Cards Sign 2nd Round Pick Williams Among 10 More From 2014 Class

18 of 42 picks have signed including three more from the Top 10 rounds, bringing the total to five Top 10 picks

                ST. LOUIS, MO (June 11, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals signed 10 more members of their 2014 MLB Draft Class, including second round selection Ronnie Williams, a right-handed pitcher out of American Senior High School in Miami, Fla., bringing their total signees to 18 of 42 total draft picks.

Williams, 18, is one of seven draft picks in 2014 who were alumni from Major League Baseball’s RBI Program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), and will report to the Cardinals Gulf Coast League affiliate in Jupiter, Fla.

“Ronnie is an elite athlete who already has a repeatable delivery, feel for both a changeup and breaking ball, and a fastball that we have clocked in the mid 90’s,” said Dan Kantrovitz, Cardinals Director of Scouting.  “Ronnie is a great kid who will work as hard as anybody to find success in our system.  From my standpoint, this signing is a result of the excellent work of our scouts in South Florida, Fernando Arango (Southeast Cross-checker) and Charlie Gonzalez (South Florida Area Scout).”

Andrew Sohn (rhymes with “own”), 21, a sixth-round selection shortstop from Western Michigan University will report to the Cardinals short season New York-Penn League affiliate in State College.

Daniel Poncedeleon, 22, a ninth-round right-handed pitcher out of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., campus, signed and will also report to State College.  Poncedeleon was drafted four times in his career and played college baseball at four different universities including the University of Arizona and University of Houston.  The ninth round was the highest he was drafted after being selected by the Rays (2010, 24th round), Reds (2012, 38th round) and Cubs (2013, 14th round) in previous drafts.

Cody Schumacher (SHOE-mahk-er) (36th round), a right-handed pitcher out of Missouri State University will report to State College, the third signee who will report to the New York-Penn League affiliate of today’s group.  Blake Drake (18th round), Casey Grayson (21st round), Cole Lankford (27th round) and Josh Wirsu (WEHR-soo) (30th round) will all report to the Cardinals short season rookie affiliate in Johnson City of the Appalachian League.  Julian Barzilli (31st round) and Davis Ward (40th) will report to the Gulf Coast League affiliate in Jupiter, Fla.

A full list of Cardinals draft picks with signees in bold and report location follows:

2014 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT –  RECAP

Rd., Player (overall pick)              Pos.        B-T     Ht.       Wt.      School                                            Hometown                                    TEAM

1. Luke Weaver (27)                      RHP         R-R      6-2      170     Florida State University                DeLand, Fla.

1. Jack Flaherty (34)                      RHP         R-R      6-4      205     Harvard-Westlake HS                   Burbank, Calif.

  2. Ronnie Williams (68)              RHP        R-R     6-0      170     American Senior HS                   Miami, Fla.                                    GCL

2. Andrew Morales (71)                RHP         R-R      6-0      185     University of California-Irvine     Covina, Calif.

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3. Trevor Megill (104)                   RHP         L-R      6-8      235     Loyola Marymount University     Huntington Beach, Calif.

4. Austin Gomber (135)                LHP         L-L       6-5      215     Florida Atlantic University           Winter Garden, Fla.

  5. Darren Seferina (165)             2B           L-R      5-10    175     Miami-Dade CC South                 Lake Worth, Fla.                          SC

  6. Andrew Sohn (195)                  SS            R-R     6-0      185     Western Michigan University   Bloomfield Hills, Mich.             SC

7. Brian O’Keefe (225)                  C              R-R      6-1      205     St. Joseph’s University (Pa.)        Albany, N.Y.

  8. Nick Thompson (255)             RF           R-R     6-1      210     College of William & Mary        Chesapeake, Va.                           SC

  9. Daniel Poncedeleon (285)      RHP        R-R     6-4      200     Embry-Riddle Aero. Univ.         La Mirada, Calif.                          SC

10. Danny Diekroeger (315)           3B           L-R      6-2      205     Stanford University                      Woodside, Calif.

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11. Justin Bellinger (345)                1B           L-L       6-6      236     St. Sebastian’s School                   Weston, Mass.

12. Jordan DeLorenzo (375)         LHP        L-L      6-1      205     University of West Florida       Winter Park, Fla.                         JC

13. Matt Pearce (405)                     RHP        R-R     6-3      205     Polk State College (Fla.)             Bonita Springs, Fla.                    JC

14. Chris Shaw (435)                       C              R-R      6-1      185     Midland College (Texas)              Winnipeg, Manitoba (CAN)

15. Matt Ditman (465)                    RHP         R-R      6-1      205     Rice University                              Richmond, Texas

16. Tristan Hildebrandt (495)        SS            R-R      5-9      170     Esperanza HS                                Yorba Linda, Calif.

17. Dustin Beggs (525)                    RHP         R-R      6-3      180     Georgia Perimeter College           Roswell, Ga.

18. Blake Drake (555)                    CF           R-R     6-1      175     Concordia University (Ore.)     Ramona, Calif.                              JC

19. Dom Thompson-Williams (585)  CF            L-L       6-0      180     Iowa Western College                   Sioux City, Iowa

20. Collin Radack (615)                   OF           R-R      6-3      205     Hendrix College (Ark.)                 Austin, Texas

21. Casey Grayson (645)               1B           L-L      6-1      215     University of Houston                Cypress, Texas                             JC

22. Derek Casey (675)                     RHP         R-R      6-2      190     Hanover HS                                    Mechanicsville, Va.

23. Joe Gillette (705)                        3B           R-R      6-1      190     Scotts Valley HS                             Scotts Valley, Calif.

24. Casey Turgeon (735)               2B           L-R      5-10    160     University of Florida                  Palm Harbor, Fla.                       JC

25. Landon Beck (765)                  RHP        R-R     6-3      215     Anderson University (S.C.)       Hartwell, Ga.                                JC

26. Tyler Bray (795)                        RHP         R-R      6-5      200     University of Louisiana-Monroe  Vancleave, Miss.

27. Cole Lankford (825)                C              L-R      6-0      185     Texas A&M University               Houston, Texas                            JC

28. Tyler Dunnington (855)          RHP        R-R     6-2      195     Colorado Mesa University         Shelton, Wash.                             GCL

29. Bryan Dobzanski (885)             RHP         R-R      6-4      220     Delsea Regional HS                       Franklinville, N.J.

30. Josh Wirsu (915)                     RHP        R-R     6-0      190     Georgia Southern University    Harlem, Ga.                                  JC

31. Julian Barzilli (945)                3B           R-R     6-0      185     Whittier College                          Los Angeles, Calif.                       GCL

32. Anthony Herron, Jr. (975)        RHP         R-R      6-2      195     Affton HS                                       St. Louis, Mo.

33. Dominic Moreno (1,005)          RHP         R-R      5-11    190     Texas Tech University                  Farmington, N.M.

34. George Iskenderian (1,035)     SS            R-R      6-1      190     Indian River State College            Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

35. Michael Bono (1,065)                RHP         R-R      6-1      177     Buchanan HS                                 Clovis, Calif.

36. Cody Schumaker (1,095)        RHP        R-R     6-0      195     Missouri State University          Hayden, Kan.                                SC

37. Chase Raffield (1,125)              LF            L-R      5-11    180     Georgia State University               Cochran, Ga.

38. Sasha Kuebel (1,155)               LHP        R-L      6-1      196     University of Iowa                      St. Louis, Mo.                                GCL

39. Kyle Ruchim (1,185)                 2B           R-R      5-10    185     Northwestern University             Buffalo Grove, Ill.

40. Davis Ward (1,215)                 RHP        R-R     6-0      196     Ouachita Baptist University      Little Rock, Ark.                          GCL

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