The St. Louis Cardinals possess the No. 19 pick in the upcoming 2012 MLB draft, and the latest mock draft from MLB.com's Jonathon Mayo has the Cards adding some infield depth in the first round:
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Richie Shaffer 3B/1B, ClemsonThe Cardinals have two picks in the first round and thus have a little flexibility should they want to be more aggressive. That might come later on if Shaffer and his college power bat are still on the board.
23. St. Louis Cardinals: Addison Russell, SS, Pace HS (Fla.)Russell got himself in terrific shape last offseason and has shown many scouts that perhaps he can stay at shortstop. He has a ton of offensive upside and he had a tremendous performance at the Florida all-star weekend over Memorial Day weekend, which means he could rise up higher than this.
St. Louis has one of the highest-ranked minor league systems in the majors, but have a general dearth of infield talent. Adding Shaffer and Russell should go a long way towards rectifying that shortcoming.
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