Nine Cardinals in Top 300 Prospects

Shelby Miller leads nine St. Louis Cardinals prospects featured in's annual list of the best prospects in baseball.

With the publishing of the 2012 FOX Fantasy Guide / Scout Prospect Guide, the annual Top 300 Prospect List has been announced, as well. The list was compiled by's national baseball analyst and former professional scout Frankie Piliere.

Miller: #6 prospect in baseball
The St. Louis Cardinals made a credible showing, placing nine players among the top 300, including three in the top 35 nationally. The three are right-handed pitchers Shelby Miller at number six and Carlos Martinez at 19 plus outfielder Oscar Taveras at 35.

Other Cardinals farmhands in the top 300 are right-hander Tyrell Jenkins at 92, third baseman Zack Cox at 113 and second baseman Kolten Wong at 127. Among the final 100 are first baseman Matt Adams at 208, and right-handed pitchers Lance Lynn at 212 and Eduardo Sanchez at 235.

The national top five, just ahead of Miller, are Tampa Bay pitcher Matthew Moore, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Washington outfielder Bryce Harper, Braves hurler Julio Teheran and Mariners catcher Jesus Montero.

Click here to view a subset of the full list - the Top 100 from 2012 - as well as past years' national prospect rankings. They can be accessed anytime via the "Minor League Rankings" tab on the red menu bar underneath and to the right of The Cardinal Nation logo.

To see the full list of this year's 300 top prospects in the game as well as read in-depth sections on each of the 30 minor league systems - including the Cardinals, of course - pick up your copy of the 2012 FOX Fantasy Guide / Scout Prospect Guide at your local newsstand for just $4.95.

For the fantasy baseball player, the Guide also has all the information you need for your drafts, including advice, cheat sheets, expert draft results as well as overall and positional rankings. This plus the 30 organization prospect content is provided together in one magazine. Check it out!

A reminder. Earlier this off-season, we counted down the Cardinals top 40 prospects for 2012 and analyzed the selections in a series of annual articles called "Forty Days, Forty Nights, Forty Prospects" here at The Cardinal Nation.

As you might expect, the same prospects that make up the Cardinals system's top nine are the ones that appear on the national top 300 for 2012. You can also access our Cardinals top 40 from each of the previous six years via the "Site Extras" area at the lower left of our home page.

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