For the past few weeks, we’ve taken some time to look back at the Cardinals’ selections from this summer’s MLB First-Year Player draft. Today, we’ll wrap up this series with a quick look at how picks 20-23 performed in their first stints of professional baseball.
Remember: the team did not draft in the first two rounds. So, the 20th pick actually came in Round 22.
If you missed any previous installments, feel free to follow the links below to catch up:
Right-handed pitcher Kevin Hamann was selected in the 22nd round in 2017, St. Louis’ 20th pick. Hamann, a 23-year-old out of Lewis-Clark State University in Idaho, pitched in 14 games (two starts) for the GCL Cardinals this summer. Hamann did very well, maintaining a 3.17 FIP with 15 strikeouts over 19 1⁄3 innings of work. Hamann also logged two scoreless innings in a relief appearance with the Palm Beach Cardinals.
The Cardinals selected right-hander Evan Guillory with their 21st pick of the draft. Guillory, 21 years old, was 2-1 in 16 games (six starts) as a member of the Johnson City Cardinals’ staff. Guillory recorded 45 innings with a 2.80 ERA and 2.37 BAA to go along with a 35:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Guillory, a University of Louisiana-Lafayette alumni, went seven innings in one spot start at Palm Beach this year as well.
Next, we’ll meet right-handed hurler Thomas St. Clair, a 23-year-old out of Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. St. Clair, drafted in the 24th round, spent his first summer of professional ball with the Johnson City Cardinals — and he made the most of it. In 20 games out of the bullpen, St. Clair worked to a 3.22 ERA with a 12.9 K/9 over 22 1⁄3 frames. Allowing only one long ball, St. Clair enjoyed a 0.40 HR/9 rate.
Left-hander Patrick Dayton is the final draftee for this series. The 22-year-old Dayton, a former Kent State student, pitched exclusively with the GCL Cardinals this summer, appearing in 15 games. Across 16 1⁄3 innings, Dayton enjoyed a 3.12 FIP with a 10.47 K/9. Opponents combined to hit .315 off Dayton, who did not allow a home run.