Cardinals prospect interview: Patrick Wisdom

The Cardinals third base prospect moved up to Springfield for 2014 after a late-season stint at Palm Beach.

During the first and second rounds of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals called out the names of three third basemen, all taken in the first 86 picks of the draft. The second of the trio, taken at 52nd overall, was Patrick Wisdom, from St. Mary's College in California.

Of course, the Cardinals had a wealth of picks that year, adding four early selections following the free-agent departures of Albert Pujols (two), Edwin Jackson and for the spot used on Wisdom, Octavio Dotel.

Less than two years later, the other two third sackers are now calling other positions home defensively. Stephen Piscotty is starting his second season as a right fielder while second-rounder Carson Kelly is in his first month of regular season play as a catcher.

Only Wisdom still remains at the hot corner. Possessing a strong arm and good instincts, the speed at which the 22-year-old advances should only be limited by the speed at which his bat progresses. To that end, the Cardinals gave Wisdom a month at Palm Beach to close 2013 and promoted him again to Double-A to open the 2014 regular season.

In between, the California native received his first non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp. With St. Louis, Wisdom had a double and a home run in 12 at-bats over seven games before his reassignment to minor league camp.

Wisdom discusses all of the above and more in the following exclusive interview.

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Coming soon: The final interview in this set from Springfield will be with coach Packy Elkins.

Previously posted Springfield interviews:
Manager Mike Shildt
Shortstop Aledmys Diaz
Pitcher Kurt Heyer
Pitcher Zach Petrick
Pitcher Sam Gaviglio
First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez



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