Cardinals agree to terms with Stock

Right on the heels of announcing agreements with 32 Draft picks, the Cardinals confirmed their biggest deal thus far from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Second-round pick Robert Stock agreed to terms on a contract on Monday. Stock pitched and played catcher for the University of Southern California, but he will catch in the Cardinals organization.

Stock batted .226 with a .345 on-base percentage and a .453 slugging percentage for the Trojans in 2009. He was the 67th overall pick in last Tuesday’s Draft.

Earlier in the day, St. Louis announced that it had reached deals with 32 of its top 50 picks, including sixth-rounder Virgil Hill.

The complete list, as announced or confirmed by the club as of Monday afternoon, is as follows:

Robert Stock (C, 2nd round)
Virgil Hill (OF, 6th)
Alan Ahmady (1B, 11th)
Pat Daugherty (LHP, 12th)
Matt Carpenter (3B, 13th)
Ross Smith (OF, 14th)
David Washington (1B, 15th)
Jonathan Rodriguez (1B, 17th)
Anthony Garcia (C, 18th)
Travis Tartamella (C, 19th)
Scott Schneider (RHP, 20th)
Matthew Adams (C, 23rd)
Keith Butler (RHP, 24th)
Josh Squatrito (RHP, 25th)
Christian Beatty (OF, 26th)
Johnathan Fulino (RHP, 27th)
Justin Edwards (LHP, 28th)
Daniel Calhoun (LHP, 29th)
Tyler Bighames (SS, 31st)
Travis Lawler (RHP, 32nd)
Devin Goodwin (SS, 33rd)
David Kington (RHP, 34th)
Andrew Moss (RHP, 35th)
Justin Smith (RHP, 36th)
Richard Racobaldo (3B, 37th)
John Durham (LHP, 38th)
Jesse Simpson (RHP, 40th)
Cale Johnson (RHP, 41st)
Aaron Terry (RHP, 42nd)
Manuel De La Cruz (LHP, 43rd)
Kyle Heim (LHP, 44th)
Michael Thompson (RHP, 47th)
Jason Novak (RHP, 48th)



Yadi’s future competition? Far from it I presume…

So what about Bryan Anderson? Is he going to be part of a trade to get another bat in the lineup (Derosa?, Tejeda?)or starting pitcher (Penny?, Willis?).

Willis? Why on Earth would we want him? Why would we (or anyone) give up a player to get someone who has negative trade value at this point and doesn’t even belong on a major league roster? Anyhow, there is still time for Anderson. Stock isn’t going to be pushing him anytime soon, I don’t think.

Yeah, I’d suggest nobody get too far ahead of themselves as to what this pick means to anybody currently in the organization. Stock will likely be reporting to Johnson City, which is a long way from even Springfield or Memphis, never mind St. Louis.

This was a pick with the long view in mind.


What position switches could we see from the four catchers that the Cards picked in the first half of the draft?

Drafting a catcher who hit .226 as 67th overall pick??? This guy should have been around for the 999th pick with his record. Using the #2 slot for a guy who will spend his career in A or AA ball is a mystery.

An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a
little research on this. And he actually ordered me dinner because I discovered
it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this subject
here on your blog.

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