The Cardinals managed to sign their first and second round draft picks just ahead of the Monday night deadline, replentishing the cupboard with much needed prospects.
Unfortunately the club couldn't come to a deal with it's 12th round pick, maybe the most intriguing of all its draft choices. Outfielder Austin Wilson, who fell so low in the draft because he was perceived as being very committed to attending Stanford University, seemed like he might be seriously entertaining thoughts of signing with St. Louis during a visit here last month. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said that interest seemed to fade after the trip to Busch Stadium and, ultimately, the team never made an offer. I wish it would have. It's hard to imagine Wilson falling in love with the idea of abandoning college when he doesn't even have something clear to weigh that against.
Money might not be everything to everyone, but there is something to be said for starting your life off with financial security. Iif the Cardinals put Wilson in a position to try to make his major league dreams come true while ensuring that he would have more than enough money to pay for Stanford out of his own pocket in the future, Wilson would have at least had something to seriously consider. He knows he has the ability to get into and pay for a top rate university. But what he gave up is the chance to spend the first third to half of his career in a place where he could be a part of a winning culture. By throwing himself back into the draft pool he could end up being taken later by the Pirates, Royals or (shudder) Cubs.
First round pick Zack Cox, an infielder, held out in negotiations for a place on the Cardinals' 40-man roster. Although it's unclear exactly how much money he got, Cox signed for something in the vicinity of $3 million.
Second round selection, Arizona State pithcer Jordan Swagerty is a closer prospect. Terms of his deal were not released by the Cardinals.
Sandwich round picks Seth Blair and Tyrell Jenkins, both righthanded starting pitchers, were previously inked by the Redbirds.
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