Who MLB Draft Experts are picking at pick 21 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2020
The MLB Draft is coming up very soon, which prospects do the experts have the St. Louis Cardinals selecting in the first round?
With the MLB Draft coming up in less than three weeks (June 10), teams are starting to hone down on their scouting and lock in to “their guys.” The big question is, who are the St. Louis Cardinals going to draft?
In a recent article, I gave fans a few prospects to look out for in the draft process. In this article, we will look at some mock drafts from the major MLB Draft outlets and break down who they have the Cardinals getting at the 21st pick.
In John Tansey’s latest mock draft over on Bleacher Report, he has the St. Louis Cardinals getting Tyler Soderstrom; a high school catcher out of California. Soderstrom is arguably the best hitting prep catcher in this class. He hits from the left side, which the Cardinals lack in their system. The UCLA commit could also move to first or third base if scouts feel that he isn’t good enough as a defender to be behind the plate at the next level.
He showed a ton of promise at major high school events such as the Perfect Game All-American Classic and has helped skyrocket his stock. Even if he ends up not being a catcher at the next level, he could transition to first base and potentially be the guy after Paul Goldschmidt.
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has the Cardinals getting Carmen Mlodzinski out of South Carolina.
If you read the Redbird Rants MLB Draft Guide, you would know that Mlodzinski has the potential to be an ace in the Major Leagues one day. He has a high voltage fastball with a nice power slider as his 2-punch. He struggled during the 2019 collegiate baseball season but exceeded expectations in the Cape Cod League, helping his stock skyrocket.
MLodzinski’s biggest flaw at the moment is his command. If he can fix that though; I have a lot of faith in Mlodzinski being a successful MLB starter.
Mayo also says the Cardinals could go with Georgia righty Cole Wilcox or even Miami starter Slade Cecconi, who were also discussed in the draft guide.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel has an interesting pick for St. Louis with top prep shortstop Ed Howard (Mt. Carmel, Illinois) falling to the Cardinals. Howard was on the very popular LLWS team that went to the finals in 2014. Now, he is expected to go very high in the 2020 MLB Draft.
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Howard could have been a top 10 pick, but shoulder concerns should hurt his stock a little bit. If he falls to St. Louis, Randy Flores should sprint up to the virtual podium with Ed Howard still on the board.
The Oklahoma commit shows a lot of versatility in his game. He has loud pop in his bat with consistent hitting ability as well. Howard is a plus fielder and scouts believe he will definitely remain at the position which can’t be understated. His frame is likable by scouts and he’s still getting stronger as well, which could be huge for his power in the future.
I am a big fan of Ed Howard and he could be the shortstop if something goes south with MLB All-Star Paul DeJong way down the line. The system lacks depth heavily for middle infielders so this could be the pick regardless.
Carlos Collazo of Baseball America has St. Louis picking Justin Foscue, a second baseman out of Mississippi State.
In 2019, Foscue broke out heavily for the Bulldogs; garnering consensus All-American honors; hitting .331 with 14 home runs. He has a solid hit/field combo but scouts worry about his speed out of the batter’s box and on the basepaths, which could result in a slight fall. Foscue is a high-floor player but his ceiling isn’t as high as other infielders in this class.
This pick honestly confuses me, the Cardinals also already have an All-Star caliber player in Kolten Wong, so going with a high-floor second baseman would honestly shock me since the position isn’t much of a need at all; unless the Cardinals believe that Foscue is the best available talent on the board when they make their pick.
If I were Randy Flores, I would go with right-handed pitcher help no matter what unless a high-ceiling stud like Ed Howard somehow falls to St. Louis. A team can never have too much pitching (just ask the Yankees). It’s going to be weird not having the MLB Draft in the heart of the regular season, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out and who St. Louis ends up picking.