Third-rounder Harrison Bader

Florida OF Bader Opens Cardinals Draft Day 2

The St. Louis Cardinals selected nine players in day two of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, led by University of Florida outfielder Harrison Bader.

The St. Louis Cardinals made nine selections in the second day of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, June 9, covering rounds 3-10. Their initial choice of the day was University of Florida outfielder Harrison Bader, followed by a Texas high school pitcher, Jordan Hicks, the Cards’ fourth high schooler in five picks.

Overall, through day two and their first 12 picks, the Cardinals selected six college players and six high schoolers. Five are pitchers, of which two are lefties. The other six include one second baseman, one catcher, two third basemen and three outfielders.

Two of the college players are seniors which should free up money to sign some of the underclassmen with greater leverage, whether already selected or are coming up in day three of the draft. In total, the Cardinals have been allocated $7,387,600 for these 12 selections.

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The Selections


<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Harrison Bader, OF (Round 3/Overall selection 100)

The Cardinals opened day two with a proven college outfielder in the University of Florida’s Harrison Bader. Known for his confident demeanor, the Bronxville, New York native went undrafted out of high school.

Bader is second on the Omaha-bound Gators in RBI (52) doubles (13), home runs (13), on base percentage (.398) and total bases (115). The right-hander moved over to left field after playing two years in center field and has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage this season. In Florida’s super-regional, Bader, playing in left field and leading off, went 3-for-9 with a walk, a home run and four RBI.

Jeff Ellis, Scout.com’s national draft analyst, said this about Bader. “His best skills are clearly his arm and speed, but he hits from the right side which is not ideal. Teams like speed on the left side because it’s a shorter distance down the line. He has been productive throughout college and with his tools I think most teams would view him as a potential fourth outfielder. He can field all three positions in the outfield and would grade plus defensively at all three spots. His arm, speed, and reads make him a guy who you can plug and play with as a backup outfielder.”

Ellis had Bader going 78th overall in his final mock draft.

For more information on Bader, read Ellis’ profile of him here.

The pool amount for this pick is $570,300.



<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Jordan Hicks, RHP (Supplemental Round 3/Overall selection 105)

Cypress High School in the Houston, Texas area was the final stop for a well-traveled prep pitcher, Jordan Hicks. Known from his arm strength, the 18-year-old right-hander hit 96 on scouts’ guns this spring, up from the lower 90’s he registered earlier. Hicks also features a curveball that has solid movement. He looks like a potential diamond in the rough if he can be talked out of his Tulane commitment.

The Cardinals were awarded this pick in return for 2014 third-rounder Trevor Megill not signing.

The pool amount for this pick is $543,300.



<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Paul DeJong, 3B (Round 4/Overall selection 131)

With their fourth-round pick, the Cardinals selected a potential power bat in Illinois State redshirt junior Paul DeJong. Without a clear position defensively, the 21-year-old may be most appealing if he catches, but the Cards announced the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder as a third baseman. DeJong has also played some second base and left field.

The right-handed hitter led the Redbirds with 70 hits, 15 doubles, 47 runs scored and 48 RBI over 51 games. His line was .333/.427/.605 and he led the Missouri Valley Conference with 14 home runs.

After losing much of his freshman and sophomore seasons due to a knee injury and taking a redshirt year, DeJong stood out the last two seasons. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 38th round last June, but did not sign. DeJong opened scouts’ eyes wider when he hit 20 home runs in the Northwoods League last summer.

The pool amount for this pick is $422,900.



<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Ryan Helsley, RHP (Round 5/Overall selection 161)

The Cardinals dipped into Ryan Franklin country in Oklahoma in selecting Division II Northeastern State University right-handed pitcher Ryan Helsley. Listed between six feet tall and 6-foot-2 depending on the source, he sports a 90-94 mph fastball that can touch 96, but needs considerable work on his off-speed offerings.

Likely Helsley’s 95 strikeouts (to go with 34 walks and a 3.53 ERA) in 63 2/3 innings this season drew attention, but the 20-year-old has leverage as a draft-eligible sophomore.

During his two years at NSU, Helsley pitched in 26 games and made 21 starts, compiling a 14-8 record and a 4.06 ERA in 126 1/3 innings pitched. He threw three complete games and tallied 151 strikeouts. Helsley was the lone underclassmen to earn a spot on the 2015 All-MIAA First Team, and was also named to the 2014 All-MIAA Second Team as a freshman.

The pool amount for this pick is $316,500.

<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Jacob Evans, LHP (Round 6/Overall selection 191)

Same state, larger school, as the Cards called out the name of University of Oklahoma left-handed pitcher Jacob Evans with their sixth-round selection. Considered more of a make-up type hurler with location than possessing great stuff, the 21-year-old did not miss enough bats to remain a starter after a sophomore-year rotation trial.

Evans, voted a team captain for his senior season on Monday, was named to the 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team as a reliever. He posted a team-leading 1.67 earned run average, 6-1 record and eight saves in 43 innings with 53 strikeouts and just 10 walks. Last summer, Evens played for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League and was named to the All-Star Team.

The pool amount for this pick is $237,000.



<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Jesse Jenner, C (Round 7/Overall selection 221)

The Cardinals made their first official catching addition to their system in the 2015 Draft with the selection of Jesse Jenner. Originally at Cal State Fullerton, the 21-year-old moved to Grossmont College before competing his final two years at the University of San Diego.

Jenner, an All-West Coast Conference selection the past two seasons, posted a .314 batting average in 2015 with two home runs and 27 RBI, while playing solid defense (.995 fielding percentage). The right-handed batter hit .348 in his junior season, his first with the Toreros, and gets kudos for his catch and throw along with leadership skills.

The pool amount for this pick is $179,100. As a senior, Jenner won’t get anywhere near that much, however.



<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Ian Oxnevad, LHP (Round 8/Overall selection 251)

The Cardinals took their second lefty of the draft and second in the last three rounds, including Ian Oxnevad in the eighth. The 18-year-old is from Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington, where he posted a 0.53 ERA his senior season. Oxnevad fanned 96 and walked just 15 in 79 2/3 innings this spring.

While Oxnevad has a polished three-pitch mix, including a 86-89 mph fastball that can touch 91, slider and change-up, he offers little deception. The Oregon State commit is considered by some scouts to be a durable, back of the rotation-type, though his 6-foot-4 size indicates potential promise to become more.

The pool amount for this pick is $167,400.



<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Andrew Brodbeck, 2B (Round 9/Overall selection 281)

The Cardinals found second baseman Andrew Brodbeck at Florida’s Flagler College and made the 22-year-old their ninth-round selection. Seeing the photo, one can appreciate why his nickname is “Opie”.

The left-handed hitter batted .384 his senior year and .346 in his four seasons at the Division II school. In 2015, Brodbeck led his team in on-base percentage (.511), slugging percentage (.582) and runs scored (65) plus stole 23 bases.

The pool amount for this pick is $156,200, but as a senior sign, Brodbeck will settle for far less if he wants to play professional ball and follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, former Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein.



<table border="1" ,="" align="right" width="240"> Kep Brown, OF (Round 10/Overall selection 311)

The Cards made a stretch pick here, with Mount Pleasant, South Carolina prep outfielder Kep Brown. The University of Miami commit tore his left Achilles tendon in April and has not played since. One of the better pure power hitters in the draft slipped from the early rounds as a result, with ability to make consistent contact at higher levels another concern.

In his 13 games before his injury, the right-handed hitter had no such issues, with 15 hits in 29 at-bats, including six doubles, one triple and two home runs. His slash line was .517/.548/.1000/1.548, a video-game level of performance. Large at 6-foot-5, Brown has below-average speed, but enough arm to cover right field.

Jeff Ellis, Scout.com’s national draft analyst, had Brown ranked as the #25 overall player in this draft.

“Kep Brown has risen on my board despite being hurt. I had originally removed him thinking he might be unsignable after the injury but that does not seem to be the case. If you are looking for a Joey Gallo type with big power who might go later, here is your guy. He is a massive dude at 6’5” with a frame that screams right-handed power. He has some swing-and-miss to his game and his hit tool is a concern. He is a gamble but if he had been healthy and performed I think he would have gone in the top-15 this year easily,” Ellis wrote this past weekend.

The pool amount for this pick is $149,700, but it will likely take much more to convince Brown to skip college. If the Cardinals cannot sign the 17-year-old, they cannot re-use the pool money.



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The Cardinal Nation staffer Leonda Markee contributed to this report.

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