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The Draft is approaching and the Cards are looking to add to their stockpile of prospects. Lately, management has done a very good job in drafts. Hell, 350-some teams passed on Albert Pujols before he became one of the best hitters of all time. Our past first-round picks include Brett Wallace in ’08, Pete Kozma in ’07, Tyler Greene in ’05, and Colby Rasmus in ’04. Wallace, Rasmus, and Kozma lead the charge in the minors as two of the organization’s top-10 prospects, not to mention Greene and Rasmus who both play for the big-league team (Rasmus starts).
There is no doubt that we have done better in the first-round lately than we did in the late 90’s and early this century. There was an 11 year span in the Draft where only four of the first-rounders players reached the big leagues. Ever heard of Bret Wagner, Chance Caple, Shaun Boyd, Blake Williams, Justin Pope, Daric Barton, or Chris Lambert? Exactly. All were first round picks, and all were busts. Over the past five years though, the Cardinals have really stepped it up on draft day. I would only consider one of our last first-round picks a bust in Adam Ottavino.
When the Draft roles around in early June (only a month away), the Cards will look to improve our minor-league system and St. Louis’ future even more.
Most Mock Drafts have the Cardinals taking an outfielder like Tim Wheeler or Jake Marisnick, but I do not understand the logic in that. We have a VERY deep outfield throughout STL and the farm system. We have four starting OFers in St. Louis right now, none of which are young. In five years, when a first-round OF would hopefully be brought up, we would likely have Ludwick, Rasmus, and Duncan starting in the outfield. There is no room for an OF prospect unless we want him to be a lifetime bench player. If we would take a OF, that means we expect to get rid of two of our four current OF stars… which I see no need in.
Another way we could go would be third base. We took a 3Bman in the first-round last year in Brett Wallace, but he is currently being converted to a first baseman. If the power-hitting Brett Wallace is in fact expected to be a first baseman, then we still need to build up our depth at the 3B position. Excluding Wallace, we do not have a prospect a 3B. If I am the GM, I want a prospect or two at every single position. And while I like the options at 3B after round one, there are very few good third basemen high up on the Draft board.
So, if I was John Mozeliak, I would take one of the many starting pitching prospects that will make up the first round............................
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