Cardinals scouts can take a bow

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha is one example of some successful work at the draft table by the...

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha is one example of some successful work at the draft table by the St. Louis organization. (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:47 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - Besides Budweiser beer and an arch which is closed, St. Louis has this ball club called the Cardinals.

From managers Red Schoendienst to Whitey Herzog to Tony La Russa, two in Cooperstown, the third on the way.

Men like George Kissell, Hub Kittle and George Sisler formed the college of Cardinals on the development side.

Homegrowns Albert Pujols (a 13th round pick), John Denny (29th) and Keith Hernandez (42nd) helped the Cards to post-season play over the years.

And don’t forget the scouting department, which has 17 homegrowns on the 25-man post-season roster, plus three on the disabled list.

Game 2 winner Michael Wacha may be the tip of iceberg, but the Cards also have starters Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller. Add in Jamie Garcia and John Gast and the Cards received 100 starts from their drafted players.


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