Ranking the St. Louis Cardinals’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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Ranking the St. Louis Cardinals’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014

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When looking back on the 2013 season it would be difficult for the St. Louis Cardinals to find much fault in what they were able to accomplish. Yet the only way a franchise like that can be as successful as they have been for as long as they have been is that they know how to make improvements on a team that nearly won the World Series. Some of those improve are definitely going to come from their minor league system.

That shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone that knows this system. Basically they know what they are doing and it works well. As they evaluate what they need to do, they will look not only at the prospects but more specifically at the top ten prospects. We all have seen one of them already as he made a slight impact on the playoffs after being called up in August to provide a boost.

Though his production wasn’t what they thought it might be, they are not worried. This is one of the best farm systems in the game. Their number one prospect is baseball’s number two prospect. If a player is in the Cardinals top ten, he is going to make an impact in the major leagues. Here are their top ten prospects as ranked after the 2013 season. Some went upwards with their progress and others went down. Click through to see which did what.

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10 – James Ramsey

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An outfield logjam isn’t a great thing for the major league ball club but it’s a great problem to have for the minor league system. Ramsey is one of 4 outfield prospect in their top 10. Most of the four o them Ramsey is the lower ranked but he is one of the ones who could see MLB chances in 2014 if things go well.

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9 – Charlie Tilson

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Tilson isn’t as far along but the outfielder most certainly is turning heads enough to move from rank 16 to 9 through the 2013 season. He is a plus tool player and is improving almost every single time he sees the field.

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8 – Rob Kaminsky

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Kaminsky is a high up-side left hander that has a fastball, slider combination that could turn into a dominating pair of pitches within the next few years. He has time to work and work to do but he most certainly is one the way up after being drafted in 2013.

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7 – Stephen Piscotty

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Unlike the top ranked outfielder for the Cardinals, Piscotty isn’t ranked in the top 10 MLB outfielders but he didn’t move from 18 to 7 on the Cards list for nothing. He could also see time in the bigs in 2014 and if he does, could surprise a few with how close his tools are to the best prospects in the game.

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6 – Carson Kelly

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The Cardinals went out and up to get this third base prospect to make sure his bat stayed in the lineup instead of somewhere else, like a college lineup. He has a boatload of offensive potential that should be good enough to make any and all forget about his average defensive skills.

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5 – Marco Gonzales

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There isn’t much info yet on this left handed pick from the 2013 draft but what we know is good. He looks to have a good chance at a three pitch mix and his numbers in 2013 were extremely good for a debut.

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4 – Tyrell Jenkins

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This right hander made some progress in 2013 moving from 7 to 4 on the top ten prospects. His fastball looks to have a huge high end but he has work to do all around to polish his skills. He has a couple of years to get it done and should be ready to go with a little more time.

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3 – John Gast

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Gast is a lefty that made domination his point of contact with the minor league baseball world in 2013. His ERA was down at 1.16 in Triple-A. He was good enough in the minors that the elevated MLB debut numbers are completely irrelevant.

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2 – Kolten Wong

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Wong is a second base prospect that can play a few places around the infield. He made news by getting picked off in the World Series but it won’t be long before many more important things replace that as the story of Wong’s career.

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1 – Oscar Taveras

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Taveras is the prospect that the Cardinals are most looking forward to seeing make a debut in the major leagues. It could happen in 2014 as early as Opening Day for this electrifying prospect who is also the second ranked prospect in the game as of right now.

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