ST. LOUIS -- Bright and early Tuesday morning, the Cardinals entertained about 20 draft prospects they had invited to Busch Stadium for the fourth and final of the team's regional pre-draft workouts.
About half of the hopefuls were local products, including Hazelwood West right-hander Devin Williams, 6-foot-9 right-hander Brian Howard of Saint Louis University High and just-crowned state champion Calvin Munson, a right-hander out of Francis Howell.
Williams did nothing to hurt his chances of being a first-round pick by topping out at 96 mph, which he said equaled the hardest he has thrown. As for the others in attendance, who knows where they might land?
This draft seems to be an even bigger crapshoot than most, partly because it is considered one of the weakest in recent memory and partly because, according to one agent, teams haven't been reaching out much to early-round prospects to gauge signing-bonus wishes.
However the draft plays out, this isn't a crapshoot:...