2013 St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects





Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

    
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TOP TEN
PROSPECTS
1. Oscar Taveras, of
2. Shelby Miller, rhp
3. Carlos Martinez, rhp
4. Trevor Rosenthal, rhp
5. Kolten Wong, 2b
6. Michael Wacha, rhp
7. Matt Adams, 1b
8. Tyrell Jenkins, rhp
9. Carson Kelly, 3b
10. Stephen Piscotty, of/3b
BEST
TOOLS
Best Hitter for Average Oscar Taveras
Best Power Hitter Matt Adams
Best Strike Zone Discipline Mike O'Neill
Fastest Baserunner C.J. McElroy
Best Athlete Tyrell Jenkins
Best Fastball Trevor Rosenthal
Best Curveball Carlos Martinez
Best Slider Jorge Rondon
Best Changeup Michael Wacha
Best Control Seth Maness
Best Defensive Catcher Steve Bean
Best Defensive Infielder Pete Kozma
Best Infield Arm Patrick Wisdom
Best Defensive OF Charlie Tilson
Best Outfield Arm Stephen Piscotty
PROJECTED 2016
LINEUP
Catcher Yadier Molina
First Base Allen Craig
Second Base Kolten Wong
Third Base David Freese
Shortstop Pete Kozma
Left Field Matt Holliday
Center Field Jon Jay
Right Field Oscar Taveras
No. 1 Starter Adam Wainwright
No. 2 Starter Shelby Miller
No. 3 Starter Jaime Garcia
No. 4 Starter Lance Lynn
No. 5 Starter Carlos Martinez
Closer Jason Motte
TOP PROSPECTS
OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Dan Haren, rhp Angels
2004 Blake Hawksworth, rhp Dodgers
2005 Anthony Reyes, rhp Padres
2006 Anthony Reyes, rhp Padres
2007 Colby Rasmus, of Blue Jays
2008 Colby Rasmus, of Blue Jays
2009 Colby Rasmus, of Blue Jays
2010 Shelby Miller, rhp Cardinals
2011 Shelby Miller, rhp Cardinals
2012 Shelby Miller, rhp Cardinals
TOP DRAFT PICKS
OF THE DECADE
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Daric Barton, C Athletics
2004 Chris Lambert, RHP Out of baseball
2005 Colby Rasmus, OF Blue Jays
2006 Adam Ottavino, RHP Rockies
2007 Pete Kozma, SS Cardinals
2008 Brett Wallace, 1B Astros
2009 Shelby Miller, RHP Cardinals
2010 Zack Cox, 3B Marlins
2011 Kolten Wong, 2B Cardinals
2012 Michael Wacha, RHP Cardinals
LARGEST BONUSES
IN CLUB HISTORY
J.D. Drew, 1998
$3,000,000
Shelby Miller, 2009
$2,875,000
Rick Ankiel, 1999
$2,500,000
Chad Hutchinson, 1998
$2,300,000
Zack Cox, 2010
$2,000,000
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St. Louis Cardinals

When the Cardinals took the field for Game Five of the National League Championship Series with hopes of a second consecutive trip to the World Series, starting pitcher Lance Lynn was one of six players on the lineup card who was drafted and developed by the organization. Eleven of the 15 players who appeared in the game were homegrown, and third baseman David Freese has spent most of his career with St. Louis after arriving as a minor leaguer via trade.

This wasn't a fluke. This is the future.

"For us to have sustained success we have to be able to produce players internally," GM John Mozeliak says. "We knew without that it was going to be hard to be successful because the free-agent market was not a place we wanted to be using resources."

The Cardinals lost Game Five and squandered a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Giants to fall one win shy of defending their NL pennant. But while 2012 ended in disappointment, it also marked a positive move in the first year after the departures of Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa.

Though Lynn won 18 games and was picked as an all-star in his first season as a starter, he'll be welcomed to spring training by three challengers for his spot in the rotation: Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal and Shelby Miller, not one of whom will be older than 24. Also poised to join the major league mix at some point in 2013 is outfielder Oscar Taveras, arguably the game's top hitting prospect, and second baseman Kolten Wong, a first-round pick in 2011.

The emergence of Kelly, Rosenthal and Miller affirmed the organization's optimism about its pitching depth. Taveras and Wong both played for a Double-A Springfield squad that won the Texas League championship and Baseball America's Minor League Team of the Year award. They were kept together to benefit from the postseason run, and it was the third league title in three years for Taveras, the TL MVP.

Mike Matheny, who hadn't managed at any professional level before replacing LaRussa for 2012, was every bit the steward of young talent and established players the front office had imagined. Nine Cardinals made their major league debuts in 2012. Matheny's staff also becomes an extension of development, as John Mabry was promoted from assistant hitting coach to hitting coach when Mark McGwire departed and Blaise Ilsley moved from Triple-A pitching coach to big league bullpen coach.

St. Louis took advantage of an opportunity to fortify their talent base with six of the first 86 picks in the 2012 draft. The Cardinals selected righthander Michael Wacha at No. 18, then followed with five position players: outfielder James Ramsey; third basemen Stephen Piscotty, Patrick Wisdom and Carson Kelly; and catcher Steve Bean. Wacha raced to Double-A in his first pro summer and may not need much more than another full season in the minors.

Upon their entry into pro ball, each of those players received a handbook called "The Cardinal Way." It details rules, cutoff plays and the general ethos of the organization, one reflected by the team's seventh appearance in the NLCS in 13 seasons.

"It was instilled in us at the beginning," homegrown outfielder Jon Jay says, "that it is about winning."



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