Cardinals place six in 2013 Top 100

Oscar Taveras leads six St. Louis Cardinals prospects featured in's annual list of the best prospects in baseball, just released for 2013.

The 2013 top 100 minor league prospect list has been released and is now available online.

The St. Louis Cardinals are represented by six players, tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the most of any organization.

Multi-talented Oscar Taveras is ranked number three overall and is the top outfielder in the minor leagues.

At #18 is Shelby Miller
Right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller is ranked number 18 across the game and is 10th among all minor league pitchers.

Carlos Martinez may have had a relatively quiet 2012, but the hard-throwing Dominican clocks in at a very impressive number 38 in the top 100.

Second baseman Kolten Wong may have the clearest path to a starting role in St. Louis of any organizational prospect. The 2011 first-round draft pick comes in at number 57 overall.

A major league-tested right-hander who can throw 100 mph, none other than Trevor Rosenthal, makes his debut on the national list at number 69.

The jewel of the Cardinals' five first-round selections in the 2012, right-hander Michael Wacha, closes out the Cardinals organization's impressive showing at number 94.

To read much more about all six of these Cardinals prospects and four dozen others from the system, check out the "40 days, 40 nights, 40 Cardinals prospects" series for 2013 at The Cardinal Nation.

Outranking Taveras as the top two prospects in the game for 2013 are pitcher Dylan Bundy of the Orioles and shortstop Jurickson Profar of the Rangers.

Other organizations prominently represented in the 2013 top 100 include the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners with five prospects each. Systems with four top 100 prospects are the Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.

One year ago, the Cardinals placed four prospects in the 2012 top 100. They were Miller at number six, Martinez at 19, Taveras at 35 as well as pitcher Tyrell Jenkins at 92.

All told, the Cardinals had nine prospects in the expanded 2012 top 300. The final five were third baseman Zack Cox at 113, Wong at 127, first baseman Matt Adams at 208, and right-handed pitchers Lance Lynn at 212 and Eduardo Sanchez at 235.

Reminder that you can click here to view the entire Top 100 for 2013 as well as prior years' rankings. (The lists can always be accessed from the "Minor League Rankings" tab on the menu bar located under and to the right of the main "The Cardinal Nation" logo.)

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The perfect hardcopy companion to "40 Days" features the top 300 prospects in the game, the top 20 prospects from all 30 MLB organizations and much more. We author the Cardinals section of the guide as always.

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