The 2012 draft was a very successful one for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards drafted several players that have the ability to be stars at the major league level. In the first round, the Cardinals drafted St. Mary’s College third baseman Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom was the 52nd overall pick, a pick given to the Cards for losing Octavio Dotel.
As a Junior at St. Mary’s, Wisdom hit .252 with 20 extra base hits and 9 home runs. Wisdom’s best season as a collegiate was his Sophomore season where he hit .351 with 8 home runs and an OPS of .969.
Wisdom had the opportunity to play in the Alaskan Baseball League for two summers while at St. Mary’s. In Alaska, Wisdom was able to play with Stephen Piscotty, also a 2012 Cards draftee. Some notable alums of the Alaskan Baseball League include Barry Bonds, Mark Grace, Mark McGwire, Brendan Ryan, and J.D. Drew.
According to various scouting reports, Wisdom has plus power and a plus defensive ability. These are two key attributes for a third baseman. The path for Wisdom should become more clear this spring as Stephen Piscotty, another third base prospect from the 2012 draft, moves to the outfield.
In his first professional season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Wisdom played with the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York- Penn League. Wisdom hit .282 with 6 home runs and 32 RBI’s in a very successful debut.
Patrick took a few minutes of his time to talk with CardinalsFarm
Q: What was the biggest adjustment from college to pro ball?
I think the biggest adjustment for me was playing everyday and having to adjust your mental game. Coming from college where we play 3 games on a weekend to playing everyday of the week can be a shock at first. I had to learn how to mentally adjust and adapt to playing everyday. I really enjoyed the transition though. I have a blast being out on the field everyday. Another adjustment that everyone talks about is the using of wood bats. I didn’t see too much difficulty switching to wood because I used it two summers in Alaska and I swung it a lot during the fall in college.
Q: Have they gave you any hint where you will start 2013?
Your guess is as good as mine. They haven’t given me any word on where I will be starting at next year.
Q: You played in the Alaskan baseball League. What was that experience like?
I received an amazing experience playing in Alaska league. I got to know a lot of great people, fish some great waters, see tremendous sites, and play some ball. After visiting Alaska for two summers, I grew to love it up there. The people are super nice. The competition was good up there and I really enjoyed playing amongst the other players. It is something I will never forget.
Q: What have they said about your future position? With Piscotty and Kelly also in the system…
As far as I know, I’m staying at the hot corner. I believe I can play there everyday. I need to keep working hard on both sides of the game, hitting and fielding. Piscotty and Kelly are very talented players. I got the chance to play with Piscotty in Alaska and what an awesome person to be around. I met Kelly down in instructional league and got to know him for a few weeks and what a great person as well. Great people to play alongside.
Q: You went from 6 hours away from home in college to 38 in the pros. What was that like? Have any family in the northeast?
The biggest adjustment was the time difference. I had no problems being away from home because they were always a phone call away. My family was able to come out and spend a week in New York which was just enough to hold me over until the season was over. I love my family and they are very supportive so it makes the distance thing little easier. I am very adventurous so I love being in new places. I don’t have any close family in the Northeast, all extended family but they weren’t able to catch a game.
Q: Who was the best pitcher you faced last year in the NY-Penn League?
The best pitcher I faced would have to be Corey Black from the Yankee’s organization. Funny story, Corey and I played together when were 9&10 years old on the San Diego Stars. We followed each other as we grew up and are still friends. Pretty cool as small [as] the world of baseball can be. He is a great pitcher and I would have to say the best I faced in my first season.
Q: What have you liked most about the Cardinal organization so far?
The people in the organization are wonderful I couldn’t ask for a better organization to be apart of. They do everything the right way and really care for each individual. They treat us right while expecting our best. The reputation associated with the Cardinals is one that I am proud of too. Everyone I talk to has the best things to say about the Cardinals organization. The history involved with organization has a great track record as well, who wouldn’t want to be apart of something great.
Q: What is the one thing you would like Cardinal Nation to know about you?
Hmmmmm, this is a tricky one…..
I’d have to say that I am extremely proud and honored to be apart of Cardinal Nation and that I plan on being your 3rd baseman for many years to come. With the love and support of Cardinal Nation we could achieve great strides on and off the field.
2013 should be an exciting year for Patrick Wisdom as it will be his first full professional season. Prospect guru J.P. Schwartz chose Wisdom as a Cardinal prospect that could break out in 2013. I expect Wisdom will begin 2013 with the Peoria Chiefs and could finish the season in Palm Beach. An E.T.A of late 2015 or early 2016 to St. Louis is not out of the question.
Cardinal fans will be proud to call Patrick Wisdom one of their own.