The 2017 MLB Draft has come to a close. Of the 38 draft picks made by the Cardinals this year, the team’s 15th-rounder might be the most intriguing.
Terry Fuller, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound left fielder from Griffin High School in Georgia, was ranked the number 142 prospect by Baseball America entering the draft. Fuller has seemingly unlimited raw power; he turned heads with this video of his hitting at a power showcase, in which he hits one ball 527 feet.
However, Fuller slipped out of the top 10 rounds because he was considered a tough sign. Teams feared he would honor his commitment to Chipola College rather than agree to a minor league deal.
If a team fails to sign a pick made in the first 10 rounds, the slot value of that pick is deducted from the team's bonus pool. The bonus pool is the total amount of money a team is allocated by the league to disperse to its picks in signing bonuses.
However, picks made in rounds 11-40 don’t have slot values and thus don’t count against teams’ bonus pools if players selected there don’t sign. If a team offers a signing bonus of over $125,000 to a pick from those rounds, the excess does count against the bonus pool.
While the Cardinals have by far the smallest bonus pool in the league by virtue of not having a first or second round pick, a source has told the Post-Dispatch that the club is confident it can meet Fuller’s asking price and persuade him to sign with the team rather than go to college.
Doing so would certainly take more than $125,000, but the team believes it has the flexibility to meet Fuller's price after seeking out players in rounds three through 10 who are likely to sign and likely to accept less than their slot value. That explains the four college seniors picked in those rounds.
For his part, Fuller has already updated his Twitter bio to say "professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals," so it seems possible that he is leaning toward signing.
Another intriguing day three selection was 11th round pick Evan Mendoza. Mendoza, the number 198 prospect according to Baseball America, was drafted by the Cardinals as a pitcher but has not actually pitched in a college game since 2015. Mendoza made the transition to the the field during his sophomore year and last season started all 61 games for the Wolfpack in the infield, primarily at third base.
Overall, 20 of the Cardinals' 30 selections made in rounds 11 through 40 were pitchers. Only eight of the team's 38 picks were high schoolers, while 16 of the 30 college players picked were seniors.
All of the Cardinals’ picks from day three are detailed below.
Cards conclude draft by picking lefty pitcher
In their 40th-round and final pick of the draft, the Cardinals picked a high-upside but unlikely to sign pitcher in lefty Austin Pollock.
Pollock, who attended Lincoln High School in Florida, is 6-foot-3 and just 183 pounds. Left-handed pitchers are always in demand and he has the frame to show potential, but Pollock is likely to honor his commitment to Florida State.
Cardinals pick tall reliever Voyles, starter Hunt
With their penultimate pick, the Cardinals went with Christopher Hunt, a right-handed pitcher from little-known Henderson State University.
In 2017, Hunt made 14 starts and compiled a 7-5 record with a 4.78 ERA. In 2016, Hunt pitched a no-hitter in the Great American Conference tournament and was one walk away from a perfect game.
In the 38th round, the Cardinals selected 6-foot-7 reliever Jim Voyles. Voyles is a senior at Florida State.
Voyles pitched 36 1/3 innings in 26 appearances for the Seminoles this season. He managed a 4.46 ERA. Interestingly, his twin brother Ed also pitches for Florida State.
Team adds a high school catcher
As the draft nears a close, the Cardinals have stocked up on catchers in the late rounds. In the 37th round, the team selected Adam Kerner, a high school catcher from Oaks Christian High School in California.
According to an online scouting report, Kerner is relatively small at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds but is quick and athletic for a catcher. He is currently committed to the University of San Diego.
Another college senior selected
The Cardinals grabbed yet another college senior in the 36th round, picking Michigan shortstop Michael Brdar.
Brdar played two seasons at Diablo Valley Community College before transferring to Michigan. This season, Brdar was named to the All-Big Ten first team. He started all 59 games for the Wolverines in 2017 and batted .310 with 37 RBIs.
Cards pick a high school pitcher
In the 35th round, the Cardinals selected high school pitcher Alex Gallegos. Gallegos attended Torrance High School in California.
The 6-foot-3 righthander has potential due to his frame but figures to be unlikely to sign with the team.
Cardinals continue trend of drafting teammates
In the 32nd round, the Cardinals selected Arkansas Little Rock catcher Cameron Knight. Two rounds later, they picked one of the men who throws to Knight at Little Rock: right-handed pitcher Cory Malcolm.
Malcolm, a senior, has been a facet in Little Rock's starting rotation the past three seasons. This year, he started 14 games and compiled a 4-5 record with a 3.46 ERA.
Meanwhile, in the 33rd found, the Cardinals picked second-baseman Taylor Bryant. Bryant, a redshirt junior at California State Fullerton, is the teammate of the Cardinals' first selection in this draft, third-round pick Scott Hurst.
Bryant only played in the first six games for the Titans last season before suffering a concussion and deciding to redshirt. This season, he and Hurst were the only members of the team to start all 61 of the team's games.
Bryant is batting .266 with three home runs and a .382 on-base percentage this season.
Cardinals take back-to-back catchers
After selecting just one catcher through the first 30 rounds of the draft, the Cardinals have now picked two in a row. In the 32nd round, the team selected Cameron Knight, a senior from Arkansas Little Rock.
Knight played two seasons at Butler Community College before transferring to Arkansas Little Rock. He started a total of 89 games in his two seasons in Little Rock and batted .310 with a slugging percentage of .437 in 2017.
The previous pick, the Cardinals went with high schooler Saul Garza. Garza, a right-handed catcher, hails from Edinburg North High School in Texas.
Garza is the third high school player drafted today by the Cardinals and the fifth overall this year.
Another right-handed pitcher drafted
The Cardinals have selected another right-handed pitcher, this one from the University of California-Riverside. Alex Fagalde, a fifth-year senior, played his first two years of college at Cuesta Community College.
This season, Fagalde made 11 starts. He totaled a 7-4 record with a 3.39 ERA. He also threw a complete game shutout on May 27 against Cal Poly.
Cardinals take another Coastal Carolina junior
In the 29th round, the Cardinals picked Coastal Carolina second-baseman Wood Myers. The Cardinals previously picked Coastal Carolina pitcher Will Latcham in the 17th round.
Myers, a junior, has played for three schools in the past three seasons. He played his freshman year at the University of North Carolina and started his sophomore year there before breaking his left fibula in March of 2015. He was granted a redshirt for that year and transferred to Chipola College. Finally, in his one season at Coastal Carolina, Myers started 53 games and hit .330 while driving in 43 RBIs.
Team takes a second SDSU pitcher
The Cardinals went with pitcher Cameron Saylor in the 28th round, a righthanded pitcher from San Diego St. Saylor is the second pitcher the Cardinals have selected from the Aztecs staff in this year's draft after taking Brett Seeburger in the 10th round.
Unlike Seeburger, Saylor made all 32 of his appearances this season in relief. he pitched a total of 40 1/3 inning and totaled a 2.45 ERA and 13 saves. Saylor, who redshirted his freshman year due to injury, was previously drafted in the 33rd round of the 2012 draft.
Cardinals take chance on pitcher who has undergone Tommy John
In the 27th round, the Cardinals selected Kodi Whitley, a righthanded pitcher from Mt. Olive University. Whitley, a redshirt junior, has pitched just three outings in the last two years after sustaining an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Whitley started 10 games his freshman year and 14 his sophomore year before undergoing the surgery. he sat out the entire 2016 season before making three appearances, all in relief, this year. In those three appearances, Whitley pitched a total of 5 1/3 innings and did not allow a run.
Cardinals draft senior pitcher from Cornell
The Cardinals have now taken six consecutive pitchers, Paul Balestrieri most recently.
Balestrieri, a senior righthander from Cornell, started nine games this year for Cornell, earning a decision in every start. He ended up 5-4 with a 2.18 ERA on the season.
Team takes Kent State reliever
The Cardinals have selected Kent State junior reliever Patrick Dayton with their 25th round pick.
Dayton appeared in 23 games for the Golden Flashes this season but pitched just 26 innings. He compiled a 2.77 ERA and four saves on the season.
Cardinals select four straight pitchers, including one with three complete games
In the 24th round of the draft, the Cardinals snagged Lenoir-Rhyne University senior pitcher Thomas St. Clair.
St. Clair, a righty, made 13 starts in 2017 and threw three complete games. Overall, his record was 10-4 with a 2.28 ERA.
Prior to St. Clair, the Cardinals picked junior Evan Guillory of Louisiana-Lafayette.
The 6-foot-3 Guillory worked as both a starter and a reliever this season, appearing in 19 total games and starting six. He totaled a 4-3 record on the year with a 3.57 ERA.
Cardinals take two senior pitchers
In the 22nd round, the Cardinals selected fifth-year senior pitcher Kevin Hamann from Lewis-Clark State College in Washington.
Hamann started seven games and totaled a 3.62 ERA this season. He also threw one complete game.
Prior to that, the Cardinals added another senior, this time left-handed pitcher Jake Dahlberg from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Dahlberg started 16 games for the Flames this season and compiled a 10-2 record with a 2.17 ERA. He was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year in both 2015 and 2017.
Cardinals take first seniors of the day
The Cardinals have picked Brandon Benson, a senior outfielder from Georgia College, in the 20th round.
Benson exhibited impressive offensive numbers, particularly power, last season. He hit .395 with 22 home runs and a slugging percentage of .824.
In the 19th round, the Cardinals selected Irving Lopez, a second-baseman from Florida International University.
Lopez, a senior, started all 58 games for the Panthers this season and hit .319 with six home runs, 43 RBIs and a .904 OPS.
Cards draft pitcher with perfect game on his resume
In the 18th round, the Cardinals picked Seton Hall junior righthander Shane McCarthy.
In April 2016, McCarthy became the first Seton Hall pitcher ever to throw a perfect game. McCarthy struck out eight batters against LIU-Brooklyn to earn the perfect game.
The 2017 season was not as kind to McCarthy. He made 12 starts and compiled a 3-7 record and a 5.13 ERA with no complete games.
Cardinals select two more college pitches in 16th and 17th
In the 17th round, the Cardinals took right-handed pitcher Will Latcham, a junior from Coastal Carolina.
Latcham played two seasons at Cumberland County Community College, where he led all Division-III junior college pitchers in strikeouts in 2016. This season for Coastal Carolina, he made 14 appearances for the Chanticleers, but 11 of those came in relief. He totaled a 1.05 ERA.
Previously, the Cardinals took junior right-handed pitcher Jake Walsh from Florida Southern in the 16th round.
Walsh, who played two years at Eastern Florida State College before transferring to Florida Southern, started 16 games this past season. He recorded a 12-1 record with a 2.62 ERA.
Cardinals take powerful high schooler Fuller in 15th
The Cardinals took another prospect who slipped in the draft in the 15th round, likely due to signability concerns. The team drafted left fielder Terry Fuller, a high schooler from Griffin High School in Georgia.
Fuller, who also plays first base, was the number 142 prospect entering the draft according to Baseball America. He is currently committed to Chipola College.
At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, the left-handed hitter has plenty of size and raw power. Check out this video of him hitting home runs in an all-star showcase, including one estimated at 527 feet.
Cardinals buck early day three trends, pick high school infielder
After picking three straight college pitchers, the Cardinals bucked their day three trend by selecting high school third baseman Donivan Williams in the 14th round.
Williams, who is currently committed to Illinois State, is from Howard L. Richards High School in the Chicago area.
One scouting report called Williams a gifted defender in the infield -- a natural third baseman who also has the range to play shortstop
Cardinals take Texas Tech reliever in 13th round
The Cardinals took another pitcher in the 13th round, but this time not a starter.
The team drafted lefthander Jacob Patterson, a junior reliever from Texas Tech. Patterson made 30 appearances this season for Texas Tech but only one start. He compiled a 3.86 ERA and two saves.
Cards get another pitcher in Stanford lefty
After an early emphasis on position players, the Cardinals' run on pitching continues. The team has selected Stanford lefthander Andrew Summerville in the 12th round.
Summerville, a 6-foot-3 junior, started 13 games for Stanford last season, compiling a 5-2 record and a 4.10 ERA.
Cardinals pick up NC State junior, fourth straight pitcher
The Cardinals have kicked off day three of the MLB draft by selecting their fourth consecutive pitcher.
In the 11th round,the Cardinals drafted North Carolina St. junior righthander Evan Mendoza. Mendoza was the number 198 prospect entering the draft, according to Baseball America.
That's good value at the 334th overall pick, although the fact that Mendoza slipped outside the first ten rounds suggests that teams were concerned about his willingness to sign. The Cardinals may have to dip into their bonus pool and offer him more than $125,000 to keep him from returning for his senior year.