Daniel Poncedeleon played for four schools in his college career.

Right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon is no stranger to the First-Year Player Draft.

His selection by the Cardinals in the ninth round on Friday was the fourth of his career after the right-handed pitcher endured a hectic last several months to get there.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Poncedeleon was drafted in 2010 by the Rays, in '12 by the Reds and last summer by the Cubs. He took the extra step last summer, intending to sign with Chicago before they failed his physical for what he was told were concerns about the nerve placement in his elbow.

"After the Cubs failed my physical, I had to go back to communicate with my coaches to see if I could come back," Poncedeleon said.

Because he had reached a deal with the Cubs, the NCAA ruled, after many months of waiting, that Poncedeleon was ineligible to return to the University of Houston. Instead, he transferred to NAIA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical (Fla.), where he posted a 1.60 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings this past season.

His season at Embry-Riddle marked the fourth stop in his collegiate career. He started his career at Arizona before moving to Cypress Junior College as a sophomore and finally Houston as a junior, where he posted a 4.47 ERA in 86 2/3 innings.

"It was a great learning experience," Poncedeleon said of moving from college to college. "You have all types of coaches and all types of how they coach and how you have to play under them and stuff like that. I've had to adapt to a new program every year since I've been in college ball."

Poncedeleon touches the mid 90s with his fastball, but his biggest weapon, he says, is the movement that comes with each pitch.

"I think my best thing is I don't really throw a straight pitch, I don't throw anything straight," Poncedeleon said. "I'm sinking in or cutting away or throwing a curveball. I have a lot of different weapons I can throw you."

His journey to Friday afternoon, where Poncedeleon finally found a landing point in St. Louis, has been frustrating. He had less than a month to find a new school after the NCAA ruled him ineligible.

In the end, it all worked out.

"I'm happy," Poncedeleon said. "I'm really happy I got drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals."

Cards draft Loyola Marymount righty Megill in Round 3

Draft 2014: Cardinals draft RHP Trevor Megill No. 104

The Cardinals began Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday with the same trend that carried them through their first four picks during Day 1, adding yet another right-handed pitcher.

The final pick of the third round was used to select right-hander Trevor Megill from Loyola Marymount University in California. Megill missed his junior season at Loyola Marymount after having Tommy John surgery.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

2014 Draft Central

Megill posted a 5-8 record and a 3.57 ERA over 15 starts and 90 2/3 innings as a freshman after graduating high school a semester early to attend Loyola Marymount in time for the baseball season. As a sophomore, Megill made seven starts and eight appearances, finishing the season with a 2.72 ERA while tossing 43 innings and striking out 45 hitters.

Megill, a lanky 6-foot-8, has a repertoire that includes a fastball hitting 91-93 mph when healthy and a slow breaking ball at 79 mph.

College lefty Gomber picked by Cards in Round 4

Draft Report: Austin Gomber, College Pitcher

Austin Gomber had received an indication that he was on the Cardinals' short list, but he had no idea what to expect as he listened to the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon.

With the final pick of the fourth round, Gomber heard his name. The Cardinals, who he says were one of the teams that showed the most interest, selected the junior left-hander out of Florida Atlantic.

"For me, there's not a better place to go than St. Louis," Gomber said. "They have the best baseball fans in America and you're competing for a championship every single year. I don't know what else you could ask for."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Gomber has been Florida Atlantic's ace for the past two seasons. He has has a three-pitch arsenal, and has developed a strong changeup to go with a fastball that touches 90 mph and a slider.

"He's probably a No. 4 starter with a higher floor," MLB.com's Jim Callis said following Gomber's selection. "I think the changeup is his pitch."

"My changeup is definitely my best pitch," Gomber added. "I take pride in having a good changeup. I throw a fastball, changeup and slider. The changeup is definitely my go-to [pitch]."

In three seasons at Florida Atlantic, the lefty has made 41 starts and posted a 3.27 ERA in 244 2/3 innings, proving to be dependable.

With a 6-foot-5, 215-pound build, Gomber has a downhill angle and has good control of all three pitches. He was the fifth straight pitcher selected by the Cardinals to begin the Draft, but the first left-hander.

"When I got to college, our pitching coach stressed throwing strikes and getting ahead, making the guy beat you and not help the guy by walking him," Gomber said. "That's kind of my mentality when I'm out there -- not to go out there and strike everybody out, go out there and throw strikes and make them earn whatever they get."

Gomber has had contact with the Cardinals' organization since early fall and participated in a pre-Draft workout a week and a half ago at the Cardinals' complex in Jupiter, Fla.

When he was told he would be on the team's short list if he remained available, there was excitement. Gomber said he'll sign "as soon as possible" to begin his professional career.

"Since the get-go, I've actually always wanted to play for the Cardinals," Gomber said. "They do an exceptional job with all their pitching, and I know they have a good Minor League system. Obviously, they're playing for a world championship every single year, and that's the goal."

Seferina taken in Round 5 as Cards' first position player

Wrapping up first five rounds of the 2014 Draft

Darren Seferina isn't one for big emotions, but when he heard the news Friday afternoon, he experienced a feeling he had never felt.

Seferina halted St. Louis' streak of selecting pitchers when the second baseman was taken in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday after the Cardinals took pitchers with their first six selections.

"The feeling was great," Seferina said. "I never thought I was ever going to feel like that, because I'm a person that doesn't get too excited about things. When I heard they selected me in the fifth round, it was great. It was an unbelievable moment."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Seferina received congratulatory messages from those close to him, but it was one from Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay that stood out. Jay and Seferina share the same advisor, and have spent time together at a batting cage in Miami during the offseason.

"He really helped me a lot, because last year, I was a good hitter, but this year, I understand what pitch to look for in what count and what to do, because he taught me a lot," Seferina said. "He taught me to stay behind the ball a lot and hit the ball on the ground, because you have to use your speed."

Seferina, from Miami Dade CC South (Fla.), hit .405 in 54 games while playing second base in his freshman season at Miami Dade. The 5-foot-10 infielder brings speed to the organization, swiping 34 bases and scoring 56 runs this past season. He played second base last season after arriving at Miami Dade as a shortstop.

Seferina bats from the left side of the plate and was a Southern Conference First Team selection in 2014 as a freshman.

"I'm a very exciting player. I bring a lot of speed, I get on base a lot and I score runs," Seferina said. "I make great plays at second base; I just like to be in the action. I hit pretty good gap to gap and I'm an exciting player. I'm happy to be playing for the Cardinals."

The plan is for Seferina to report to the Cardinals' complex in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday and begin his professional career sometime soon after. He'll do so with the advice he has received from Jay.

"He just told me whatever happens to have fun in whatever you do, because I'm good enough, I have the skills, I have the talent to do it," Seferina said. "So whatever situation faces you, you just have fun and do whatever you love to do."

Cards select college shortstop Sohn in sixth round

Andrew Sohn, the Cardinals' sixth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, could present the organization with a utility-type player.

The 21-year-old junior shortstop from Western Michigan hit .323 in 53 games last season, and he is a career .307 hitter in three seasons there. He provides some speed, going 34-for-42 on steals in his sophomore and junior seasons combined.

Sohn is a quick, athletic shortstop with a strong arm who was a First Team All-MAC player as a sophomore and named to the second team this past season.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

After a string of six pitchers selected to start the Draft by the Cardinals, Sohn marked the second straight selection of a middle infielder.

Catcher O'Keefe picked by Cards in Round 7

For all the pitchers the Cardinals took in the first few rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, the team used its seventh-round selection on a player to catch them.

Catcher Brian O'Keefe was the team's choice with the 225th overall pick in the Draft on Friday, giving the organization a 20-year-old behind the plate with a strong arm and a powerful bat.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

O'Keefe, out of Saint Joseph's University (Pa.), hit .350 this past season with seven homers and 43 RBIs. He had been projected as a potential backup catcher who can hit for power.

O'Keefe was a First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference player in 2014. He was a middle-of-the-order hitter in his last two seasons at Saint Joseph's.

Cards nab right fielder Thompson in eighth round

After spending two seasons at East Carolina, Nick Thompson transferred to William & Mary for his junior season, where he finally blossomed with playing time.

Thompson's success helped turn him into an eighth-round selection by the Cardinals in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Thompson, a 6-foot-1 right fielder, hit .368 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs last season in 56 games for William & Mary. He had hit .303 as a sophomore at East Carolina in only 28 games after appearing in only 18 games there as a freshman.

Following both his freshman and sophomore seasons at East Carolina, Thompson played in the Coastal Plains League, where he was named an All-Star in both 2012 and '13. He was named a Top 10 prospect in the league last year.

Thompson is a former Gatorade Baseball Virginia Player of the Year.

Cards close Day 2 by taking Stanford's Diekroeger

Danny Diekroeger's Stanford team is in the midst of playing for a spot in the College World Series, but the senior now knows where he'll be whenever his collegiate career might come to a close.

Diekroeger was the final selection on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, being selected in the 10th round by the Cardinals.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

In the last two seasons at Stanford, Diekroeger has developed into a starter, playing in 59 games this season after starting all 54 games last season as a junior.

The 22-year-old Diekroeger, who was drafted as a third baseman despite playing first for Stanford, has hit .311 this season. He went 2-for-4 in Stanford's 11-6 loss against Vanderbilt on Friday in the NCAA Super Regionals.

The Diekroeger family are no strangers to professional baseball. Danny's brother, Kenny, is currently playing in Class A ball for the Royals.