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  1. 1. Jordan Walker | OF
    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: .306/.388/.510 | 19 HR | 22 SB | 461 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 70/High

    Track Record: As a rising high school senior, Walker was viewed as one of the best power hitters in the 2020 prep class, but he struggled with swing-and-miss on the summer showcase circuit. He rectified the issue and showed improved bat-to-ball skills and plate discipline for Decatur (Ga.) High prior to the 2020 coronavirus shutdown. The Cardinals selected Walker with the 21st overall pick that June and signed him for $2.9 million. Walker debuted with Low-A Palm Beach in 2021 and moved quickly to High-A Peoria after he put up a 1.162 OPS in 27 games. He spent 55 games in the Midwest League and hit .292/.344/.487 as one of the youngest players at the level. In 2022, Walker moved to Double-A Springfield, where he was the youngest position player at the classification to start the season. Walker responded with another standout campaign and hit .306/.388/.510 with 31 doubles and 19 home runs. Late in the season, the Cardinals moved Walker from third base to right field, where he projects to settle.

    Scouting Report: Walker has a tall, well-conditioned frame that projects strength and athleticism. He balances both power and contact at the plate. His longer levers lead to swing-and-miss, but he balances it with a simple, powerful swing and good tracking skills. Despite a longer swing path, Walker shows the ability to hit a variety of pitch shapes and locations. His best contact comes on the outer half of the plate, where he can extend his arms and drive balls to all fields. He's an aggressive hitter who likes to swing. While this approach can often lead to strikeouts, Walker's innate bat-to-ball skills and strength allow him to overcome his aggressive tendencies. The length of his levers and bat path help him cover the whole plate, while also allowing him to barrel pitches in the outside shadow zone. Walker's double-plus raw power flashes in games and is backed by standout exit velocity numbers. During the 2022 season, 45% of Walker's balls in play were hit at 95 mph or harder, and his 114.6 mph max exit velocity was in the 99th percentile among players 21 years or younger. Walker is an above-average runner and capable basestealer who has had a high success rate on stolen base attempts in the minor leagues. His speed comes from long, powerful strides that allow him to run the bases and roam the outfield at an above-average rate. In this way, Walker is equipped for his move to the outfield. He possesses a plus arm capable of making all the throws from a corner-outfield position. He profiles best in right field, but has seen some time in center field as well.

    The Future: Few players flash upside as immense as Walker's. He should see a majority of his time in 2022 in the major leagues. Equipped with plus power and average or better plate skills, Walker could develop into a perennial all-star.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 70. Run: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60

  2. 2. 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 | 1.38 ERA | 81 SO | 15 BB | 53 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/Very High

    Track Record: The Cardinals drafted Hence in the supplemental second round in 2020 and signed him for an over-slot bonus of $1.15 million. He was eased into his first pro season in 2021 and saw just eight appearances in the Florida Complex League. Hence was held back to start the 2022 season before being assigned to Low-A Palm Beach, where he dominated. Over 16 starts spanning 52.1 innings, Hence posted a 1.38 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 81 strikeouts and just 15 walks. After the season, he headed to the Arizona Fall League, where he worked as a reliever.

    Scouting Report: An undersized righthander with a slight but athletic frame, Hence displays explosive arm speed that allows him to generate more power than his build would suggest. His operation is smooth and athletic from the windup, but there's added effort from the stretch. Hence's pitch mix consists of a four-seam fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. His primary mix relies heavily on a four-seam fastball with mid-90s velocity and above-average hop. He primarily pairs it with his high-70s curveball with sweepy, two-plane break. He uses the depth of his curveball to play off his fastball's flatter plane. His slider is a low-80s sweeper that looks like a flattened variation of his curveball. Hence's changeup showed well in limited usage, with good separation off his fastball. His strike-throwing is solidly average, with bouts of command issues from the stretch. While Hence is undersized for a starter, he has a deep arsenal of above-average to plus pitches and a rare level of athleticism.

    The Future: One of the most exciting pitchers in the minor leagues, Hence will look to take on a bigger workload in the coming seasons. If he can hold his stuff deep into starts, he could one day rank as the top pitching prospect in the game.

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

  3. 3. 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: .283/.364/.468 | 12 HR | 43 SB | 474 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Winn was well known for his two-way ability on the showcase circuit and for Kingwood (Texas) High. The Cardinals drafted Winn in the second round in 2020 and paid him an above-slot $2.1 million. After making one appearance as a pitcher in 2021, Winn moved to shortstop full-time in 2022. He responded with a breakout season and hit .283/.364/.468 across 119 games between High-A and Double-A. Winn played in the 2022 Futures Game and made headlines by hitting 100.5 mph on a throw from shortstop. He finished his season in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Throughout the 2022 season, Winn transformed from an average contact hitter with below-average power to an above-average hitter with zone awareness and developing power. Early in minor league spring training, Winn showed improved swing mechanics with better synchronization between his upper and lower halves. His performance and metrics improved across the board as he made more contact, chased less and hit for more power. He added loft to his swing path and improved as a contact hitter in the process. His 86% zone contact rate was among the highest in the Cardinals' system in 2022, and it was reflected in his low strikeout rate of just under 21%. Winn has plus speed and instincts on the basepaths, resulting in 43 stolen bases in 48 attempts. Defensively, Winn stands out for his top-of-the-scale arm. It's one of the best throwing arms in baseball at any level. While his footwork and infield actions are average, his arm allows him to make up ground and throw out runners on anything he can knock down in front of him. Winn's arm is accurate, allowing it to play as a true 80-grade tool.

    The Future: Winn fully committed to a future at shortstop in 2022 and has positioned himself as a serious candidate to be the Cardinals' future everyday regular.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 80

  4. 4. 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: 7-9 | 5.17 ERA | 116 SO | 41 BB | 115 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Medium

    Track Record: Liberatore ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 draft but fell down the board to No. 16, where the Rays selected him and signed him to an under-slot $3.5 million. The lefthander enjoyed a strong debut in 2019, making 16 appearances for Low-A Bowling Green. In January 2020, Liberatore was traded to the Cardinals as a part of the deal that sent Randy Arozarena to the Rays. St. Louis aggressively assigned Liberatore to Triple-A in 2021 despite him having no experience above Low-A. He returned to Triple-A Memphis in 2022 and made 22 starts. Liberatore made his MLB debut on May 21 and appeared in eight games for the Cardinals.

    Scouting Report: Liberatore is a tall lefthander with an athletic, slender build that should hold up to the rigors of starting. He has a simple and smooth operation, with some length to his arm action as he delivers the ball from a high three-quarters slot. He throws five different pitches, including two variations of his fastball. His four-seamer sits 93-95 mph with ride and cut. His two-seamer doesn't sink but has less ride than his fastball, with a heavy amount of late, armside run. His high-spin, mid-70s curveball is a 1-to-7 bender with over 16 inches of drop and a foot of horizontal break and is his best whiff-inducing option. His gyro slider sits 85-86 mph and gives Liberatore a chase pitch versus lefthanded hitters. His changeup is a mid-to-high-80s offering that mimics his two-seam shape, performing at a fringe-average level. Liberatore displays average control of his pitch mix but battles his command at times.

    The Future: An improvement in command and execution could see Liberatore make the jump from experienced prospect to big league No. 4 starter with mid-rotation upside.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 50

  5. 5. Cooper Hjerpe | LHP
    Cooper Hjerpe
    Born: Mar 16, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Chris Rodriguez/Donnie Marbut

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Hjerpe went undrafted out of high school in 2019 after a standout senior season with Woodland (Calif.) High that saw him toss four no-hitters. At Oregon State he worked as a reliever and made six appearances out of the Beavers' bullpen in 2020. He made the jump to the rotation as a sophomore in 2021 and made 16 starts with a respectable 4.21 ERA. Hjerpe used that summer to focus on improving his secondary offerings. What followed was a dominant junior season with Oregon State in 2022. He went 11-2, 2.53 and led the nation with 161 strikeouts. The Cardinals drafted Hjerpe 22nd overall and signed him for a slot bonus of $3.18 million.

    Scouting Report: On the surface, Hjerpe has the look of an unusual lefty who gets by on his deceptive sidearm slot. While this is true in part, he projects for more power than a typical sidearmer. His four-pitch mix is heavily fastball-driven due to the unique characteristics generated by his 4.5-foot release height and--on average--6.5 feet of extension. This creates an outlier approach angle and plays up his average vertical break. While Hjerpe sits 90-92 mph and touches 94, his ability to command his fastball works in harmony with his deception to generate whiffs at the top of the zone. His primary secondaries are a sweepy slider at 77-79 mph and changeup at 79-82 with heavy tumble and fade. Both pitches generated whiffs last spring at a rate of 49% or better. Hjerpe will also mix in a curveball, which is a slower version of his slider with more depth. Hjerpe shows command for the entirety of his pitch mix and could continue to excel in a starting role should he add power to his fastball without compromising its shape.

    The Future: While Hjerpe's profile is unusual, his combination of stuff, pitchability and projection gives him a chance to develop into a solid mid-rotation option who should move quickly.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 40. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 55

  6. 6. 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: .331/.372/.532 | 20 HR | 4 SB | 432 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Medium

    Track Record: At East Carolina, Burleson was a two-way player who earned a Collegiate National Team nod in 2019. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the supplemental second round in 2020 and has excelled as a position player in his two pro seasons. Burleson played 109 games with Triple-A Memphis in 2022 and hit .331/.372/.532 with 20 home runs, winning the International League batting title. He made his MLB debut on Sept. 8 and played in 16 games.

    Scouting Report: Burleson's profile is heavily driven by his ability to hit for both average and power. He's a career .300 hitter in the minors, and while he hit just .188 for St. Louis, he also struck out just 17% of the time. Burleson's swing is geared for contact, with a flatter bat path that is adept at spraying a high rate of line drives to all fields. He's a plus bat-to-ball hitter who runs high in-zone contact rates. Burleson's approach borders on aggressive, and he's prone to expanding the zone. His stout, 6-foot-2, 212-pound build has natural strength. His ability to muscle the ball manifests in his batted-ball data, with an average Triple-A exit velocity of 89.7 mph in 2022. While Burleson gets to above-average power in games, he never gets out of his line-drive focused approach and swing. Defensively, Burleson is limited to a corner, where his range and route-running are fringy. His arm is average but is strong enough to project to left or right field.

    The Future: Bat-driven corner-outfield prospects who are hit over power aren't the most attractive profiles. Regardless, Burleson has performed dating back to his amateur days. He is a potential everyday corner outfielder capable of hitting at the top half of a lineup.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50

  7. 7. Gordon Graceffo | RHP
    Gordon Graceffo
    Born: Mar 17, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Jim Negrych
    Minors: 10-6 | 2.97 ERA | 139 SO | 28 BB | 140 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Graceffo had a strong junior year at Villanova in 2021, when he went 7-2 1.54 in 11 starts. He made three predraft starts for in the Cape Cod League and flashed increased velocity, which had been climbing throughout the spring. The Cardinals drafted Graceffo in the fifth round and signed him for an above-slot $500,000. He debuted with Low-A Palm Beach after signing and made 11 appearances out of the bullpen. In spring training 2022, Graceffo showed even more power in his pitch mix and hit 100 mph. He held his velocity throughout the season and earned a promotion to Double-A by late May after eight dominant starts with High-A Peoria.

    Scouting Report: A strong-bodied righthander with a prototypical pitcher's build, Graceffo lacks eye-popping athleticism but repeats his unusual mechanics. He steps back with his left foot to begin his windup as he sets square to the hitter. He has a longer arm action and high three-quarters slot with crossfire finish at release. Graceffo's operation creates deception that amplifies his four-pitch mix. His four-seam fastball sits 93-95 mph and touches 99. While his fastball has above-average velocity, it lacks life and ride. It plays due to his combination of velocity and plus command. His best secondary is his 85-88 mph slider, which has tight, cement-mixer shape that plays off his fastball. His low-80s changeup with tumble and fade generates whiffs and chases from lefthanded hitters. Graceffo's fourth pitch is a 12-to-6 curveball with moderate depth. He shows an advanced understanding of sequencing and mixes all four of his pitches effectively. His command across his entire arsenal is plus.

    The Future: With power across his arsenal, a deep pitch mix and plus strike-throwing ability, Graceffo projects as a reliable No. 4 starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Control: 65

  8. 8. 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: .268/.374/.396 | 6 HR | 5 SB | 235 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Herrera signed out of Panama for $200,000 days after the July 2 signing period opened in 2016. He was a Dominican Summer League all-star in 2017. Over the next two seasons, Herrera proved to be one of the better contact and on-base hitters in the Cardinals' system. He spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site and was assigned to Double-A Springfield out of camp in 2021, reaching Triple-A for a game by year's end. After a down season offensively in 2021, Herrera returned to Triple-A Memphis out of camp in 2022. He responded with a solid season, while spending a month with the major league team as Yadier Molina's understudy.

    Scouting Report: A stout, stocky player with plenty of physical strength, Herrera has limited athleticism and twitch. Despite his stiff physical nature, his game is predicated on his above-average contact skills and on-base ability. Herrera deploys a level swing that leads to lots of grounders. He runs high contact rates and rarely expands the zone. While his exit velocity data is fringy, Herrera showed improvements to his 90th percentile exit velocity, hinting at average raw power. In games, his average power rarely flashes, and Herrera projects to hit 10-14 home runs over a full season. His low-end speed limits his numbers because he is unlikely to beat out any infield grounders. Behind the plate, Herrera has regressed as both a receiver and thrower, and he caught just 18% of basestealers in 2022. He is likely to stick at catcher, but as the offensively slanted side of a platoon.

    The Future: After being pushed aggressively over the past two seasons, Herrera has a year to adjust and catch up in 2023, when he likely will split time once again between Triple-A Memphis and St. Louis.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 40. Run: 20. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45

  9. 9. Michael McGreevy | RHP
    Michael McGreevy
    Born: Jul 8, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Michael Garciaparra.
    Minors: 9-5 | 3.99 ERA | 117 SO | 30 BB | 145 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: A three-year standout at UC Santa Barbara, McGreevy moved to the rotation in 2020 after earning freshman All-America honors as a reliever. He made just four starts prior to the pandemic shutdown, but returned in 2021 to lead Gauchos' rotation with a 2.92 ERA and 115 strikeouts to just 11 walks in 101.2 innings. The Cardinals drafted McGreevy 18th overall in 2021 and signed him for $2.75 million. McGreevy was assigned to High-A Peoria out of camp in 2022 and was promoted to Double-A Springfield by late May. Upon reaching the Texas League, McGreevy struggled across 20 starts as he allowed frequent hard contact and missed fewer bats.

    Scouting Report: An athletic righthander with a rapid-fire move to the plate from both the windup and stretch, McGreevy has a longer arm action and delivers the ball from a three-quarters arm slot. He mixes four pitches, but his primary plan of attack revolves around his fastball/slider combination. His fastball sits 90-92 mph and tops out at 95, with below-average ride and heavy armside run. He commands his fastball, which works primarily as a setup for his above-average slider. McGreevy threw his slider--which shows classic shape at 82-84 mph--more than his curveball and changeup combined. His slider drives more whiffs and chase swings than any pitch in his arsenal. His mid-80s changeup flashes average, but he commanded it poorly in 2022. His curveball is a high-70s breaker with average spin and more depth than his slider. With above-average command and some deception due to his high-effort throwing motion, McGreevy has more of a swingman's profile.

    The Future: McGreevy is likely to return to Double-A Springfield to begin 2023 before reaching Triple-A. He projects best as a No. 5 starter with a chance his stuff would play up in a relief role.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 40. Control: 55

  10. 10. Jonathan Mejia | SS
    Jonathan Mejia
    Born: Apr 12, 2005
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Mejia was one of the early standouts in the 2021-22 international class and ranked as one of its top prospects. The Cardinals signed him for $2 million out of the Dominican Republic on Jan. 15, 2022. Mejia made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .267/.418/.479 with 22 extra-base hits in 45 games. Among 17-year-olds in the DSL, he had the 15th-best OPS (.897) among qualified hitters and the 10th-best isolated slugging percentage (.212). This is more impressive than it sounds because the DSL is a 49-team league.

    Scouting Report: Mejia is a switch-hitter who flashes good bat speed and loft from both sides of the plate as well as ample offensive projection. His setup features lots of pre-swing movement, hands and body rocking, and a moderate leg kick. Mejia's stance is square to the pitcher, but his body and front foot are rotated closed. Mejia's swing is aesthetically pleasing and helps him elevate the ball and do damage. He flashed above-average power for a 17-year-old, including a max exit velocity of 107 mph. Mejia shows above-average bat-to-ball skills and an average approach, and he displayed more maturity than expected in his pro debut. He's not a twitchy infielder but has made progress over the last few years in improving his actions and footwork. His profile revolves around his offense, and he likely projects best at second base or third base, with an average throwing arm.

    The Future: Mejia is one of the most exciting hitters the Cardinals have signed out of the Dominican Republic in recent years and should make his U.S. debut in 2023 in the Florida Complex League. After a strong debut campaign as a 17-year-old, Mejia looks like one of the top players who will come from the DSL to the United States in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Run: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50

  11. 11. 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: 2-3 | 4.72 ERA | 67 SO | 21 BB | 54 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Thompson was a highly touted decorated college starter at Kentucky and one of the top pitchers available in the 2019 draft. The Cardinals selected him 19th overall despite a history of elbow injuries and signed him for an under slot $3 million bonus. Thompson quickly ascended the minors but got rocked at Triple-A Memphis in the first year back from the pandemic. He repeated Triple-A in 2022 and had much greater success, pitching well as a starter to earn his first callup to the big leagues. He settled in as a reliever for the Cardinals down the stretch and logged a 2.08 ERA in 22 appearances.

    Scouting Report: Thompson utilized a four-pitch mix as a starter, but he leans on his fastball and curveball as a reliever. His fastball sits 94-96 mph with average ride and life out of the bullpen and touches 100 mph at peak. His slow, high-spin curveball with plus depth plays well off his fastball and induces a heavy dose of ground balls. Thompson will mix in a fringy upper-80s cutter and below-average upper-80s changeup to give batters a different look. He throws strikes with average control.

    The Future: Thompson's primary two-pitch combination and average command make the bullpen his long-term destination. He should take on a bigger role as one of the Cardinals' primary relievers in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 40. Cutter: 45. Control: 50.

  12. 12. Leonardo Bernal | C
    Leonardo Bernal
    Born: Feb 13, 2004
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .256/.316/.455 | 7 HR | 1 SB | 156 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Cardinals signed Bernal out of Panama for $680,000 during the 2020-2021 international signing period, the second time in recent years they've signed a top amateur catcher from Panama after Ivan Herrera. Bernal struggled to hit for average but showed power in his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League and jumped stateside for the 2022 season. He began the year in extended spring training but rose to Low-A Palm Beach in June, where he hit .256/.316/.455 as the youngest hitter to receive 100 or more at-bats in the Florida State League in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Bernal is a switch-hitting catcher with projectable abilities on both sides of the ball. He's an average contact hitter with a solid approach, although he can be a little passive batting righthanded. His main offensive calling card is his power. He already shows above-average power as a teenager and showcased it when he hit a ball 423 feet at 110 mph for a pull-side home run in late August. Bernal makes his best contact at his steepest launch angles and projects to keep hitting for power long-term. Behind the plate, Bernal showcases advanced receiving skills and plus arm strength. He is comfortable in the crouch and has the athleticism to move fluidly behind the plate.

    The Future: Bernal is a long way off, but has the traits of a potential everyday catcher who contributes on both sides of the ball. He may see High-A as a 19-year-old in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Run: 30. Field: 55. Arm: 60.

  13. 13. Joshua Baez | OF
    Joshua Baez
    Born: Jun 28, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Jim Negrych.
    Minors: .267/.385/.485 | 4 HR | 10 SB | 101 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Baez looked like one of the top high school players to come out of Massachusetts in years after he dominated the summer showcase circuit, but he struggled to make consistent contact against lesser high school pitching in the spring and fell out of first-round consideration. The Cardinals believed enough in Baez's plus-plus raw power and supporting skills to draft the muscular slugger in the second round, No. 54 overall, and sign him for $2,250,000, nearly a million above slot value. Baez's contact struggles continued in the Florida Complex League in his debut and he played just 32 games in 2022 due to a wrist injury.

    Scouting Report: Baez stands out from his teenage peers for his extreme physicality. He has a muscular, well-proportioned build that exudes natural strength and allows him to pulverize baseballs. Baez's offensive game is centered around his plus-plus game power, showcasing exit velocities already well above the major league average. Baez makes loud contact when he connects, but he rarely gets to his power due to poor contact skills and a somewhat aggressive approach. Baez swings and misses at a high rate against both high fastballs and spin and generally shows an aversion to both pitches, limiting him to a well below-average hitter, at best. Baez is a fringe-average runner who ticks up to average underway. He is a good athlete who was a two-way player in high school and is an average defender with a plus-plus arm that allowed him to touch 97 mph on the mound.

    The Future: Baez's huge power is easy to dream on, but his poor contact skills will need to improve for him to be a low-average, power-hitting outfielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 70. Run: 45. Field: 50. Arm: 70.

  14. 14. Brycen Mautz | LHP
    Brycen Mautz
    Born: Jul 17, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 190

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Mautz spent his first two seasons alternating between starting and relieving at San Diego before moving into the rotation full-time in 2022. He broke out and led the West Coast Conference in wins, finished second in strikeouts and had his signature moment when he dominated Vanderbilt over seven innings in the NCAA Tournament to lead the Toreros to an upset victory. The Cardinals drafted him in the second round, No. 59 overall, and signed him for a below slot $1.1 million bonus. The Cardinals held Mautz out of games after signing after he pitched a full college workload.

    Scouting Report: A deceptive lefthander who works exclusively from the stretch, Mautz mixes three pitches with a heavy focus on his fastball and slider. He hides the ball well to help his 90-93 mph four-seamer play up and get on hitters faster than they expect. His primary weapon is his above-average, sweepy slider in the low-80s. That silences lefthanded batters and is an effective weapon against righthanded hitters as well. Mautz will mix in a mid-80s changeup, but it's poorly executed and not a major part of his arsenal. Mautz's control is fringy and his success varies widely from outing to outing depending on if he has command of his fastball that day.

    The Future: Mautz will get a chance to start, but his fastball and slider combination, stretch-only setup and fringy control project best in the bullpen long-term. He'll make his pro debut at the Class A levels in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider 55. Changeup 30. Control: 45.

  15. 15. Pete Hansen | LHP
    Pete Hansen
    Born: Jul 28, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Joseph Quezada

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Hansen was one of baseball's most reliable college starters at Texas, going 22-4 over two-plus seasons in the Longhorns rotation and emerging as their de facto ace. The Cardinals selected him in the third round, No. 97, and signed him for $629,800, making him the third of three college lefthanders the clubs selected with its top three picks. The Cardinals chose to rest Hansen due to his heavy college workload and did not send him out to an affiliate after signing.

    Scouting Report: Hansen is a soft-tossing lefthander whose sum is greater than his parts. His fastball sits 88-91 mph and scrapes 94 with only average life. His secondaries consist of an above-average low-80s slider with two-plane break, an average changeup and a low-70s curveball that acts as an early count strike-stealer. Hansen's arsenal lacks velocity across the board, but everything plays up with his plus-plus control and advanced feel for sequencing. He executes at a high level consistently and keeps hitters guessing and off-balance, yielding results on par with a pitcher who has much louder stuff.

    The Future: College pitchers historically add a few ticks of velocity upon entering professional ball. If Hansen can do that to add power to his deep arsenal of pitches, he has a chance to be a back-of-the rotation starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 40. Curveball: 40. Slider 55. Changeup 50. Control: 70.

  16. 16. Inohan Paniagua | RHP
    Inohan Paniagua
    Born: Feb 6, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 148
    Minors: 8-6 | 2.81 ERA | 145 SO | 39 BB | 138 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Paniagua signed with the Cardinals for $160,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2017 and moved slowly through their system. After splitting the previous season between starting and relieving, Paniagua became a full-time starter in 2022 and had a breakout season at Low-A Palm Beach. He led the Florida State League in ERA for most of the season and earned a promotion to High-A Peoria, where he made eight starts to finish his season.

    Scouting Report: Paniagua slings a quartet of pitches from his low three quarters slot with a smooth and effortless delivery. He has both a four-seamer and sinker that sit in the low-90s, and he alternates which one he throws depending on the situation. Paniagua pairs his fastballs with an above-average, low-to-mid-80s changeup and an average curveball in the mid-70s with two-plane break. His changeup and curveball act as his primary swing-and-miss weapons and had above-average whiff and chase rates in 2022. Paniagua shows advanced feel for sequencing, mixing in all four pitches regardless of the handedness of the opposing batter. He has average control of his entire arsenal and could tap into more velocity as he matures physically.

    The Future: Paniagua projects to be a back-the-rotation starter who shows batters a variety of looks. He has a chance to grow into more if he adds velocity.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Curveball: 50. Changeup 55. Control: 50.

  17. 17. Alec Willis | RHP
    Alec Willis
    Born: Mar 30, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Mauricio Rubio
    Minors: 0-1 | 1.59 ERA | 16 SO | 2 BB | 12 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Willis missed most of the high school showcase circuit after having ulnar nerve decompression surgery before his senior year, but he returned healthy in the spring and showed premium stuff and physicality to become one of the 2021 draft's biggest risers. The Cardinals drafted him in the seventh round and signed him for an above-slot $1 million bonus to forgo a Minnesota commitment. Willis has struggled to stay on the mound since signing. He pitched only one inning in his pro debut and missed most of 2022 with an unspecified arm issue.

    Scouting Report: Standing 6-foot-5 with a broad physical frame, Willis has the build of a rotation workhouse at just 19 years old. While his pure strength is yet to surface as a professional there's hope he can make significant velocity gains once healthy for a long stretch. Willis' fastball sits 89-91 mph and tops out at 92, but it plays up with moderate ride and cut and the more than seven feet of extension he generates in his delivery. His slurvy curveball sits in the upper-70s and tunnels well off his fastball. His fringy, low-80s changeup features splitter-like action, but he rarely throws it. Willis has flashed average control of his stuff, but he's rarely been on the mound long enough to show whether he can sustain it.

    The Future: Willis has to get healthy. If he does, he shows the raw ingredients of a projectable, righthanded starter capable of eating innings.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Changeup 45. Control: 50.

  18. 18. Moises Gomez | OF
    Moises Gomez
    Born: Aug 27, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2015.
    Signed By: Juan Castillo/Ronnie Blanco.
    Minors: .294/.371/.624 | 39 HR | 10 SB | 442 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Gómez was once an up and coming power prospect in the Rays system, but after multiple consecutive poor seasons, the Rays allowed him to leave as a minor league free agent. The Cardinals signed Gomez before last season and reaped the benefits of his long-awaited breakout. The powerful slugger led all of minor league baseball with 39 home runs as he climbed from Double-A to Triple-A and hit a career-best .294. The Cardinals added him to the 40-man roster after the season, keeping him from reaching minor league free agency a second time.

    Scouting Report: Gomez's calling card is his plus-plus raw power. He swings hard and looks to do damage every time he swings, leading to long home runs when he connects but also a lot of strikeouts. Gomez's approach teeters on the edge of being over-aggressive and he is prone to chase swings against righthanded breaking balls, but he makes enough contact against lefties to be a potential platoon option. He is a below-average hitter overall. Gomez is a below-average runner and defender who lacks range in the outfield. He does show the ability to keep the ball in front of him and uses his plus arm to keep runners honest.

    The Future: Gomez has a chance to be a backup or platoon option who plays against lefties. He could make his major league debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 70. Run: 40. Field: 40. Arm: 60.

  19. 19. Connor Thomas | LHP
    Connor Thomas
    Born: May 29, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 173
    Signed By: Charles Peterson
    Minors: 6-12 | 5.47 ERA | 110 SO | 40 BB | 135 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Thomas pitched three years at Georgia Tech and emerged as its top starter as a junior, leading the Cardinals to draft him in the fifth round in 2019 and signed him for $340,000. After briefly appearing in the short-season leagues in his debut, Thomas jumped straight to Double-A out of the pandemic and quickly moved to Triple-A. Thomas returned to Memphis in 2022 and spent the entire year in the Redbirds rotation, then led the Arizona Fall League in strikeouts after the season.

    Scouting Report: Thomas is a pitchability lefty almost to an extreme. His fastball sat 85-87 mph as an amateur and has ticked up marginally to now sit 88-91 mph and touch 93. He shows two different fastballs shapes with a four-seamer and a sinker, using his sinker especially against lefties. Thomas secondaries consist of an average, low-to-mid-80s slider, a fringy mid-80s changeup and a below-average cutter. He has above-average control of his entire arsenal and effectively locates all of his pitches to help them play up. He has a good feel for sequencing and lasts deep into his starts.

    The Future: Thomas' varied arsenal, control and feel for pitching give him a chance to emerge as a No. 5 starter. He has a chance to settle in as a swingman or depth starter even if he doesn't reach that ceiling.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 40. Slider 50. Changeup 45. Cutter: 40. Control: 55.

  20. 20. Austin Love | RHP
    Austin Love
    Born: Jan 26, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 232
    Signed By: T.C. Calhoun
    Minors: 7-12 | 5.73 ERA | 151 SO | 52 BB | 126 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Love spent two seasons in North Carolina's bullpen before breaking out as a starter in 2021. The Cardinals drafted him in the third round after that season and signed him for a below-slot $600,000. Love began his first full season at High-A Peoria in 2022 and struggled to a 5.73 ERA, but he showed the underlying stuff to miss bats and was often victimized by bad luck.

    Scouting Report: While Love's maiden voyage was rough, he showcased several promising traits. He has a large, physical starter's frame at 6-foot-3, 232 pounds and a potent four-pitch mix. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and touches 97 at its peak and his mid-80s, gyro-slider is an above-average pitch that regularly misses bats. Love can get outs with those two pitches, but the rest of his arsenal is further behind. He struggles to land his fringy changeup his low-80s curveball is a below-average pitch, although it shows solid depth. He throws strikes with average control but has room to improve his command.

    The Future: Love has a chance to remain a starter if he can command his changeup better. If not, his fastball and slider combination should play up out of the bullpen.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 40. Slider 55. Changeup 45. Control: 50.

  21. 21. Max Rajcic | RHP
    Max Rajcic
    Born: Aug 3, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Mike Garciaparra

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Rajcic starred as the ace of national prep power Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High and arrived at UCLA as a top recruit in the 2020 class. He served as the Bruins' closer as a freshman and transitioned to starting in the Cape Cod League. Rajcic took over as UCLA's top starter as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2022 and wore down at the end of the season, but he showed enough for the Cardinals to draft him in the sixth round and sign him for an above-slot $600,000 bonus.

    Scouting Report: Rajcic is a stocky, undersized righthander with an above-average breaking ball. With a long track record of success as an amateur, Rajcic has shown an ability to command and sequence his arsenal in such a way that it plays above his raw stuff. Rajcic mixes three pitches in his fastball, curveball and changeup. His fastball sits 90-93 mph with heavy ride but is easy to track due to his very visible release point. His fastball is primarily a setup weapon for his two secondaries. His primary secondary is his low-80s above-average curveball with heavy two-plane break. His changeup is a low-to-mid-80s pitch that shows hellacious armside run. He throws all of his pitches for strikes, showing average command across his arsenal.

    The Future: Rajcic will have to make it as a starter because he doesn't have enough power to profile in relief. He projects to be an up-and-down starter who possibly sneaks into a No. 5 starter's role.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Curveball: 55. Changeup 50. Control: 50.

  22. 22. Jimmy Crooks | C
    Jimmy Crooks
    Born: Jul 19, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Pete Parise
    Minors: .266/.396/.468 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 79 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Crooks spent one season at McLennan (Texas) JC before transferring to Oklahoma and started 100 games behind the plate with the Sooners. He hit for average and power to emerge as one of the top catchers in the draft class and was selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round, signing for $470,300. Crooks debuted with Low-A Palm Beach after signing and hit .266/.396/.468 with eight extra base hits in 23 games, continuing to show ability on both sides of the ball.

    Scouting Report: Crooks has the typical strong, stout catcher's build and is muscled throughout his frame. He employs a large leg kick to start his swing and has explosive bat speed through the zone with a level bat path. Crooks' noisy swing mechanics may limit him against higher-level pitching, but he should make enough contact to be a fringe-average hitter who taps into his average power in games. He shows a solid approach and is best when he attacks pitches in the inner half and drives them to his pull-side. Crooks is an average defender behind the plate who is comfortable in the crouch. His average arm strength plays up with a quick transfer and release.

    The Future: Crooks is a well-rounded player who keeps trending up as a hitter. He projects to be a backup catcher and could be more if his hitting continues to improve.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 50. Run: 30. Field: 50. Arm: 50.

  23. 23. Freddy Pacheco | RHP
    Freddy Pacheco
    Born: Apr 17, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 203
    Minors: 3-7 | 3.05 ERA | 84 SO | 28 BB | 62 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Pacheco signed with the Cardinals out of Venezuela in 2017 and steadily rose up the minor league ladder with little fanfare. He opened the 2022 season at Double-A Springfield and continued to perform, earning a promotion to Triple-A Memphis by late June. Pacheco emerged as one of the Redbirds' top relievers and recorded four saves while averaging well over a strikeout per inning, leading the Cardinals to add him to the 40-man roster after the season.

    Scouting Report: Pacheco is undersized at 5-foot-11 but has a big right arm. His fastball sits 95-97 mph and touches 99 with above-average vertical break, resulting in swings and misses at a high rate. Pacheco throws his fastball nearly 60% of the time and commands it well, making it a swing-and-miss offering even when hitters know it's coming. Pacheco's primary secondary pitch is a tight mid-80s slider that gets whiffs both in and out of the zone to be a second plus pitch he can turn to at any time. Pacheco hardly ever throws his well below-average changeup but rarely needs it. He throws plenty of strikes with his fastball and slider and has a fiery mentality on the mound that fits the archetype of a hard-throwing reliever.

    The Future: Pacheco will likely join the Cardinals bullpen at some point during the 2023 season. He should settle in as a middle reliever and could pitch his way into a leveraged role.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider 60. Changeup 30. Control: 50.

  24. 24. Jake Walsh | RHP
    Jake Walsh
    Born: Jul 20, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 192
    Signed By: Mike DiBlase
    Minors: 1-0 | 1.17 ERA | 22 SO | 7 BB | 16 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: A 16th-round pick out of Florida Southern in 2017, Walsh began his pro career as a starter but moved to the bullpen after having Tommy John surgery. He returned to the mound in 2021 as a hard-throwing short reliever and was added to the 40-man roster after the season. Walsh opened 2022 at Triple-A Memphis and pitched well enough over 13 appearances to earn his first big league callup, but he went down with elbow soreness in early June and had a platelet-rich plasma injection that ended his season.

    Scouting Report: When healthy, Walsh flashes big stuff capable of getting outs in the major leagues. His fastball 94-96 mph and touches 99 mph with heavy ride and bore. He pairs his above-average fastball with an above-average curveball that sits in the low-80s with big depth and plays perfectly off his fastball shape. Walsh's pitch mix is primarily built around the vertical attack of his fastball and curveball, locating his four-seam fastball at the top of the zone and tunneling his downer curveball off of it to drive chase swings. Walsh also throws a hard, below-average slider with less depth in the upper-80s and a below-average, mid-80s changeup his feel comes and goes for. His control is fringy but usable.

    The Future: Walsh projects to be a solid middle reliever, but only if he can stay healthy. He'll have a chance to win a spot in the Cardinals bullpen in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 55. Slider 40. Changeup 40. Control: 45.

  25. 25. Mike Antico | OF
    Mike Antico
    Born: Feb 16, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .245/.344/.395 | 14 HR | 67 SB | 514 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Antico played four seasons with St. John's before transferring to Texas for his final season of eligibility. He broke out in his lone season with the Longhorns, batting .273/.437/.489 with 10 home runs, 41 stolen bases and more walks than strikeouts. The Cardinals selected Antico as a senior sign in the eighth round and signed him for $20,000. Antico made his full-season debut in 2022 and quickly hit his way up to Double-A Springfield while showing the best speed in the organization. He finished the year with a system-high 67 stolen bases and was assigned to the Arizona Fall League after the season.

    Scouting Report: Antico's game is centered around his explosiveness as a runner and at the plate. He is a fringe-average contact hitter with a discerning eye that rarely expands the zone, allowing him to draw walks and get on base to use his plus speed. Unlike most speedsters, Antico looks to elevate the ball to his pull-side and hits a lot of fly balls. He hits the ball at steep launch angles but doesn't have the strength to punish balls, leading to fringy power. Antico's speed translates to the outfield, where he covers a lot of ground in center to be an above-average defender. He has fringy arm strength.

    The Future: While Antico will already be 25 on Opening Day, but he shows the traits to be a reserve outfielder who provides speed and occasional pop off the bench. He'll see Triple-A in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 45. Run: 60. Field: 55. Arm: 45.

  26. 26. Ian Bedell | RHP
    Ian Bedell
    Born: Sep 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 198
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Dirk Kinney.
    Minors: 0-0 | 3.18 ERA | 10 SO | 3 BB | 6 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Bedell skipped his senior year of high school to enroll at Missouri, where he worked primarily out of the bullpen as an underclassman. He broke out as a starter for Wareham in the Cape Cod League in 2019 and moved into Missouri's rotation the following spring, but made only four starts before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season. The Cardinals saw enough in that limited time to draft Bedell in the fourth round and sign him for an above-slot bonus of $800,000. Bedell's pro debut lasted just one month before he had Tommy John surgery, but he returned midway through the 2022 season and made six appearances.

    Scouting Report: Bedell looks the part as a 6-foot-2 righthander with a lean, athletic frame. His stuff doesn't jump out on the radar gun, but he delivers the ball from a low three-quarters arm slot that allows his stuff to play above its velocity. Bedell's fastball sits 91-93 mph and touches 96 mph with ride and heavy armside run, making it difficult for hitters to get on plane with. His primary secondary is a fringy, high-70s curveball with two-plane break and solid depth. He'll also mix in a fringy changeup in the mid-80s with heavy armside run that plays off his fastball. Bedell had above-average control before surgery, but it remains unknown whether it is still intact due to his limited innings.

    The Future: Bedell has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter if his stuff and control return to pre-injury form. If not, he'll likely be limited to an up-and-down starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 45. Changeup 45. Control: 50.

  27. 27. Zane Mills | RHP
    Zane Mills
    Born: Jul 4, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Signed By: Chris Rodriguez
    Minors: 5-8 | 3.88 ERA | 104 SO | 35 BB | 144 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: A Portland, Oregon native, Mills went undrafted out of high school and was little-known until he broke out in the summertime West Coast League between his freshman and sophomore years at Washington State. He spent the next two seasons in the Cougars rotation and was drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round in 2021, signing for a below-slot $375,000. Mills made his full-season debut in 2022 and rose from Low-A to High-A, compiling a 4-6, 4.03 mark with a 51% groundball rate.

    Scouting Report: Mills lacks premium stuff but uses his pitch mix effectively to limit hard contact. A tall righthander with an easy, effortless operation, Mills has a short arm action as he delivers the ball from a high three quarters slot. Due to his size and release height, he creates good downhill plane on low-90s sinker and induces an extreme amount of ground balls with it. He pairs his sinker with an above-average low-80s slider with tight gyro spin and a fringy mid-80s changeup he uses against lefties but has inconsistent command of. Mills is an efficient strike-thrower with above-average control and effectively uses his sinking fastball to control contact.

    The Future: Mills' stuff is a tick short to be a No. 5 starter, but he could be an up and down starter or an effective middle reliever with his sinker and slider playing up out of the bullpen.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider 55. Changeup 45. Control: 55

  28. 28. Trent Baker | RHP
    Trent Baker
    Born: Dec 28, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 240
    Minors: 9-7 | 3.14 ERA | 138 SO | 48 BB | 124 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: A decorated pitcher at Division II Angelo State, Baker set school records in strikeouts and wins as he led the Rams to the Division II World Series in 2021 and won Lone Star Conference pitcher of the year. The Cardinals selected Baker in the ninth round that year and signed him for $75,000. Baker made his full-season debut in 2022 with Low-A Palm Beach and continued his track record of success. He led the Florida State League in strikeouts, wins and innings pitched.

    Scouting Report: Baker is a large-bodied righthander at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds with a big, round build. His two-seam fastball sits 92-94 mph with downhill plane out of his high three-quarters arm slot and touches 95. He pairs his fastball with a fringy, mid-80s slider with cutter shape and an above-average, low-to-mid-80s changeup that is the best pitch in his arsenal. Baker throws his changeup liberally and is comfortable throwing it against hitters on both sides of the plate. Baker shows average control of his three pitch mix and is particularly proficient at landing his changeup.

    The Future: Baker's success came as an older pitcher in the Low-A, so he'll have to prove his stuff plays against age-appropriate competition. He projects to be a depth starter and will move to High-A in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider 45. Changeup 55. Control: 50.

  29. 29. Ryan Loutos | RHP
    Ryan Loutos
    Born: Jan 29, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Julia Prusaczyk
    Minors: 3-6 | 3.96 ERA | 72 SO | 25 BB | 64 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: When Loutos committed to Division III powerhouse Washington University in St. Louis, he expected to play baseball while majoring in computer science and training for a technical career. The Cardinals instead signed Loutos as a nondrafted free agent following his senior season and used him as both a pitcher and a member of the front office building analytical models. Loutos arrived at his first spring training throwing 4-5 mph harder and rocketed up the minors from High-A to Triple-A in his first full season in 2022 to establish himself as a prospect independent of his front office work. He finished the year with nine solid appearances in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Loutos is a big, physical 6-foot-5 righthander and has grown into power stuff. After sitting 91-93 mph and touching 94 in college, Loutos' fastball now sits 95-96 and touches 99 with riding life and heavy bore. He not only added velocity to his fastball, but added six inches of sweep to his slider with the added power. His slider now averages almost a foot of sweep and sits 81-83 mph as his de facto out pitch. Loutos' low-80s curveball sits in a similar velocity band to his slider but with a distinctly different movement pattern featuring depth and two-plane break. He relies on overpowering hitters and has just fringe-average control.

    The Future: With substantial gains in his first full professional season and high level of intelligence, Loutos could blossom into a viable middle relief option. He is in position to make his major league debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider 50. Curveball: 45. Control: 45.

  30. 30. Guillermo Zuniga | RHP
    Guillermo Zuniga
    Born: Oct 10, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 230
    Minors: 4-4 | 4.77 ERA | 66 SO | 30 BB | 55 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Originally signed by the Braves out of Colombia back in 2016, Zuniga signed with the Dodgers as a minor league free agent and spent the last four seasons in their system, including the last two at Double-A Tulsa. The Cardinals signed him as a minor league free agent after the 2022 season and immediately added him to their 40-man roster.

    Scouting Report: A true power reliever, Zuniga stands an imposing 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and mixes a trio of pitches with well above-average velocity. His fastball sits 97-98 mph and touches 102 mph at its peak with heavy armside run. He pairs his heater with a tight, plus slider in the mid-80s with two-plane movement that is his go-to swing and miss pitch. Zuniga's changeup is his third offering but is still a part of his arsenal, sitting 89-91 mph with heavy tumble and fade. Like many hard-throwing relievers, Zuniga has plenty of stuff but is hindered by below-avergage control.

    The Future: A pure power reliever with elite velocity and a prime bat-missing secondary in his slider, Zuniga should see time in the Cardinals bullpen in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup 55. Control: 40.

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