CARDINALS SELECT 22 PITCHERS, 4 CATCHERS, 8 INFIELDERS & 4 OUTFIELDERS
ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 14, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals concluded the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by selecting 38 players, 30 from the college ranks and eight from high school or prep academies. The list included 22 pitchers (7 left-hander & 15 right-handers), four catchers, eight infielders and four outfielders.
Four of the players are still playing in the NCAA College World Series: outfielder Scott Hurst and infielder Taylor Bryant of Cal-State Fullerton, shortstop Kramer Robertson of LSU and pitcher Jim Voyles of Florida State.
The draftees came from hometowns covering 18 states and Puerto Rico. The top producing state was California with nine players selected and Florida, Georgia and Texas were represented with three apiece.
Only one player drafted today by the Cardinals had been previously drafted, that being left-handed pitcher Andrew Summerville in the 34th round of the 2014 draft by the Seattle Mariners.
Four sets of college teammates were selected: Cal State-Fullerton had Scott Hurst (3rd round) and second baseman Taylor Bryant (33rd round); San Diego State had left-handed pitcher Brett Seeburger (10thround) and right-handed pitcher C.J. Saylor (28th round); Coastal Carolina had right-handed pitcher Will Latcham (17th round) and second baseman Wood Myers (29th round), although both transferred in and did not play for the 2016 National Championship squad; University of Arkansas-Little Rock had catcher Cameron Knight (32nd round) and right-handed pitcher Cory Malcom (34th round).
Players with athletic ties in their family included catcher Saul Garza (31st round) whose father Santana Garza played college baseball for University of Texas-Pan American; pitcher Jim Voyles (38th round) who has a twin brother Ed on the Florida State baseball team, and his father Ben and uncle Bill both played golf at Florida State.
Two-way players and players who switched positions include third baseman Drew Mendoza (11th round), who also pitched at North Carolina State, but was drafted as a third baseman, and C.J. Saylor (28thround), a converted catcher to relief pitcher, who nailed down 24 career saves for the Aztecs, tied for the second-most in the school’s history with current MLB pitcher Addison Reed.
Several of the team’s draftees came with exemplary athletic accolades. Outfielder Brandon Benson (20th round) batted .395 with 22 home runs, 79 RBI and a .819 slugging percentage at Georgia College and State University, ranking among the NCAA Division II leaders in home runs (2nd), RBI (3rd) and slugging (4th). Right-handed pitcher Jake Walsh (16th round) ranked 2nd in NCAA Division II with 12 wins while at Florida Southern College. Jake Dahlberg (21st round), a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Illinois-Chicago, was the first pitcher to be named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year twice, accomplishing the feat in 2015 and 2017. Thomas St. Clair (24th round), a right-handed pitcher out of Lenoir-Rhyne University, ranked 7th in NCAA Division II strikeouts with 116 including games with 17 and 16 strikeouts during the 2017 season. Right-handed pitcher Cory Malcom (34th round) set the University of Arkansas-Little Rock single-season school record with 109 strikeouts this year.
See the following page for a complete listing of the Cardinals 2017 draft.
2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT – RECAP
Rd., Player (overall pick) Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. School Hometown
- Scott Hurst (94) CF L-R 5-10 175 Cal State University, Fullerton Glendora, Calif.
- Kramer Robertson (124) SS R-R 5-10 166 Louisiana State University McGregor, Texas
- Zach Kirtley (154) 2B R-R 6-1 190 St. Mary’s (Calif.) College Highland, Calif.
- Zach Jackson (184) C L-R 6-3 215 Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Haines City, Fla.
- Chase Pinder (214) CF R-R 6-1 190 Clemson University Poquoson, Va.
- Wilberto Rivera (244) RHP R-R 6-3 207 Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy Naranjito, Puerto Rico
- Evan Kruczynski (274) LHP L-L 6-5 215 East Carolina University Franklin, Wis.
- Brett Seeburger (304) LHP L-L 6-2 225 San Diego State University Oceanside, Calif.
- Evan Mendoza (334) 3B R-R 6-2 200 North Carolina State University Sarasota, Fla.
- Andrew Summerville (364) LHP L-L 6-3 195 Stanford University Seattle, Wash.
- Jacob Patterson (394) LHP R-L 6-2 190 Texas Tech University Garland, Texas
- Donivan Williams (424) 3B R-R 6-0 190 Harold L. Richards HS Oak Lawn, Ill.
- Terriez “Terry” Fuller (454) LF L-R 6-4 240 Griffin HS Griffin, Ga.
- Jake Walsh (484) RHP R-R 6-1 192 Florida Southern College Indialantic, Fla.
- Will Latcham (514) RHP R-R 6-2 200 Coastal Carolina University Briarcliffe, Pa.
- Shane McCarthy(544) RHP R-R 6-2 190 Seton Hall University Fair Haven, N.J.
- Irving Lopez (574) 2B S-R 5-10 170 Florida International University Yuma, Ariz.
- Brandon Benson (604) OF R-R 6-1 195 Georgia College & State University Loganville, Ga.
- Jake Dahlberg (634) LHP L-L 6-0 205 University of Illinois-Chicago Vancouver, Wash.
- Kevin Hamann (664) RHP R-R 6-3 180 Lewis & Clark State (Idaho) College Bend, Ore.
- Evan Guillory (694) RHP R-R 6-3 205 University of Louisiana-Lafayette Jennings, La.
- Thomas St. Clair (724) RHP R-R 6-1 186 Lenoir-Rhyne University Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Patrick Dayton (754) LHP L-L 6-0 170 Kent State University La Jolla, Calif.
- Paul Balestrieri (784) RHP R-R 6-0 210 Cornell University West Windsor, N.J.
- Kodi Whitley (814) RHP R-R 6-3 215 University of Mount Olive (N.C.) Clayton, N.C.
- Cameron “C.J.” Saylor (844) RHP R-R 5-10 185 San Diego State University West Covina, Calif.
- Wood Myers (874) 2B L-R 5-8 180 Coastal Carolina University Chapel Hill, N.C.
- Alex Fagalde (904) RHP R-R 6-3 225 University of California-Riverside El Dorado Hills, Calif.
- Saul Garza (934) C R-R 6-3 220 Edinburg North HS Edinburg, Texas
- Cameron Knight (964) C R-R 6-0 205 University of Arkansas-Little Rock Moore, Okla.
- Taylor Bryant (994) 2B R-R 5-11 200 Cal State University, Fullerton La Quinta, Calif.
- Cory Malcom (1,024) RHP R-R 6-0 190 University of Arkansas-Little Rock Elkhart, Ind.
- Alex Gallegos(1,054) RHP R-R 6-3 175 Torrance HS Torrance, Calif.
- Michael Brdar (1,084) SS R-R 5-10 180 University of Michigan Pleasanton, Calif.
- Adam Kerner (1,114) C R-R 5-11 175 Oaks Christian HS Agoura Hills, Calif.
- Jim Voyles (1,144) RHP R-R 6-7 205 Florida State University Atlanta, Ga.
- Chris Hunt (1,174) RHP R-R 6-3 210 Henderson State (Ark.) University Greenwood, Ark.
- Austin Pollock (1,204) LHP L-L 6-3 183 Lincoln HS Tallahassee, Fla.