With Zack Cox traded to the Miami Marlins yesterday, 1st round picks are a subject of much discussion around the web. Let’s take a look after the jump of who the Cardinals selected from 1997-2012 and where they are now.
I’m going to piggyback on a concept that erik introduced a few years ago.
I’m using career WAR in the final column from Baseball Reference.
The Cardinals had a “dark period” in their 1st round drafting from 99-01. Daric Barton and Colby Rasmus seem to be moderately successful major leaguers, but both were traded away for other assets. They are interspersed in the 02-06 period with players that have had negative WAR in the major leagues. Lambert was traded before he made it to the majors. It is still too early to tell for the 09-12 batch, and probably too early for 07-08, but the early returns in the majors on Kozma and Wallace are disapointing.