St. Louis Cardinals 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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Goldschmidt, Paul, 1b
Kim, Kwang Hyun
Ponce De Leon, Daniel
One of the game's brightest young catching prospects—Ivan Herrera—stands out for his inclusion. With just 18 games at high Class A (along with a stint in the Arizona Fall League), Herrera made a name for himself as a player with strong potential on both sides of the ball. The rest of the roster is highlighted by the team's No. 1 prospect, OF Dylan Carlson, as well as Nos. 4 and 5 prospects Genesis Cabrera and Ryan Helsley.
It's a bit of a surprise to see No. 2 prospect Matthew Liberatore, No. 3 prospect Nolan Gorman and No. 7 prospect Zack Thompson left off the list, especially after Thompson struck out nine in three innings in the Grapefruit League. Notably, though, there are just 44 players on this roster, so it's likely that a different group of prospects will be added and sent to the team's Alternate Training Site at some point in the near future.
The Cardinals' initial roster was primarily loaded with players they believe can help in the big leagues this season, which makes sense for a team coming off a division title and an NLCS appearance. Expect to see plenty of Cabrera and Helsley, who pitched in the Cardinals bullpen down the stretch and in the postseason last year, as well as Carlson, who should force his way into the outfield mix at some point.