MLB Draft 2012: Cardinals Plan Aggressive Draft Strategy

The St. Louis Cardinals have a league-leading five picks in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, which begins June 4, and they plan to pull no punches in the amateur selection process:

"Certainly from a scouting standpoint, our strategy has to be aggressive," said Dan Kantrovitz, who took over as the organization's director of scouting in January. "Because we have three picks in a span of 20 picks, we've been aggressive in terms of seeing players that might fit into that range multiple times. Right now, we're approaching each pick in terms of players' talents and then in terms of our budget constraints."

The Cardinals will have to navigate the MLB's revamped Collective Bargaining Agreement, which heavily curtails draft spending.

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