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  1. 1. Matthew Liberatore | LHP
    Matthew Liberatore
    Born: Nov 6, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Glendale, Ariz., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: David Hamlett (Rays).
    Minors: 9-9 | 4.04 ERA | 123 SO | 33 BB | 125 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 60. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Liberatore was the ace of USA Baseball's 18U World Cup-winning team in 2017 and was drafted 16th overall by the Rays the following year. The Rays traded him to the Cardinals before the 2020 season in a deal that quickly became known as the Randy Arozarena trade after Arozarena became the star of the 2020 postseason.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Liberatore is one of the most promising young lefties in the game. His four-pitch mix is topped by a 92-96 mph fastball that may settle into the upper end of his velocity range as he matures, and he backs it up with an assortment of quality secondaries. His upper-70s, downer curveball gives him a second plus pitch and his average slider has flashes of intrigue as well with late tilt in the low 80s. His changeup is his fourth pitch but still projects to be an potentially above-average offering. Liberatore ties his arsenal together with advanced command and control for a tall, young lefty. He repeats the delivery well with a clean arm action and should be at least an above-average strike-thrower without issue.

    THE FUTURE: Liberatore has front-of-the-rotation potential but is many years from that ceiling. He will make his Cardinals organizational debut in 2021.

  2. 2. Jordan Walker | 3B
    Jordan Walker
    Born: May 22, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Decatur, Ga., 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Charles Peterson.
    Minors: .317/.388/.548 | 14 HR | 14 SB | 325 AB

    Hitting: 45. Power: 60. Running: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Walker was one of the few high school prospects who got to play meaningful games in the spring before the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down. He took advantage with a red-hot start to solidify himself as one of the top hitters and sluggers in the 2020 draft class. The Cardinals drafted him No. 21 overall and signed him for $2.9 million to forgo a Duke commitment. Walker was the last player signed by Cardinals area scout Charles Peterson, who died from Covid-19 three months later.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Walker has the long arms and a big frame befitting a power hitter. While he has some unavoidable length to his swing, he has shown a feel for hitting and can catch up to top velocity. He has a shot to be a fringe-average or even average hitter to go with his plus raw power, which will likely tick up to plus-plus as he continues to grow. Walker moves remarkably well for a big man and has an above-average arm at third base. His excellent work ethic gives him a shot to stick there, but he may have to move to first base depending on how much bigger he gets.

    THE FUTURE: Walker has a chance to develop into a middle-of-the-order masher. He's still a teenager yet to make his pro debut and is many years away.

  3. 3. Nolan Gorman | 2B/3B
    Nolan Gorman
    Born: May 10, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Phoenix, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mauricio Rubio.
    Minors: .279/.333/.481 | 25 HR | 7 SB | 480 AB

    Hitting: 45. Power: 70. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Gorman was considered the best high school power hitter in the 2018 draft class and was selected 19th overall by the Cardinals. He showcased his power immediately in his pro debut but scuffled as he advanced to the offense-suffocating Florida State League in 2019. Gorman stood out at 2020 spring training before camps shut down and spent the summer at the Cardinals' alternate training site, where he was one of the top offensive performers.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Gorman is the epitome of a modern power hitter. He strikes out and has holes in his swing, but he makes pitchers pay when they make a mistake. Gorman feasts on pitches down and makes balls disappear with his plus-plus power. He can be beat by fastballs up and needs to become more selective, but he hits lefties well for a young hitter and shows enough feel for contact to hit .240-.250 to go with his power production. Gorman has solid hands, a quick exchange and plus arm strength at third base, but his lateral range needs to improve for him to be average defensively. He's a below-average runner.

    THE FUTURE: Gorman has the chance to hit 30-plus home runs in the majors if he puts it all together. He'll try to carry his gains from the alternate site forward to Double-A in 2021.

  4. 4. Michael McGreevy | RHP
    Michael McGreevy
    Born: Jul 8, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Minors: 0-2 | 9.39 ERA | 7 SO | 2 BB | 8 IP

    McGreevy caught scouts' attention in high school with a velocity spike at the end of his senior year, but his short track record and questions about his signability allowed him to get to campus at UC Santa Barbara. He starred immediately for the Gauchos, earning Freshman All-America honors as a multi-inning reliever before moving into the rotation as a sophomore and posting a 0.99 ERA before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season. McGreevy picked up where he left off in 2021, assuming the Friday night starter's role for UCSB and emerging as the best college pitcher on the West Coast. He went 9-1, 2.92 with 109 strikeouts and 10 walks in 95.2 innings during the regular season. A standout shortstop in high school, McGreevy is an excellent athlete who fills up the strike zone with four pitches. His fastball sits 91-93 mph and touches 95-96 with sink and finish to his arm side. His low-80s curveball with downer action flashes plus, and his mid-80s slider and changeup each project as average to slightly above. McGreevy stands out most for his control. He is an elite strike-thrower who walked only 30 batters in 183.1 career innings at UCSB and projects to have plus-plus control, with evaluators noting his misses are smaller than former Gaucho and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber's were at the same age. McGreevy locates his fastball to both sides of the plate, lands all three of his secondary pitches for strikes and works quickly and efficiently. With a strong, durable body at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and an athletic, repeatable delivery, McGreevy holds his stuff deep into games and is a no-doubt starting pitcher. Most see him as a potential mid-rotation starter, but he's young for the class at only 20 and is a candidate to take a jump in an organization with a strong player development team.

  5. 5. Ivan Herrera | C
    Ivan Herrera
    Born: Jun 1, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Panama, 2016.
    Signed By: Damaso Espino.
    Minors: .229/.342/.403 | 17 HR | 2 SB | 367 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 30. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Herrera earned an invitation to big league spring training in 2020 and took advantage of the opportunity to work with his boyhood hero Yadier Molina. Herrera stayed attached to the hip of the Cardinals great, whether it was early work in the batting cage at spring training or picking Molina's brain at summer camp. Herrera spent the summer at the Cardinals' alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: While Herrera worked with Molina on how to run a pitching staff, his bat is his calling card. He is one of the best hitters in the Cardinals' system with a compact swing that is geared for contact and hard line drives. His exit velocities have steadily improved as he's gotten stronger and he'll flash above-average to plus raw power. Defensively, Herrera is a student of the game and has a tick above-average hands, which should allow him to present pitches well. His blocking and receiving still show signs of his youth, but he moves well and should eventually be at least an above-average defender. He's steadily improved his throwing mechanics, although his pop times are fringe-average.

    THE FUTURE: Herrera's well-rounded skill set, excellent makeup and grinder mentality make him the team's likely catcher of the future.

  6. 6. Masyn Winn | SS
    Masyn Winn
    Born: Mar 21, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS-- Kingwood, Texas, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jabari Barnett.
    Minors: .242/.324/.356 | 5 HR | 32 SB | 385 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Generally, prospects who attempt to be two-way players in pro ball are pitchers who also play first base or DH. Winn is the rare player who could succeed as a shortstop and a righthander. No prominent draft pick has tried to do both since 2008 first-round pick Casey Kelly played shortstop and pitched in the lower levels of the minors for the Red Sox. He eventually moved to the mound full-time.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Winn is going to make the Cardinals' decision on what is his best long-term home very difficult. He's an athletic, rangy shortstop with a plus-plus arm and plus speed. He plays a little too fast at times, but his arm gives him an extra step of range most shortstops don't have. Winn's performance at the World Wood Bat Championship in 2019 cemented his status as a two-way star. Winn sat at 95 mph and touched 98 for three innings while mixing in a potentially plus slider and changeup. He also went 3-for-4 with a home run and triple, with all three hits having 95 mph or better exit velocities. Winn has above-average raw power, in addition to being athletic and an intense competitor.

    THE FUTURE: The Cardinals are expected to send Winn out first as a shortstop. It's hard to have him work on both because of the demands on his arm, but St. Louis is serious about letting him try to develop both as a position player and a pitcher.

  7. 7. Joshua Baez | OF
    Joshua Baez
    Born: Jun 28, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .158/.305/.303 | 2 HR | 5 SB | 76 AB

    Baez is one of the youngest players in the class—he turns 18 at the end of June—but he's also one of the most physical and explosive players in the country. He has fast bat speed, he's strong for his age with more room to fill out and his raw power is already at least plus now with a chance to be a 70 in the near future and he could become a 35-plus home run threat. His arm is already at least a 70 tool from the outfield. He's been up to 98 mph on the mound this year and shown sporadic feel to spin a breaking ball, so pitching is a fallback option if hitting doesn't click, though he hasn't focused much on pitching and is still raw and wild. Baez has immense upside if he's able to make enough contact and draw enough walks, but swing and miss has been an issue. He performed well last summer on the showcase circuit and he started the spring by managing his at-bats well, but as the season progressed, he got more out of sync and swung through a lot of ordinary Massachusetts high school pitching. Baez isn't a free-swinger, but there's some stiffness to his stroke and he tends to get his front arm extended early, which hampers the adjustability of his swing to be able to react to and square up different pitch types and locations. In center field, Baez shined all spring. He's a solid-average runner underway who doesn't have typical burner speed or long gliding strides for the position, but he's a power runner who has good instincts, reading the ball well off the bat with good routes to both gaps. He's built like a corner outfielder and many scouts believe he will ultimately outgrow the position and head to right field, but he has enough athleticism and ball skills to start out in center.

  8. 8. Edwin Nunez | RHP
    Edwin Nunez
    Born: Nov 5, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2020.
    Signed By: Alix Martinez.

    TRACK RECORD: MLB initially suspended Nunez from signing for a year because of an issue regarding his age. While he was ineligible, his stuff just kept getting better and better. On the first day after MLB ended the scouting/signing shutdown that had been put in place during the coronavirus pandemic, the Cardinals signed Nunez for $525,000.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Nunez already can touch 100 mph with above-average spin. He also has an athletic build and a strong if lean frame. In addition to his potentially plus-plus fastball, Nunez also has a less consistent slider that flashes plus potential but sometimes gets slurvy. He's yet to throw in an official game, but Nunez's delivery has starter traits because he repeats it well. It's hard to project his control and command when he's so far away, but his delivery is clean.

    THE FUTURE: Considering his age--he'll turn 19 before Opening Day--Nunez should jump straight to the U.S. and Class A in 2021. The Cardinals have plenty of successful experience at helping older Latin America signees make a speedy adjustment to pro ball. Throwing 100 mph has been found to help that transition.

  9. 9. Malcom Nunez | OF
    Malcom Nunez
    Born: Mar 9, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Alix Martinez/Angel Ovalles.
    Minors: .268/.339/.404 | 9 HR | 7 SB | 339 AB

    TRACK RECORD: One of the best players at the 2016 15U World Cup, Nunez has long been a productive hitter. The Cardinals may have landed a steal because they signed him in a year when they were unable to spend more than $300,000 on the international market. Nunez won the Dominican Summer League triple crown in his debut, hitting .415 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Nunez's follow-up was not nearly as impressive. He was demoted after struggling at low Class A Peoria, but didn't set the world on fire in the Appalachian League either. In 2020, Nunez was invited to the Cardinals' alternate training site, where he spent a lot of time working on his defense at third base. Nunez is already on the borderline of getting too big for the position, but he moves well for his size. He has an inconsistent arm that flashes plus. Nunez has plus power, above-average bat speed and solid plate coverage, but right now he has a grip-and-rip approach.

    THE FUTURE: It's fair to give a mulligan to a Cuban teenager jumping straight from the Dominican Summer League to the Midwest League. Nunez should get another shot at Class A. This year will be an important one to prove his bat is as advanced as advertised.

  10. 10. Zack Thompson | LHP
    Zack Thompson
    Born: Oct 28, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Kentucky, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Jason Bryans.
    Minors: 2-10 | 7.06 ERA | 82 SO | 57 BB | 93 IP

    Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Thompson broke James Paxton's school record at Kentucky for strikeouts by a lefty with 130 punchouts in 90 innings as a junior. The Cardinals drafted him 19th overall and pushed him to high Class A Palm Beach in his pro debut. Thompson impressed at spring training and was tabbed as a potential breakout, but he instead spent the year at the alternate training site after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 minor league season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Thompson has loud stuff that brings to mind a front-of-the-rotation lefthander. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and touches 97, and his plus curveball has elite spin rates above 3,000 revolutions per minute. His mid-80s slider and mid-80s changeup give him two more average or better pitches and he is increasingly showing confidence in both of them. Thompson's consistency and control, however, have not come together. His control was an issue in college and wavered at the alternate training site. He had an elbow injury in college that also scared some teams, and his fastball velocity wavered at times in Springfield, as well.

    THE FUTURE: Thompson's stuff gives him a chance to pitch in the middle-to-front of a rotation, but he could also end up in the bullpen if his control and consistency don't improve.

  11. 11. Tink Hence | RHP
    Tink Hence
    Born: Aug 6, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Pine Bluff, Ark., 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Dirk Kinney.
    Minors: 0-1 | 9.00 ERA | 14 SO | 3 BB | 8 IP

    TRACK RECORD: As a child, Hence (whose given name is Markevian) was nicknamed Stinker, but his dad quickly changed it to Tink. He was a travel teammate of Cardinals' second-round pick Masyn Winn on a team coached by Cardinals area scout Dirk Kinney. Like Winn, Hence was committed to play at Arkansas.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hence has been a fixture on the baseball diamond since he ditched diapers. His stuff isn't consistent yet, but at his best it's already extremely impressive. His fastball sits between 90-93 mph but he can crank it up to 95-96 mph and get swings and misses at the top of the zone. His slider and curveball are two distinct pitches. Both flash plus and he has solid feel for locating them. He's even shown the potential for an average changeup. Hence is athletic and has plenty of room to fill out. He needs to continue to improve the consistency of his delivery as he gets stronger, but he has more upside than most supplemental second-round picks.

    THE FUTURE: The sky's the limit with Hence, who shows feel for spinning breaking balls to go with a promising fastball. Like most pitchers drafted out of high school, patience will be required.

  12. 12. Angel Rondon | RHP
    Angel Rondon
    Born: Dec 1, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Raymi Dicent/Angel Ovalles.
    Minors: 6-4 | 4.58 ERA | 68 SO | 22 BB | 77 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Yet another in a long line of savvy international signings by the Cardinals, Rondon was 18 when St. Louis signed him in 2016. Five years later, the Cardinals added him to their 40-man roster, further validating an impressive rise through the minors.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Instead of an encore in games that count, Rondon had to settle for solid work at the club's alternate training site. Facing older hitters, his blend of savvy and stuff baffled once again. Rondon topped out at 93-94 at the ATS but has touched 96-97. He varies speeds well and is comfortable locating his fastball, slider, curveball and changeup at any point in the count. Rondon's slider is arguably his only above-average pitch, but he can make his average curve as big, slow or hard as he needs. His changeup, once average, has backed up. He has average control and lives at the edges of the zone.

    THE FUTURE: After pitching with Aguillas in the Dominican League, Rondon should head to Triple-A to begin 2021. He's not overpowering, but evaluators rave about his feel for pitching. He could eventually be a multi-inning reliever, a back-end starter or even a setup man.

  13. 13. Justin Williams | OF
    Justin Williams
    Born: Aug 20, 1995
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Houma, La., 2013 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Rusty Pendergass (D-Backs).
    Minors: .248/.282/.486 | 6 HR | 1 SB | 105 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Williams' path to the majors has been long and winding. A D-Backs draftee, Williams was traded the next year to the Rays in a swap that brought Jeremy Hellickson to Arizona. He made his MLB debut in 2018 with the Rays. He was then dealt to the Cardinals for Tommy Pham at the trade deadline. A broken hand suffered punching a TV and hamstring injuries slowed him in 2019, but he returned to the majors briefly in September 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Williams hits the ball very hard. He just struggles to hit the ball very hard in the air. With his level swing, he hits stinging singles and doubles rather than home runs. Williams has aboveaverage raw power. He will take a walk and he does a solid job of recognizing spin. He puts in good at-bats against lefthanders. A fringe-average runner, Williams' plus arm is an asset in right field, but he has struggled with reads and when to lay out and when to pull up, which is why he's considered a fringe-average defender.

    THE FUTURE: Williams' ties a record with this Prospect Handbook appearance--he's been in eight books since 2014. He's out of options and will head to spring training looking to add a much-needed lefty bat to the very righthanded Cardinals' lineup.

  14. 14. Delvin Perez | SS
    Delvin Perez
    Born: Nov 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Mike Dibiase/Juan Ramos
    Minors: .265/.322/.339 | 4 HR | 24 SB | 389 AB

    Early in his pro career, Perez lacked the physicality he needed to do anything with the ball when he made contact. But as he's gotten older, he's finally started to fill out, which has meant he's now hitting line drives in front of and between the outfielders rather than at the infielders. Perez's improved offense pairs with above-average defense at shortstop. He has a shot to be an Edmundo Sosa type for the Cardinals down the road.

  15. 15. Brendan Donovan | 2B/3B
    Brendan Donovan
    Born: Jan 16, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .304/.399/.455 | 12 HR | 19 SB | 391 AB

    A seventh-round pick out of South Alabama in 2018, Donovan has hit his way into prospect status. He's got a fringy glove, but he's fringy at multiple positions (second base, third base and left field). And his ability to spray the ball around the field and yank a mistake pitch over the fence has helped him hit .305/.411/.446 this year between High-A and Double-A.

  16. 16. Julio Rodriguez | C
    Julio Rodriguez
    Born: Jun 11, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 197
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Braly Guzman/Angel Ovalles.
    Minors: .207/.292/.298 | 3 HR | 1 SB | 121 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez is a testament to the value of digging a little deeper to scout. He signed for $25,000 as an 18-year-old and turned 19 before his second game in the Dominican Summer League, but the Cardinals quickly found his catch-and-throw skills made him a very useful backstop. He was a Florida State League all-star in 2019, made it to Double-A at the end of that year, and spent the summer of 2020 at the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez does not have a plus tool, but his game-calling, receiving and blocking skills make him an above-average defender and give him a path to a useful MLB career. He's athletic for a catcher and has solid balance and flexibility in his setup. His arm strength is average, but he has a quick transfer and throws accurately. Rodriguez has a contact-oriented approach with a short stroke. He has below-average power, but he can yank a line drive over the left field fence. Like many catchers, he's a baseclogger.

    THE FUTURE: Rodriguez was left off the 40-man roster but went unpicked in the Rule 5 draft. He's ready to head to Double-A. With his reliable glove, he's not far away from being a backup option in the major leagues.

  17. 17. Jhon Torres | OF
    Jhon Torres
    Born: Mar 29, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 199
    Drafted/Signed: Colombia, 2016.
    Signed By: Domingo Toribio/Felix Nivar/Koby Perez (Indians).
    Minors: .238/.302/.366 | 6 HR | 3 SB | 383 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Indians signed Torres out of Colombia for $150,000 and watched him quickly fill out and blossom. St. Louis picked him up along with Conner Capel in a deal that sent Oscar Mercado to the Indians in 2018. Torres struggled in 2019 with an aggressive jump to low Class A Peoria, but he was one of the better prospects in the Appalachian League after a midseason demotion. With a 60-player roster limit, Torres was not part of the Cardinals' alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Torres could develop plus power one day if he can learn to get into better counts and pounce on juicy pitches. He will likely always have some swing and miss, even on hittable pitches, because he has timing issues. Torres is an average runner, and an above-average defender in the corner outfield spots with an above-average arm. He has solid athleticism to go with his developing strength.

    THE FUTURE: Torres is Rule 5 eligible even before he's established himself in full-season ball. The tools are there to be a well-rounded player, but like many prospects he'll need to add plate discipline and pitch recognition to get to his potential.

  18. 18. Alec Burleson | OF
    Alec Burleson
    Born: Nov 25, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 212
    Drafted/Signed: East Carolina, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: T.C. Calhoun.
    Minors: .270/.329/.454 | 22 HR | 3 SB | 456 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Burleson was a star from day one at East Carolina as a pitcher and in his sophomore season turned into one of the Pirates' best hitters as well. He was a member of USA Baseball's Collegiate National team as a two-way player. As the 70th overall pick, he became the fourth-highest draftee in school history.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Burleson does not accept strikeouts as a price of power. He struck out just 37 times in his three years at ECU and just three times in 75 plate appearances as a junior. Despite his size and strength, Burleson is primarily a contact-oriented hitter who does not sell out to get to power. He hit .341/.387/.496 for his ECU career. There is hope that his focus on hitting will help him focus on getting even stronger, as his profile is somewhat dependent on him getting to more of his above-average raw power. The Cardinals are going to start Burleson in the outfield, a spot he played sporadically as an amateur. His below-average speed limits him to the corners, but he also has shown he's a nimble first baseman.

    THE FUTURE: Pure hitters often get to their power eventually if they keep making solid contact, and Burleson generates loads of consistent contact.

  19. 19. Ryan Holgate | OF
    Ryan Holgate
    Born: Jun 8, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 193
    Minors: .193/.279/.289 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 114 AB

    Holgate impressed scouts with a solid bat and plus raw power out of high school, but made it to the Arizona campus after the Twins took him in the 32nd round. A 6-foot-2, 193-pound outfielder, Holgate's game is centered around his power, which is at least plus and could be a tick better. With Holgate it's all about the bat, and he finished his third college regular season with a hitting line of .344/.419/.549 and eight home runs. He shows plus power to all fields and the ability to handle offspeed pitches. While his strikeout rate of just under 20% is concerning, he could improve his contact rate by shortening his stroke and staying in his lower half better. Holgate will need to hit because he's a below-average defender likely limited to left field. He lacks confidence in the field with below-average hands, but has the makeup and work ethic to continue to improve. His fringe-average arm gets good carry, but likely won't be enough for regular work in right field. A below-average runner, Holgate is athletic enough to run well underway. Teams that are in on him note that Holgate looks like he belongs on the field and he'll be able to make up for his shortcomings.

  20. 20. Austin Love | RHP
    Austin Love
    Born: Jan 26, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 232
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.12 ERA | 13 SO | 1 BB | 8 IP

    Love was North Carolina's relief ace in 2019, when he appeared in a team-high 36 games and posted a 3.22 ERA over 67 innings. He was also used out of the bullpen during the shortened 2020 season but made a successful transition to starting this spring. He posted a 3.71 ERA over 102 innings and 16 starts, while striking out 129 batters (11.4 K/9) and walking 32 (2.8 BB/9)—both his strikeout and walk rate this season were career bests. Love has a workhorse frame at 6-foot-3, 232 pounds and worked back-to-back complete games in May, including a 15-strikeout game against Georgia Tech. His fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range as a starter, and while the metrics on the pitch aren't great, there are scouts who think he could work with a double-plus fastball that has increased velocity in a bullpen role at the next level. He's touched 97-98 mph this season. While his best secondary pitch was previously his changeup, Love's slider has developed this spring and became his best swing-and-miss offering. It's a mid-80s bender with solid vertical bite that he consistently lands down and to his glove side. Love does a nice job keeping his mid-to-upper-80s changeup down as well, though he works the pitch to his arm side and away from lefthanded hitters, with terrific tumbling action at its best. Both pitches have shown above-average potential at times, but not always at the same time. Love has a very short arm action and a delivery that some scouts don't love, but he did a nice job filling up the strike zone this season.

  21. 21. Tre Fletcher | OF
    Tre Fletcher
    Born: Apr 30, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Portland, Maine, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jim Negrych.
    Minors: .222/.276/.407 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 27 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Cardinals had to work hard to scout Fletcher, who reclassified to join the 2019 class six months before the draft. That meant teams had to circle back to scout him more heavily, but it's not easy to scout high school prospects in Maine during the spring. The Cardinals were confident in what they had seen from him in multiple showcase events. Fletcher became the third-highest Maine prep draftee ever.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Fletcher is a plus-plus runner with some of the best athleticism in the organization. His twitchy athleticism also carries over to the plate, where he has a fast, handsy swing with above-average bat speed. There's not a lot Fletcher can't do--he was also 91-94 mph off the mound in high school, and that plus arm carries over to the outfield. Fletcher displays plus raw power in batting practice, but he has work to do at laying off breaking balls out of the zone.

    THE FUTURE: Even with a lost year, Fletcher will play 2021 as a 19-year-old. His athleticism, speed and center field defense give him foundational tools that should ensure a lengthy pro career.

  22. 22. Alec Willis | RHP
    Alec Willis
    Born: Mar 30, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 1 SO | 0 BB | 1 IP

    Willis just might be one of the bigger pop-up high school arms in this year's draft. He missed last summer's showcase season due to ulnar decompression surgery but has since made up for lost time during his senior high school season. The tall, strong-framed Willis throws a fastball from 89-96 mph, sitting 93, and it's already regarded as a plus pitch. He's also more advanced than many high school pitchers his age, with feel to pitch, good arm action and average or better secondary pitches. An 80-83 mph slider is his best pitch, a future plus offering. A 72-75 mph curveball needs work but with Willis' athleticism it has a good chance to get at least close to average. He infrequently uses an 85 mph changeup, so improving that pitch will be needed in his development. Delivering his pitches with average to above-average arm speed and a balanced delivery, he gets good extension and finish. He's more of a control-over-command type of pitcher now. Willis has a commitment to Minnesota, but it's likely he gets drafted high enough to forego college ball, with the only cause for concern being his injury history.

  23. 23. Jake Walsh | RHP
    Jake Walsh
    Born: Jul 20, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 192
    Minors: 2-2 | 2.86 ERA | 34 SO | 8 BB | 22 IP

    Keeping Walsh healthy has been an issue, but when Walsh pitches, he's extremely effective. Walsh can run his fastball up to 95-97 mpjh and when he's locating it, he can blow hitters away with just the heater. He also has a curve that sometimes is big but sometimes sharpens to become a swing-and-miss pitch.

  24. 24. Jose Davila | RHP
    Jose Davila
    Born: Nov 9, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 177
    Minors: 1-4 | 4.86 ERA | 54 SO | 34 BB | 54 IP

    The Cardinals have a tendency to send a number of players ticketed for the Florida Complex League to Low-A to get a month of acclimation at a higher level before they head back down. Davila, a 6-foot-3, 18-year-old righthander, wasn't really ready for Low-A, but he showed why the Cardinals are excited about his potential. He can touch 95 mph already, sits 92-93 and spins a promising curve. He has starter traits.

  25. 25. Dionys Rodriguez | RHP
    Dionys Rodriguez
    Born: Sep 3, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 188
    Minors: 4-5 | 3.36 ERA | 88 SO | 22 BB | 70 IP

    The Cardinals just moved Rodriguez from Low-A Palm Beach's bullpen to its rotation. He earned that shot by striking out 27 of the 69 batters he faced (14.9 K/9) and allowing just 16 baserunners in 16.1 innings in June in the Palm Beach bullpen. Rodriguez has touched 97 mph as a reliever and sits 92-94 mph as a starter. He mixes a cutter and slider to go with his fastball, showing advanced control of his cutter for his age.

  26. 26. Carlos Carmona | OF
    Carlos Carmona
    Born: Jul 1, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190

    Carmona has just made his pro debut with the Cardinals Dominican Summer League team, but he's one to watch as a center fielder with an advanced approach at the plate and a shot to stay in center field. His hitting ability is ahead of power for now, but he should grow into more extra-base pop.

  27. 27. Nick Plummer | OF
    Nick Plummer
    Born: Jul 31, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .280/.415/.479 | 15 HR | 13 SB | 386 AB

    Plummer had steadily edged from first-round pick to org player status over the past six years. But he has reworked his swing to keep it in the zone longer and has taken away a big step that led to timing issues. The results have been the best year of his pro career and one that makes a MLB future once again plausible.

  28. 28. Levi Prater | LHP
    Levi Prater
    Born: Jun 20, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Oklahoma, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Tom Lipari.
    Minors: 1-9 | 6.72 ERA | 104 SO | 68 BB | 69 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Perseverance has never been a problem for Prater. He lost three fingers on his right hand in a lawnmower accident when he was 2. The injury never slowed him as a pitcher, and he's a switch-hitter too. He was an extremely reliable starter for Oklahoma as one-third of a weekend rotation that was all drafted in 2020's shortened five-round draft.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Prater pitches with a lot of deception. He works from a lower arm slot and pitches from the first-base side of the rubber. Combined with his closed-off delivery, that means that lefties especially have a hard time picking up the ball. The deception has helped Prater's fringe-average 90-93 mph fastball be effective. His average slider works more because of location than power or bite--lefties don't see it well and he is comfortable back-footing it to righthanders. His average changeup keeps righthanders honest because it gives them something to worry about on the outer third of the plate. He has fringy control, but that's partly because he knows he has to nibble. His command is better than his control.

    THE FUTURE: Prater is a back-end starter who may end up working in the bullpen to help his stuff play up. He has a knack for getting the most out of his stuff.

  29. 29. Freddy Pacheco | RHP
    Freddy Pacheco
    Born: Apr 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 203
    Minors: 1-0 | 3.67 ERA | 95 SO | 29 BB | 54 IP

    Pacheco, a 23-year-old, 5-foot-11 righthander, needs to improve his below-average control. But if he can get to even fringe-average control, his ability to swings and misses up with his fastball and his hard, slurvy breaking ball (it varies between curve and slider shape and depth) give him the weapons to help in a big league bullpen. He was just promoted to Double-A Springfield after striking out 16.3 batters per nine innings at High-A Peoria. Opposing hitters hit just .182 against him. But he had a 5.17 ERA at Peoria thanks to 5.7 BB/9 and five home runs allowed. While his fastball does get whiffs, it also can be crushed if he doesn't locate it well.

  30. 30. Luken Baker | 1B
    Luken Baker
    Born: Mar 10, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 265
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Christian, 2018 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Tom Lipari.
    Minors: .249/.324/.530 | 26 HR | 0 SB | 353 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Baker had an exceptional freshman season as a two-way player for Texas Christian, leading the Big 12 Conference in batting average (.379), runs scored (59) and RBIs (62) while posting a team-high 11 home runs. He also made 10 starts on the mound, going 3-1, 1.70. The rest of his career was marred by injuries, but he was productive when healthy and the Cardinals drafted him in the supplemental second round in 2018. Baker made it to high Class A Palm Beach in his pro debut in 2019, but was not brought to the Cardinals alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Baker is a massive, 6-foot-4, 265-pound slugger with plus-plus raw power. He can catch up to any fastball and he has game-changing power, although that power has yet to fully manifest itself in games. He struggles to recognize and adjust to breaking balls, limiting him to a possibly below-average hitter. He did have a late surge at Palm Beach, slugging .654 in August, so there is hope he is progressing. Baker is a well below-average first baseman—his 10 errors were second-most among first basemen in the Florida State League in 2019—who struggles to consistently catch the ball. He needs a lot of work and is a risk to end up strictly a designated hitter.

    THE FUTURE: After letting Luke Voit go and watching him turn into a productive slugger, the Cardinals have every reason to give Baker chances. He's ready for Double-A and the more inviting hitting environments of the Texas League.

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