The St. Louis Cardinals had five selections in the first day of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Four were compensatory picks awarded for the loss of Albert Pujols (#23, #36), Octavio Dotel (#52) and Edwin Jackson (#59). Their own selection was 19th overall.
The five combined first round and supplemental picks are the most the Cardinals have enjoyed since 1991, when they had three first-round selections and two supplemental picks.
This was the first time since 2005 (Colby Rasmus and Tyler Greene) that the Cardinals had multiple first round picks, and only the sixth time (1988, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2005, 2012) that the Redbirds have selected more then one player in the opening round since the draft’s inception in 1965.
With those selections, the Cardinals chose four college players and a high schooler. Having a system strong in pitching, the organization nabbed four position players after taking a college pitcher first. They are pitcher Michael Wacha of Texas A&M, outfielder ...