All-Time St. Louis Cardinals Draft

All-Time St. Louis Cardinals Draft

This article is part of our MLB Observations series.

After taking a hiatus from the All-Time baseball drafts due to the NFL Draft, we resumed hostilities for Sunday's SiriusXM show, but tackling one of the all-time historic MLB franchises, the St. Louis Cardinals. Who better to join Todd and I than Brian Walton, the purveyor of thecardinalnation.com and a long-time competitor in Tout Wars and XFL? As is custom for our Sunday shows, we gave Brian the first pick, and he went the obvious route with Stan Musial. I gave Todd the second pick (I really need to stop doing that), and he went with the next obvious choice - Bob Gibson. While both Rogers Hornsby and Albert Pujols come close in career WAR with the Cards, Gibson towers over all the other Cardinals pitchers - more than double over the next hurler. We went a long time before the next pitcher in this draft.

As always, the rules are pretty loose with these drafts. It's not a fantasy draft - you aren't required to get saves, stolen bases, etc ... it's just a matter of assessing greatness. You get whatever production that player had with the Cardinals, not his entire career - which means that you don't want to grab a lot of some all-time great players that finished their careers in St. Louis, like John Smoltz (it's true - look it up!), Larry Walker, Will Clark and Lance Berkman. There were a few close calls with short-term Cards - Matt Holliday and Bruce Sutter made the cut, but Orlando Cepeda (three years, including one MVP season) and Jack Clark did not. 

We'll list the overall draft, and then break it down by team next.

RdTeamPlayer
1WaltonStan Musial
1ZolaBob Gibson
1EricksonRogers Hornsby
2EricksonAlbert Pujols
2ZolaKen Boyer
2WaltonOzzie Smith
3WaltonTed Simmons
3ZolaEnos Slaughter
3EricksonDizzy Dean
4EricksonLou Brock
4ZolaYadier Molina
4WaltonRed Schoendienst
5WaltonJim Edmonds
5ZolaChris Carpenter
5EricksonCurt Flood
6EricksonAdam Wainwright
6ZolaRay Lankford
6WaltonJim Bottomley
7WaltonJesse Haines
7ZolaBruce Sutter
7EricksonSteve Carlton
8EricksonKeith Hernandez
8ZolaJohn Tudor
8WaltonScott Rolen
9WaltonJoe Medwick
9ZolaMatt Holliday
9EricksonWillie McGee
10EricksonLee Smith
10ZolaTodd Worrell
10WaltonJohnny Mize
11WaltonBob Forsch
11ZolaMarty Marion
11EricksonMatt Carpenter
12EricksonJason Isringhausen
12ZolaMordecai Brown
12WaltonMax Lanier
13WaltonMort Cooper
13ZolaGarry Templeton
13EricksonHarry Brecheen
14EricksonTim McCarver
14ZolaMark McGwire
14WaltonBob Caruthers
15WaltonTrevor Rosenthal
15ZolaFrankie Frisch
15EricksonEdgar Renteria

Rosters by Team:

 WaltonZolaErickson
CTed SimmonsYadier MolinaTim McCarver
1BJim BottomleyMark McGwireAlbert Pujols
2BRed SchoendienstFrankie FrischRogers Hornsby
3BScott RolenKen BoyerMatt Carpenter
SSOzzie SmithMarty MarionEdgar Renteria
    
OF1Stan MusialEnos SlaughterLou Brock
OF2Jim EdmondsRay LankfordCurt Flood
OF3Joe MedwickMatt HollidayWillie McGee
UTJohnny MizeGarry TempletonKeith Hernandez
    
P1Jesse HainesBob GibsonDizzy Dean
P2Bob ForschChris CarpenterAdam Wainwright
P3Max LanierBruce SutterSteve Carlton
P4Mort CooperJohn TudorLee Smith
P5Bob CaruthersMordecai BrownJason Isringhausen
P6Trevor RosenthalTodd WorrellHarry Brecheen

This was an interesting draft in terms of positional scarcity. There were big gaps at shortstop (Ozzie Smith), third base (Ken Boyer) and even first base (Pujols) between the top player and the rest. Once again, you could have stocked an entire pitching staff of dead-ball era aces, who put up monster Pitcher WAR numbers. While all three of us sampled that era, none of us exclusively went that route.

Look over the rosters. Who "won" this draft? Who did we miss out on and who should we have not taken? Let us know in the comments!

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Jeff Erickson
Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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