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    • Baseball America's Cardinals' Top 10 Prospects
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  • 1/16/13
  • kofi404

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:
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TOP TEN
PROSPECTS

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

BEST
TOOLS

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
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  • 1/16/13
  • Sir_BJay

<I posted this in the AB 2013 thread but this is as good a place as any.

Mind fuckery:

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2013/1/15/3879714/oscar-taveras-prospect-cardinals-fan-fic

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  • 1/16/13
  • Sir_BJay
Tyrell Jenkins is a top 3 prospect in most systems.
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  • 1/16/13
  • Hard9
hoarders
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  • 1/16/13
  • 0ctobyte
They have a great team on the field and their farm system is loaded. It ain't fair.
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  • 1/16/13
  • 0ctobyte
The Jays could have had Kolten Wong. Instead they went with Beede.
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  • 1/17/13
  • kofi404

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".

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  • 1/17/13
  • kofi404

Here is the scouting report on him:
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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
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Edited 1/17/13   by  kofi404
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  • 1/17/13
  • Sir_BJay
Jenkins is 8th on the Card's prospect list, on many systems he's a Top 3. A testament to how good their system is.
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  • 1/17/13
  • SpeedyGose
Even before that, Kolten Wong is 5th?? Just ridiculous. I hate it so much, their arrogant/<douchey fans do not deserve this kind of sustainable winning. :(
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  • 1/17/13
  • HASHTAGLOVETHISTEAM
<Yeah, I'd be happy for them if they didn't have so many douchebag fans. Weird, growing up I always thought of St. Louis as some kind of baseball Mecca. Then people from Missoureh learned how to use the internet.
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  • 1/17/13
  • Lipchitz
Another guy AA should be targeting for 2BOTF!
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  • 1/17/13
  • B_T_S
I have so much respect for the way that team does business. Always a competitive ML team, and usually an excellent farm. So few bad transactions.
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  • 1/17/13
  • B_T_S
Please. We Yankees now. We'll just buy a 2B.
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  • Dr_Dinger
Cano, next year. Book it!
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  • Lipchitz
Cano would look very nice in Blue...
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  • 1/17/13
  • herps
Because the Yankees don't wear blue, of course.
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  • 1/17/13
  • B_T_S
His name is already in my '2014 Blue Jays' spreadsheet.
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  • Angrioterr
Who? Ryan Theriot?
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