Originally Posted by Steve4192
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.
True, there were only a couple other teams considering drafting Pujols (Devil Rays and Red Sox--maybe a couple more). But you have to look at the scouts they send to places like Maple Woods Community College i.e. schools that have had only a few players drafted with none of them playing above A-ball. These area scouts are very low on the totem poll on account of the lack of talent in their areas and need to do a ton of convincing to get their teams to draft a guy even as early as the 13th round. Had more prominent scouts been sent, Pujols would've been drafted earlier.