Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
Most of the elite talents are drafted as late as they are because they went to obscure schools. Pujols, for example, was playing right in the Cardinals' back yard, which is why they knew better than all the other teams what kind of player he could become.
I don't think that is true.
It's not like Maple Woods CC was completely off the scouting map. Two of Pujols teammates were drafted the year before he was, and another was drafted the year after. Teams clearly had scouts and cross-checkers out there watching them play. I'm sure the Cardinals probably did have a higher opinion of him of than most teams (obviously, since they drafted him), but if they thought he was a 'star' caliber player, they wouldn't have waited 13 rounds to pull the trigger on him.