The Cardinals went against the grain a bit with their first two picks of the 2013 draft, selecting Gonzaga lefty Marco Gonzalez at #19 and high school lefty Robert Kaminsky at #28. The last time the Cards selected a lefthander in the first round was back in 1994, 3 month before Kaminsky was born.
Gonzalez has a fastball that sits at 88-91 mph, but is more known for his changeup that ranks as the best in this year's draft class. He is polished and is expected to move quickly (much like Michael Wacha last year). He has earned comparisons to Jason Vargas. Baseball America ranked him #28 on their top 500 draft prospect list.
Kaminsky from St. Joseph Regional H.S. (N.J.) is one of the top high school lefties in this year's draft. He has a plus fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range and a hard breaking ball that also rates as a plus pitch. Baseball America ranked him #21 on the top 500 draft prospect list.
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