St. Louis Cardinals: 2014 MLB Draft Day 2


Day 2 of the 2014 MLB Draft got underway just after 12:30 PM ET today.

Friday’s action saw players selected during Rounds 3-10 of the 2014 MLB Draft.

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Round 3, Pick 104 Trevor Megill, RHP, Loyola Maramount
“Trevor is a first-round talent that had Tommy John surgery last May. He is a 6’8 right-handed pitcher that when healthy has a 90-94 fastball with very good angle and late life. He has a 12-6 breaking ball that has big break, a short slider, and a well-above average change up. The biggest plus with Trevor is that for a young kid at 6’8 he has plus command. He is a legitimate first-round talent.”

Round 4, Pick 135 Austin Gomber, LHP. Florida Atlantic
In three seasons, Gomber has posted a career ERA of 3.27 with 238 strikeouts. Against Louisiana Tech this seasoon, Gomber struck out a career-high 10 batters in his first career complete game.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Austin,” FAU Head Coach John McCormack said. “He has worked extremely hard both on and off the field and he deserves everything he gets. I look forward to watching him go through his professional career.”

Round 5, Pick 165 Darren Seferina, 2B, Miami Dade CC South
Accolades for the second baseman include: Southern Conference First Team, FCSAA State First Team, FCSAA All-Tournament Team, NJCAA All-Tournament Team, Gulf Coast MVP, and Third Team All-American.

“Great speed, just learning to use his speed,” said Miami Dade coach Danny Price. “Covers a lot of ground defensively, going to be a great player and human being in the Cardinal organization.”

Round 6, Pick 195 Andrew Sohn, SS, Western Michigan
Sohn was a two-time All-Mid American Conference selection, earning first team All-MAC honors in 2013 and second team honors in 2014. He led the Broncos in hitting the past two seasons, hitting .337 as a sophomore and .323 as a junior this past season. In three seasons, Sohn had a .307 batting average with 162 hits, 18 doubles, eight triples, three home runs, 76 RBIs, 76 runs scored and 36 stolen bases.

“What a great honor for Andrew to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and have a chance to take his skill set to the professional level,” Western Michigan coach Billy Gernon said. “He has worked very hard in his three years as a Bronco and deserves this tremendous opportunity. Sohn is a member of my first recruiting class and to see his development as an undrafted player out of high school is very gratifying for me all those close to him. Andrew is a very special person, a great teammate, and one of the most talented players I have ever coached.

“I will not be surprised to see him rapidly ascend through the professional ranks. Although he has one year of eligibility remaining, Andrew is ready to play professionally and I personally enjoy seeing our players reach their childhood dreams. All of Bronco nation is excited for Andrew and his family and it was a privilege to have been his coach.”

Round 7, Pick 225 Brian O’Keefe, C, St. Joseph’s
O’Keefe hit .300/.452/.369 with 15 HR and 98 RBI in three seasons. Behind the plate, O’Keefe had a .986 FLD percentage.

Accolades include a All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection in 2014, All-Atlantic 10 Second Team in 2013, a 3x All-Philadelphia Big 5 Team and a 2-time A-10/Big 5 Player of the Week in 2014. Prior to the past two seasons, Atlantic 10 coaches voted O’Keefe as the Best Defensive catcher.

“Today is a great day for our program, and we couldn’t be happier for Brian,” said SJU coach Fritz Hamburg. “I know this has been a dream of his; even in the recruiting process, we talked about it, and we are excited that his dream became a reality this afternoon.”

Round 8, Pick 255 Nick Thompson, RF, William and Mary
Thompson was named as the 2011 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year prior to enrolling at East Carolina University, where he graduated in biochemistry.

“We are really excited about this opportunity for Nick, said William and Mary coach Brian Murphy. “He is a tremendous player, and was a big part of our success this season.”

Round 9, Pick 285 Daniel Poncedeleon, RHP, Emory-Riddle
Poncedeleon previously played at the University of Arizona, Cypress Junior College, and the University of Houston before pitching for Emory-Riddle. In addition to being drafted a few times, he was named a second team NAIA All-American, first team All-Sun Conference pitcher, and Sun Conference All-Tournament Team selection. With Houston in 2013, he went 7-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched. He pitched a complete game, five-hitter against the Memphis Tigers on April 1, 2013.

“Daniel is probably the best professional arm we’ve had at Embry-Riddle since I’ve been here,” ERAU coach Randy Stegall said. “He is a competitor and he has the make up to pitch for a long time at a high level.”

Round 10, Pick 315 Danny Diekroeger, 3B, Stanford

Redbird Rants will update picks and quotes from coaches throughout the weekend.