As much fun as yesterday was to see new faces become future Cardinals, the real challenge now starts with finding the hidden gems in Rounds 11-40 of the MLB Draft. The usual strategy for St. Louis and other teams in the recent past has been trying to entice some of the tougher signs with strong offers to see what amount may make the difference. It would be a surprise, however, to see too much of that from the Birds on the Bat this time out.
The bonus pool has to be considered as does filling out the rookie league rosters, especially on the pitching side of the ledger. Scouting Director Randy Flores has not been able to dodge many potholes in his little over a year on the job but the high character picks already in the books tell a bigger story. It would do no one justice to say the type of player in the organization needed to change, so let’s just go with selections that have more than physical skills fit the criteria.
Two-way players are all the rage right now, but the Cardinals have always drafted the athletes that could eventually switch job titles. Expect more of the same, as the early Day 3 picks are bound to be multi-faceted before transitioning into what sets St. Louis apart from nearly everyone else in the game. The small school picks like Matt Adams, Trevor Rosenthal, and Kevin Siegrist no doubt are the stories scouts love to tell, all of which leads to another intriguing day of selections.
Enjoy the ride and will be back tomorrow with reactions to the overall depth that is added to an already strong system!