St. Louis Cardinals
Draft History
2018
Paul DeJong - protection
13 - Trevor Williams
43 - Harrison Bader
103 - Jen-Ho Tseng
133 - Aaron Bummer

2017
Aledmys Diaz - protection
23 - Daniel Mengden
95 - Ross Stripling
113 - Nick Wittgen
 
2016
Stephen Piscotty - protection
78 - Ryan Weber
80 - Adam Morgan
138 - Serevino Gonzalez

2015
Randal Grichuk - protection
11 - Andrew Susac
41 - Dominic Leone
71 - Yimi Garcia
115 - Rafael Ynoa

2014
Michael Wacha - protection
90 - Luis Jimenez
107 - Engel Beltre
137 - Ehire Adrianza
150 - Onelki Garcia

2013
Shelby Miller - protection
19 - Luis Cruz
49 - Moises Sierra
78 - Drew Hutchison
79 - Ryan Wheeler
139 - Christian Friedrich

2012
Eduardo Sanchez - protection
15 - Henderson Alvarez
50 - Rex Brothers
57 - Tony Cruz
70 - Tom Wilhemsen
77 - Blake Wood
97 - Ivan De Jesus
107 - Jeff Locke
110 - Brandon Laird

2011
Jon Jay - protection
16 - Brent Morel
46 - Michael Kirkman
61 - Dan Cortez
76 - Welington Castillo

2010
Colby Rasmus - protection
17 - Brad Bergesen
42 - Scott O'Sullivan
113 - Tyler Greene
137 - Ryan Webb
148 - Nick Stavinoha

2009
Chris Perez - protection
14 - David Purcey
46 - Edgar Gonzalez
76 - Lou Montanez


2008
Brandon Ryan - protection
9 - J.R. Towles
39 - Aaron Laffey
99 - Kevin Cameron
129 - Jonathan Meleon


2007
Scott Speizio - protection
7 - Dustin Pedrioa
37 - Fernando Nieve
97 - Angel Sanchez

127 - Travis Ishikawa

2006
Anthony Reyes - protection
5 - Mark Teahan
26 - Brad Thompson
35 - Ambiorix Burgos

80 - Chris Respo
95 - Matt Capps
125 - Eddie Garabito
128 - Paul Phillips

2005
Yadier Molina - protection
5 - Chris Burke
35 - Jorge Piedra
95 - Jeff Bennett
97 - Francis Beltran
125 - Felix Diaz
140 - Josh Hancock

2004
Dan Haren - protection
11 - Cody Ross
41 - Pat Hentgen
71 - Warren Morris
101 - Pedro Feliciano

2003
Jason Simontacchi - protection
12 - Bobby Hill
42 - Chin-Feng Chen
72 - Dan Smith
102 - Abraham Nunez

2002
Albert Pujols - protection
12 - Joe Kennedy

42 - Brent Butler
72 - Geronimo Gil
82 - Jorge Julio
104 - Mark Little
132 - Eric Sabel

2001
18 - Pablo Ozuna
25 - Xavier Nady
55 - Chad Hermansen
78 - Chad Moeller
138 - Shawn Wooten
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Past Owners:
Daniel Franklin 1989

Overall Record
Win Loss Pct
2345 2486 .485
Est. 1989
Owner: John Wilkes - 1990
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NL Central Pennant
2015
2018

NL Wild Card
1994
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St. Louis Cardinals Awards Winners

Most Valuable Player
2007 - Albert Pujols

Fireman Relief Award
2016 - Yimi Garcia

Silver Sluggers
2016 - Randal Grichuk - CF
2012 - Yadier Molina - C
2011 - Albert Pujols - 1B
2010 - Albert Pujols - 1B
2010 - J.D. Drew - OF
2009 - Cristian Guzman - SS
2007 - Alber Pujols - 1B
2002 - Paul LoDuca - C
2017: 79-83 7GB draft position 13th.

Overview: The Cardinals are the team that doesn’t typically make the big play. Do they ever really “go for it”? Not like many teams might try. Instead, they put out a product they enjoy and let the dice roll. Not that long ago, 2016 in fact, they stood up and won 95 games. Winning the NL Central by 7 games over the hated Phillies. However, they immediately returned to .500 fame where they typically do hang out.
Its not that the Cardinals don’t make trades. They moved John Jay(a surplus on this team) to get Francisco Liriano(needed starters). Need for need, that’s what they do. They just won’t give up the big prospect to get the last two years of a guy simply to try and win.
I met Cardinal John a few times at the draft. If my memory is correct, and it has been faulty more than I’d like to admit, on the first of those meetings John told a story about checking into his hotel. The clerk asked his name, he replied “John Wilkes….Booth”. History buffs, or really anyone with even a basic knowledge of US history, should have gotten a laugh on that. But, as I recall the story, the reply was more like, “we don’t have a John Wilkes Booth registered”… Well John, not all US citizens are as forgetful of our history. Oh, and if I have this story wrong I’ll still tell it. I admit I’ve gotten some mileage out of that one.
Back to the baseball side of things, this Cardinal team loves its history too. Traditional baseball ensues and the DH is a thing to be spat at.

Starting Rotation: This rotation lacks the star power of some in the division, or the youth of others. Michael Wacha might qualify as the ace of this staff, and that says more about the rest of the staff than it does about Wacha. Wacha will be overmatched if facing the top starters of most other teams in this division. The Cardinals could opt to punt the first rotation spot, and slot Wacha into a more winnable location. Guys in their 30s fall in behind Wacha. Edwin Jackson, in part time operation, might end up the better of the bunch. He does, however, have issues with the long ball. That might take some creative scheduling, to avoid Coors field and also Jeremys Phillies. The latter is always wise advise. Jaime Garcia could surprise a few teams, but his left handed nature will likely prevent a bigger showing. The Cardinals have a few other guys that will help fill out the rotation, but really this team is short a good starter. There are several that could prove better going forward.

Bullpen: Last year, Ross Stripling was a fourth round draft pick. He provided some quality starts and this year finds himself perhaps the defacto leader of the pen. His only weakness, really, is the susceptibility to the long ball. Adam Morgan is a capable support player. He specializes in getting out lefties, but is fine against righties too. Wittgren is better off only against righties while Ynoa and Jeffress better hope the Cardinals don’t draft too many relievers. They could be on the bus to AAA. There isn’t much depth in the pen, so I expect the Cardinals to consider this for upgrading.

Starting Lineup: Where the Cardinals lack in pitching and pitching depth, they make up for it on offense. This team could score some runs to challenge softball players. Headlining the offense is JD Martinez. He’s got the whole package, power vs both sides and he will reach base. Chris Taylor has also stepped up his game and matches Martinez blow for blow. The other outfield spot might be a step down, but there are several good pieces to mix and match. Piscotty, Grichuk Rasmus will all contribute. The Cardinals could look to Ehire Adrianza to play as well. Plenty of depth there. In the infield, the Cardinals have Albert Pujols at first base. He is not what he once was, but likely will see time at first. Dustin Pedroia is still good at second and he will bat in the middle of the order. Paul DeJung will take over the reins at short, as the Cardinals often bring in new short stop material. Todd Fraizer and Josh Harrison are both left for 3B, but Fraizer probably wins that battle. There is a lot to like with this Cardinal offense.
  
Defense and Speed: There are several good options on defense. Most positions will have a solid arm in the outfield, and the infield will not be a liability. These Cardinals can play ball. Even Molina can steal bases! There are several good pieces that can be strategically used that make the game that much more interesting.

Surplus/Deficiencies: The Cardinals have extra offensive players. Adrianza and Harrison come to mind as guys to deal. Even in the other outfield locations, the Cards could move players. Plenty of potential exists to get this ship righted in a hurry. They need pitching, young pitching.

Outlook: While the offense is good, it isn’t good enough to overcome the rotation. To win, the Cards will need to out score their opponents. While they will put up some good numbers, without some help in the rotation I don’t see the Cards routinely keeping the opponents down. Will they have enough to keep out of the cellar? A lot depends on how they draft, but as it stands right now they will battle the Brewers for bottom of the NL Central.