Cardinals with Best Draft in Best Division’s national draft analyst Jeff Ellis explains why the National League Central had MLB’s best drafts in 2015. Part two will cover his number one club, St. Louis, in depth.

With the passing of the July 17 signing deadline, the 2015 First-Year Player Draft has been officially filed in the history books. Of course, now that close to 1,000 new recruits have joined their first minor league clubs, the key responsibility moves from scouting to player development.

Before we go there, it is the right time for a mid-term assessment. For the St. Louis Cardinals and their closest competitors, the view is very positive.

Taking into account the final players signed last week,’s lead draft analyst Jeff Ellis ranks the five National League Central Division teams collectively as having the best 2015 Draft among the six divisions across Major League Baseball.

In the following interview, the first 10 minutes of a two-part discussion of over 30 minutes, Ellis starts at the bottom of the division in his rankings with Cincinnati, progressing up to number two in Milwaukee. He calls out top players taken and offers his opinion of them.

(Don’t miss part two, to be posted Thursday exclusively for The Cardinal Nation members. It will include the final 20 minutes of Ellis diving into detail on his top team in the 2015 Draft, the Cardinals. He reviews St. Louis’ draft strategy, standout players taken, budget pool management and much more.)

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