St. Louis Cardinals 2012 draft review

Breaking down the 44 picks of the St. Louis Cardinals in last week's MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The St. Louis Cardinals drafted 44 players during the 2012 MLB First-Year Player draft. Even under new scouting director Dan Kantrovitz, the organization went heavy on the four-year college players with a good mix of players from the junior college and high school ranks. It was similar to how the organization's drafts proceeded under Jeff Luhnow.

Of the Cardinals' 44 selections, 26 were from four-year universities. The organization not only chose players from large schools such as Florida State and Stanford but also off the radar schools such as Northwestern State and Elon.

The team also mined the talent of the junior colleges. Ten of the team's selections were players from the Juco level, starting with Cory Jones in the fifth round. Of the ten players, three are from the state of California - Jones, Rowan Wick, and Steven Gallardo. Javier Machuca was chosen from a Puerto Rican junior college, the first player the organization has picked from the island since the Cardinals named Richard Mendoza in the 25th round in 2010.

The remaining eight players came directly from high school. The Cardinals selected back to back preps at picks 59 and 86, Steve Bean and Carson Kelly. Bean has already signed and Kelly appears to be a tough sign that will go down to the wire.

The Cardinals went to the state of California more often than any other state. The team took 11 from the Golden State or 25% of its 44 picks. The team took five players with ties to Missouri. Tate Matheny, Brett Wiley, Lee Stoppelman all played this spring in the state. Joe Scanio and Eduardo Oquendo earlier played high school baseball in the Show-Me state.

The organization had close ties to five of its picks. 23rd-round pick Tate Matheny is the son of the big league manager Mike. 32nd-round pick Oquendo and 39th rounder Mike Aldrete are the sons of big league coaches Jose and Mike, respectively. Cardinals' cross checker and former short-season manager Joe Almaraz' son Jacoby was chosen in the 21st round while the team nabbed minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May's son, Derrick, in the 37th round. Matheny and May were drafted from the prep ranks. Oquendo and Almaraz have been playing junior college ball. Aldrete was competing at San Jose State.

As should be expected, most of the draftees are right-handed pitchers. The team selected 13 right-handers or close to 30% of the picks. The Cardinals used eight picks on southpaws, which had been identified in recent drafts as an area of need. This is the highest number of picks used on left-handers in recent years as the organization tries to beef up its depth from the left side.

The Cardinals' deployed six picks on outfielders and six on middle infielders. Of the players up the middle, two were listed as second baseman while four are considered shortstops. The six outfielders are very good athletes that should be able to play centerfield, at least in the short term.

Though the organization is deep in third basemen at the big league level and Triple-A, the team drafted heavy at the position early on. Three of the team's first six picks are capable of playing the hot corner, Stephen Piscotty, Patrick Wisdom, and Kelly. In the 11th round, another high-ceiling prep third baseman was chosen, Trey Williams.

The Cardinals selected five catchers, three of whom are high school players and another in his second year of junior college. The team finished out the draft choosing two first basemen, Almaraz and Jeremy Schaffer, who was a catcher at Tulane.

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