Luhnow on the Cardinals System: Part Two

St. Louis Cardinals Vice President Jeff Luhnow discusses the 2007 and 2008 drafts and more in this second segment of a four-part interview.

Recapping the status of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow reviews key players from the drafts of 2007 and 2008 in this interview segment.

Among those spotlighted are Pete Kozma in the Florida State League, David Kopp's surgery, Niko Vasquez or Nomar Jr?, Appy League MVP Curt Smith, Scott Gorgen as Jess Todd, 2009, Shane Peterson the doubles machine, Aaron Luna's "struggles" and tryout at second base, "gamer" Colt Sedbrook and more.

We then discuss the pros and cons of moving players to new positions as well as those areas where the Cardinals have less congestion, such as behind the plate and left-handed pitching.

The segment concludes with a discussion about how the Cardinals draft position affects the number of high-upside players in the organization and whether or not the club can ever have too many compensatory draft picks.


Coming up

We will shift gears in the third installment of the series, looking into the international program, including re-allocation of financial resources, potential rules changes, PED suspensions, the international pipeline and the opportunity in Asia.

In the final segment, we have a fast a furious discussion about a number of topics, including Samuel Freeman, the Palm Beach and Springfield rotations for 2009, Steven Hill, Jose Martinez, Hector Cardenas, Richard Castillo and more.

Link to Part One: "The Cards System and Luhnow at Five Years"

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