With 5 days to go until the signing deadline, here are the Cardinals unsigned picks and a line or two about each.
Round 2 – Charlie Tilson, OF, Ill HS - I’m pretty sure the Charlie Tilson deal gets done on the deadline day for the Cardinals. They would not have drafted him in the 2nd if they did not think they could get a deal done.
Round 14 – Kevin Medrano, 2B, Missouri State - Medrano is a junior, so that could be the hold up as the Cardinals wait until the deadline for the ability to offer an overslot deal.
Round 20 – Aramis Garcia, C, Fla HS - Best as I can tell, this is Garcia on twitter, if you are into that sort of thing. No word on his signing either. But, he would need a high overslot deal to sign from the 20th round. Garcia has been keeping busy playing for the La Ley Legends in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, NM.
Round 21 – Chris Kirsch, LHP, Pa JC - Kirsch has been keeping busy in the Delware County baseball league playing for the Springfield Colonials. Kirsch took the loss in the deciding game in the first round of the playoffs in late July. He has been told by a Cardinals scout that he would have to wait until at least late July for an offer. This one will probably go down to the deadline as the Cardinals are getting their overslot deals in order.
Round 22 – Justin Kamplain, LHP, Ala HS - Kamplain has said that Alabama is his dream school and we have had no word whether he signs or not as he decides between an offer from the Cardinals and a scholarship to the school. I would guess that Kamplain decides to go to school.
Round 26 – Brett Graves, RHP, Mo HS - Graves has said he is going to accept his scholarship and attend Missouri instead of going pro. Obviously, something could change at the 11th hour, but Graves is more than likely going to remain unsigned.
Round 29 – Chris Matulis, LHP, Central Florida - Matulis is a junior in eligibility because he sat out the 2011 season after transferring from LSU. Matulis is already 21. But, he has a decision between staying at the school that he sat out a year to attend and pitch for or go pro with the Cardinals.
Round 40 – Kyle Arnsberg, C, Texas CC - Considering Arnsberg redshirted at Arizona State, then went to a community college last year, one would think he took the path of least resistance to be eligible for the draft again and to become a pro baseball player. He’s the son of the current Astros pitching coach.
Round 42 – Cody Poarch, RHP, Tenn CC
Round 43 – Chris Costantino, RHP, Tenn CC - No word on either of these two teammates who, to be honest, I’m surprised that they are still unsigned and I never really considered them to be hard sign draft picks. It is possible they are unhappy with their draft slot and offer and are hoping to try again next season to get drafted higher and get more money.
Round 45 – Cooper Moseley, 2B, Ala CC - Moseley, if signed, will be an overslot selection, so I’m not surprised that he still remains unsigned with 5 days left in the signing period. He did make a pre-draft visit to Busch Stadium and based on his very driven history from when he was 10 years old, I would imagine he ends up signing.
Round 46 – Chadwich Kaalekahi, C, Hawaii HS - Kaalekahi is another overslot selection, so if the Cardinals want to sign him, they will have to toss out the large signing bonus in the next few days.
Round 47 – David Schmidt, RHP, Mo HS - Schmidt is a local product, but has a commitment to Stanford, which as the Cardinals know, is difficult to get a player out of. The Cardinals will play the hometown card over and over again with a big signing bonus behind it, and I really don’t know if that is enough to get the deal done.
Round 48 – Brock Asher, OF, Hawaii HS - Asher is another Hawaiian HS player and I’m in the dark on this guy as I was on draft day. Information is very thin on him online without even trying to find signing rumors.
Round 50 – Tyler Sibley, 2B, Texas State - Sibley is a junior, so it will take an overslot deal from the 50th round to get him out of his senior year at Texas State.
At this point it seems like the Cardinals treated the 40-50th rounds as a “flyer” round as they got the rights to a bunch of guys to see if they could sign them. Certainly not a bad idea, but we will know a lot more about the draft class in 5 days because most of these overslot guys would add a lot to the Cardinals system.