After following this draft class very closely over the last year, here are my final top 30 rankings.
Well with the draft only a couple of days away here we are with the final college wrap-up of the season. I am guessing the Cardinals will take a few players that you have seen on these pages throughout the season. This was regional week in the NCAA, so not everyone was playing. The players that still had games took their last shot at impressing the decision makers, and some of the top guys did not disappoint. Check out this week’s top performers inside.
For the third consecutive year I was handed the reins of the Cardinals organization in the minorleagueball.com mock draft. This was the highest pick I have had, and I was hoping to add some impact talent to the system. I believe I was able to accomplish that goal. Check it out after the break and tell me what you think.
Sorry I was a day late, but I am sure I wasn’t the only one that had a busy weekend. Memorial day weekend is usually conference tournament weekend, and that means some guys played a lot more games that usual and others were done pretty quickly. Conor Gillaspie used the MVC tourny to pad his stats, and Brian Matusz continues to show why he is the best pitcher in this draft. This week I tried to include everyone I think will be a first round pick along with some others, and I tried to line them up in a rough order of how I have them ranked. I also included the season statistics for every pitcher in the report. Check it all out after the break.
Will Christian Friedrich be the Cardinals first round pick?
From everything we have heard (and from past experience), it looks like the Cardinals are looking for a college pitcher at 13. The four big names that have been thrown around as the elite group of college hurlers are Brian Matusz of San Diego, Mizzou’s Aaron Crow, Tulane’s Shooter Hunt, and Christian Friedrich from Eastern Kentucky. Fresno State’s Tanner Scheppers would have been right in the middle of this group (and probably 3rd on the list) a couple of weeks ago, but he has since gone down with a stress fracture in his shoulder leaving his draft status very uncertain. The next group of college pitchers probably consists of a pair of hard throwing college relievers who could be converted back into starters. These are TCU’s fast rising Andrew Cashner and Arizona fire baller Ryan Perry. The Cardinals also showed last year that they aren’t afraid to go against third party rankings and take someone they like even if it is seen as a major overdraft. The guy that you need to look at for that kind of scenario is Michigan two-way star Zach Putnam.
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Crosschecker season is in full effect, and the top bats didn’t waste the opportunity as nearly all of them had big weekends. Brian Matusz and San Diego had the weekend off, and you have probably heard of the unfortunate injury to Tanner Scheppers. Aaron Crow and Christian Friedrich tried to capitalize and establish themselves atop the college pitching class. Only two more weekends before the draft. Check it all out inside.
We are only 3 weekends away from the draft, so the guys are running out of time to impress. The top of the draft has been locked in for a while, but there are some new names popping up in the late first round. One of those guys stretched it out a little this weekend. Tanner Scheppers and Zach Putnam, two big time righties that are on the Cardinals’ radar didn’t pitch this weekend, but I haven’t heard why just yet. Check out those that did play and impressed inside.
Yesterday erik gave everybody a look at how he thinks the first 13 picks of the draft are going to go, and today I am trying to figure out the top 20 prospects available. We are about a month out, and while there is some consensus starting to develop with the college players, the high school group is still mostly up in the air.
Another rough weekend for the top college pitchers, but Christian Friedrich took advantage and fired a great game. I don’t know if the Cardinals will look at relievers early, but this week I decided to add a few of them in the report. The bats continue to roll as Yonder Alonso and Brett Wallace show off their power stroke. Check it all out inside this special Cinco de Mayo edition of the wrap. I don’t really know what you are supposed to do for Cinco de Mayo, but I wouldn’t mind a few margaritas or i heard azru likes the Bud Light Lime.
Today the Cardinals have promoted Mike Parisi to the major leagues while sending reliever Anthony Reyes to Memphis. Parisi becomes the first member of the Cardinals’ 2004 draft class to make it to St. Louis. It is not clear what his role will be, but I would expect he will just assume Reyes’ long reliever role. This seems to be the move that set everything into motion over the last 24 hours. P.J. Walters was promoted to Memphis to take Parisi’s start today, with Tyler Herron filling in for him in Springfield. There are other rumored moves, but none of them have been officially announced to this point.