With the success demonstrated by St. Louis Cardinals rookie starting pitcher Michael Wacha in the 2013 Major League Baseball post-season, questions are being asked all across the game. Other clubs which passed on the right-hander, taken 19th in the 2012 draft, are being grilled.
The standard concerns about Wacha pre-draft were his perceived lack of a third pitch, a breaking ball, and a feeling by some that his fastball was flat and often up in the zone, making him home run prone.
In my internet travels recently, I have come across several of these other-club query-explanations. The most recent was from the Cleveland Indians, via Cleveland.com. The Tribe selected 15th in 2012.
Brad Grant, Indians director of amateur scouting, shared his club’s view with writer Paul Hoynes, one that was not all that positive about the Cardinals’ rookie:
“Grant said that the 2012 draft took place just over a year ago and that there will be many better big league players to come out of it….”
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