With the College World Series just a month away and the draft before even that, draft boards are starting to solidify, at least in the college ranks. College prospects don’t fluctuate as rapidly as high school prospects in the estimation of scouts but there are still definite emerging trends this year among collegiate players in the Cardinals’ range. Here are a few such players:
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Purple_Haze in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Andrew Heaney, Chris Stratton, Deven Marrero, Patrick Wisdom
Purple_Haze in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Albert Almora, Carlos Correa, Jameis Winston, Joey Gallo, Lucas Giolito
Due to popular demand, I present to you a look at how draft boards have been moving as of late and how some of the recent action might affect the Cardinals picks
Purple_Haze in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Brian Johnson, Hunter Virant, Matt Smoral
Last week I talked about a few picks that fit the Cardinals’ drafting style with the logic that past success will lead to repetition despite the personnel changes that have occurred throughout the organization. This week (and perhaps also in the coming weeks), I take the opposite hypothesis, foreseeing a change in philosophy due not only to the aforementioned personnel differences but also to the surplus that such a consistent style has created.
Purple_Haze in 2012 MLB Draft, tags: Hudson Randall, Jameis Winston, Stephen Piscotty
For all the turnover we saw in the organization this year, it’s hard to envision too many changes in their philosophy. Last year’s wall-to-wall success probably means we’ll see a smooth continuation of what has worked in the past. We’ve already seen it: success with Dominican prospects like Oscar Taveras and Carlos Martinez has led the Cardinals back to the well with another major signing in 17 year old pitcher Andres Serrano (as a note of warning, Andres Serrano is also the name of a famed corpse photographer. Google Image search at your own risk).
Of course, with so many picks, we should expect some variety at the top of the draft (maybe even a left handed pit–no, it’s too far-fetched to hope for) but predicting the draft is a crapshoot anyway and past tendencies are often the best predictors we have. More likely than not, this will mean more collegiate pure hitters, more groundballers and more raw, possibly multi-sport athletes from the draft this year.
With that in mind, here are a few guys who fit into the Cardinals mould.
MLB Mock Drafts are not quite as big as NFL Mock Drafts (Which are done year round and at least a year in advance) – but there are already a ton of MLB mock drafts out there that will give us at least an idea of who is currently projected to be available at the Cardinals selections. Let’s take a look at the 4 guys mocked to the Cardinals at 19th overall.
Purple_Haze in 2012 MLB Draft
[azru: In past year's when I've asked for feedback on the site, one of the things that came up was more pre-draft coverage. So this year, I found someone to provide some fodder for our draft discussions. Leading up to the draft, purple_haze will introduce you to players that you should know to be prepped for the draft. When the draft is here, Future Redbirds will, as we have for the last several years, track each draft pick through the first 10 rounds and then group posts for each 10 rounds after that. The difference will be that this year, you may already know some of the names we draft thanks to purple_haze. Make sure and check in each Tuesday for draft coverage. Enjoy!]
Just as I was beginning to feel as if 2011 was a fairy tale so distant that it could not possibly be true, baseball returned and brought me sharply back into the present. And even though the dramatic finish of that season seemed to be the conclusion of an era of Cardinals history, they did not simply dissolve the franchise right then and there. Yep, it seems they’re doing it all over again this year and I couldn’t be happier. Everything is renewed this spring, with a new CBA, new management and a new farm director to determine the influx of new ballplayers from what should be a fruitful draft.