2011 Record: 90-72 (World Series Champions)
Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii (No. 22 overall)
Top Organizational Needs
With five of the first 59 picks in the draft, the Cardinals have the opportunity to build a solid young core going forward if they nail the selections.
They don't need to worry about filling out specific positions. Rather, they should be focusing on finding the next wave of superstars to rebuild in this post-Albert Pujols period.
2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks
No. 19 Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&M
He has a deadly curve that will likely be developed into a wicked slider in the pros, and he has a fastball that tops out in the high-90s.
While he doesn’t scream future ace, the comparisons to Jon Garland make sense, and it’s not just because he’s 6’6’’.
He may not have the highest ceiling, but there is no question he'll be a big-league pitcher. Going to an organization like the Cardinals is going to do wonders for Wacha.
No. 23: James Ramsey, OF, Florida State
He was drafted last season, but decided to come back for his senior year and the move paid off.
He knocked in 55 RBI in 61 games for the Seminoles this season, but he doesn’t possess any standout tools. He switched from right field to center in the middle of his career, and has a very unorthodox batting stance.
This is the biggest reach of the entire first round thus far.
No. 36: Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford
They go from the biggest reach of the first round to one of the steals in the entire draft in Piscotty. This kid is a pure baseball player that will help a team in every conceivable manner. Love this pick by the Cardinals.
No. 52: Patrick Wisdom, 3B, St. Mary's
Another reach in my opinion by the Cardinals, though Wisdom flashes the power that Piscotty hasn't shown yet. What he lacks is consistency at the plate, making him a bit of a project despite coming out of the college ranks.
No. 59: Steve Bean, C, Rockwall HS
He's a long-term project at catcher, but he's shown all the tools to be a solid backstop down the road.
No. 86: Kelly Carson, 3B, Westview HS
No team has rotated between picks I love and those I question quite like the Cardinals in this draft. This is one I love. He's got potential at either third or pitcher, and if he doesn't go to Oregon could be one of the steals of the draft for St. Louis here.
No. 117: Tim Cooney, LHP, Wake Forest
Late Round Highlights
No. 180: Cory Jones, RHP, College of the Canyons
He's a nice power arm, but a project as well.
No. 360: Trey Williams, SS, Valencia HS
Son of former big-leaguer Eddie Williams, Trey is a dangerous offensive weapon and solid enough defensively to complement his plus bat.
No. 390: Max Foody, LHP, The Pendleton School
Draft Grade: B