ST. LOUIS This is how Michael Girsch recalls the 41st round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
The players he and his fellow St. Louis Cardinals executives had vetted with the team's multi-tier scouting system were gone, swooped up by the Cardinals or some other team.A pool of talent had dried, and it was time to sift for potential diamonds.
Clubs were burning through the last rounds. Picks were coming in at a pace of one every 15 seconds. Then the Cardinals were due, and they had a regional scout inFlorida, Charlie Gonzalez, who was willing to bet his house on a late-blooming, long lefty who had just finished his freshman season at Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Fla.
Girsch, then a director of the team's baseball development department, had to have heard the name "Kevin Siegrist" said into the phone that was connected with the commissioner's office. But he doesn't specifically remember it.
And why would he?
"At that point, there are no perfect players left," Girsch, now an a...