Scout's McDaniel on Cardinals' Draft Targets's National Baseball Analyst Kiley McDaniel discusses how the St. Louis Cardinals may be approaching next week's First-Year Player Draft.

As the 30 Major League organizations prepare for the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, which gets underway on Thursday, June 5, scouts remain on the road getting final looks at prospective picks. Right along with them is's National Baseball Analyst Kiley McDaniel.

To get an understanding of which kinds of players the St. Louis Cardinals may be seriously considering, as well as some names of potential draftees, McDaniel is the best person I know to ask. From outside the organization, that is, but of course, the Cardinals aren't talking.

In fact, as I reached Kiley this weekend, he was in his car, crisscrossing the state of Florida following the various top young players, whether at showcases, big college programs or local high schools.

Along with the Cardinals overall posture, McDaniel discusses six players he thinks may be connected to the Cardinals, including one that is a fresh new rumor. They are listed with McDaniel's Top 289 ranking, home state and college commitment. Note that all six are high schoolers.

For reference, St. Louis has four picks in the top 71 this year. Their own first and second-rounders are at number 27 and 68. They also have the 34th selection as compensation for the loss of Carlos Beltran and the 71st pick via round two of the Competitive Balance lottery.

Rank Pos Name State College
28 LHP Foster Griffin Florida Ole Miss
51 CF Monte Harrison Missouri Nebraska
26 1B Braxton Davidson North Carolina North Carolina
42 CF Marcus Wilson California Arizona State
40 OF/P Alex Verdugo Arizona Arizona State
125 RHP Ronnie Williams Florida Miami


Following the draft, we will check back with Kiley on some of the top athletes taken by St. Louis.

Some of McDaniel's available resources for the 2014 Draft:
The Scout 295
More College Prospects
More High School Prospects
Mock Draft 1.0

On his site,, McDaniel also has information on top targets for 2015 and 2016, both high school and college. Your subscription to The Cardinal Nation gives you insider access to all of Kiley's work and much more!

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