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!

Ozzie’s Restaurant & Sports Bar Grand Opening

Ozzie’s Official Grand Opening for his restaurant takes place Monday June 21. The location of his new restaurant is 1511 Washington Ave. St.Louis, MO. Monday-Friday 11AM to 1;30AM. Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 1:30AM. Notable dishes include, Kick Ass BBQ Ribs which is traditional style baby back ribs based in sweet honey bar-b-cue sauce and the Cardinal Burger which is a half pound beef patty. There is also a retail shop to purchase licensed sports apparel. There is also a second floor that is used for private parties only. It holds 20 to 100 people. Come early and stay late.

Suppan Returns to The Cardinals

he St. Louis Cardinals have signed free-agent righthander Jeff Suppan to a pro-rated minimum contract, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Suppan, a righthander starter, was released by the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week after he went 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in 15 games (two starts) this season.
Suppan had success as a Cardinal from 2004-06, going 44-26 with a 3.95 ERA in 95 starts before signing with Milwaukee as a free agent. There is a chance he could join the Cardinals rotation next week. He was a starter during the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series championship and their 2004 National League title season.
Earlier Thursday, the Post-Dispatch reported Cardinals GM John Mozeliak had begun to search for rotation help. Other possible targets mentioned included Baltimore Orioles righthander Kevin Millwood and Kansas City Royals righthander Brian Bannister.
With starters Brad Penny (back) and Kyle Lohse (forearm) injured, the Cardinals have plugged inexperienced arms into the rotation.
Sporting News

2010 Draft Report: Meet Zack Cox

The Cardinals first round pick Zack Cox was a very smart pick. I thought that Cox would have been picked earlier than 25.  Zack stands at 6’1 weighing in at 215lbs. He bats left and throws right.
Here is his scouting report:
Scouting Report

Hitting ability: Cox has a great, compact swing with excellent bat speed. He makes solid, consistent contact and uses the whole field. He will be a plus hitter in the future.

Power: He should have at least average power. There’s some leverage in his swing.

Running speed: His speed is a touch below average but it’s a little better once he gets underway.

Base running: It’s not a big part of his game, but he’s a heady, smart player who makes good decisions on the basepaths.

Arm strength: He has a plus arm, with an easy motion and plenty of carry from third or first. He doubles as a relief pitcher.

Fielding: Recently moved to second base, he looks better there than he did at third. He sees the field better from second and seems to have adjusted to turning the double play well.

Range: He’s got average range, at best, but it might be enough for him to be an adequate second baseman.

Physical Description: He’s solid, strong and compact, kind of like a young Ken Caminiti.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Plus hitting skills, at least average power, a plus throwing arm.

Weaknesses: It’s a little unclear what position he’ll play, though second base looks like a better bet than at third.

Summary: A Draft prospect two years ago, Cox is back as a Draft-eligible sophomore. His best tool is his bat and he should hit for plenty of average with at least decent power. His plus arm plays just fine at third, but his overall defense at the hot corner likely won’t work at the next level. Arkansas has been mixing him in at second and that might prove to be a better spot for the left-handed hitter. Regardless of the position, the bat should be enough to get him off the board sooner rather than later.