Drafting future superstars has rarely been a concern in St. Louis. The Cardinals consistently rank in the top tier of that category. In 2013, Baseball Prospectus ranked the Cardinals organization No. 1 in all of baseball.
This season, the Cardinals slipped a few spots to No. 6 due to the promotions of Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Matt Adams.
In last season’s draft, the Cardinals selected three pitchers (left-handers Marco Gonzalez and Rob Kaminsky and righty Mike Mayers) and a shortstop (Oscar Mercado) with their first four picks. As the 2014 draft nears, they own the 27th pick (their own) and the 34th pick as compensation after free agent Carlos Beltran signed with the New York Yankees last offseason.
What will general manager John Mozeliak and his staff do in the first round? Will Mozeliak select a player to fill depth needs, or will he take the best possible player?
If I were a betting man, I'd bet on the latter.
Let’s take a look at five players the Cardinals should target in the first round.