June 3, 2019 at 8:20 pm #93060
Like the pick, lefthander P definitely a need, injury history is a slight concern, seems to have a fiery attitude as well and 2 plus pitchesJune 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm #93062
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It sounds like some say he could be the first pitcher from this draft to the majors. Others believe he won’t but they say he could be a top of the rotation pitcher.June 3, 2019 at 8:55 pm #93070
They needed to go pitching. His injury history is a concern.
They aren’t sure what he’ll end up being. Some say he’s top of the rotation and if he can’t cut it or if injuries become the issue with him a good back end of the bullpen guy.June 3, 2019 at 9:09 pm #93073June 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm #93076
Thompson’s media Q&A now added, as well.June 3, 2019 at 9:31 pm #93079
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Let’s hope this “Zack” 1st round pick works out better for us than our last “Zack” 1st rounder (Zack Cox from Arkansas). I have a great feeling about our new “Zack”. I think Mo & Co. did what opposing professional batters will not be able to accomplish with this “Kentucky Kid”….hit a home run….Hey I just saw that the cubbies tabbed rhp Ryan Jensen with their 1st round selection….funny….I had Jensen going in the 3rd round to Seattle…no wonder they haven’t drafted nary a decent hurler over the past decade….Hendricks was drafted by Texas….oh Cashner was their pick….not exactly “money” of a selection, but I guess that one worked out for them as SD was stupid enough to give them Rizzo for the guy….enough rambling let’s get another great one at #2.
June 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm #93081
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* My apologies….just read the above post and did not intend to misspell “Zack Cox”….I hate those darn spell checks! Tried to go back and change it, but I guess I’m too late.June 3, 2019 at 10:30 pm #93083
I think I remember a poster forecasting success for Cox saying he “liked Cox in the 2-hole” causing several off colour jokes.June 3, 2019 at 11:21 pm #93093
Thompson is from the same small Indiana high school as Jeremy Hazelbaker.June 3, 2019 at 11:22 pm #93094June 4, 2019 at 1:49 am #93097
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Not impressed by either pick today.I can see the need for LHP but Thompson`s injury history is a red flag although he has been healthy this season.
The 2nd pick looks like a long term developmental type IMO.June 4, 2019 at 5:58 am #93098
Not sold so far, first rounder has injury history and there prob were better options…second pick….really…ughJune 4, 2019 at 7:49 am #93101
I like the first pick. We really need some lefty starters. The second pick reclassified from the 2020 draft. Not sure how common that is.June 4, 2019 at 8:42 am #93112
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Fletcher as a cold weather high schooler with a long way to reach his ceiling sounds like Nick Plummer. Hopefully he will sign and then develop better than Plummer.June 4, 2019 at 10:17 am #93123
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I’m with Bw with his take. I’ll just add that both seem to be somewhat of a gamble.June 4, 2019 at 10:20 am #93124
Pray tell, who are your sure things the Cards should have taken instead?
These guys at Fangraphs see it differently.
A ton of good info here from @longenhagen and @kileymcd
Really like what the Cardinals did. In 2015, the Cardinals took Nick Plummer and passed on the injury risk of Walker Buehler. This year they got both, and with more upside on the position player end. https://t.co/oFjLs7Sb6q
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I thought about Plummer, too, but it is not wise to cancel out an entire area of the country based on one bad pick. Mike Trout is from New Jersey, for example.
Vanderbilt is one of the nation’s very best college programs and they offered Fletcher a scholarship. That tells me a lot about him.
P.S. 11.7 is the maximum number of scholarships that NCAA Division 1 baseball teams can give – not per year, but total at any time.June 4, 2019 at 10:56 am #93127
And the Dodgers took Buehler next.June 4, 2019 at 11:01 am #93128
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Thompson was the highest ranked player available when we got our first pick. When you pick 19th there are probably few low risk choices available. After the first 10 picks it was all over the board.
Fletcher was ranked 64th by BA. We picked him with the 58th pick. We seem to like those cold weather guys. Wonder if Fletcher is Andy Van Slyke or Nick Plummer.
How would we like 109th ranked Ryan Jansen for our first pick. The Cubs seemed to like him.
Thompson ranked 14th and Fletcher 87th by MLB.June 4, 2019 at 11:04 am #93129
If Fletcher, or anyone in the first 10 rounds doesn’t sign, the team gets a compensatory pick in that same selection number, right?June 4, 2019 at 11:07 am #93131
As much college baseball as I watch I was real please to see the Kentucky kid taken. He was healthy all year and can pitch. They will have to pony up to get the other guy away from Vandy.June 4, 2019 at 11:14 am #93134
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If the Cardinals keep drafting guys from the SEC or committed to SEC teams they will be in good shape. It is the best league in the country IMO.
Thompson is a classic Cardinal pick at number 19. Several analysts think he has top 10 talent but fell to 19 due to the injury history, however, this past season he was healthy. I am glad that we really try to push the envelope with our first rounders instead of playing it safe. We got aggressive with Delvin Perez when many passed. It hasn’t worked out yet but it still could.June 4, 2019 at 12:04 pm #93148
If Fletcher, or anyone in the first 10 rounds doesn’t sign, the team gets a compensatory pick in that same selection number, right?
No. That is for the first three rounds only. Other than losing a year of time, the big drawback is that the money allocated to the unsigned pick cannot be reused this year. That is a huge penalty.
In other words, it would be a major fail if they don’t sign Fletcher. FWIW, in the audio posted in our article, Flores says he believes they can sign him.June 4, 2019 at 12:23 pm #93152
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Keith Law’s analysis from ESPN.
The Cardinals took Kentucky lefty Zack Thompson, who had top-10 stuff but slid a little into the teens because teams were concerned about the time he missed in 2018 with a forearm injury. It’s a smart risk for the spot, because that’s the kind of upside the Cardinals rarely get drafting late in the first round. Their second pick, Tre Fletcher, is a raw prep outfielder from Maine who reclassified into this year’s draft and is seen as a tough sign due to his Vanderbilt commitment. He is a plus runner with power, but the hit tool appears to be very far behind.June 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm #93154
Also, if the Cards have to go overslot to get Fletcher, they are going to need to save some money at some point today. That means a pick or two may not live up to the pedigree expectations of our resident (draft) critics. 😉
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