On Jun 4, the St. Louis Cardinals drafted Gaels third baseman Patrick Wisdom in compensation round A of the 2012 MLB draft.
Wisdom, a junior from Murrieta, CA, was ranked 100 in the 2012 MLB Prospect Watch for this year’s draft. In 53 games played and started, he put up a batting line of .262/.385/.476 and hit nine home runs with 24 RBI.
Jenifer Langosch at MLB.com talks about the Cardinals’ side of things.
The decision to take Wisdom, 20, as high as the Cardinals did was a reflection of perceived upside, not 2012 performance. After hitting .351 and earning a place on the All-West Coast Conference First Team as a sophomore, Wisdom’s production took a dip this spring at St. Mary’s College.
As a junior, Wisdom batted just .262 with 12 doubles and nine home runs in 53 games. In 191 at-bats, he struck out 43 times.
“On the surface, Wisdom’s numbers were a little down this year,” scouting director Dan Kantrovitz said. “If you look at his entire body of work, it’s pretty impressive.”
On the SMC Athletics website, this is what Wisdom had to say:
“It is just a dream come true. I really don’t know what else to say, I am totally speechless. I am very proud to play at Saint Mary’s and very honored to be a part of the Saint Mary’s community.”
You can follow Wisdom on twitter at @PatrickWisdom5.