Scout's Kiley McDaniel on the Cards' draft

Our national baseball expert Kiley McDaniel talks about the St. Louis Cardinals draft and some key names from the high school ranks to know.

Early Wednesday afternoon, I spoke with national baseball analyst Kiley McDaniel via phone. The subject was his assessment of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2013 draft in general as well as specific players to look out for.

Along with the obvious first three picks (Marco Gonzales, Rob Kaminsky and Oscar Mercado), McDaniel talked about four high schoolers whose situations may prove to be the difference between a good and great draft for the Cardinals.

They include fifth-rounder Ian McKinney and seventh-rounder Chris Rivera (both announced as signed later that day) and 10th round selection Malik Collymore.

McDaniel also discussed the factors around signing club's first pick outside the top 10 rounds, California prep hurler Steven Farinaro, a UCLA commit, and the player he thinks the Cards wanted in the first round, but got away.


Click here to see the basic biographical information for all 41 Cardinals draftees. Remember that by clicking on any highlighted player name, you will be taken to his individual player profile page. There, all the prior information we have about him is available – articles, injury news, photos, videos, interviews and more - all in one place.

Finally, to see where these players might fit in the system, check out the Cardinals organization Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. They will be assigned to team rosters there and here on the main site once short-season minor league clubs are set.

Link to 2013 Draft Central, where our entire library of 2013 draft materials, including scouting reports, mock drafts, interviews and much more for hundreds of players awaits.

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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