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The St. Louis Cardinals selected 30 players in concluding day three of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.

By Scott Schook and Brian WaltonOn Wednesday, June 14, the St. Louis Cardinals are making their final 30 selections in the third day of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, covering rounds 11-40.Though uninformed observers pay little attention to Day 3 selections, the reality is that many good major leaguers are sourced from these picks. In fact, the Cardinals have been especially successful, with a number of players currently on the major league roster once drafted in round 11 or later. They...

After terrifying injury, Slick’s new focus, vision pay off for him, Allen

Stafford Slick celebrates a block at AVP Santa Barbara 2013/Ed Chan, VBshots.com“In the second game, I started to notice a haze and everything appeared like it was in the distance and things started to flicker. Midway through the second set, I couldn’t see out of my left eye.”To say that Stafford Slick has his eye on the prize might be an understatement.When he and Billy Allen won AVP Seattle two weeks ago, it took more than vision for Slick to capture his first professional title. This week,...

The Mets will battle in Seattle without Lucas Duda

At 51-52, the Mariners aren’t anything to write home about this year. In fact, they have the same number of losses as the Mets, but thanks to the mediocrity of the American League, Seattle is just three-and-a-half games back of the Wild Card instead of nine back like the Mets are.Maybe it’s a good thing that the Mets aren’t within spitting distance of the postseason, though. We all know that the team is flawed, and this way they won’t throw minor league talent away to acquire David Phelps...