Cards take two in Rule 5 Draft

The Cardinals were quiet in the Major League portion of Thursday morning’s Rule 5 Draft, but took two players in the Triple-A portion. The St. Louis Cardinals added infielder Matt Cerda and left handed pitcher Jay Voss. The organization also lost Stephen Hill who was selected by the Oakland Athletics. Since Voss and Cerda were selected in the Triple-A portion of the draft, they only need to remain in Triple-A.

Cerda, 22, was a 4th round pick of the 2008 draft by the Chicago Cubs out of high school. He has spent time through the years playing second and third base as well as a little catcher. Last year he hit .266/.394/.355 with 3 HR and 15 RBI for the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies.

I’d expect Cerda to end up playing mostly third base as the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong will spend his time at second base. The organization has had a hole at third base since Matt Carpenter made the opening day roster last year. Zack Cox has also been traded, creating another hole. He fills a need and I like his on base percentage alot. Plus he seems to be a pretty good second baseman defensively by the numbers.

Voss, 25, was selected in the 8th round of the 2007 draft by the Florida Marlins. He was limited to just 10 innings last season as was injured and required Tommy John surgery. Voss was 9-7 with a 3.67 ERA in 19 starts at Double-A Erie in 2011.

For an organization that is a little slim with quality left handed prospects, Voss looks to be a really good pickup for the Cardinals. With a little more control, he would be extremely effective at keeping runners off the basepaths. Since the organization has a large number of starting pitching prospects, they may begin grooming him for a relief role.