Classy, Crafty and Clever, the Cards Keep Shining
By some reckoning, today's St. Louis Cardinals are the original farming baseball team, so it's not a surprise the team has the league's longest tradition of finding and developing its own young talent. This tradition is visible in the MLB ballclub of today.
The home grown talents of Yadier Molina, Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Jaime Garcia have become anchors on the major league club. (The team also drafted Ian Kennedy, Colby Rasmus, Daniel McCutchen, Brett Wallace and Zack Cox, all of whom have gone on to success with other ballclubs, or will very soon.)
Nothing has changed in recent years, either, as the Cards continue to prove adept at drafting well. Shelby Miller and Kolten Wong, both first round picks, are pushing at the MLB roster today, while the first Cardinal picks of 2012 are all premium talents at the top of the system: pitcher Michael Wacha and hitters James Ramsey, Stephen Piscotty and Patrick Wisdom are all among the team's top fifteen bets bets, give or take.
The team has also been active internationally, signing Latin American stars like pitcher Carlos Martinez and outfielder Oscar Taveras, each among the very best prospects in baseball today. In fact, the top six prospects in the system are almost universally regarded as some of baseball's finest, all of them clear Top-100 type talents.
Deeper in the system, the Cardinals have a nice selection of talent, evenly balanced between pitching and hitting, with no obvious holes or clear surpluses. But as they've shown in the past, the team won't be shy about trading from its farm system if it gives their MLB club a chance to compete for a division title that's within reach. We don't expect that will change in 2013, as the team fights for another title while also stocking its farm with deep, clever draft picks in the summer.
Here's a quick look at some of the talent that's coming and going to/from to the Cardinals roster of the near future.
The usual disclaimer: Scouting Book's Prospect Rankings change very often, to reflect the latest and most promising prospects and situations. These listings recalculate every day as we include new input, correct errors (thanks for letting us know, helpful readers) and adjust to evolving MLB situations. For more information on our system, read this blog posting.
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