After agreeing to terms with first round pick Marco Gonzales on Tuesday, the Cardinals signed supplemental first round pick Rob Kaminsky and second round pick Oscar Mercado on Wednesday. In total, the Cardinals have signed 7 of their 11 picks in the first 10 rounds.
Kaminsky, from St. Joseph Regional High School in New Jersey, signed for $1,785,300 which was the exact slot amount determined by Major League Baseball. He had a baseball scholarship waiting for him at the University of North Carolina. The scouting report on Kaminsky says that he is very polished and has a sweet curve ball. The negatives for him are things out of his control, his size and his location. Kaminsky is 5’11″ and 191 lbs. Many scouts worry that his size will not be able to hold up to a starter’s workload. Kaminsky is from the Northeast and that is a tough area for players to get scouted due to a poor stigma of high school baseball.
I believe Kaminsky will start with the Gulf Coast Cardinals – the lowest domestic farm team – but could quickly move to Johnson City. He is not as raw as many high schoolers taken and should move through the system quicker than his prep counterparts. I think a realistic ceiling for Kaminsky is a number 3 starter.
Mercado, from Gaither High School in Florida, signed for $1,500,000 which was a huge over slot bonus for the second rounder. The recommended slot amount for the 57th pick, Mercado’s pot, was $971,400. So why did the Cardinals have to go over slot to get Mercado? He had a scholarship waiting for him at Florida State and just a couple of months ago, Mercado was easily a first round pick. The Scouting report on Mercado shows a plus defender. I heard someone call him a possible future Gold Glove winner. The negative, and it’s big, is his bat. His senior year, Mercado hit .286 in 24 games, but the bat has been there in the past. He has great size at 6’2″ but could build some muscle on his 190 lbs frame. The Cards may have a lot of work to do with his bat.
I believe that Mercado will also begin with the Gulf Coast Cardinals due to his presumed weak offensive skills. I think a jump to the Appalachian League and Johnson City would be too much. Mercado has all-star potential and the way the Cards have developed players, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it.
Others Signings within the first 10 rounds
The Cardinals signed 6th round pick Jimmy Reed from Maryland for $40,000. Reed, a senior, saved the Cardinals roughly $180,000 towards their bonus pool which now sits at $135,700 over budget. The Cardinals should save more money when the sign fellow seniors Mason Katz (4th round), Andrew Pierce (8th), and Nick Petree (9th). Petree has signed, but his bonus has yet to be released.
More signings after round 10
14th Round - Elier Rodriguez, C – Immaculata LaSalle HS (FL)
16th Round - Blake Higgins, RHP – Jackson CC (MI)
21st Round - Zach Loraine, RHP – Coker Coll (SC)
22nd Round - Luke Voit, C – Missouri St
24th Round - Devante Lacy, OF – Cedar Valley JC (TX)
27th Round - Jake Stone, 1B – Tennessee Wesleyan
34th Round - Nick Lomascolo, LHP – Catawba Col. (NC)
35th Round - Vaughn Bryan, OF – Broward CC (FL)
38th Round – Blake McKnight, RHP – Evangel (MO)
39th Round - Kevin Herget, RHP – Kean (NJ)
St. Louis Cardinals select Rob Kaminsky with the 28th pick in the First Round
The St. Louis Cardinals sign First Round Pick Marco Gonzales
St. Louis Cardinals select Shortstop Oscar Mercado in the Second Round