Last night the Cardinals signed their second 1st round pick of the 2014 draft Jack Flaherty. I wrote last week that Flaherty was the true gem of this draft for the Cards, and that their ability to sign him largely depended on how much money they had to spend. The slot money for the 34th pick in the draft was valued at $1.65 million, but Flaherty ended up signing for a $2 million bonus.
In his junior and senior years of high school, Flaherty did not lose a game, going 23-0 with a 0.63 ERA his senior season. In his last ever high school appearance, Flaherty threw a no-hitter as if to guarantee that there will someday be a MLB Network original movie about him. With all of these accomplishments, Flaherty was named the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year.
The Cardinals’ scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said of Flaherty, “You don’t often see a high school kid with that kind of command on his fastball and not to mention three secondary pitches he can throw for legitimate strikes. He’s a special one.”
Flaherty himself doesn’t seem to be affected by the pressure of signing a $2 million contract. “I think my friends made a bigger deal of it than I did,” Flaherty said. “They’re like ‘Oh my God, you already got your job.’ I’m like, ‘Geez, this is just what I’ve always wanted to do with my life.”
Flaherty and other 1st round pick Luke Weaver who signed two days ago are set to report to the Cardinals’ Gulf Coast League team in Jupiter, Florida this week.