Cards use No. 34 overall pick on RHP Jack Flaherty
After taking college pitcher Luke Weaver with their first of two first-round selections in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals went with high school right-hander Jack Flaherty with the No. 34 overall pick.
Flaherty, 18, was a two-way player out of Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) High School and has committed to play at the University of North Carolina. He reportedly is seeking Top 15 bonus money ($2.5 million) to be lured away from that college commitment.The slot value for the 34th selection is $1.6504 million.
This marks the third straight season in which the Cardinals have used two first-round selections to take a pair of pitchers. Last season, the Cardinals also went first with a college pitcher (Marco Gonzales) and then with a high school one (Rob Kaminsky).
Flaherty, according to MLB.com’s Draft reports, features four pitches and a clean delivery and could add velocity as he fills out his 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame. He has also played infield in high school.
He shined in the USA Baseball’s 2012 National High School Invitational, where he threw a complete game in his tournament debut. According to the Los Angeles Times, Flaherty went 23-0 in his final two seasons at Harvard-Westlake.
He also becomes the Harvard-Westlake pitcher taken in the first-round of the Draft in the last three seasons, following Max Fried and Lucas Giolito.
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