There may not be a team in baseball that finds itself in better shape heading into the 2013 draft than the St. Louis Cardinals.
The team's farm system is widely regarded as the best in the game; both in terms of talent and depth, and the Cardinals are one of five teams who have at least two picks in the first round (including the Supplemental Round) of this year's draft.
To be sure, there are areas that we'd like to see the Cardinals address, which include finding a long-term answer at shortstop (raise your hand if you believe Pete Kozma is better served coming off of the bench) and someone who can learn from—and eventually replace—Yadier Molina behind the plate.
But with no glaring needs at the major league level and plenty of talent in the system to plug any that do pop up, GM John Mozeliak has an advantage over nearly all of his counterparts—he can take the best player available, regardless of position.
Mozeliak and the front office in St. Louis did just that, stockpiling a number of talented players from both the college and high school ranks, some with more upside than others.
All things considered, the 2013 draft has to be considered a successful one for the Cardinals.
Let's take a closer look at the newest members of the organization.