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Cardinals' Class of 2013 revisited

2014-06-01T00:10:00Z 2014-06-03T21:25:05Z Cardinals' Class of 2013 revisitedBy Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285 stltoday.com

A year after they joined the flock as Cardinals’ picks in the annual First-Year Player Draft, here is an update on the top six picks from the first five rounds and several notable selections from the 2013 draft, including one of the highest-bonus players from after the first 10 rounds:

— Derrick Goold

Round 1 (19th overall)

LHP Marco Gonzales

Gonzaga

Current level • Class AA Springfield

2014 stats • 3-3, 2.01 ERA, 9 games (all starts), 53 2/3 IP, 12 BB, 51 K, 1.12 WHIP

Outlook • Has proven to be as advertised — one of the more polished arms coming out of college. A two-way standout for the Zags, Gonzales received a $1.85-million bonus and has already been one of the swiftest movers in his class, rising out of High A before Memorial Day. (See Story.)

Round 1 (28th overall)

LHP Rob Kaminsky

St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, N.J.

Current level • Low-A Peoria

2014 stats • 0-1, 1.83 ERA, 4 games (all starts), 19 2/3 IP, 9 BB, 19 K, 1.22 WHIP

Includes only Peoria stats, not performance from extended spring training.

Outlook • Jersey-bred and Jersey-proud lefty has one of the more dynamic curveballs in the organization. A $1.785-million bonus wooed him out of a commitment to North Carolina and he turned a strong extended spring training turn this year into a quick assignment to a full-season club. Will be tested at that level where he’s been charged with improving fastball command.

Round 2 (57th overall)

SS Oscar Mercado

Gaither HS, Tampa, Fla.

Current level • Extended spring training

2014 stats • 31 games, 122 AB, 18 R, 0 HR, 14 RBIs, .287 BA, .341 OBP, .393 SLG

Outlook • Cardinals started developing a dossier on Mercado, a native of Colombia, as early as his sophomore year, and what they saw matched what others did (gifted glove) and what some teams did not (offensive potential). The club, after signing him to a $1.5-million bonus, is preaching patience with the teen, though at extended spring he’s showed an improved bat because he’s taken to the instruction that he use the middle of the field more. He will be assigned to a short-season Class A club as the priority player at short.

Round 3 (93rd overall)

RHP Mike Mayers

Ole Miss

Current level • High-A Palm Beach

2014 stats • 2-5, 3.59 ERA, 9 games (all starts), 52 2/3 IP, 12 BB, 43 K, 1.37 WHIP

Outlook • Out of a strong SEC program, Mayers zoomed straight to a full-season club in his first full season as a pro and earned a spot in the High-A rotation. Mayers, who received a $510,000 bonus, has a fair amount of velocity (touching 93 mph) but is going to have to work on his location as he won’t be an overpowering starter. Has the feel for pitching necessary to do that.

Round 4 (125th overall)

2B Mason Katz

LSU

Current level • Low-A Peoria

2014 stats • 49 games, 164 AB, 23 R, 8 HR, 26 RBIs, .189 BA, .300 OBP, .372 SLG

Outlook • A leader and beloved player for the Tigers, Katz vaulted to a full-season club as a regular at second base in his first full pro season. Katz, who received a $95,000 bonus as a senior, has shown the power expected, but has to show that he has the on-base percentage, and batting-average success from quality at-bats that the Cardinals believe will lead to more consistent production — and power — from the infielder.

Round 5 (155th overall)

LHP Ian McKinney

Boone HS, Orlando, Fla.

Current level • Extended spring training

2014 stats • Record n/a, 1.86 ERA, 9 games, 29 IP, 13 BB, 21 K, 1.03 WHIP

Outlook • Lefty had a strong showing in extended spring training that will earmark him for short-season assignment and a spot in the starting rotation. He has been building up innings and stamina to fill that role, while also improving upon his pitch efficiency. McKinney pitches for contrast, moving between speeds and downshifting to a good changeup when possible.

Round 9 (275th overall)

RHP Nick Petree

Missouri State

Current level • High-A Palm Beach

2014 stats • 5-1, 1.17 ERA, 8 games (all starts), 46 1/3 IP, 18 BB, 43 K, 1.12 WHIP

Outlook • An underrated member of the class who left Missouri State having led NCAA Division I with a 1.01 ERA in 2012 and showing the movement and command that leads to college success. But Petree, who had Tommy John surgery in college, received a small bonus ($40,000) before making a big move in the organization. He’s been pushed to the Florida State League to get a sense of the demands of starting and see how his changeup plays, especially when he’s able to remain ahead in the count and work off his fastball.

Round 10 (305th overall)

SS Malik Collymore

Port Credit SS, Ontario

Current level • Extended spring training

2014 stats • 28 games, 74 AB, 11 R, 0 HR, 3 RBIs, .243 BA, .291 OBP, .338 SLG

Outlook • A Mizzou recruit, Collymore is a stout bundle of athleticism who is learning the schedule and everyday demands of the sport through work at extended spring. The Cardinals landed him with a $275,000 bonus, and they moved him to second base this spring where an official said “we believe his tools are a better fit there. He’s going to get the chance to make it work there.”

Round 11 (335th overall)

RHP Steven Farinaro

Head Royce HS, Oakland, Calif.

Current level • Extended spring training

2014 stats • Record n/a, 3.72 ERA, 9 games, 29 IP, 8 BB, 19 K, 1.38 WHIP

Outlook • Entering the draft, Farinaro had a signability tag draped on him because of a commitment to UCLA and the look of a raw pitcher who could zoom far higher in the draft with some collegiate experience. The Cardinals offered a bonus of $750,000, higher than any of their picks outside of the top two rounds and signed him. He made a strong impression in extended spring training and showed improved control of a fastball that could gain zip and status as the youngster matures.

Sources: Post-Dispatch reporting, Baseball America, MiLB.com, extended spring training stats are courtesy of the Cardinals, as those games are not part of the official stats kept in Minor League Baseball.

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirdLandPD

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