Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cardinals Sign 33 Draft Picks

Among the 33 draft picks was Andy Benes's son Drew that the Cardinals drafted out of Arkansas State. Drew had signed with the Cardinals earlier this week.
The Cardinals have also signed Ricky Martinez, a right-handed pitcher from Nova Southeastern who was undrafted. He is the son of Dennis Martinez, the former big-leaguer and current pitching coach for the Springfield Cardinals.

Highlighting the list is 3rd round selection, Sam Tuivailala from Aragon High School (Calif.). The shortstop was the Peninsula Athletic League Player of the Year, leading his team to a 26-6 record with his .429 average. In pitching duties this year for his high school team he was 3-0 with two saves and an 0.84 ERA.

Cody Stanley (4th round), Nicholas Longmire (5th round) and Greg Garcia (7th round) have also signed with St. Louis. Stanley is a catcher from North Carolina-Wilmington who led the conference with 22 runners caught stealing and was named a First-Team All Colonial player. Longmire was an All-Conference outfielder for the University of the Pacific and was the top hitter in the Big West conference. Garcia, a shortstop from the University of Hawaii, led his team with a .358 average and earned First Team All-WAC honors in 2010.

Trade Rumor: Buehrle Coming to St.Louis?

Well Ken Rosenthal suggested that the St.Louis Cardinals may go after Mark Buehrle. Its funny in a way because Mark has always wanted to pitch for his hometown team. Here is the kicker, Mark's full no-trade protection doesn't start till July 15. The big obstacle that is in the way is Buehrle's $14mil contract he is owed this season and 2011. Personally I would love to see this happen. Maybe the WhiteSox could eat up some of his contract. I know I have lost count the many times Mark has commented about wanting to play for the Cardinals before he retires. It has also been speculated that he may retire in 2011. What would the WhiteSox want from the Cardinals to make a deal like this? Shelby Miller? I guess we will wait and see. I would love to see Mark in Cardinal Red!