2018 St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects

Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
1. Alex Reyes, RHP
2. Jack Flaherty, RHP
3. Carson Kelly, C
4. Sandy Alcantara, RHP
5. Tyler O'Neill, OF
6. Jordan Hicks, RHP
7. Magneuris Sierra, OF
8. Harrison Bader, OF
9. Dakota Hudson, RHP
10. Ryan Helsley, RHP

GOT QUESTIONS? Cardinals Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: SS Paul DeJong (14) surprisingly led the team with 25 homers, while learning to play a new position.

Trending: 🔺Up after a strong year on the farm.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: It's not often that a team has too much of a good thing, but when it comes to the Cardinals, they have more upper-level outfield prospects than they will have roster spots for in the next few years. St. Louis needs to figure out in the next year who it can count on among Tommy Pham, Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, Jose Martinez, Tyler O'Neill, Magneuris Sierra, Harrison Bader, Jose Adolis Garcia, Randy Arozarena and Oscar Mercado. All 10 have significant time at Double-A or higher. A strong stable of righthanded pitchers that extends through every level of the system further gives the Cardinals a multitude of options on the mound.

Weaknesses: The Cardinals have long struggled to produce homegrown shortstops. Paul DeJong may change that, but if his defense requires him to slide to second or third base (the positions he predominantly played in the minors), the team doesn't have another obvious everyday shortstop option in full-season ball. The Cardinals aren’t much stronger at the other infield positions either, particularly on the corners.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for AverageJonathan Machado.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Tyler O’Neill
🔸Best Strike-Zone DisciplineNick Martini.
🔸Fastest BaserunnerMagneuris Sierra.
🔸Best AthleteMagneuris Sierra.
🔸Best FastballSandy Alcantara.
🔸Best Curveball: Alex Reyes.
🔸Best SliderDakota Hudson.
🔸Best ChangeupJunior Fernandez.
🔸Best Control: Jack Flaherty
🔸Best Defensive CatcherCarson Kelly.
🔸Best Defensive INFAlex Mejia.
🔸Best INF ArmPatrick Wisdom.
🔸Best Defensive OF:  Oscar Mercado.
🔸Best OF ArmJose Adolis Garcia.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Carson Kelly (26)
🔸1B Matt Carpenter (35)
🔸2B Kolten Wong (30)
🔸3B Jedd Gyorko (32)
🔸SS Paul DeJong (27)
🔸LF Tyler O'Neill (26)
🔸CF Dexter Fowler (35)
🔸RF Stephen Piscotty (30)
🔸SP Carlos Martinez (29)
🔸SP Alex Reyes (26)
🔸SP Luke Weaver (27)
🔸SP Jack Flaherty (25)
🔸SP Michael Wacha (29)
🔸CL Sandy Alcantara (25)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: OF Colby Rasmus (Rays) | WAR: 19.5
🔸2009: OF Colby Rasmus (Rays) | WAR: **
🔸2010: RHP Shelby Miller (D-backs) | WAR: 8.9
🔸2011: RHP Shelby Miller (D-backs) | WAR: **
🔸2012: RHP Shelby Miller (D-backs) | WAR: **
🔸2013: OF Oscar Taveras(Deceased) | WAR: -1.4
🔸2014: OF Oscar Taveras(Deceased) | WAR: **
🔸2015: LHP Marco Gonzales (Mariners) | WAR: -0.1
🔸2016: RHP Alex Reyes (Cardinals) | Top 10
🔸2017: RHP Alex Reyes (Cardinals) | **

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 1B Brett Wallace (DNP) | WAR: -0.6
🔸2009: RHP Shelby Miller (D-backs) | WAR: 8.9
🔸2010: 3B Zack Cox (Tigers) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: 2B Kolten Wong (Cardinals) | WAR: 7.2
🔸2012: RHP Michael Wacha (Cardinals) | WAR: 6.4
🔸2013: LHP Marco Gonzales (Mariners) | WAR:  -0.1
🔸2014: RHP Luke Weaver (Cardinals) | WAR: 0.4
🔸2015: OF Nick Plummer (Cardinals) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: SS Delvin Perez (Cardinals) | WAR: N/A
🔸2017: OF Scott Hurst (Cardinals) | WAR: N/A


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