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Monday, April 08, 2019

BtBS: The Cardinals’ homegrown pitching system

According to the Sports Daily, of all the Cardinals first round draft picks from 2012-2018, 23 of them are in the starting rotation for an MLB team in 2019.

bobm Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: April 08, 2019 at 05:27 PM (#5829735)
They had >23 first round picks - in 7 years?
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: April 08, 2019 at 05:41 PM (#5829742)
So how do the Cardinals draft and develop so many good pitchers like Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright?

Make a good trade with the Braves?
   3. bobm Posted: April 08, 2019 at 06:24 PM (#5829750)
[1] I finally clicked through to "Sports Daily". BtBS blew it.

Beginning with Friday night’s starter — and budding star — Jack Flaherty, the Cardinals will roll out 3 consecutive 1st-round* picks. The aforementioned Flaherty was the 34th overall pick in 2014, Saturday’s starter Dakota Hudsonalso went 34th overall, in 2016. And the veteran of the group, Michael Wacha, was the 19th overall pick in 2012. [...]

Running through all 1st round picks from 2012 through 2018, 23 are members of a MLB starting rotation to open 2019. Only 14 of those are doing so with the team that drafted them. 3 of those are on the Cardinals. And yes, that is the most of any team. Next best are the Rockies with 2 — Gray and Freeland — and the Astros will have 2 when Whitley debuts (McCullers is the other).

Two more starting pitchers — Luke Weaver and Marco Gonzales — were also Cardinals 1st-rounders, meaning they selected a whopping 22% (5/23) of the 2012-18 drafted starting pitchers in baseball. The Padres are next best with 3.

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