Luken Baker will not be confused with any other draft pick the Cardinals make the next two days. And with the third selection on Day 1, St. Louis has improved another area sorely lacking throughout the Minors.
The burly 1B from TCU has dealt with his fair share of injuries but has very few contemporaries as imposing. Baker hits to all fields and will have every opportunity to use his right-handed power to slug his way up the ranks.
Rarely in over ten years of covering the draft has every first day pick made as much sense for the Birds on the Bat. This is only the start, however, as tomorrow quite frankly ranks just as importantly.
St. Louis has to fit rounds 3-10 within the same budget and fill out both State College and Johnson City in addition to the Gulf Coast squad. They are well on the way with a trio of new Cardinals who may very well see their names right up there with the best players already established.