day One
First-rounder Adam Ottavino
First-rounder Adam Ottavino

Posted Jun 6, 2006


On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals completed the first 18 rounds of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. In the process, they selected 21 players – 18 of their own picks plus three compensatory selections for the loss of Matt Morris and Abraham Nunez.

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals completed the first 18 rounds of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. In the process, they selected 21 players – 18 of their own picks plus three compensatory selections for the loss of Matt Morris and Abraham Nunez.

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.

Rd., Player Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. School Hometown
  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 Holmes Beach, FL
  2.   Thomas Furnish LHP S-L 6-2 185 Texas Christian University Allen, TX
  2.   Jonathan Jay OF L-L 5-11 200 University of Miami Miami, FL
  2a. Mark Hamilton 1B L-L 6-4 215 Tulane University 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 Rice University Granada Hills, CA
  5.   Shane Robinson OF R-R 5-9 160 Florida State University Tampa, FL
  6.   Tyler Norrick LHP L-L 6-3 210 U. of S. Ill.-Carbondale Festus, MO
  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 West Virginia University 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 Ashland, MA
16.   Thomas Pham SS R-R 6-1 175 Durango H.S. Las Vegas, NV
17.   Nathan Southard OF R-R 5-10 185 Tulane University Luling, LA
18.   Amaury Cazana Marti OF R-R 6-1 212 (No school) Miami, FL



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