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Cards take shortstop with top pick
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06/04/2002 2:35 pm ET 
Cards take shortstop with top pick
St. Louis has to wait until third round to draft
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com

Cardinals round-by-round picks

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals addressed a general need rather than a specific one with their first pick in the 2002 Draft, taking high school shortstop Calvin Hayes from Salisbury, N.C.

Hayes attended East Rowan High School. A right-handed hitter, he is listed at 5 feet, 9 inches tall and turned 18 in March.

"He's a guy that we've been zooming in all along, hoping that he'd get to us in the third round," said Cardinals director of amateur scouting Marty Maier. "We're thrilled about this guy. He's a guy who's not a real tall guy and that's the knock on this guy, he's not a real big guy. But he's an above-average runner. He's got outstanding hands. He's got a chance to hit and hit with some power down the road.

"The tools on this guy are right off the board. He's a good fielder, he's a good runner and he's got a chance to hit. There's three major league tools right there. When you can get a guy like that in the third round, you gotta be excited about it."

The Cardinals are set at shortstop for the foreseeable future with Edgar Renteria, who is signed through 2003 with club options for 2004 and 2005. However, the selection of Hayes is a small step toward replenishing a farm system that is somewhat depleted in position players. Most of the Cardinals' best prospects are pitchers, though the organization has some intriguing young hitters in Class A.

The Cardinals lost their first- and second-round picks in this year's draft as compensation for signing free-agent pitcher Jason Isringhausen and first baseman Tino Martinez.

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The club instead has chosen to tout three recent signings from last year's draft, so-called "draft-and-follows." Right-handed pitchers Blake Hawksworth and Shane Reedy and outfielder Terry Evans were all late-round picks in 2001. All three played junior college baseball this past season, which left them eligible to sign with St. Louis up until the beginning of this year's draft.

The Cardinals consider Hawksworth to be a first-round-caliber talent and Reedy to be approximately a second-rounder.

CARDINALS 2002 DRAFT PICKS
102 CALVIN L HAYES SS EAST ROWAN HS
132 JOHN K BOYER SS DIXIE COL
162 JOSHUA L BELL C NORTH SIDE HS
192 CODY L HAERTHER 3B CHAMINADE PREP HS
222 DAVID C WILLIAMSON LHP U MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
252 TYLER K PARKER C GEORGIA TECH
282 TRAVIS O HANSON SS U PORTLAND
312 MATTHEW J LEMANCZYK CF SACRED HEART U
342 DAVID F BROCKMAN RHP GRAND CANYON U
372 ROBERT D RUNYON RHP FRESNO ST U
402 REID E GORECKI CF U DELAWARE
432 JOSEPH J VANGORDER LHP WEST VIRGINIA U
462 DAYLON MONETTE CF OKLAHOMA ST U
492 BRADLEY J THOMPSON RHP DIXIE COL
522 CHAD T CLARK RHP U SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
552 STEPHEN S SCHWEITZER LHP KENTUCKY WESLEYAN COLLEGE
582 RYAN T MULHERN OF SOUTH ALABAMA U
612 HARRY E CHAFEY LHP FRANCIS MARION U
642 GABRIEL A VELOZ 2B NEW MEXICO ST U
672 ANDREW W DAVIDSON LHP CALIFORNIA ST U
702 RICHARD SCALAMANDRE RHP DOMINICAN COL
732 KEVIN D COLEMAN RHP U FLORIDA
762 KYLE W MCCLELLAN RHP HAZELWOOD WEST HS
792 MITCH S MAIO RHP U UTAH
822 MATTHEW R ELLIOTT RHP BASIC HS
852 MELVIN J FALU 2B SOUTHERN ARKANSAS U
882 WES R JAILLET RHP ST LOUIS U
912 ZACHARY J CATES 1B OKLAHOMA ST U
942 GARRIS A GONCE LF U SOUTH CAROLINA
972 SEAN F KASMAR SS LAS VEGAS HS
1002 JOSHUA A BRIDGES C MARTIN METHODIST COL
1032 MICHAEL H MCCOY 2B U SAN DIEGO
1062 JULIAN D WILLIAMS CF LONG BEACH CC
1092 JAMES A MONDESIR RHP DOMINICAN COL
1122 TYLER R DURHAM 2B NORTHWESTERN ST U
1152 MATTHEW R VARNER RHP ANGELINA COL
1182 JEFFERY A TOLOTTI LF U NEVADA
1212 BRIAN FLYNN RHP ST. THOMAS AQUINAS COL
1242 JONATHAN A ESTES RHP FREED HARDEMAN COL
1272 KEVIN ESTRADA SS PEPPERDINE U
1301 JOEY G VANDEVER OF U EVANSVILLE
1329 BROCK W JACOBSEN OF DIXIE COL
1356 SEAN K CLARK RHP CHAMINADE PREP HS
1382 JASON W GALBRAITH LHP CONCORDIA COL
1408 ROBERT C GIBSON 1B OF BELLEVUE EAST HS
1434 PHILIP A PERRY RHP GEORGIA TECH
1458 DAVID C DENNIS LHP VALHALLA HS
1482 JOHN H POWELL RHP MCGEHEE HS

Matthew Leach covers the Cardinals for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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