Evan Brunell of MVN asked me to participate in an all-blogger mock draft, to which I said “yes!” I took Rex Brothers, a left-handed pitcher out of Lipscomb. I drafted who I think the Cardinals would pick, not necessarily who I would’ve picked, although I do like Brothers. Other possible option that are plausible are: Sacramento State OF Tim Wheeler, Kentucky LHP James Paxton, Indiana RHP Eric Arnett, Kennesaw State RHP Chad Jenkins or HS outfielders Mike Trout and Everett Williams.
It’s very possible the Cardinals could take any of the outfielders and I think that might be my preferred scenario. I probably would have taken Paxton if not for a report about his velocity being down 2-4 MPH in his last start. Jenkins seems to be the Cardinals cup o’tea and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cardinals pop him. College? Check. Sinker? Yep. A little unorthodox? You bet. Results? Try a 5:1 K/BB ratio and a 2.11 FIP on for size. Will he sell jeans? You tell me.
Big upside? Well, he is big. And he has big league upside. Is he the #1-2 starter upside that we’re all hoping for? No, but I’m not sure anyone will fit that bill at #19, unless it’s for signability reasons.