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    Cards Pick Wallace

    The Cardinals drafter ASU 3b/1b Brett Wallace. A lefty hitter, he was listed as 6-1 245, with great plate discipline and good power.

    All right, I'm sure that it's great that they got a guy with a great bat. Maybe that makes him a great trade value, maybe he's a desperate hope for a future Glaus hole, maybe he's insurance of Albert's elbow.

    I know that picking Kozma last year was a shot a filling an organizational hole in the middle infield (eventually he could fit in at second or maybe short), and that made sense. What didn't to me was drafting all college guys the next ten rounds or so. I hope that the Card's sandwich pick, or second rounder, at least, is a high schooler, who generally have more upside.

    But why Wallace? Just because he's a position player, and his bat is a sure thing? The Cardinals historically have a rep for good defense--and Wallace doesn't seem to fit that mold. Yet, they still need pitchers with a good arm. Yes, they still need athletes in the middle inield and the outfield (with a possible future OF of Mather, Rasmus and Ankiel). So, why draft a guy who ostensibly is blocked by Alber Pujols?

    Not that 'm complaing, of course--but the two picks right after Wallace, Aaron Hicks and Ethan Martin, both looked really interesting. And the Cardinals don't usually draft as high as 13th.



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    Re: Cards Pick Wallace

    If you are picking MLB draft guys to fill holes or needs then your organization is in big trouble. The MLB draft is all about the best guy available and signable...



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    Re: Cards Pick Wallace

    First couple rounds are probably best guy available, but after that you draft to fill up your minor leagues.



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    Re: Cards Pick Wallace

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    First couple rounds are probably best guy available, but after that you draft to fill up your minor leagues.
    I would say its more like the first 20 rounds are best available, signable guys, next 10 are possible draft and follow guys going to Juco or long shots you think you can pay to get them not to go to college. Last 20 rounds are filling the minor league roster with college seniors and picking high school kids to make them feel cool.



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    Re: Cards Pick Wallace

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    If you are picking MLB draft guys to fill holes or needs then your organization is in big trouble. The MLB draft is all about the best guy available and signable...
    When perhaps five guys have equivalent talent (after all, we're projecting three to five years down the line), position has some bearing on a choice. Especially if you're continuing to rebuild a system that was pretty much barren due to trades.

    Or, wouldn't you rather have Dan Haren and Daric Barton rather than Mark Mulder?



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    Re: Cards Pick Wallace

    Cards picked Mike Lynn with the sandwich pick, a big RHP (6-5 250) from Mississippi with the sandwich pick.

    Their strength and conditioning guy must be getting a raise, with these first two picks. Not as good a choice as Chris Perez in a similar position, it seems.



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