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What Do the Pundits Think About the Cardinals’ Draft?

You probably did something productive with your life Monday night. Played with your kids. Cut the grass. Watched The Bachelorette. Bought a Glade Plug-in for your bathroom.

I spent Monday night eating pizza and watching – yes on actual TV – the MLB Draft.

I’m going to guess that a small fraction of you care about this, so instead of boring you with player profiles and whatnot, I’ll just copy and paste a recap from Baseball America (subscriber content), on how the Cardinals did overall:

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals started things off by taking Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong 22nd overall. The same Cardinals fans that love Ryan Theriot will really love Wong, a high-energy, top-of-the-order sparkplug with a little more juice in his bat. The Cardinals drafted a lot of speed (Charlie Tilson, C.J. McElroy and Kenny Peoples) and, not coincidentally, wound up with a lot of players that lack physicality. Seven of the team’s first 10 picks are listed at 6 feet or smaller. The team didn’t get a lot of high-upside pitchers, as the Cardinals’ first three arms off the board profile as back-of-the-rotation starters (Sam Gaviglio) or bullpen arms (Daniel Miranda and Tyler Mills).

Ryan Theriot? Back up the Brinks truck! (For future reference, if you’re a draft and/or prospect nerd, subscribing to the online portion of BA is well worth the money.)

This is a relatively neutral take on the first rounder (well, technically it’s pretty positive, but to me, the Theriot line gives the impression that Wong’s not a superstar in the making) . Not all draft gurus approved of the Cardinals taking Wong, who was a dream pick for Sign Guy and the Post-Dispatch headline writer. ESPN’s Keith Law had this quick take in his post-draft chat:

Pierce (Tulsa, OK): Quick grade on the Wong pick by the Cardinals?

Klaw  (2:19 PM): I ranked him 75th and they took him 22nd.

Fantastic. So Wong probably won’t be a complete waste, but he’s not a guy to get excited about. Or if you’re in favor of short second basemen, then by all means, throw a party. The reality is that a lot of these high draft picks won’t get past AA or will eventually be traded by the Cardinals for help at the Major League level.

They could have opened some eyes by taking one of the highly-regarded high school pitchers that were available at the time, but being a college bat, Wong should get to the Majors within two or three years – although that time frame didn’t work out for Tyler Greene, a 2005 first-rounder. If only catching pop-ups wasn’t such an important part of being a shortstop.

And as pointed out on Twitter, the Cubs had lots of notable picks, not necessarily for talent. This includes famous offspring Shawon Dunston Jr and Trevor Gretzky. The Cubs also took the best name of the draft – Rock Shoulders. Fuck yeah, that guy’s awesome. Even better, they took the 18 year old version of Ham Porter – Dan Vogelbach – in the second round (h/t Mr. Fritz for the reference):

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I’m imagining this kid calling Colby Rasmus a fart-smeller in a brawl six years from now. Well done, Cubs. Well done.

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