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Cardinals take eight more players on second day of draft

The St. Louis Cardinals on Friday selected eight more players on the second day of the amateur draft, bringing their total to 12 over the first two days.

Through two days, the Cardinals have added four pitchers, three outfielders, three infielders and two catchers.

Zac Gallen, the Cardinals’ third-round pick out of the University of North Carolina, is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound right-handed pitcher. He was 5-6 with a 2.68 ERA in 14 starts with the Tar Heels in 2016, earning third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, a year after second-team honors during his sophomore year.

Gallen tied for fourth in the ACC with 95 strikeouts. His brother, Jay, played college baseball at Rowan University in New Jersey and his father, Jim, played collegiate rugby.

Jeremy Martinez, the Cardinals’ fourth-round pick out of the University of Southern California, is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound catcher.

The Johnny Bench Award semifinalist threw out 44 percent of attempted base stealers this season while batting .376 with six home runs and 42 RBIs, helping him earn first team All-PAC 12 honors. He was previously drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 37th round in 2013. Martinez went to the same university as first-year Cardinals Scouting Director Randy Flores.

Walker Robbins, the Cardinals fifth-round pick out of George County (Miss.) High School, is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound outfielder. The left-hander batted .477 with three home runs and 16 RBIs his senior year, leading his high school to the Mississippi Class 6A finals.

A two-way player in high school, Robbins posted an 8-2 record with a 0.67 ERA, throwing a perfect game and a no-hitter. He signed his letter of intent to Mississippi State.

Tommy Edman, the Cardinals’ sixth-round pick out of Stanford University, led the Cardinal in runs (35), hits (61), triples (four) and stolen bases (eight).

The switch-hitting shortstop was First Team All-Pac 12 in 2016 and, as a freshman, was the Most Outstanding Player in the Bloomington (Ind.) Regional, winning it with a walk-off home run in the championship game.

The 2015 Cape Cod League All-Star batted .318 in the prestigious summer wood bat league. His father, John, was a four-year starting shortstop at Williams College.

Andrew Knizner, the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick out of North Carolina State University, was a preseason 3rd-team All-American. The right-handed hitting catcher threw out 43 percent of attempted base stealers this past season and posted career numbers of a .312 batting average with 15 home runs and 119 RBIs over three seasons.

He was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2014 at third base before converting to catcher, the first from NC State to earn freshman honors since current Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon in 2012.

Sam Tewes, the Cardinals’ eighth-round pick out of Wichita State University, missed the majority of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery March 31.

The right-handed pitcher was a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American in 2014 after going 8-3 with a 3.27 ERA. After making five starts posting a 2.42 ERA, he missed the remainder of the 2015 season with right shoulder inflammation. He was previously drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round in 2013.

Matthew Fiedler, the Cardinals’ ninth-round pick out of the University of Minnesota, was the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and a First Team all-conference selection in 2016, batting .366 with eight home runs, 39 RBIs and a team-high 47 runs and 14 stolen bases. He comes from an athletic background as both his parents played soccer at Middlebury College.

Danny Hudzina, the Cardinals’ 10th-round pick and final selection Friday, ranked seventh in NCAA Division I in batting with a .408 average, hit four home runs and had 32 RBIs and 18 doubles. The first-team all-Conference USA third baseman began the season on a 25-game hitting streak, hitting safely in 47 of 54 games and struck out only 12 times in 249 plate appearances.

Hudzina was tabbed by Baseball America as the Best Defensive Third Baseman in Conference USAin their preseason ratings.

The Cardinals will complete the draft with rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday.

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