Originally posted on Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land  |  Last updated 10/12/13
After yet another stellar performance by Cardinals' rookie Michael Wacha, it got me to thinking that a lot of teams and scouts surely missed the boat on this guy. Baseball America listed him as the 4th best college pitcher in the 2012 draft and the 11th best pitcher overall. After he was selected 19th overall by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft, MLB TV's John Hart projected him as a "mid-rotation starter with an elite change".  Then, despite a stellar minor league debut last year, in which he struck 40 batters in 21 innings, mostly in relief, scouts still weren't convinced. In their preseason Cardinals Top 10 prospect list, Baseball America said of Wacha: "It’s easy to project him as a mid-rotation starter, and he could turn into something more if he finds a reliable breaking ball." John Sickels of Minor League Ball in his scouting report stated that Wacha "projects as a number three starter, possibly more".  While most scouts loved he fastball and change, but showed little pr...
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