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Summarizing Baseball America’s top Cardinals prospects by league

Each fall, Baseball America undertakes a process I would never have the knowledge to do – ranking all 30 organization’s prospects within their respective league top 20s.

While the base information summarized below is free to all, the detailed scouting reports on each player are for BA subscribers. Along with joining The Cardinal Nation, of course, I recommend you consider a Baseball America membership if you are a prospect watcher.

Here is the summary of the Cardinals’ placements on the various league-wide lists.

Pacific Coast Texas Florida State Midwest
# AAA # AA # A+ A
1 Oscar Taveras 9 Stephen Piscotty 14 Stephen Piscotty none
5 Michael Wacha 12 Tim Cooney
7 Carlos Martinez
16 Kolten Wong
New York-Penn Appalachian Gulf Coast
# SS-A # Rookie # Rookie
5 Carson Kelly 7 Alex Reyes 8 Rob Kaminsky
19 Juan Herrera 17 Kenny Peoples-Walls
20 Steve Bean

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.)

As a reminder, the members of The Cardinal Nation message board are currently voting for their top 40 Cardinals prospects. The balloting is nearing the end of the top 20 presently. Participation is free!

Those rankings will be fed into the official top 40 for 2014 from The Cardinal Nation. That annual countdown traditionally begins just after Thanksgiving.

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4 Responses to “Summarizing Baseball America’s top Cardinals prospects by league”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Its mildly encouraging to see SS Herrera at #19 in the NYPa league. We gave up ML southpaw Rzepcynski to be able to add Herrera to a large collection of minor league shortstops (few of whom are clearly as yet budding stars).

    Last summer, the Cards did not use Michael Wacha as a starting pitcher, to ease innings pitched. He played so little, he made no prospect lists by league. Look at him now!

  2. blingboy says:

    I guess its good that two of our PCL top prospects are helping on the field this post-season. Another is on the squad but seemingly is not much acquainted with the game. The last is not here but has kept the hype alive.

    Bernie had a quote from Mo, made some time back when asked to comment on the team’s low errors total. Mo said ““Oh, so we don’t drop it when it’s hit to us. OK.”

    Bernie pointed out that the Cards were not charged with any errors Monday night, so it can’t be used as a measure of fielding acumen. He also pointed out that Jay’s minus 10 defensive runs ranks 32nd among center fielders. Yikes. The point being, that Taveras would not have to be especially good at playing center field to be a plausible starter there next year.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Though Edmonds made some wonderful highlight reel catches, he was not speedy. The Cards have had centerfielders whose strong hitting made up for ho-hum overall defense. Taveras could become another.

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