After having 1 selection on Day 1 in which we took Kolten Wong out of Hawaii the Cards had a full day of picks. Wong isn’t projected to be a tough sign nor will it take much, if any, overslot to sign him. With that said I anticipated that we would take a few gambles for upside in Day 2. The day started off well with a nice selection of Charlie Tilson but very few exciting picks the rest of the day. The biggest disappointment was the amount of upside talent that we passed on throughout the 2nd Day. They went athletic with their 3rd and 4th Rd picks and made their first pitching selection in the 5th. Local product Lance Jeffries was nabbed in the 10th Rd and is quite intriguing as is 2 catching prospects in Adam Ehrlich (6) and Aramis Garcia (20). On a side note we did get some interesting names such as Martini, dual and plural last name Peoples-Walls, a kid named Dutch and a Sherriff. Here is a list of picks for the day with some comments on key players. Overall the Cards draft has not been spectacular but they are showing they want to improve on the position player side early in the draft and then after the 15th Rd they went heavy on pitching. After 30 picks I am not that thrilled as I don’t know if anyone but Wong would project to break out Top 10 prospects for 2012. Tilson has a chance but I would think he is in the teens until he can prove some things with a wood bat in pro ball.
Day 2 Draft Grade: C-
2. Charlie Tilson, OF, New Trier HS (IL) – Tilson is an athletic LH throwing and hitting CF that has an above avg arm, good gap power that might develop into bigger power as he matures. He has good speed and projects as a leadoff man. I have heard comps of Damon and Ellsbury which shows what type of upside this kid has.
3. C.J. McElroy, OF, Clear Creek HS (TX) – Another CF that throws and bats right handed and is another extremely athletic kid. He is a 2 sport athlete committed to Univ of Houston for baseball and football. He is raw but has plus plus speed. This was an overdraft by at least 2-4 Rds.
4. Kenneth Peoples-Walls, SS, Westchester HS (CA) – Another solid athlete and the jury is split if he can stay at SS or has to move to 2B. If the Cards picked him this early (which was an extreme overdraft by 5-8 Rds) they believe he can stay at SS. Good contact and hand eye coordination but not much power.
5. Sam Gaviglio, RHP, Oregon State – The Cards typical projectable RHP. Very polished and advanced approach but he tops out at 90-91 MPH for his FB.
6. Adam Ehrlich, C, Campbell Hall HS (CA) – An extremely gifted defensive C that has questions about his bat from the left side.
7. Nick Martini, OF, Kansas State – A gifted left handed hitter with great strike zone judgement. He is well known for his NCAA D1 record of reaching base in 93 straight games! That’s a Big 12 team as well so the competition was legit. Outside of his plus bat he projects as a LFer with a below avg arm.
8. Danny Miranda, LHP, Miami
9. Tyler Hills, RHP, Michigan
10. Lance Jeffries, OF, McCluer HS (MO) – The local CF has at least plus speed with gap power. Good upside pick.
11. Seth Maness, RHP, East Carolina
12. Danny Stienstra, 1B, San Jose State
13. Kolby Byrd, C, Copiah-Lincoln CC (MS)
14. Kevin Medrano, 2B, Missouri State
15. Matthew Williams, SS, Liberty
16. Travis Miller, RHP, Miami
17. Dutch Deol, OF, Aliso Niguel HS (CA)
18. Kyle Hald, LHP, Old Dominion
19. Nick Gillung, LHP, Mercyhurst College
20. Aramis Garcia, C, Pembroke Pines Charter HS (FL) – Very athletic C that has great receiving skills with quick feet and quick release and good arm. His home-to-second-base throwing times range from 1.85 to 1.95 seconds, already above major league average. Hit bat is still a work in progress but shows power potential
21. Christopher Kirsch, LHP, Lackawanna College
22. William Kamplain, LHP, Walker HS (AL)
23. Kyle Deese, RHP, Western Carolina
24. Jonathan Cornelius, LHP, Florida Tech
25. Todd McInnis, RHP, Southern Mississippi
26. Brett Graves, RHP, Francis Howell HS (MO)
27. Gary Apelian, OF, Santa Ana College
28. Ryan Sherriff, LHP, West LA College
29. Christopher Matulis, LHP, Central FL
30. David Bergin, RHP, Tenn Wesleyan College