The St. Louis Cardinals have selected Jack Flaherty, a righthanded pitcher from Harvard-Westlake High School in California with their pick in Compensatory Round A of the 2014 MLB Draft. The selection was awarded to the Cardinals after they lost outfielder Carlos Beltran via free agency to the New York Yankees last offseason.
Flaherty was the second righthanded pitcher the Cardinals took in the first round, following the selection of Florida State righty Luke Weaver at pick 27. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound North Carolina commit, Flaherty is very much a projectable talent, having played both the infield and pitched in high school. His fastball has not yet eclipsed the 90-MPH mark, but many feel that he can become a power pitcher as he develops. He also throws a curveball, slider, and changeup, though those pitches will need to be much better developed as he advances through the minor league system.
Here’s some video of Flaherty, courtesy of MaxPreps: