By Steve Ungrey on August 18, 2014
Every year, fans look forward to seeing the top prospects list for each baseball team because it is always exciting to see the next wave of players and how they might look. Which players from the Cardinals' farm are ready to go, and which could use a little more seasoning?
Often touted as one of the outfielders of the future in St. Louis, Piscotty began the year as the top prospect on the team not named Oscar Taveras. Piscotty has been pretty solid at Triple-A Memphis with a .292 batting average and 30 doubles. His home run total (eight) suggests there's not much pop to the bat, but it should be enough to earn Piscotty a cup of coffee when rosters expand on Sept. 1.
Kaminsky was assigned to Class-A Peoria to start the season, and all he has done with the Chiefs is go 6-2 with a 1.83 ERA. His walks (27) to strikeouts (66) ratio is pretty good for a pitcher one year removed from a first-round draft selection. Kaminsky should earn a promotion to Double-A or Triple-A in 2015.
Gonzales shot through three minor league levels in 2014 and accumulated 26 walks and 108 strikeouts along the way. Those are solid numbers that haven't translated to the big leagues yet. Gonzales has been overmatched in the bigs with an 0-2 mark and 7.07 ERA. Still, the No. 19 pick in last year's draft made the majors after one season, and should be a fixture in the Cards' starting rotation before too long.
Reyes has been Kaminsky's teammate at Peoria, and while his 6-6 record and 3.89 ERA may not look impressive, he's holding opponents to a .209 batting average, and Reyes may see the majors within a couple years if he can cut down on the free passes given out.
Flaherty was the team's first-round selection this year, and he already looks like gold. He has terrorized Gulf Coast League hitters with just two walks to an eye-popping 18 strikeouts in four starts. He's probably a good two years from the Triple-A level, but it's nice to see a pitcher like Flaherty getting a solid start.
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