Ranking the St. Louis Cardinals’ Top 5 Pitching Prospects

Ranking the Cardinals' Top 5 Pitching Prospects

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As an organization, the Cardinals are best known for developing their young pitching talent. Right now, they have youngsters Joe Kelly, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal. The list goes on. There's a good chance these five players could be the next pitchers to join them.

5. RHP Jordan Swagerty

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5. RHP Jordan Swagerty

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Swagerty had one of the best curveballs in the 2010 MLB draft and that's why he was the Cardinals' second round pick. However, he's missed most of the last two seasons due to injuries, including Tommy John surgery last season. If he can stay healthy, he's one of the top prospects in the organization.

4. LHP Tim Cooney

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4. LHP Tim Cooney

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Cooney has a great change up, which is his go-to pitch. He's rated as a slightly less talented version of another top pick Marco Gonzalez. As a south paw, Cooney's stuff seems that much better on paper.

3. RHP Alexander Reyes

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3. RHP Alexander Reyes

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Reyes is said to have the highest ceiling among pitching prospects in the organization because of his 6-foot-3 frame and array of pitches. He has two plus pitches and is developing a potential third. If he does, in fact, develop that pitch, he could be deadly at the next level.

2. LHP Marco Gonzales

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2. LHP Marco Gonzales

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Gonzales is rising quickly through the organization. He was the team's first round pick in 2013 and already got an invite to spring training. His changeup has the potential to be one of the best in baseball and he's rising quickly through the Cardinals' ranks. He could be in St. Louis as early as 2015.

1. LHP Rob Kaminsky

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1. LHP Rob Kaminsky

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Kaminsky has great location on all three of his pitches that have a chance to be above average. A throwback, he will beat batters with location instead of just pure stuff. Pitchers like Greg Maddux have showed that approach can be very successful at the big league level.

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