Found January 08, 2014 on Cardinals Farm:
by Jared Simmons, @McGeeTriples The 2009 Amateur Draft will forever be remembered as one of the greatest in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals’ proud franchise. The Cardinals scored early and often throughout the draft. Hitting it big with their first round pick (Shelby Miller), third round pick (Joe Kelly), they scored again in the thirteenth (Matt Carpenter), 21st (Trevor Rosenthal), and yet again in the 23rd round (Matt Adams). Today, the Cardinals are the model franchise in all of Major League Baseball and appear poised to embark on a sustained run of success for years to come. You need look no further than the 2009 draft to understand why. Shelby Miller is a front of the rotation starting pitcher who finished 3rd in the rookie of the year voting for the National League in 2013, Joe Kelly was the most reliable starting pitcher down the stretch for an eventual pennant winner, Trevor Rosenthal became a shutdown closer who made opposing hitters look like they had been dipped in molasses, and Matt Adams showed impressive power by belting 17 home runs while being limited to only 319 plate appearances. The 2013 season is a testament to the greatness of the Cardinals’ 2009 draft, and the players selected shine like a beacon of light guiding they way to the team’s future.  Perhaps, no other player underscores the importance of this draft more than Matt Carpenter. Selected in the 13th round out of Texas Christian University, Carpenter, a gangly third baseman had a lot to prove. According to scouts, Carpenter was a tall, wiry coach’s son who would never hit for enough power to impact the game at the highest level. READ MORE….
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