Sr, Boston College
Weight: 195 lbs
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Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Anthony Melchionda
Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Max Foody
Jeff’s Quick Take: Now that we are out of round 4-10, teams can take risks on potentially unsignable, but high upside players. The Cardinals decided to get that tough sign player in Max Foody who they would have to talk out of a commitment to Florida State. Foody is a projectable left-hander with a fastball that is already in the low nineties. If the Cardinals can sign Foody, it would be a huge win. Everything after the jump.
Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Jacob Wilson
Jeff’s Quick Take: Now it is clear what the Cardinals were doing in the a lot of the early rounds of the “new” MLB draft. Baseball America has a great breakdown of what chaos the new rules have brought. Basically, teams’ bonus pools will be hurt if they do not sign a player in the top 10 rounds and if teams go “over slot” of 100k after the 10th round, that money will go against their bonus pool. However, if they fail to sign that player after the 10th round, they will not lose any money from the bonus pool. That increased the value of college seniors. The Cardinals may have been ahead of the game by picking the best college senior they could find in James Ramsey in the 1st round. But, that’s for another post. The Astros picked highly touted HS arm Hunter Virant with the first pick of the 11th round. This is highly messed up. Either way, forget the round, the Cardinals got a new player in Jacob Wilson, 2B/3B from Memphis. He has hit a park and schedule adjusted .414 wOBA this year with a good walk rate and not too many strikeouts. Reports after the jump.
Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Yoenny Gonzalez
Jeff’s Quick Take: Not much on this kid, similar to some of the picks last year, so I’m not sure what to make of him. He had 7 HRs in 167 ABs and an OBP of .377. He slugged .527
Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Kurt Heyer
Jeff’s Quick Take: Park and Scheduled Adjusted ERA of 1.61 with adjusted 103 Ks and 21 BBs. And you guessed it, Kurt Heyer starred in the Cape Cod League for the Orleans Cardinals. He put up those huge numbers through the deception in his windup, not through overpowering hitters. He’s had great stamina through the years with Arizona and the Cardinals were certainly try him at starter in the minors, but it seems like he will eventually end up in the bullpen. He’s known for his advanced approach and poise on the mound. (I hate the word “poise” with athletes, but I couldn’t think of a better one there.) In the sixth round, to get this sort of quality pitcher, seems like a good pick for the Cardinals. The rest after the jump per usual.
Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Alejandro Mejia, Alex Mejia
Jeff’s Quick Take: Mejia looks like a player drafted for two purposes. First and foremost, he will sign a below slot deal and allow the Cardinals to spend their limited money elsewhere. Secondly, by all accounts Mejia is a great defender at short. His offensive numbers don’t hold up as a raw .406 wOBA this year is Park and Schedule adjusted to .357. (The schedule pushes the wOBA up, but the park pushes it back down again.) Snippets I could find on Alejandro(Alex) Mejia after the jump.
AZ and I will be around the live blog as much as possible today and will be putting up player scouting reports as soon as possible after they are picked.
Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Patrick Wisdom, Patrick Wisdom Scouting Report
Jeff’s Quick Take: Wisdom has hit for a park adjusted .401 wOBA this season, so he’s not a bad hitter. He’s got power potential and seems like with experience, he can stick at 3rd base. Let’s take a look at the scouting reports after the jump.
Jeff in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: James Ramsey
Jeff’s Snap Take: With the brand new rules in place with the Major League Baseball’s new Collective Barganing Agreement, each team is held to a certain amount of money for their 1st through 10th round selections. These rules do very little to help the teams at the top get the best players, but if they do anything, they elevate the level of the college seniors who have little leverage and are forced to sign at what the team selecting them offers. And since teams are on a specifically tight budget, these players help balance the budget to allow the team to pick more expensive players with their other picks. If it makes zero sense to you, you are not the only one. With that introduction, I give you the Cardinals 2nd first round pick at number 23 overall, James Ramsey, senior Outfielder, Florida State. More of me and the scouting reports are after the jump.