|WHERE THE TOP 10 PROSPECTS ARE|
|1||Oscar Taveras||6/19/1992||of||Memphis Redbirds|
|2||Shelby Miller||10/10/1990||rhp||St. Louis Cardinals|
|3||Carlos Martinez||9/21/91||of||(Dominican Republic)|
|4||Trevor Rosenthal||5/29/1990||rhp||St. Louis Cardinals|
|5||Kolten Wong||10/10/1990||2b||Memphis Redbirds|
|6||Michael Wacha||7/1/1991||rhp||Memphis Redbirds|
|7||Matt Adams||8/31/1988||1b||St. Louis Cardinals|
|8||Tyrell Jenkins||7/20/1992||rhp||Peoria Chiefs|
|9||Carson Kelly||7/14/1994||3b||Johnson City Cardinals|
|10||Stephen Piscotty||1/14/1991||of/3b||Palm Beach Cardinals|
HE’S WHERE? Last year’s first-round pick, righthander Michael Wacha, was the talk of major league spring training, so from that point of view perhaps it isn’t a surprise that he is on the Triple-A Memphis roster. Still, he pitched just 21 innings after signing last year out of Texas A&M, so it will be a significant jump. He showed an above-average fastball this spring, with what BA Cardinals correspondent Derrick Goold called the best changeup in camp.
WHO’S MISSING: Righthander Carlos Martinez remains in the Dominican Republic, unable to obtain a work visa to come to the United States. He went through a well documented name change and was suspended by MLB for a year before signing with the Cardinals in 2010, but he had not had any issues since then. It’s not clear when he might be available.
GO SEE: The Memphis Redbirds have the Cardinals’ three best prospects who are still in the minors--and are not stuck in the Dominican. In addition to Wacha, Memphis will feature outfielder Oscar Taveras (No. 1) and second baseman Kolten Wong (No. 5). It will be interesting to see which one stays in the minors the longest.