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  • Here we go: how bad was the Cardinals '04 draft?

    Derrick Goold breaks it down after the release of several players on Wednesday...
    1. Chris Lambert, RHP … (19th overall) … player to be named later in Mike Maroth trade last season. Set for Detroit’s Triple-A after going 1-1 in four games this spring for the Tigers. He pitched 7 1/3 innings, striking out two, walking two and allowing one run (it was unearned).
    2. Mike Ferris, 1B … (60th overall) … released this week. Played at three levels last season, finishing with 51 at-bats at the Triple-A level.
    3. Eric Haberer, LHP … (90th overall) … released this week. Went 13-8 with a 4.32 ERA for Double-A Springfield. A bit of a surprise considering the lack of depth on the left side of the bullpen at the Cardinals’ highest two levels.
    4. Donnie Smith, RHP … (120th overall) … released earlier this spring. Had pitched to the High-A level, but was released by the team following an arrest on felony charges stemming from an alleged assault last year.
    5. Wes Swackhamer, OF … (130th overall) … released last year. In 2006 he reached the High-A level.
    6. Jarrett Hoffpauir, 2B … (180th overall) … Set to be the starting second baseman in Memphis.

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  • #2
    A+

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    • #3
      I had high hopes for Swackhamer.
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      • #4
        LOL

        They make the Rams look good by comparison.
        Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by TTB View Post
          LOL

          They make the Rams look good by comparison.
          To be fair, is there any sport who's draft of more of a crapshoot than MLB?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bleacher Creature View Post
            To be fair, is there any sport who's draft of more of a crapshoot than MLB?

            Hockey?
            Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by TTB View Post
              Hockey?
              Maybe.
              Make America Great For Once.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TTB View Post
                Hockey?
                Nah. There are few enough rounds that almost every draft returns two or so NHL caliber players.

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                • #9
                  Surprising that a player named "Swackhammer" did not turn out to be good. That's the best baseball name ever.
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                  • #10
                    The draft in most sports is a crap shoot. MLB more so because you are drafting mostly high school kids. no idea how they will react to pro ball pressure.

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                    • #11
                      The 2001 draft produced exactly one player who is contributing to the Cardinals in 2008: Skippy. It produced only one player who's done anything of note in the majors: Dan Haren.

                      The 2002 draft produced exactly one player who made the big leagues: Brad Thompson.

                      2003: Daric Barton, who, Internet masturbation aside, the jury is still out on. For the Cardinals, Brendan Ryan and Anthony Reyes.

                      2004: as noted above, no one.

                      2005: Guess this one has more promise, with Rasmus, Anderson and whatnot.
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                      • #12
                        So our drafts for the last six years have produced, for the '08 Cardinals, a mediocre swingman (Thompson), a poor starting pitcher (Reyes), a fourth outfielder (Skippy) and a utility infielder (Ryan).

                        Rock on.
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                        • #13
                          Should I blame Walt?
                          His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
                          Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by moedrabowsky View Post
                            Should I blame Walt?
                            Yes, yes you should.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kah View Post
                              Yes, yes you should.
                              I hope the new front office configuration is the solution, then.

                              This is one of the most depressing threads I've seen in awhile.
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