St. Louis Cardinals Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

YearTeamWAR
1999St. Louis Cardinals76.0
2009St. Louis Cardinals48.2
2006St. Louis Cardinals43.5
1984St. Louis Cardinals40.6
1988St. Louis Cardinals39.4

Bottom Five Draft Classes

YearTeamWAR
2007St. Louis Cardinals-4.1
2002St. Louis Cardinals-1.1
1989St. Louis Cardinals-0.8
2004St. Louis Cardinals-0.4
1975St. Louis Cardinals-0.3
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
199913402Albert Pujols53.5
199815J.D. Drew26.1
2001272Dan Haren25.6
197916Andy Van Slyke24.9
197142785Keith Hernandez23.8
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
199613Braden Looper4.1
198916Paul ColemanNo MLB Experience
198417Mike Dunne2.5
196617Leron Lee2.6
197118Ed KurpielNo MLB Experience
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
199913402Albert Pujols53.5
197142785Keith Hernandez23.8
200913399Matt Carpenter23.7
198422554Jeff Fassero22.5
197037811Bake McBride18.7
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
2003431291Max Scherzer26.2
1978367Mike Moore24.3
197428587Paul Molitor21.6
196911260Bill Madlock19.5
196838809Ed Halicki16.1
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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