On Thursday, two major national player raters released their updated mid-season prospect lists – Keith Law of ESPN (subscription) and John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com. They join two other such lists posted last week, from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus (subscription).
The Cards have just two players on Law’s new list, but before lighting the torches and sharpening the pitchforks, consider that there is a good reason. Carlos Martinez, his number 39 pre-season prospect, was deemed ineligible since the talented right-hander is currently in the majors.
Kolten Wong was Law’s 96th-ranked prospect this spring. Given the combination of newly-drafted players and Wong’s good-but-not-great first half, I can understand why the Memphis second baseman did not move up 50 or more places nationally.
Sickels has a slightly different viewpoint from the others. He places Martinez ahead of Wacha – with both in the top 20 nationally and Martinez in the top 10. In a fairly minor point, Sickels has Taveras at number four versus the second-place spot the currently-injured outfielder holds elsewhere.
Following is a summary of the four Cardinals placements on the four mid-season lists.
|Site||BA||BP||ESPN||Minor Lg Ball|
|# ranked||Top 50||Top 50||Top 50||Top 75|
Please consider reading and subscribing where appropriate to the above sites to understand the details behind these placements and the remainder of their top prospect lists. There is always much more to rankings than just raw numbers.