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Here is the summary of the Cardinals’ placements on the various league-wide lists.
|Pacific Coast||Texas||Florida State||Midwest|
|1||Oscar Taveras||9||Stephen Piscotty||14||Stephen Piscotty||none|
|5||Michael Wacha||12||Tim Cooney|
|New York-Penn||Appalachian||Gulf Coast|
|5||Carson Kelly||7||Alex Reyes||8||Rob Kaminsky|
|19||Juan Herrera||17||Kenny Peoples-Walls|
A couple of names I thought might have placed include first-rounder Marco Gonzales, who split his time between the Gulf Coast League and Florida State League. Then again, the left-hander still has to prove himself as a professional. Gonzales’ rookie campaign did not stand out, despite the 19th overall pick having been said by some to have the potential of reaching the majors first from his draft class.
James Ramsey, a 2012 first-rounder, also did not appear. The outfielder appeared in three different leagues this season – Florida State, Texas and Pacific Coast. He is now with Stephen Piscotty and others in the Arizona Fall League. (Our daily AFL reports are posted each morning for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation.)
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Those rankings will be fed into the official top 40 for 2014 from The Cardinal Nation. That annual countdown traditionally begins just after Thanksgiving.