Listened to John Maracek and 550 KTRS interview of Jeff Luhnow on Sunday. Here are the bullet points:
- 15 signed so far and assigned to Batavia (names to be formally released Monday June 15).
- RHP Shelby Miller was “dream draft pick” at #19 overall. Will be assigned to Johnson City if signed. Late June or early July is what Luhnow hopes for a sign date.
- Tyler Bighames (31st round, 939th overall, SS) – Estero, FL High School. University of Oregon commit. Will sign tomorrow and will be assigned to Gulf Coast League Cardinals. He was supposed to be a tough sign.
- Robert Stock (2nd round, 67th overall, C) signed and assigned to Johnson City!
Scott Bittle (4th round, 129th overall, RHP) – if signed, should be assigned to Quad Cities or Palm Beach. An “advanced” pitcher according to Luhnow.
Andy Hillis (49th round, 1479th overall, RHP) – Brentwood HS (Nashville). Nice FB/slider combo. University of Tennessee commit. Will be tough sign according to Luhnow.
The draft is over and now the Cardinal area scouts are hard at work trying to sign this year’s crop of new talent. St. Louis drafted 50 players. 29 of those drafted were pitchers – 8 lefties and 21 righties! There were also 5 catchers drafted. Much like former Johnson City Cardinals Jason Motte, Casey Mulligan, and David Carpenter, a few of those catchers could see a switch to relief pitching in their future.
The Cardinals also drafted 5 shortstops, 3 first baseman, 1 second baseman, 2 third baseman, 1 right fielder, and 4 centerfielders this year. According to his own Tweets (http://twitter.com/cjbeatty44), one of the outfielders on this year’s team will be Christian (he goes by “CJ”) Beatty. CJ was a 26th round pick (789th overall) in the 2009 MLB Draft. CJ played for the North Carolina A & T Aggies, where he put up a .365/.460/.641 line this year. You can read more about CJ on his website (http://www.cjbeatty.com/). CJ should be in Johnson City in a few days and will be getting ready for an exhibition game on Father’s Day (June 21).
Johnson City Schedule (begins Tue. June 23).
Johnson City Coaches and Staff (Mike Shildt, Manager; Doug White, Pitching Coach; Johnny Rodriguez, Hitting Coach)