Analyzing the St. Louis Cardinals 2011 Draft

Brian Walton and expert Frankie Piliere dig into the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 draft at

Though there is much activity ahead as the St. Louis Cardinals push to sign their 2011 draftees and their three US-based short-season clubs get underway later this month, the completion of the draft offers an opportunity to reflect on what occurred.

In my most recent weekly "Farm Report" column at, "Cards appear to address many needs in the draft", I did just that. With the assistance of national baseball expert Frankie Piliere, I looked at the Cardinals draft class of 2011 from multiple angles.

In addition to analyzing the pedigrees of several of the top prospects, we discussed the team's approach of taking a number of lesser-known high school players and ones from smaller colleges.

The factors behind key positional needs such as middle infield and left-handed pitching are highlighted and analyzed. The numbers behind the selections by position and high school versus college are contrasted by year.

For those most interested in the bottom line, Piliere provides his immediate assessment of the strength of the Cardinals draft class and how it stacks up against the other 29 major league organizations.

There is much more, so please check out "The Farm Report" this and every Thursday at the website of the television home of the St. Louis Cardinals,

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Earlier 2011 draft-related articles from The Cardinal Nation

Day one: Cardinals Draft Kolten Wong in First Round

Day two: IL HS OF Tilson Opens Cardinals Draft Day Two

Premium Article Day two reaction: Jeff Luhnow on Cardinals Draft Day Two

Day three: Cardinals 2011 Draft Day Three Complete

Link to our entire library of 2011 pre-draft materials, including scouting reports, mock drafts, interviews and much more.

Head over to our Message Board for draft-related discussion with some of the most knowledgeable individuals about the St. Louis Cardinals and their minor league system.

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