Blue Jays could have had Cards phenom Wacha

St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during...

St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 2 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

Outfielder D.J. Davis had better be good.

Two spots after the Blue Jays selected the Mississippi high schooler and one spot after the Los Angeles Dodgers chose shortstop Corey Seager, the St. Louis Cardinals picked right-hander Michael Wacha 19th overall in the 2012 draft.

“He’s turned into one of those guys where a lot of teams wish they’d drafted,” David Freese told ESPN radio on Saturday.

The update on the 17th, 18th and 19th picks from 2012:

- Davis, 19, hit .240 with six homers, 25 RBIs and a .741 OPS in 58 games at class-A Bluefield.

- Seager, 19, batted .269 with 16 homers, 72 RBIs and an .824 OPS in 101 games at class-A Great Lakes and class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

- Wacha, 22, worked 62/3 scoreless as the Cardinals edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium for a commanding 2-0 lead to Los Angels with their best arm, Adam Wainwright starting Game 3 Monday against Hyun-Jin Ryu.

 


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