Brian Walton has the JC Cardinals roster. Notably absent is their big July 2nd signee Roberto de la Cruz, whom Luhnow was gushing about last fall and had projected he’d very likely skip the DSL, GCL and move right up to Johnson City. Looks like that was a tad optimistic. It does however make the GCL team worth following a lot more. More after jump.
The JC roster itself isn’t too exciting from the standpoint of popular names. Robert Stock is the catcher, after that there’s Anthony Ferrara, their 7th rounder from last year and a bunch of late round, roster filler picks from this recent draft. C.J. Beatty and Rich Rocabaldo could be some semi-interesting sleepers. Catcher Audry Perez led the DSL Cardinals in OPS last year. Yunier Castillo was pointed out by scouts to Derrick Goold last year as a slick-fielding, athletic shortstop. Romulo Ruiz was one of the team’s bigger international signings from 2006.
Speaking of big international signings, I mentioned this in the comments the other day, but Jorge Arangure (ESPN.com, the KLaw of the international signing circuit) believes there’s a 90% chance the Cardinals sign OF Wagner Mateo to a $3M deal. The last time the Cardinals gave a signing bonus of that size to an amateur, it was J.D. Drew. Arangure mused with me that while Mateo is a good player, he’s not sure he’ll stick in CF and that he doesn’t profile to have quite the power you’d want from a corner OF. You can watch Wagner on display, set to some real groovy tunes.
I hope Mateo doesn’t preclude Shelby Miller, that would be a bummer. Miguel Angel Sano, that I could live with a little more. Now netting both, that will give the farm system a nice shot in the arm, especially one that seems to be collectively going bleh, with the exception of a few.
Springfield beatwriter Matt Baker tweets that Eduardo Sanchez is the new Francisco Samuel, only with better command. FILTHY breaking ball, Matt says, to go with 98 MPH heat. Dude has some real helium. Sanchez is just 20 and is already up to AA. He was named to the FSL All-Star team but was promoted to Springfield. He’s striking out his fair share of batters, and better still, unlike Samuel, he seems to have a decent idea of where the ball is going. Baker said NW Ark. hitters were literally ducking Sanchez’s breaking ball. Pretty impressive from a guy listed at 5’11, 155 lbs.