By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on March 18, 2014
The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the best MLB organizations. With a budget that has plenty of flexibility and a great farm system, the Cardinals expect to be World Series contenders every season. As usual, the Cards once again have one of the top minor-league systems; here are five prospects that are impressing in Spring Training.
In the limited time Carlos Martinez was in MLB with the Cardinals last season, he was very impressive. So far this spring he has continued to look great. In 10 innings so far, Martinez has a 1.80 ERA with five strikeouts and two walks. Of the 36 batters he has faced, 18 of his outs have been on the ground and five have been strikeouts.
The best hitter in Spring Training for the Cardinals has been Kolten Wong. This is certainly a good sign for the Cards, as he is going to be the Opening Day second baseman. In 37 plate appearances, Wong is hitting .394/.459/.727 with three doubles, a triple and two home runs.
In 32 plate appearances, Stephen Piscotty is hitting .346/.438/.615 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. The right fielder has drawn five walks and stuck out just twice.
Top Cardinals first base prospect Xavier Scruggs is having a very good spring. In 33 plate appearances, he is hitting .250/.455/.500 with eight walks and six strikeouts. Scruggs has three doubles and a home run.
In 35 plate appearances, outfield prospect Randal Grichuk is hitting .267/.343/.467 with four doubles and a triple. He hasn't shown great plate discipline, however, striking out 12 times with just three walks.
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