Stock Up, Down For St. Louis Cardinals’ Top 5 Prospects

Stock Up, Down For St. Louis Cardinals' Top 5 Prospects

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The Cardinals seem to churn out top prospects year after year. The team has been atop the NL for the past few seasons, thanks in large part to the emerging prospects. Last season it was the Michael Wacha show. Just 18 months removed from college, Wacha was dominant in the postseason, going 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts. The Cardinals remain loaded in the farm system, and here is what their top 5 prospects look like right now.

5. SP Marco Gonzales- Stock Up

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5. SP Marco Gonzales- Stock Up

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Gonzales has gotten off to a great start in his first full season as a professional, going 1-1 with a 2.04 ERA in three starts. Gonzales is a very polished pitcher, sporting a 4.75 SO/BB ratio, and he is on a fast track to the majors, much like Wacha was a year ago.

4. OF Stephen Piscotty- Stock Up

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4. OF Stephen Piscotty- Stock Up

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Piscotty is off to an excellent start to the 2014 season, hitting .353 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 18 games at Triple A. Piscotty's hot start has him pushing for a call-up to the big leagues in the near future.

3. 2B Kolten Wong- Stock Down

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3. 2B Kolten Wong- Stock Down

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Wong opened this season as the Cardinals' starting second baseman, but he has entered a slump that has his job in question. Wong is hitting just .219 this season and will need to improve or he may be a candidate to be demoted to Triple A.

2. RP Carlos Martinez- Stock Up

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2. RP Carlos Martinez- Stock Up

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Martinez has been quite effective for the Cardinals out of the bullpen this season. In nine appearances, he has a 3.75 ERA, striking out eight. Martinez figures to be a starter on the long run, but he has proven that he is too good to keep in the minors now. He could get a chance to start now with Joe Kelly's injury.

1. OF Oscar Taveras- Stock Up

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1. OF Oscar Taveras- Stock Up

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Taveras had offseason ankle surgery that slowed his progress this spring, but he seems to be coming around now. He is hitting .299 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 18 games, and if he can remain healthy, Taveras should be making his big league debut in the near future.

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