ST. LOUIS (MLB.com) - It had been 19 years since the Cardinals last selected a left-handed pitcher in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. On Thursday, the organization took two.
The Cardinals used the 19th overall selection on college junior Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga University) before adding 18-year-old Robert Kaminsky at No. 28. Kaminsky, who has a college commitment to the University of North Carolina, attended St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) High School.
Gonzales was ranked by MLB.com as the 14th best player available in the Draft. At the time of his selection, he became the first lefty to be drafted by the Cardinals in the first round since Bret Wagner was taken -- also with the 19th overall pick -- in 1994.