Top Prospects--OF Oscar Taveras, RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Trevor Rosenthal--are armed and dangerous the "Cardinal Way". All are under 24, and poised to join the big club in 2013. The other fireballer, Carlos Martinez is not far behind. Piching in particular is very deep. Thus, BA expert, Jim Callis, has ranked the St. Louis Cardinals as the top # 1 farm in baseball: _____________________________________________________________________________
1. Oscar Taveras, of 2. Shelby Miller, rhp 3. Carlos Martinez, rhp 4. Trevor Rosenthal, rhp 5. Kolten Wong, 2b 6. Michael Wacha, rhp 7. Matt Adams, 1b 8. Tyrell Jenkins, rhp 9. Carson Kelly, 3b 10. Stephen Piscotty, of/3b BESTTOOLS
Best Hitter for Average Oscar Taveras Best Power Hitter Matt Adams Best Strike Zone Discipline Mike O'Neill Fastest Baserunner C.J. McElroy Best Athlete Tyrell Jenkins Best Fastball Trevor Rosenthal Best Curveball Carlos Martinez Best Slider Jorge Rondon Best Changeup Michael Wacha Best Control Seth Maness Best Defensive Catcher Steve Bean Best Defensive Infielder Pete Kozma Best Infield Arm Patrick Wisdom Best Defensive OF Charlie Tilson Best Outfield Arm Stephen Piscotty _____________________________________________________________________________
<I posted this in the AB 2013 thread but this is as good a place as any.
The Cardinal Way:
<"Upon their entry into pro ball, each of those players received a handbook called "The Cardinal Way." It details rules, cutoff plays and the general ethos of the organization, one reflected by the team's seventh appearance in the NLCS in 13 seasons.">
Please elaborate on the peculiarities of "The Cardinal Way".
Here is the scouting report on him:________________________________
1. Oscar Taveras, of Born: Jun 19, 1992 B-T: L-L Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 180 Signed: Dominican Republic '08 Signed by:Juan Mercado
Background: When Taveras arrived at spring training last year, he was brought into meetings with club officials, including big league manager Mike Matheny. They presented him a challenge. His bat was fit for Double-A Springfield, but to skip High Class A Palm Beach he'd have to show his fielding and baserunning were ready, too. He did that, leapfrogged a level and continued a meteoric ascent. A year after winning the low Class A Midwest League batting title with a .386 average, Taveras was the Texas League MVP. He led the circuit in batting (.321), doubles (37), extra-base hits (67) and total bases (270) while leading his team to a league championship for a third consecutive year. General manager John Mozeliak calls him the organization's top hitting prospect since Albert Pujols. Signed for $145,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2008, Taveras has batted .321/.381/.525 in four pro seasons.
Scouting Report: Taveras has an innate ability to barrel pitches. Credit superb hand-eye coordination and the natural balance of his swing for the preternatural ease he brings to the plate. He's an aggressive hitter with a quick bat and the confidence he can drive any pitch he can reach within the strike zone—because he so often does. But he's not undisciplined, doesn't strike out and has proven to be an effective bad-ball hitter. Taveras saw a spike in walks as his projected power blossomed in Double-A. He set career highs with 23 homers and 37 doubles, harbingers of more power ahead. The elements of Taveras' game that once lagged behind his offense started to keep pace in 2012. He improved enough in the field for St. Louis to consider him a center fielder going forward. He finished the Futures Game in center, earning praise from his manager, former Gold Glove winner Bernie Williams. Taveras has enough speed to be an average baserunner and provide average range in center. He probably fits best in right field, where his bat and strong arm profile well. His effort and attention waned at times in low Class A, and he has been benched a couple of times in recent seasons for lapses. The Cardinals tied such moments to frustrations he had at the plate rather than apathy or a lackadaisical attitude, and he has acknowledged his need to eliminate them completely.
The Future: St. Louis discussed bringing Taveras to the majors last September but opted not to push him without guaranteed playing time. That could wait until 2013. He'll come to major league spring training with a chance to make an impression. He's positioned to replace Carlos Beltran in right field when the veteran's contract expires at the end of this season, but proving proficient in center could open an alternate and swifter route to the majors. The Cardinals want him to play regularly at the start of the year, and that could mean some seasoning in Triple-A Memphis. He projects as the club's No. 3 hitter of the not-too-distant future, and expectations are as high as his batting average. "You always have this feeling that he's half a level ahead of where he's playing," says Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, who oversaw Taveras' signing when he was Cardinals vice president of scouting and player development. "He's the guy who sells tickets in the future."
Year Team AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG '09 Cardinals (R) 237 35 61 13 8 1 42 28 36 9 4 .257 .338 .392 '10 Cardinals (R) 30 1 5 1 0 0 2 1 5 1 0 .167 .194 .200 '10 Johnson City (R) 211 39 68 13 3 8 43 12 41 8 5 .322 .362 .526 '11 Quad Cities (LoA) 308 52 119 27 5 8 62 32 52 1 4 .386 .444 .584 '12 Springfield, MO (AA) 477 83 153 37 7 23 94 42 56 10 1 .321 .380 .572 Minor League Totals 1263 210 406 91 23 40 243 115 190 29 14 .321 .381 .525 _________________________________