Since 2000, the Cardinals have had 7 Compensation/Supplemental/Sandwich round picks after the first round. With 3 picks in the Sandwich round this year, let’s take a look at the previous sandwich rounds and the type of players the Cardinals decided to pursue. (Obvious caveat, all of these players were selected by a previous drafting and development team.)
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Jeff in 2008 MLB draft, Mitch Harris
I write a lot about Mitch Harris, but that’s just because I think it is a great story and he usually pops up around this time of the year. The Cardinals drafted Harris in the 13th round of the 2008 draft knowing full well he was committed to the Navy and their required 5-year service term. Four of those five years have passed and Mitch Harris is finally making his way to Spring Training, but will he stick or he have to serve another year? Let’s take a look at the latest news after the jump.
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Per DG, the Cardinals signed Mitch Harris. He will report after duty, which in the Navy equals five years. Meaning, he will be 28 when he starts his professional career, and I have no earthly idea how he will keep of the rust.
Loved the draft pick when it was made, glad he’s in the fold but I’m not sure how this all is supposed to work.
Baseball America ranked Mitch Harris the 2nd best senior draft prospect of 2008, behind only Josh Fields.
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Around this time last year we were lamenting the Cardinals not signing 4th round pick Kyle Russell. You all know the story by now: Russell demanded a first round type of bonus. The Cardinals wouldn’t pay it. Russell went back to Texas and was unable to duplicate his insanely successful 2007 season, a season where he hit .336/.456/.807. This year he ended up being drafted by the Dodgers just one round higher and settled for a $410,000 bonus. I’m sure he has to be kicking himself because while the Cards were unwilling to give him a seven-figure bonus, I would at least hope that they would’ve paid him more than $400K. But so far, so good for Russell and the Dodgers, he’s hitting .302/.402/.537 for in the Pioneer league in 153 at bats. He’s also still the Russell we know with 53 punch-outs.
Mike Stutes was another one that got away. Stutes was drafted in the 9th round but opted to go back to Oregon State. Like Russell he regressed the following year and probably regretted his decision to go back to school. OSU had a rough season and Stutes had his worst season by far as a Beaver. He fell to the 11th round and was taken by the Phillies. Stutes has been dominant so far in the Phillies organization. He’s been pitched at two levels of A ball, and in his last two Sally League starts he has gone 7 full innings and has 18 K’s and no earned runs. In 53 total pro innings, Stutes has 61 K’s in 53 innings and has allowed only 5 earned runs.
So that brings me to this. The signing deadline is less then two days away and the Cardinals still have some unsigned picks out there. The Cardinals have done an excellent job this year getting their players signed and on the field. None of their top 10 picks have gone unsigned. The highest unsigned pick is senior Mitch Harris, who unfortunately for the Cardinals at least will have to continue on active duty with the Navy. Reading Derrick Goold’s latest blog entry, it sounds like the Cardinals still hope to work something out. As a senior, the deadline doesn’t apply to him.
Here’s a listing of the remaining unsigned picks:
13 395 Mitch Harris RHP
All in all, bravo to the Luhnow and the Cards for the job they have done in getting their signed relatively quickly. There’s always going to be a few that get away in every draft but it’s great that we’re not having to deal with some of the drama that other teams are going through right now.
There is one deadline that I am anxiously awaiting-Top Venezuelan prospect Yorman Rodriguez turns 16 tomorrow. What team he signed with could be announced around midnight tonight, and last we heard the Cards are in the running.
roarke in 2008 MLB draft, Adam Daniels, Brandon Buckman, Daily Farm Reports
I missed this in last night’s DFR, but it was mentioned by an astute commenter: Adam Daniels was released and Brandon Buckman was promoted to Springfield. I’m not sure he earned a promotion with a .260/.334/.344 line at Palm Beach, but he went 2-4 in his first outing at Springfield.
This articleat Baseball America is subscription only, but it shows the bonuses given out for every pick in the first round of this year’s draft compared to the projected slot. Note that the Cardinals game in at (or under) the slot for each pick.
The system played five games tonight and went 2-3. All the details are after the jump.
roarke in 2008 MLB draft, Blake Murphy, Curt Smith
Part one and part two got us through the twenty-seventh round and this finale will take us all the way to the end. The odds are extremely long for these guys, but there are several interesting guys at the bottom of this year’s draft for the Cardinals that bear watching. We’ll take a look at them all after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
roarke in 2008 MLB draft, Chris Swauger, Colt Sedbrook, George Brown, Jared Bradford, Jason Buursma, Jonny Bravo, Josh Hester, Uncategorized, Xavier Scruggs, Zachary Pitts
Last time we took a look at the ten highest picks by the Cardinals that have played at Johnson City or above in the organization. Today we will look at the next ten. As we get further down the list, the liklihood that the prospects will ever become big leagers becomes more faint, but there are several in this part and in the final part of the series that are intriguing. So after the jump we will continue with our 50 day (or so) review of the Cardinals draft. Read the rest of this entry »
roarke in 2008 MLB draft, Aaron Luna, Alex Castellanos, Brett Wallace, Charles Cutler, Jermaine Curtis, Lance Lynn, Niko Vasquez, Ryan Kulik, Scott Gorgen, Shane Peterson
I know, I know – it’s early. Small sample sizes and all that – I get it. But still, I think that we’ve seen enough of some of our draft picks to have a very early idea of what we’ve got in them. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been dying to write this post since the day Brett Wallace signed his contract, but I wanted him to get a few at bats under his belt. He now has 68 plate appearances and 54 at bats. That’s good enough for me. So, then, after the jump we’ll take a look at how Brett and the rest of the 2008 draft class have been faring. Read the rest of this entry »
Well we are getting ready to get started. Here are our final thoughts.