Cardinals pick 30 draftees during day 3

The St. Louis Cardinals selected their final 30 players in a fast-paced third day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

While there is understandably less interest in the third and final day of the annual First-Year Player Draft, some very good baseball players are chosen. Every club can offer examples with the St. Louis not being alone. Future Cardinals Albert Pujols and Matt Carpenter (both lucky 13th-rounders) provide recent reinforcement that these picks are important, too.

On Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals had 30 selections from rounds 11-40 to make. As the day progresses into evening, this article will be updated as picks are made and information unearthed.

As always, remember to click on highlighted player names to be taken to their player profile pages with full age, batting/throwing, height/weight, hometown, earlier schools, photos and more.

The Cardinals selected a total of 41 players in the 40-round draft. The totals are laid out in the following tables.

Days 1-2 LHP RHP 2B SS OF  C 1B  
College 2 3 1 0 0 0 0  
High school 2 0 0 3 0 0 0  
                 
Day 3 LHP RHP 2B SS OF  C 1B  
College 3 10 1 3 3 2 2  
High school 0 2 0 0 3 1 0  
                 
Days 1-3 LHP RHP 2B SS OF  C 1B  
College 5 13 2 3 3 2 2 30
High school 2 2 0 3 3 1 0 11
Totals 7 15 2 6 6 3 2 41




Steven Farinaro, RHP (Round 11/Overall selection 335)

The Cardinals selected a high-school right-hander to kick off day three. Farinaro capped off his prep career with a two-hitter as his Head-Royce team won the California North Coast Section Division V championship for the second straight year.

Farinaro logged 12 wins to go with a 0.82 ERA while holding his opponents to a .107 batting average. He fanned 157 in 77 innings.

Farinaro can hit the low 90's with his fastball and features a change and curve as well. At 6 feet, 170 pounds, he is not dominating physically. The former Team USA player is committed to UCLA, and for that reason, MLB.com considers him a potential tough sign.

Ricardo Bautista, OF (12/365)

The efforts of Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran to give back to the youths of Puerto Rico are well known. It only makes sense that St. Louis selected a player from his baseball academy in the 12th round in Ricardo Bautista.

The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder bats left and throws right and has also played third base in addition to the outfield.

Jimmy Bosco, OF (13/395)

After not taking an outfielder during days one and two, the Cardinals added their second consecutive flychaser in Menlo College's (California) Jimmy Bosco. The junior is well traveled. Out of high school, he planned to go to Berkeley before budget cuts threatened the program. The Granite Bay, Cal. resident transferred to Menlo from Arkansas.

The left-handed hitter stands just 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, but packs a punch. In 190 at-bats over 52 games in 2013, Bosco hit a cool .426, hit 15 home runs and drove in 57. He fanned just 17 times against 31 walks. In a balanced performance, he also stole 17 bases in 22 attempts and was named a first-team NAIA All-American this season.

Bosco previously played summer ball in the Northwoods League for La Crosse after leaving the Cape Cod League.

Link to Bosco video

Elier Rodriguez, C (14/425)

The Cardinals took a switch-hitting catcher from Miami's La Salle High School in Elier Rodriguez. The three-year captain is a well-built 6-foot-2, 215-pounds and also has experience playing third base. Unless the Cardinals can convince him otherwise, Rodriguez is committed to attend Barry University.

DeAndre Asbury, OF (15/455)

A centerfielder from Brookland-Cayce High School in South Carolina, DeAndre Asbury stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds. He hits and throws right-handed. Asbury was named to the South Carolina 3A All-State Team this spring.

Also known as DeAndre Asbury-Heath, the 17-year-old is committed to Florence-Darlington Technical College. He was a good enough as a wide receiver and defensive back to have a YouTube video of his gridiron highlights as a junior.

Blake Higgins, RHP (16/485)

Possessing considerable height at 6-foot-6, the 215-pound right-hander has physical tools and is well traveled. Higgins enrolled at Central Michigan out of high school but did not pitch in 2011. He took his summer team, the Central Michigan Stars, to the championship of the Paomino World Series in Compton, Cal.

The Mount Pleasant, Mich. native transferred to Jackson Community College in Michigan in the fall of 2011 and stood out the next spring. In 81 1/3 innings over 17 games, Higgins posted a 3.98 ERA. He fanned 95 but walked 40.

Higgins has committed to pitch for Michigan State in 2014 but he must first recover from Tommy John surgery done on May 30, 2013.

Richy Pedroza, SS (17/515)

The Cardinals made the first of three consecutive shortstop additions with the Cal State Fullerton standout. Pedroza, a switch-hitting junior, stands just 5-foot-6 and weighs only 150 pounds.

Though 60 games (so far - because his team is in the Super Regionals), Pedroza is batting .269, but drew 44 walks to increase his OBP to .394. He has committed just 10 errors this season at short.

Pedroza has a baseball pedigree as his two brothers have played professional baseball in the minor leagues. Sergio was in the Dodgers, Rays and Marlins systems and Jaime was with the Dodgers.

J.J. Altobelli, SS (18/545)

The Cardinals grabbed a college senior shortstop in the Oregon Ducks' Altobelli. Like Pedroza, just taken ahead of him, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is still playing in the NCAA Super Regionals.

A four-year starter at Oregon, the right-handed hitter posted a power-starved line of .276/.366/.317. Altobelli walked 25 times and struck out 24. He made just six errors in 64 games.

Out of high school, Altobelli was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 49th round of the 2009 Draft. His father, John Altobelli, is the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College.

Michael Schulze, SS (19/575)

The Cards continued on their shortstop binge with a selection closer to home, Missouri Western's Michael Schulze. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder was a senior this spring. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him Division II's Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-American. The Lee's Summit, Mo. native also garnered MIAA Conference Player of the Year honors.

In 2013, the left-handed hitter led the Griffons with a .439 average in 52 games. Schulze scored 70 runs, recorded 49 RBI and was 17-for-21 in stolen bases. His slugging percentage was .607 but his fielding percentage was just .939.

As a freshman, Schulze helped Iowa Western win the Junior College World Series. He attended Lee's Summit West High School, the same as Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.

Chase Brookshire, LHP (20/605)

The Cardinals returned to a familiar place in left-handed pitching as they added Chase Brookshire from Belmont College in Tennessee. The 22-year-old senior is the Cards' fifth lefty taken, but first since the sixth round.

The 6-foot-0, 190-pounder struck out 82 while walking 12 in 71 innings for Belmont this spring. With a fastball that touches 90, Brookshire relies on his ability to spot four pitches - fastball, changeup, cut fastball and curveball.

Brookshire is one of 10 finalists for the national Senior CLASS Award, which will be announced during the College World Series. It covers four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Zach Loraine, RHP (21/635)

Catcher turned pitcher Zach Loraine becomes the first St. Louis product drafted by the Cardinals. The right-hander played high school ball at Fort Zumwalt West before his freshman year at Lindenwood University. Loraine then moved to Division II Coker College in South Carolina, where he was a two-way player as a senior this spring.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder posted a 2.66 ERA in 64 1/3 innings. He struck out 68, walked 22 and picked up 15 saves. Turning 23 in early August, Loraine is the second-oldest draftee in the Cardinals class so will need to be placed aggressively.

Luke Voit, C (22/665)

The Cardinals continued with the local flavor by selecting Luke Voit, their second St. Louis product. The catcher attended the same high school as Cardinals third baseman David Freese and Phllies star Ryan Howard, Lafayette.

The Missouri State senior is 6-feet-3, 230 pounds and was first drafted by the Royals out of high school in 32nd round in 2009. The right-handed hitter played in the wooden bat Cape Cod League showcase in 2011 where he batted .245 in 32 games.

In 54 games this season, Voit batted .299 with a .388 on-base percentage. He drove in 30 runs and was 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts. Voit can also play first base. His batterymate Nick Petree was taken by the Cards in the ninth round.

Alex DeLeon, C (23/695)

The Cardinals continued on two familiar themes, taking a nearby catcher in Alex DeLeon from the University of Kansas in the 23rd round. The All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection in 2013 has also played first base.

A 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior, De Leon led the Jayhawks with a .319 average in 54 games. Other team bests were his on-base percentage of .398 and his slugging at a .559 rate. The right-handed hitter's 10 home runs and 46 RBI also paced the club. De Leon committed just one error and three passed balls all season long.

The veteran of summer ball played in the Prospect League in 2010, Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association in 2011 and New England Collegiate League in 2012.

Devante Lacy, OF (24/725)

A multi-sport athlete, Devante Lacy has excelled at baseball, basketball and football. In fact, the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder signed to play wide receiver at Tyler Junior College in February 2012. The only videos we can locate are of Lacy playing on the hardwood.

On the diamond at Division III Cedar Valley College in Texas, the Fort Worth native was a freshman in 2013. The right-handed hitter posted a very impressive line of .379/.473/.552 in 46 games. Lacy scored 49 runs and was 19-for-26 in stolen base attempts.

Michael Holbeck, RHP (25/755)

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo right-hander Michael Holback is relatively inexperienced despite being a junior. He had played club ball as a freshman after being cut from the varsity but worked his way onto the team the next season.

In 2013, Holback went 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 24 relief appearances totaling 49 innings. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder did not allow a home run to 188 batters faced and logged a strikeout to walk count of 56 to 19. In the summer of 2012 in the Alaska League, he posted a 2.90 ERA and struck out 22 in 31 innings.

Holback sports a fastball topping out at 93 mph and complements it with a slider and changeup in the low 80s. His great-grandfather, Ken, played for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League.

Will Anderson, RHP (26/785)

Formerly at Fresno State for two seasons, right-handed pitcher Will Anderson competed at Cal State Monterey Bay as a junior in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder made 15 starts, going 8-4 with a 2.45 ERA. In 99 1/3 innings, Anderson struck out 86 and walked 25, holding opposing hitters to a collective .190 average.

His older brother John is a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization after having been taken in the 28th round in 2008.

Jake Stone, 1B (27/815)

The Cardinals did not take their first corner infielder until the 27th round with the addition of Tennessee Wesleyan's Jake Stone. The 6-foot-0, 220-pound senior played his first two seasons as a third baseman at College of the Albermarle, a junior college Division II program.

The left-handed batter then moved up to NAIA powerhouse Wesleyan. This season, the first baseman batted .361 and slugged .621. The left-handed hitter swatted 11 home runs and plated 51 in 63 games.

Justin Ringo, 1B (28/845)

Continuing their pattern of bunching up picks at a given position, the Cardinals take their second college senior first baseman in a row. Justin Ringo comes from Stanford, where the left-handed hitter was a former teammate of 2012 Cardinals first-rounder Stephen Piscotty.

The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder hails from Palos Park, Ill. and earned All Pac-12 Conference honors this spring. Ringo's best position is apparently hitter, as he spent much of the season as Stanford's designated hitter.

Ringo did it well, leading the Cardinal in runs (39), slugging percentage (.488), on-base percentage (.400) and stolen bases (9-for-9) and was second in batting average (.323), RBI (34) and total bases (98).

Bryan Radziewski, LHP (29/875)

Just 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, the junior from Miami known as B-Rad has had a rough road. After a successful freshman campaign in 2011, Radziewski suffered a partial tear in the labrum in his shoulder early in 2012 and missed the remainder of the season for the Hurricanes.

Despite the serious surgery, Radziewski came back better than ever, going 9-3 with a 1.78 ERA for the U this spring. He fanned 109 and walked 30 in 91 innings. B-Rad spun two shutouts and combined on three others. In his most impressive performance, Radziewski struck out 16 Virginia Tech batters on March 23.

He throws a two-seamer, four-seamer, slider, cutter and change up and relies on movement rather than velocity, which in his case tops out at 88.

Link to B-Rad video one

Link to B-Rad video two

Trey Nielsen, RHP (30/905)

To date, the junior from Salt Lake City has played far more infield in his University of Utah career, but the Cardinals believe his future is in pitching. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder can bring it in the low 90s with a good curveball and changeup.

This season, Nielsen made just four appearances on the mound for the Utes due to injury. He logged seven strikeouts over six innings, but walked six and allowed four earned runs. Apparently that was enough for the Cardinals to take a shot at getting Nielsen to pass on his senior season.

Nielsen was previously drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 42nd round in 2010. His father Scott played for the White Sox and Yankees during the late 1980s.

Calvin Munson, RHP (31/935)

Munson, a two-sport athlete, is a linebacker in football who has signed with San Diego State. Another player with local connections, Munson recently graduated from Francis Howell High School, where he won two Missouri State Championships over the last three years and was the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year.

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, the right-handed pitcher went 7-0 with an 0.53 ERA. Munson allowed only four earned runs in 52 2/3 innings for his Howell club that won the Class 5 District 8 championship. He also played first base.

Kyle Webb, RHP (32/965)

Webb, a senior from Elon University in North Carolina, stands 6-foot-0, 185 pounds. This season, the 22-year-old went 7-3 and added one save. Webb logged a 3.89 ERA in 104 innings pitched with a 97 to 21 strikeout to walk count. He yielded just two home runs in 2013. His batting average against was .277, but his BABIP was a somewhat-unlucky .356.

Nick Frey, RHP (33/995)

The Cardinals took their fifth consecutive right-handed pitcher in Nick Frey. In 2013, the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder was a junior at Texas Christian, the school that also brought the Cardinals Matt Carpenter.

As a junior, the 21-year-old had an abbreviated campaign. Frey made just seven appearances before suffering a season-ending injury. He was used primarily in long relief, posting a 2.25 ERA in 24 innings pitched. Frey fanned 19 and walked just two while holding opponents to a .107 batting average against. Just two of his 11 inherited runners came around to score.

The local paper, the Star-Telegram, says the Horned Frogs expect Frey to turn professional rather than return for his senior season.

Nick Lomascolo, LHP (34/1025)

The Cards added their sixth and final left-handed pitcher of the draft in Nick Lomascolo. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was a senior at Catawba College in North Carolina where he was a semifinalist for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award, given to the Division II baseball national player of the year.

Lomascolo was the South Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after winning 10 games. He led Division II with 123 strikeouts and 92 2/3 innings pitched, and ranked fourth in the conference with a 2.14 ERA. He finished the season with a 5.35 strikeout-to-walk ratio as opponents hit just .202 against him in 2013. Lomascolo went seven or more innings in 10 starts this season, and allowed no earned runs five times.

Vaughn Bryan, OF (35/1055)

After six straight pitchers and eight of the last 10, the Cards switched back to talented outfielders. Bryan hails from Broward College, a juco school in Florida, where he transferred after a year at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder is a switch-hitter. Unfortunately, 2013 Broward stats do not seem to be available online. As PBAU as a freshman, Bryan appeared in 32 games and logged a .278 batting average with 25 hits including three doubles. He scored 15 runs, drove in nine, walked five times and stole five bases in eight attempts.

Anthony Ray, OF (36/1085)

Like Bryan taken just before, Anthony Ray is listed as a centerfielder, indicating the Cardinals are getting more athletes capable of playing at other positions as well. In fact, the left-handed hitting Ray can also play second base.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pounder does not have as high a profile as another Illinois high school outfielder taken two years ago in Charlie Tilson.

The Chicago native was a 2013 Rawlings Central Region Honorable Mention and had committed to play college ball at John A. Logan College.

A.J. Kruzel, 2B (37/1115)

The 5-foot-9, 180 pound switch-hitter hails from Sinclair Community College in Ohio. Kruzel was an All-Area Baseball Position Player of the Year in 2011 out of high school. At that time, he was headed to Northern Kentucky University, but he was scheduled to be redshirted there.

This season, in 177 plate appearances over 43 games, Kruzel forged a line of .333/445/.394 in which power took a back seat. He drew 25 walks and struck out just 15 times.

It is not surprising that A.J. can hit. After all, he is the son of Joe Kruzel, current manager of the Cardinals Johnson City affiliate in the Appalachian League and long-time minor league hitting coach.

Blake McKnight, RHP (38/1145)

Blake McKnight, a right-hander from O'Fallon, Mo., pitched at Evangel University, where he was an NAIA All-American. The senior is 6-foot-1, 182 pounds.

This season, McKnight was named to the All-Heart of America Conference First Team. He led the conference with a 1.56 earned run average while posting an 11-3 record. His 11 wins, .156 opposing batting average, 92 1/3 innings pitched and 83 strikeouts were all conference bests as well.

McKnight's fastball reaches 93 mph and he also features a changeup, slider and curve, all with movement.

Kevin Herget, RHP (39/1175)

The second of three consecutive right-handed pitchers to conclude the draft for the Cardinals is the senior from Kean University in New Jersey. Herget, a 6-foot-1, 185 pounder, is 22 years old and calls Park Ridge, New Jersey home. This season, he went 10-2, with a 1.62 ERA. Herget struck out 106 in 111 innings and opponents hit .205 against him.

Herget is highly decorated, having been named both an American Baseball Coaches Association All-American and a D3baseball.com All-American after leading his squad to the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season championship, the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, and an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.

He was named both the NJAC and NJCBA Pitcher of the Year and the 2012-13 NJAC Male Athlete of the Year.

Artie Reyes, RHP (40/1205)

In a nice job of bookending the draft, the Cardinals finished with a Zag after starting with a Zag. Their final pick was right-hander Artie Reyes of Gonzaga. Two days earlier, the Cards took his teammate Marco Gonzales with the 19th overall selection in the first round.

Reyes is a 5-foot-11, 185 pound junior from Warden, Washington. This season, he made 20 appearances, including four starts and one complete game. Over 59 1/3 innings, he logged a 6-3 record with a 3.79 ERA. Reyes fanned 52 and walked 16 while holding opposing batters to a collective .262 average. He hit 10 batters with pitches.





The Cardinal Nation staff writer Leonda Markee contributed to this report.



Links to earlier related articles:
Cardinals Draft Day Two coverage
Cardinals Draft Day One coverage

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