Carson Kelly leads Cardinals’ Day 2 draft picks
Day 2 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft is underway today, and here’s who the Cardinals have chose on Tuesday:
- 3B Carson Kelly – 2nd Round – No. 86 overall
Kelly is a senior from Westview High School in Oregon, and is ranked as MLB.com’s top prospect from the Pacific Northwest in 2012.
According to MLB.com’s draft profile, Kelly initially attracted scouts with his arm, which reaches around 92 mph on the mound. That combined with a steady glove at third base makes him a plus defender, as well. But as draft day approached, Kelly’s bat became more of the focus. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Kelly will play third base in the Cardinals’ system. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has raw power and a good approach at the plate.
Kelly was awarded Gatorade’s Oregon Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior this season, he finished 6-3 with a 1.09 ERA. He struck out 80 while walking just seven batters in 58 innings pitched. At the plate he batted .398 with five homers and 26 RBI while slugging .747 and posting a .514 on-base-percentage.
Kelly also had a pivotal role in the USA Baseball 18U National Team’s run to a gold medal at the Pan American Games last year. He was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 21 strikeouts against three walks in 21 innings.
Kelly signed a National Letter of Intent in November to play at the University of Oregon next year. He has until July 13 to make a decision on his future.
- LHP Tim Cooney – 3rd Round – No. 117 overall
Cooney is a junior from Wake Forest University who posted a 6-7 record with a 3.82 ERA in 99.0 innings pitched this season. The 6-foot-3 left-hander had a team-high 90 strikeouts while walking 38 and holding opponents to a .264 batting average.
Cooney impressed in the Cape Cod League last summer, starting nine games and fanning 48 against eight walks in 48.1 innings pitched. He finished the summer 2-5 with a 3.54 ERA.
According to Baseball America, Cooney relies on his command and his fastball usually clocks in at 88-91 mph. He also uses a cutter in the mid-80s for an out-pitch, and will mix in a change up to right-handers. Cooney throws a curveball, but it appears it will need some work.
- SS Alejandro Mejia – 4th Round – No. 150 overall
Mejia is a junior from the University of Arizona, where he batted .367 in 58 games this season on his way to being named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, and a Louisville Slugger First-Team Division-I All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Mejia scored 52 runs while driving in 51. He also legged out six triples and hit three homers.
Mejia has led the Wildcats to a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals after capturing the Tuscon Regional championship.
- RHP Cory Jones – 5th Round – No. 180 overall
Jones is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound sophomore right-hander from the College of the Canyons, a junior college located in Santa Clarita, Calif. He began his career at Pepperdine before transferring. Jones was 6-0 in 11 starts this season, owning a 2.79 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched. He struck out a team-high 89, but also walked 38 batters, as well. Jones held opponents to a .219 batting average and gave up just one homer.
Jones registered a season-high 15 strikeouts in a game against West Los Angeles College on April 24, and allowed a season-high seven walks on May 1 in his most recent outing. He was named First-Team All-Western State Conference in the South Division this season. Scouting reports have Jones’ fastball in the mid-90s, but with more control in the high-80s and low 90-s.
- RHP Kurt Heyer – 6th Round – No. 210
Heyer is a junior from the University of Arizona, and the Cardinals’ second selection from Arizona on Day 2. Heyer was a Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American pick by Collegiate Baseball and is a three-time All-Conference selection. He led Arizona with 12 wins and a 2.03 ERA this season while striking out 98 and walking 22 in 128.2 innings.
- RHP Kyle Barraclough (St. Mary’s College) – 7th Round – No. 240
Barraclough was a 40th-round selection by the Twins last year. He’s second all-time in school history with 290 strikeouts.
- OF Yoenny Gonzalez (College of South Florida) – 8th Round – No. 270
Gonzalez hit .317 with 44 RBI with an OBP of .377 in 167 at-bats this year.
- C Rowan Wick (Cypress College) – 9th Round – No. 300
Wick was 19-th round selection by the Brewers in 2010, and was a member of the 2010 Canadian Junior National Team.
- 2B Jacob Wilson (University of Memphis) – 10th Round – No. 330
Wilson was named the 2012 Conference-USA Player of the Year after belting 17 homers and 64 RBI this season.
- SS Trey Williams (Valencia High School – Calif.) – 11th Round – No. 360
- LHP Max Foody (The Pendleton School – Fla.) – 12th Round – No. 390
- SS Brett Wiley (Jefferson College) – 13th Round – No. 420
- SS Anthony Melchionda (Boston College) – 14th Round – No. 450
- SS Bruce Caldwell (Spartanburg Methodist College) – 15th Round – No. 480