Since it's the offseason and the offseason is the time for "what ifs," here is my random assignment for the VEB community:
In MLB history, there have been several expansion drafts. In the most recent of those drafts, the rule for protecting players was that each organization got to protect 35 players in their entire system for the first round (out of 3) of the draft. They then got to protect three more after the first round was over and three more (again) after the second round was over.
If a draft were occurring today, who would be the first 35 players you would protect in the Cardinals' organization? Who would be the first additional 3 and the last additional 3?
Category - Obvious - 21 players
Category - Probables - 14 players (35 total)
Category - Questionables
So, my Obvious category added to my Probably category gives us the first 35 players I would protect, personally. My next three and last three would be:
Note: italics mean on the 40-man roster and * means "top 20 prospect" according to stlouiscardinals.com - also non-italic and non * are players that aren't on the stlouiscardinals.com's "top 20" but ARE on future redbirds' "top 20"