In the next installment of an insightful offseason series, we’ll look back at Cardinals draft picks 13-16 in today’s story.
Remember: the Cardinals did not pick in the first two rounds. So, pick number 13 was taken in the eleventh round, and the pattern continues throughout.
To look back on the picks we’ve covered to this point, follow the links below:
Outfielder Terry Fuller was the Cardinals’ 13th pick in this summer’s draft. Fuller, a former student of Griffin High School in Georgia, struggled in 37 games with the GCL Cardinals. With a slashline of .161/.242/.280, Fuller struck out 49 times in 132 plate appearances - a 37.1 strikeout percentage. In 181 2/3 innings of outfield work, Fuller committed just three errors.
St. Louis selected Florida Southern right-hander Jake Walsh with their 14th pick of the year. Walsh performed very well as member of Johnson City’s bullpen, appearing in 16 games. The 22-year-old Walsh went 5-0 with a 2.66 FIP and 12.39 K/9 in 28 1⁄3 frames for the Cardinals.
Right-handed pitcher Will Latcham was taken by the Cardinals in the 17th round, the organization’s 15th pick in 2017. A Coastal Carolina alumni, Latcham pitched in 18 games for the Spikes this season. Latcham whiffed 41 and walked 11 in 30 2⁄3 innings with a 2.42 xFIP. Latcham’s 79.9 left on-base percentage is especially intriguing.
With their 16th selection, the Cardinals drafted right-handed pitcher Shane McCarthy. McCarthy and the club were unable to reach mutual terms, and McCarthy went unsigned.