For the third consecutive year I was handed the reins of the Cardinals organization in the minorleagueball.com mock draft. This was the highest pick I have had, and I was hoping to add some impact talent to the system. I believe I was able to accomplish that goal. Check it out after the break and tell me what you think.
13. Christian Friedrich, LHP, Eastern Kentucky
For the 13th pick I targeted two players: Friedrich and Arizona State’s Brett Wallace. I am a huge fan of Wallace, and I would love to add a bat of his caliber to the system. However, in the end Friedrich just matched the needs of the organization too well. He is a lefty with decent control and two above average pitches that should pitch in a major league rotation in short order. I don’t know if he will last until the 13th pick on Thursday, but I am sure Jeff Luhnow would be happy to take him.
39. Conor Gillapsie, 3b, Wichita St.
My target for this pick was Zach Putnam, but when Gillaspie was still on the board he was too good to pass up. Everyone knows the Cardinals could use some infield depth, and Gillaspie just might be the best third baseman in this draft. He will never be confused for a slugger, but he has a great contract stroke. He has also proven himself with wood winning the Cape Cod League MVP. I seriously doubt he is available at this spot in the real draft, but he would be a steal at this point.
59. Trey Haley, RHP, Texas HS
This may look like a major overdraft according to baseball america’s rankings, but I think he could end up being the best high school pitcher in this draft. He has an athletic, projectable frame, and his fastball already touches 95 mph. He isn’t the most polished pitcher in the world, but he also has a pretty good curve he can throw for strikes. Haley is a bit of a project, but I love his upside. It wasn’t worth risking until the 3rd round, although he may be a tough sign if the doesn’t go in the first round due to a commitment to Rice.
91. Wade Miley, LHP, SE Lousiana
Going into the draft I wanted Louisville 3rd baseman Chris Dominguez with this pick, but after I stole Gillaspie I changed my plans. I was hoping Arizona flame throwing lefty Dan Schlereth would still be around, but he went right before me. I also targeted another Arizona player, prep slugger Jaff Decker, but like Schlereth he was also chosen right before my pick. That left me in a bit of a scramble before I finally settled on Miley. I haven’t seen a video on him, but he is a lefty that can dial his fastball up to the mid-90′s. The upside is definitely there as he has a slider and change that grade out as plus at times, and he also shows potential with a curve. Miley pitches at a smaller school and doesn’t have the dominating statistics you would expect, but lefties with that kind of velocity aren’t a bad gamble in this range.
125. Matt Marquis, OF, New Jersey HS
He was originally my target in round 5, but it sounded like the mock could get cut short and I didn’t want to miss out on this guy. He is exactly the kind of high upside high school player you want to gamble on in this range, and according to the perfect game message board, he put on a show at a recent Cardinals’ workout. Marquis has plus power, and the potential to be a prototypical right field slugger. He may be hard to sign away from Vanderbilt, but the upside is definitely there.
155. Johnny Giovatella, 2B, New Orleans
When they decided to go ahead and do the 5th round I was left scrambling a bit, but I settled on this diminutive slugger. He doesn’t have the size or tools you look for in a high pick, but all he has done is produce. He has a lot of Shane Robinson in him along with the ability to play 2nd base. I usually like to gamble on upside in this range; however, this is a position where the Cardinals could use some depth. He seems like a solid bet to hit.
Overall I was pretty happy with my haul. Friedrich was the #1 guy on my board for the 13th pick, and Gillaspie was an absolute steal at a position of need in the sandwich round. I love the upside with Haley and Marquis, and I think Miley was a solid gamble in the 3rd. The system is lacking in quality lefties, and I believe I added two very good ones. We are also a little short on infielders, and I was able to find a couple who have produced a lot in college.