Mattison's 2010 Cardinals Shadow Draft

Senior Minor League Writer Dustin Mattison shares his 2010 St. Louis Cardinals shadow draft.

Just as in previous years, I decided to do a St. Louis Cardinals shadow draft during the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft. I got the idea from Minor League Ball's John Sickels who does one each year for the Minnesota Twins. Since this was my fifth anniversary of doing my shadow draft, I thought I would extend my draft from my traditional 10-round selections to 20 rounds.

Like I have said in the past, don't get the idea that I feel I know more about the draft than Jeff Luhnow and his staff. I don't. I have always found this a fun way to prepare for each year's draft. You can review my selections from my previous drafts here. Also, you can look at my preseason Top 20 Prospect List.

Looking at my farm system, I knew that I needed to add power bats and no farm system can ever have enough pitching. Just like the real Cardinals, I was surprised to find one the top bats in the draft still on the board at pick 25, Zack Cox. From there, I took what I felt were quality bats, some proven, some with upside. Then, I tried to load up on arms, mostly from the college ranks. I closed out my draft with more college bats, loading up on power potential, middle infielders, and a couple of interesting backstops.

Following each player's synopsis is the round in which he was actually picked and the team that selected him.

1 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas

I can't believe a hitter with Cox' ability was still on the board. Just like the Cardinals, I was really glad to grab him. (1st round, St. Louis Cardinals)

1s Austin Wilson OF Westlake HS, CA

This might come back to bite me because he looks a lot less signable than I thought. Hopefully, the team can come to agreement with this tool shed of a player. (12th round, St. Louis Cardinals)

1s Brett Eibner OF Arkansas

I was looking at Eibner with my first pick until his college teammate fell to me at 25. I know some like him more as a pitcher but I would keep in the field until he proves he can't hit. (2nd round, Kansas City Royals)

2 Derek Dietrich SS Georgia Tech

A middle infielder with some power, the left-handed hitter hit 17 home runs while slugging .650 this spring. The jury is out on if he can stay at shortstop. (2nd round, Tampa Bay Rays)

3 Hunter Morris OF Auburn

He might not have a position but I would try him in the outfield. Morris has big time power, something my shadow farm system lacks. (4th round, Milwaukee Brewers)

4 Garin Cecchini SS Barbre HS, LA

The former Team USA star led a team with Bryce Harper on it in slugging last summer. Will be a tough sign but his talent was too much to pass up. (4th round, Boston Red Sox)

5 Mike Kickham LHP Missouri State

This pick started me on my run of pitchers. In a draft thin on left-handed pitching, Kickham looks to be one of the better college southpaws. (6tth round, San Francisco Giants)

6 Chris Hernandez LHP Miami

The lefty has been a favorite since his phenomenal freshman season at the U. With wood bats and better infield defenses, Hernandez could be a fast riser. (7th round, Boston Red Sox)

7 Kevin Rhoderick RHP Oregon State

Another former Team USA star, the Beavers' reliever should rise quick through the minor leagues with a solid fastball and above average secondary offerings. (9th round, Chicago Cubs)

8 Daniel Bibona LHP UC Irvine

Seriously considered him in round seven but like the real Cardinals I waited and he was still available at this pick. (8th round, St. Louis Cardinals)

9 Aaron Senne OF Missouri

A college senior, Senne should be a quick sign and brings a very polished bat to the table. Has enough arm for right and also is nimble around the first base bag. (10th round, Florida Marlins)

10 Bobby Coyle OF Fresno State

An often overlooked prospect, Coyle was a high school teammate of former first round picks Mike Moustakas and Matt Dominguez. The left-handed hitter brings a solid college bat and above average defensive skills to the mix. (10th round, Los Angeles Dodgers)

11 Kyle Ryan LHP Auburndale HS, FL

A Team USA veteran, the southpaw has a lean, projectable frame and should continue to develop velocity as he matures. (12th round, Detroit Tigers)

12 Nick Tepesch RHP Missouri

With the perfect pitcher's build and a mid-nineties fastball, Tepesch looks like a first rounder. But inconsistencies have plagued him throughout his career causing his draft stock to slip. (14th round, Texas Rangers)

13 Colin Kuhn OF Arkansas

Traditional top of the order hitter is the third Razorback I added to my system. With speed to burn, Kuhn covers a lot of ground in center. (15th round, Detroit Tigers)

14 Drew Maggi SS Arizona State

A defense-first middle infielder, Maggi puts the bat on the ball and has enough pop to keep pitchers honest. (15th round, Pittsburgh Pirates)

15 Wes Cunningham OF Murray State

Another bat in search of a position, the former Racer put up video game numbers this past spring (.828 slugging percentage). Cunningham is a grinder who performs better than he the tools he possesses. (17th round, San Diego Padres)

16 Connor Powers 1B Mississippi State

Like Cunningham, Powers really doesn't have a position but he does possess above average power. The 2009 eleventh round choice hit 16 home runs and slugged .696 in an always tough SEC. (21st round, San Diego Padres)

17 Tony Dischler RHP LSU Eunice

A rather raw arm out of one of the premier JUCO programs, Dischler has a fastball that can reach the mid-90's but will need time to develop his secondary offerings. (23rd round, Cleveland Indians)

18 Ryan Lipkin C San Francisco

Another Team USA veteran, Lipkin has good catch and throw skills along with solid footwork behind the dish. His bat is the biggest question and he will have to prove he is capable at the plate. (24th round, Oakland A's)

19 Danny Muno SS Fresno St.

Lacking any plus tools, Muno starred for the 2008 College World Series champs providing solid middle infield defense and a spark at the top of the order. (26th round, Chicago Cubs)

20 Jim Klocke C Southeast Missouri State

I have seen this player more than any other on this list. Klocke brings with him a polished bat with solid average power. His arm is above average as well but he will need to work on his footwork to stay behind the plate. (31st round, Philadelphia Phillies)

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