The St. Louis Cardinals are typically a team that isn’t going overhaul their roster at trade deadlines or in offseasons.
They’ll make key moves to strengthen their team, but it’s never anything too crazy.
That works just fine for the Cardinals, however.
This is a team that prefers to draft and develop young players and turn them into stars and if necessary, use them to pick up key pieces in trades.
Much of that work is done by Scouting Director Randy Flores.
Flores has scouted players such as Dylan Carlson, Dakota Hudson, Andrew Knizner, Tommy Edman, Brendan Donovan, Lars Nootbaar, Jordan Walker, Nolan Gorman, and others.
On Twitter, a Cardinals fan made a list of some of the top players drafted by Flores who are either on the team or were used to make trades.
List of players who've made their MLB debut with the Cardinals or are top 10 organizational prospects or players used in big trades that Randy Flores has drafted since taking over. It's safe to say he's one of the best scouting directors in all of baseball. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/u5m9Hnv7Bw
— Rinedog (@Rinedog1) March 1, 2023
Carlson, Edman, Nootbaar, and Gorman are all with the big-league club right now and are poised to have big seasons and help lead the Cards back to the postseason.
Hudson and Knizner are also with the club.
But Flores has done a fantastic job scouting talent and finding the right pieces for the Cardinals as they keep an eye on the future, but also the present.
Many of the current players on the roster are homegrown and came from drafts.
Andre Pallante and Ryan Helsley are two other examples of stars who have found their way to the big leagues after being drafted.
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