How the Cardinals leverage bonus pool money

With the help of Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz, we look inside the organization's strategy to leverage the potential upside of the draft rounds after 10, assessing player value versus bonus expectation, and the approach for selecting high schoolers.

In the fourth of this five-part exclusive interview series, St. Louis Cardinals director of scouting Dan Kantrovitz discusses how the organization developed its plan for players signed after the 10th round. The key element of comparing player bonus expectation to potential value is introduced. Also reviewed is how the organization was able to sign several high schoolers later in the draft than expected.


Previous articles in this interview series:
The Cardinals and non-drafted free agents
How the Cards found free agents Popkins and Petrick
St. Louis Cardinals draft signing strategies

Coming soon: In the final installment, Kantrovitz will conclude with an explanation of how his scouts establish relationships with players and continue post-draft, how the scouts work with player development as draftees transition into the system and how the scouts are preparing for 2014.

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