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The 2007 First Year Player Draft, held in Orlando on Thursday and Friday, really dominated discussions this past week with so many memorable posts that I actually lost track.
But, there were several good non-draft posts, too. For example, "CariocaCardinal" continued the series looking at players ready to advance in the minor league system. This week's offering was called "Movin´on up" - Relief Pitchers"
Then we had "Unbelievable that the Cards could be this bad". On page four, "C2kSeven" compared winning to payrolls, offering solid commentary and "photonblaster" graphed the data to drive the point home that there is no correlation.
The differences between the two seam and four seam fastball are clearly explained by "easton714" on page two of the thread "Any chance that Wells get sent down?"
As we get into the draft itself, in the discussion entitled "BA's Manuel & Callis like the Cards' Early Picks", "cpebbles" and "tenniseleven" carried on an informative dialogue about the Cardinals' first pick, high school shortstop Peter Kozma.
On page eight of the very long-running thread called "Guessing June Draft Selections" "RunSup" and "BeauHeart" offered up excellent lists of player draft selection criteria, both looking at positions as well as other factors.
All the discussion of the draft continued afterward in the thread "Sidebar Draft Comments". On page one, "BeauHeart" offered up a set of lessons learned about the Cardinals draft philosophy through their actions this past week. On page two, he offered up analysis of draftees' backgrounds by age, class and position.
In a close contest with many top posts by knowledgeable posters, this week's winner is "BeauHeart", for the many detailed and thoughtful contributions. "BeauHeart" collects a free four-week subscription to stlcardinals.scout.com and all the other great sites in the Scout.com network.
Next week, it can be you! So, keep posting!
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