The Cardinals took a total of 8 players on the second day of the draft. While they focused on young, upside players on the first day, the second was a bit different.
We saw some exciting players come off the board during day 1. There were future aces, corner stone position players, and surprise picks. The Cardinals could possibly have 2 of the biggest steals in this year’s draft in Delvin Perez and Dakota Hudson, both of whom were drafted much later than expected.
Day 2 was more of a safe day for the Organization. They spent 7 of their 8 picks on already developed college players. Here’s a quick rundown of everyone:
Zac Gallen, RHP
Gallen looks to have a good mix of pitches for the future. None of his stuff jumps off the board. With a fastball that sits around 92 MPH, he will not be blowing anyone away any time soon. But what Gallen does have is consistency. He has proven that his command of his fastball and his ability to play his off-speed pitches off of the heater are what makes him a quality pick. In 2016, he had an ERA of 2.68
Jeremy Martinez, C
The Cardinals are going to start loading the system with catchers in the coming seasons due to the emanate retirement of Yadier Molina and Martinez is the first to do this in this year’s draft. While he is no defensive whiz behind the plate, despite having the type of arm that could make him a major league catcher, his bat is there evident by his .376 AVG and .563 SLUG.
Walker Robins, OF/LHP
A two-way player in college, Robins excels at both ends of the ball. While he is a pitcher, the Cardinals think that his bat would play more in the outfield. His swing, while raw, shows signs of developing into a major power stroke. The kind the Cardinals have been lacking in their system for quite some time.
Tommy Edman, SS
While nothing about Edman jumps off the page, he has been a three year starter at Stanford. In this time, he has shown he has an average bat and plays short well enough to stick there in the future.
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Andrew Knizner, C
Another catcher for the system. Expect this to be the norm for a few years. Knizner started his college career as a solely offensive player when he played third base. Since then, he has made the full-time move to behind the dish. His numbers have fallen off a bit but many say that is due to how much he focused on the position change. Watch for Knizner in the future.
Sam Tewes, RHP
The ace for Wichita State has sat out for the 2016 season due to TJ surgery after not even 15 innings. It may be hard for the Cardinals to land this potential steal due to his desires to raise his draft stock for next season. If the Birds do land him, however, he would be one of the biggest steals in the draft if he can stop with the elbow injuries.
Matt Fielder, OF
2016 Big Ten player of the year, Fielder has a lot of potential. The Cardinals see a decent arm in the outfield and the speed to be a threat on the base paths. His batting eye is keen and could be a lead-off man in the future.
Danny Hudzina, 3B
Hudzina does not have typical hot corner power but does have an act for making contact. He had an average above .400 this past season. His ability to put the ball in a play on a consistent basis reminds me a little of Aledmys Diaz. He also has been touted as one of the best defensive third basemen in the country.