The St. Louis Cardinals selected 13 pitchers, eight outfielders, six infielders and two catchers in the first complete day of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The Cardinals have picked 23 college and nine high school players overall during the first 30 rounds of the 2010 draft.
The Cardinals second round pick and second selection to hail from Arizona State University was Jordan Swaggerty, a finalist for the 2010 Stopper of the Year award, an award given to the top Division I relief pitcher. Swaggerty joins ASU teammate and Cardinals second overall draft pick Seth Blair. Swaggerty had a 2.05 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched in 2010 and holds the ASU single season saves record with 14.
Other notable players selected by the Cardinals in the second day of the draft include catcher Cody Stanley of the University of North Carolina- Wilmington, outfielder Nicholas Longmire of the University of Pacific and outfielder Austin Wilson from Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, California. Stanley was a first team All Colonial League selection this season and led the CAA with 22 runners caught stealing. He batted .323 with nine doubles, five homers and 32 RBIs. Longmire was an honorable mention on the Big West All-Conference team for the 2010 season, the third straight time his name has made the list. He led the team in doubles with 18 and batted .327 with five homers and 35 RBIs. Wilson was a first team All Mission League selection in 2010 and an AFLAC All American in 2009.
The Cardinals also selected pitcher Daniel Bibona out of the University of California-Irvine. Bibona was the 2010
Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season (LAA’s pitcher Jered Weaver was the last to accomplish that feat (2003 and 2004)). Bibona was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes award, given to the top amateur player in the country and the Dick Howser trophy, given to the top collegiate player. Anthony Bryant, the team’s 16th round selection and a high school pick from Texas, was recruited by University of Southern California as a two-sport athlete for both football and baseball. Bryant ran an 11.1 in the 100 meter dash this past year finishing second in the Texas 4A regionals.
The 2010 draft continues Wednesday and will go through 50 rounds.