The St. Louis Cardinals, along with the rest of the baseball world, are preparing for this weekend’s amateur draft.
Keith Law’s mock draft from this past Thursday sees the Cardinals selecting East Central Community College shortstop Tim Anderson (scouting report) with the 19th pick and Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge (scouting report) with the 28th pick.
Derrick Goold’s article on Michael Wacha’s rapid ascent to the Cardinals mentions some other names that could be selected by the Cardinals.
The Cardinals have been linked to college pitchers, as usual, with Gonzaga lefty Marco Gonzalez and Florida righty Jonathon Crawford potential picks, according to Baseball America. Outfielder Austin Wilson, the club’s 12th-round pick in 2010 who was wooed at Busch Stadium that summer, is eligible again after his junior year at Stanford. Also of interest to the club has been high school shortstop Oscar Mercado, of Tampa.
Baseball America‘s latest mock draft shows the Cardinals selecting Anderson with the 19th pick. BA has Gonzales or Crawford with the 28th pick if they are still on the board. If they aren’t, the Cards would consider Wilson or a local player, Devin Williams.
Jonathan Mayo’s recent mock draft sees Indiana State left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea being drafted with the 19th pick and Florida right-handed pitcher Jonathon Crawford going with the 28th pick.