After the jump the final 10.
Round 41: Michael Knox, 1B
Mount Olive College
Knox looks to be a slugger in every sense of the word as he hit 23 HRs this season for Mount Olive and slugged .832 (slugged!).
Here is Knox’s coach on his swing and approach:
“This year, he’s worked really hard getting his body in good shape,” Lancaster said. “The biggest problem he had coming in was his swing was a bit long, but he worked extremely hard with our hitting coach to develop a shorter, compact swing. He’s a threat every time he walks to the plate now. He’s a big, strong kid and has unbelievable power. But, unfortunately, he’s not getting pitched to a lot.”
The NCAA adopted new rules for bats this year, taking out some of the pop out. While home run production has dropped in college baseball, Knox is hitting one every 7.4 at-bats compared to one every 8.1 at-bats last year.
Scouts know about his power, but he has been used almost exclusively as a designated hitter and doesn’t usually play in the field. Nevertheless, 42 home runs in two seasons shouldn’t go unnoticed.
“Everybody knows he can hit,” Lancaster said.
Knox is already signed and is in Johnson City.
Round 42: Cody Poarch, RHP
Walters State CC
Poarch, who transferred to Walters State after a redshirt year at UNC-Greensboro, finished his first season in a Walters State uniform with a 7-4 record on the mound. Poarch also sported a 3.31 earned run average, while allowing only a .208 batting average in 79 2/3 innings while striking out 100 batters.
As far as I can tell Poarch is already a reliever with Walters State and will most likely stay in that role if he signs with the Cardinals.
Here’s an interview with Cody from High School. Complete with fake ESPN theme song.
Cody is another player who the Cardinals drafted who transferred at least once since leaving high school. Seems interesting to note (maybe just to me).
Round 43: Chris Costantino, RHP
Walters State CC
The Cardinals go back to Walters State pitching staff for the second round in a row.
Chris has on his twitter account “Soon to be St. Louis Cardinal?”. The question mark there is the key I believe.
Costantino (7-1, 2.26 ERA) will get the first shot at Georgia Perimeter, drawing the game-one start on the mound.
Costantino took a medical redshirt early last season before turning a solid campaign this year. On the mound, he went 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA and struck out 65 in 43.2 innings.
Chris was previously drafted in the 49th round by the Boston Red Sox.
Round 44: Brandon Creath, RHP
Creath, a junior from Santa Maria, Calif., transferred to Embry-Riddle from Allan Hancock Community College following two seasons for the Bulldogs. The Mechanical Engineering major appeared in 13 games for the Eagles, posting a 4-2 overall record and 3.15 ERA. Creath started three games while pitching 40.0 innings, striking out 37 opponents and holding teams to just a .218 average from the plate.
Creath is signed and sent to the GCL to start his career.
Round 45: Robert (Cooper) Moseley, 2B
Central Alabama CC
Moseley hit .418 and slugged .718 for the JUCO Central Alabama. Moseley went to Georgia before transferring to Central Alabama. He pitched and played the field for Central Alabama. Moseley led the Georgia Bulldogs in saves his freshman year.
Here’s an article from SI about Cooper playing super intense baseball when he was 10 years old and his parents changing all their schedules to allow him to play in a lot of games. Like a LOT. Moseley was also home-schooled to help his schedule be more flexible.
“With big league dreams, Cooper Moseley played 127 games in 10-and-under ball”
“Cooper is one of the better all-around players to come from CACC,” said Fletcher. … “He has a big arm and hit for average and power. He’s a big-time team player. He always put the team first and is always trying to learn how to become a better player.”
“I’m probably not going to make that decision until early August,” Moseley said. “It’s probably 50-50 right now.”
Cooper’s favorite athletes according to his Facebook page are Cliff Lee, Jimmy Rollins and Roy Halladay.
Round 46: Chadwick Kaalekahi, C
Campbell High School (HI)
… Chadwick Pookela Kaalekahi, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .324 with a double and homer, driving in eight. He also pitched, going 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 28 innings.
“If I get the money I want, I’ll go, but if not, I’ll go to school,” said Kaalekahi, who plans to play at Feather River JC in California.
Chadwick’s favorite player is Yadier Molina: (maybe that will help him sign…)
Chadwick is a catcher by personality as much as skill.
“I always wanted to play catcher. It’s a rugged position. It’s pretty nuts,” he said.
Chadwick’s favorite athlete: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals catcher.
“He’s got a rifle. He can throw the ball, gun it from his knees,” Chadwick said. “At practice, I try it, but (coaches) say, ‘Don’t do that. Throw the right way.’ ”
Perfect game has his swing if you click on the first of the three pictures in the middle of the page. If you click the 3rd photo, you get the catcher catch and throw video for Chadwick. Looks solid in both.
Round 47: David Schmidt, RHP
Christian Brothers College High School (MO)
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s STLhighschoolsports.com and Nate Latsch on local product Schmidt:
But CBC senior right-hander David Schmidt, who can throw a baseball 93-94 miles per hour, still does not have an answer for where his impressive velocity comes from.
“People have been wondering that pretty much my whole life,” Schmidt said. “It’s definitely a gift.”
CBC coach Mason Horne compares Schmidt to successful Major League righties Tim Lincecum (5-11, 165), Roy Oswalt (6-0, 190) and Jake Peavy (6-1, 195) – “Little bodies who can generate a lot of power,” he said.
Horne describes Schmidt as a “sinker, slider-type” who is one of the better pitchers the coach has seen in a long time.
“He is real explosive, gets a lot of downward action on his pitches,” Horne said. “He misses a lot of barrels. He has a lot of late movement.”
Schmidt is probably one of the least suspecting power pitchers (low to mid 90’s) you’ll come across at first glance. He’s built athletically at 6-foot-1, but his size isn’t intimidating like so many also at the top of PBR’s 2011 class and on his Stanford team next year. He acknowledges humbly that there may come a time when his size could restrain his chances of playing baseball beyond the collegiate level, but claims he’s dedicated to the Cardinal program in the meantime and will take his future as it comes.
Schmidt has signed with Stanford and the Cardinals are hoping to play the hometown team card to get Schmidt to forgo his college career with the Cardinal (no ‘s’).
Two rounds later, Aiea outfielder Brock Asher was picked by the Cardinals. He hit .378 with two doubles, five triples and a home run and six steals this past season for Na Alii. He had plans to play at Yakima (Wash.) JC.
“I’ve always wanted to get drafted,” Asher said. “It was my dream since I was a little kid.”
MaxPreps has Asher ranked as the 21st best prospect in Hawaii.
Round 49: Corey Baker, RHP
University of Pittsburgh
Baker had a park and schedule adjusted 4.65 FIP this season for Pitt with 55 Ks and 33 BBs in 80.3 innings.
Here’s a great view of Baker’s mechanics with slow-mo looks as well from multiple angles.
Baker has this scouting report pinned on him:
A scout who has seen Pitt play said Baker should get the opportunity to be a senior sign with a Major League club. Baker doesn’t have the highest ceiling in the world, but as the scout said, you never know what can happen when a guy with a good idea of how to pitch and excellent work ethic gets into the pro game.
As a senior, Baker was a quick sign and is already in Batavia.
Round 50: Tyler Sibley, 2B
Texas St University
Sibley wasn’t just a spark plug at the top of the lineup for the Bobcats.
He provided instant offense whenever he stepped into the batter’s box. He’s as fearless on the base paths (14 steals) as he is at the plate (18 hit-by pitches).
“I think a lot of part of my game is crowding the plate,” Sibley said. “I have grown into in college. In high school and summer ball, I wasn’t looking to get hit by a pitch. When I realized all the great hitters behind me, I wanted to get on base for them.”
Sibley posted a .467 on-base percentage and only struck out 16 times. He pounded out 84 hits and walked 26 times.
Here’s a video of Sibley walking around the new Texas State locker room and showing it off.