Cardinals: 3 college baseball draft targets to watch during MLB lockout

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OMAHA, NEBRASKA - JUNE 30: Landon Sims #23 of the Mississippi St. pitches against Vanderbilt in the bottom of the seventh inning during game three of the College World Series Championship at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 30, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 30: Landon Sims #23 of the Mississippi St. pitches against Vanderbilt in the bottom of the seventh inning during game three of the College World Series Championship at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 30, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

If the St. Louis Cardinals want to add some talent to their farm system, here are some college baseball players that are worth keeping an eye on. 

Look, there’s nothing happening with MLB right now that is really all that fun to keep up with. The lockout drags on, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great baseball going on.

College baseball is a beautiful sport. Subjectively speaking, it’s one of the best sports that anyone can really keep up with. There’s more parity here than in just about every other sport in America and the traditions associated with college baseball and the College World Series are fantastic.

Plus, some of the best draft prospects MLB teams can target are improving their skills while playing college baseball.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use some help improving their farm system and this is a great time for Cardinals fans to start becoming familiar with some guys who might one day improve their favorite team (or their rivals). Here are three college baseball players Cardinals fans should keep an eye on this college baseball season.

St. Louis Cardinals: 3 college baseball prospects to watch during MLB lockout

Landon Sims: Pitcher, Mississippi State

The Mississippi State Bulldogs have a fascinating pitcher in Landon Sims. He’s versatile and talented and has shown that he can be incredibly reliable as a relief pitcher.

During Mississippi State’s run to a championship in 2021, Sims appeared in 25 games, had a 5-0 record, and recorded a 1.44 ERA and 13 saves. Sims had 100 strikeouts in 56.1 innings pitched. He’s good.

Mississippi State has moved Sims to be their ace this season and, after two starts, the results have been a little mixed. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out with Sims as a starter.

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