Trying to predict the MLB draft is an effort in futility. Once you get past the first 5 or so prospects, its anybody's guess as to what might happen. Teams rank players differently, draft pools come into play and all hell breaks loose.
So, I'm not going to pretend that I know who the Cardinals are going to take with the 19th overall pick in this year's draft. Instead, I'm going to highlight a handful of prospects who intrigued me while looking through the rankings and that I think would be good picks for the Cards.
First off is shortstop J.P. Crawford of Lakewood, CA high school. ESPN (paysite) ranks him #12 while Baseball America ranks him #15 on their respective draft prospects lists.
A relative of Carl Crawford, J.P. has a good arm and the range to stay at short. Baseball America states that he projects as a "solid-average or slightly better defensive shortstop and an average hitter with fringy power." ESPN says that Crawford is "the one true, no-doubt shortstop in this ...