This rounds out the top 25 of the Cardinals draft choices. I will probably do the rest of the draft, but not now as I am blogged out. Joey Hage, the Cards’ 23rd pick, seems to be quite toolsy and have some upside. Also, click on the link to his myspace page.
No update on Saturday as we are going to Little Rock to catch Colby Rasmus and the Springfield Cardinals.
16. (502) Antone Dejesus-OF-U of Kentucky-5’11 -Hit .318/.442/.403 and no this is not a typo. Was 16-20 in SB attempts. Covers a lot of ground in the outfield and is a blur on the basepaths. Was name a Cape Cod League All-Star last summer.
17 (532) Matt Arburr-3b/1b-Pace University-6-4 250-R/R -Arburr received various honors this season as he was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Baseball All-Conference First Team, the American Baseball Coaches of America (ACBA)/Rawlings Division II Northeast Regional First Team, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Northeast All-Region Second Team and the Daktronics Baseball All-Northeast Region Second Team. Arburr played and started in a team and career-high 55 games this season batting .315 (62-for-197) setting career-highs in homeruns (12), walks (36), triples (3), total bases (116), slugging percentage (.589) and stolen bases (16), to go along with 12 doubles, 46 runs batted in and 41 runs scored. His 62 hits this season tied his career-high. Arburr led the team in slugging, RBI’s, homeruns, total bases and walks. He also led the NE-10 in homeruns, while ranking third in slugging, total bases and walks and ranking fourth in RBI’s. For his career, Arburr played in 149 career games, starting in 147 batting .316 (170-for-538) with 27 homeruns, 42 doubles, 72 walks, 121 RBI’s, 112 runs scored, 303 total bases, while slugging .563 with a .407 on base percentage. He is tied for seventh all-time at Pace in homeruns, seventh in RBI’s, tied for fifth in doubles, tied for 14th in hits, tied for 18th in runs scored and 14th in walks.
18. (562) Andrew Brown-OF-U. of Nebraska-5’11-R/R-only senior on the 2007 Huskers. He earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors, hitting .329 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs, ranking fifth in the league with 19 doubles. He was named to the NCAA Tempe Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .471 with a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored in helping the Huskers to the regional title game. A second-team All-Big 12 utility player in 2006, Brown totaled 19 homers and 74 RBIs in his two seasons at Nebraska.
19. (592) Nicholas Peoples-2b-U of Texas- 5’9- Peoples hit .329 with 46 runs, 14 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 38 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 2007.
20. (622) Brian Cartie-3b-McNeese State-6′-Plays third, SS, and some pitcher. Cartie set a school record with 60 doubles this season and was second on the team with a .354 batting average. He also led the team with 37 walks, 24 stolen bases which ranked third in the SLC and had a .456 on base percent. He ranks fourth all-time at McNeese with 202 hits and 54 stolen bases and sixth with 140 runs scored. He was a all-SLC first team selection. “This is a dream come true, I have strived and worked hard for this and I finally made it. This couldn’t have worked out any better and this is a real good organization,” said Cartie.
21. (652) Brian Broderick-RHP-Grand Canyon (Ariz.)-6’6″ -6-5 with a 3.65 ERA. He had 74K and gave up 99 hits in 88 innings.
22. (682) Charlie Kingrey-OF-McNeese State-6’2-He led McNeese State and ranked second in the SLC with 15 home runs. He also led the Cowboys with 47 RBI’s and a .360 batting average and was third in the SLC with a .672 slugging percent. He ended his career at McNeese State as the hit leader with 244 and second with 170 RBI’s and 35 home runs. “It still doesn’t seem real. This is the best day in baseball for me. I grew up wanting this to happen and it is truly a dream come true,” said Kingrey.
23. (712) Joey Hage-OF-Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla.-An exciting outfielder with tools galore, Joey Hage began to draw a great deal of attention from scouts last summer. Out of Douglas High School in Florida, Hage has impressed anyone who has watched him with his strong arm, great defense and raw power. Click here to link to his Myspace page. Played in the HS Cape Cod League and various other wood bat tournaments. Signed to play with Florida International. If you can sign him, he seems to have quite a bit of upside.
24. (742) Samuel Freeman-LHP-North Central Texas College-6′-I couldn’t find much on him. He is an athletic kid drafted more on upside than pure stats. Also played CF. Had signed a letter of intent to play at Marshall during the early signing period.
25. (772) Jonathan Stambaugh-LPH-BYU-6’2-College Closer, appeared in 19 games with 5 saves and an ERA of 3.25. Had 24 Ks and 9 BBs in 27 innings.