Back in 2010, I did a series looking back at the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 MLB Drafts and how the Cardinals did 6-10 years later. Now, let’s take a look at the 2005 MLB Draft and see how the Cardinals did 7 years later.
The 2005 MLB Draft was one of promise, potential, injury and ultimately disappointment so far for the Cardinals. Their high upside position players were beaming with potential that so far they have been unable to reach. Their starting pitchers looked great on paper, but ultimately ripped apart like paper. The 2005 MLB draft gave the Cardinals moribund minor leagues a much needed breath of fresh air, lifting them into the upper echelon of farm systems, but ultimately that did not reach the St. Louis Cardinals with as much energy as we were all hoping. There is still time for three of the draftees to increase their impact on the Cardinals franchise. Let’s take a look pick by pick after the jump.
In the first round the Cardinals selected CF Colby Rasmus and SS Tyler Greene. Both have had up and down careers in the majors but with high quality numbers though out the minors. A lot has been made of the development of Rasmus who was traded midseason last year to the Toronto Blue Jays. Tyler Greene has been platooning with Skip Schumaker and Daniel Descalso at second base in 2012 and despite his tools, has not made the best of them. Both players came out of the draft as “toolsy” and both remain “toolsy” despite seven years worth of development.
Luke Hochevar and Clay Buchholz were toolsy pitchers picked after the two Cardinals selections and they haven’t quite reached their potential either, so I’m not sure in hindsight if I would change either. (Maybe Greene for Buchholz.)
In the Supplemental Round, the Cardinals selected RHP Mark McCormick and RHP Tyler Herron. Here’s the writeup from MLB on McCormick: “Smooth delivery brings mid-90s FB that can hit 97. Throws two hard breaking balls from a 3/4 delivery. Sinking change-up. Stuff is dominant enough to be top MLB starter.” McCormick was out of baseball after 6 final starts in Springfield as a 24 year old in 2008 as he succumbed to his injuries.
Tyler Herron was covered on draft day as “Medium, slender build. Square shoulders. Body similar to Brad Radke. Smooth delivery. Live two-seam FB that runs in on RHH. Maintains velocity, hits spots. CB has sharp, 3/4 break through zone. Deceptive change when down in zone. Throws three quality pitches.”
Herron was released by the Cardinals in 2009 and after a short stint in the Pittsburgh system, he was in independent ball in 2010.
In the second round, the Cardinals also has 2 picks. They went with RHP Joshua Wilson and RHP Nicholas Webber. Josh Wilson was “Similar to David Cone. Little guy w/ a big arm. FB has plus velocity that bores right into RHH hands. Can get some riding action on the glove side. Good curve w/ a sharp 3/4 break and tight rotation. Throws a circle change at FB arm speed. Can also play SS.” Josh Wilson had shoulder injury issues like Mark McCormick and was out of baseball after 2009.
Nicholas Webber was out of baseball after reaching Memphis in 2008 as a 24 year old for 6 appearances. (See a theme here?)
Cardinals took Daryl Jones in the 3rd round, who was looking like a DJ Tools for many years, but yet again could not turn his tools into major league production.
Bryan Anderson was selected in the 4th and the toolsy, slick hitting catcher has not been able to crack the major league roster for any extended period of time yet.
Mitch Boggs was picked in the 5th round and he has turned himself into a solid 7 or 8th inning reliever for the Cardinals major league team. He seems to be pitching better as a reliever than a starter as he can unleash much more velocity than he showed as a starter.
Wilfrido Pujols was the selection in the 6th round, seemingly as a favor to then 1st baseman Albert Pujos. Wilfrido was never heard from again…
The 7th round brought Nick Stavinoha, who had a few cups of coffee in the majors, and from the 7th round, that can be considered a good pick. Stavinoha is no longer with the Cardinals and out of baseball after the 2011 season.
Here’s the link to the rest of the Cardinals picks. Not at lot there after the 7th round with the exception of Blake King (EDIT: Oh yea, and some guy named Jaime O Garcia, who may have saved the whole draft for the Cardinals in the 22nd round.) who was briefly a strikeout or walk reliever that showed some potential but could never get it straightened out.