6/9/2013 1:00 A.M. ET
Cards grab prep catcher Rodriguez in Round 14
By Chad Thornburg / MLB.com
The Cardinals made Elier Rodriguez their first catcher selected in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, taking him in the 14th round with the 425th overall pick.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound switch-hitting prep prospect from Immaculata-LaSalle High School in Miami committed to Barry University as a junior in 2012. He hit .485 with five homers and 30 RBIs this past high-school season.
"He's a guy that I think was a little bit under the radar," scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. "Has some power from both sides of the plate. He's gonna be a fun one to keep an eye on."
Cards go with prep righty Farinaro to start Day 3
The Cardinals' "cost certainty" strategy of Day 2 paid off with Saturday's first selection: Steven Farinaro, a right-handed pitcher from Head-Royce School (Calif.) at No. 335 overall.
With flexible cap room heading into Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Cardinals selected the prep pitcher whom scouting director Dan Kantrovitz estimates it may take significant resources to lure away from his college commitment to UCLA.
Kantrovitz said Farinaro, one of 20 players to attend the Cardinals' pre-draft workout last Tuesday at Busch Stadium, has first- and second-round talent, but likely slipped in the Draft due to signabiliy concerns.
"We were crossing our fingers that he got to us in the 11th round," Kantrovitz said. "I think our guys just out-scouted some of the other teams in assessing and evaluating his stuff. That's a pretty neat story if it's able to come to fruition and if we're able to strike a deal."
Farinaro totaled 12 wins with a 0.82 ERA at Head-Royce School (Calif.) this season, holding his opponents to a .107 batting average and striking out 157 through 77 innings, according to MaxPreps.
The Hayward, Calif., native tossed a two-hitter in his final high school game last week as Head-Royce won the North Coast Section Division V Championship.
At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Farinaro doesn't have much projection left, but makes up for it with his stuff and pitchability. His fastball sits in the high 80s and occasionally has good cutting action. He has shown a good feel for his changeup, which he throws with good arm speed and has a solid fade to it. He combines that with a hard curveball which could be big league average down the road. Farinaro has a good feel for pitching that allows all of his pitches to play up.
"Just a really mature kid that has his sights set on being a Major Leaguer," Kantrovitz said. "He came onto the scene a little bit later than some of the other more famous high school pitchers, but he's somebody that we've had our sights on for a while."
Cards grab outfielder Bautista in Round 12
After drafting all pitchers and infielders on Days 1 and 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz joked that he may have to move some shortstops to center field to fill out the short-season rosters.
But with their second pick on Day 3, the Cardinals addressed the void in the outfield by selecting Puerto Rican right fielder Ricardo Bautista in the 12th round with the 365th overall selection.
Bautista attended Ladislao Martinez High School in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, the same high school as Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Currently 17, Bautista won't turn 18 until December.
"That's gonna be borderline youngest player in the league when he gets there," Kantrovitz said. "He's got some serious juice from the left side. He's got some raw power. You watch the guy in BP and he's gonna pepper around the park all over the place."
College outfielder Bosco is Cards' 13th-round pick
The Cardinals again looked to the outfield with their 13th-round pick, selecting center fielder Jimmy Bosco at No. 395 overall.
As a junior at Menlo College (Calif.), Bosco earned NAIA West Group Player of the Year honors with a .426 batting average and a .805 slugging percentage in 52 starts.
"Jimmy Bosco is a really exciting talent," scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. "He's really fast -- he ran a 6.3 [60-yard dash] in our workout in California, which is almost world-class speed. He flashes some power. He plays the game really similar to a guy like Brent Gardner. He's got some upside."
Bosco began his college career at the University of California-Berkeley, where he played in 36 games, batting .321 as a freshman. He then transferred to Arkansas, where he sat out the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules.
Bosco played in 44 game games as a redshirt sophomore with the Razorbacks in 2012, batting .262 with four homers and 28 RBIs in a mostly reserve role before landing at Menlo College, where he was immediately eligible to play the 2013 season at the NAIA school.
Outfielder Asbury-Heath is Cards' 15th-round selection
With their 15th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft (No. 455 overall), the Cardinals selected prep center fielder DeAndre Asbury-Heath.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect was a two-sport athlete at Brookland-Cayce High School in South Carolina and is among the top wide receivers in the state.
"He's an athlete. We're gonna have to have a little patience with him in terms of a performance standpoint, but he's got tools," scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. "He's definitely what you would just call a deluxe athlete."
Asbury-Heath is committed to a South Carolina community college, but Kantrovitz said the Cardinals are optimistic they will be able to sign him quickly.
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.