In the first of a four-part series, we highlight the top 15 St. Louis Cardinals prospects from the…
Why did StL draft 3 3B in their 1st 6 picks?
Many observers of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and specifically, the St. Louis Cardinals, wondered aloud about the club's strategy when it chose three third basemen in the first 86 picks of the entire draft. That represented half of the Cards' top six selections, all made by first-year Director of Amateur Scouting Dan Kantrovitz. Yes, the position seemed thin across the system, but at that point, Zack Cox was still a Cardinal and David Freese and Matt Carpenter were set in St. Louis. There were also other needs to be addressed in a most unique draft – one in which the Cardinals had four compensatory selections early on. The first of the three new third sackers, Stephen Piscotty, taken 36th overall, opened his professional career at the highest level of the group, at full-season Class-A. Though he played at third base there, the organization has clarified matters a bit by making the decision following the season to move the just-turned 22-year-old to the outfield in 2013. The...
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