Each month, I present my top 20 prospects (updated through the end of the month), my next 20 prospects (not ranked but listed in alphabetical order), as well as whatever observations I feel are relevant at the moment.
This report reflects my opinions and not that of the entire The Cardinal Nation staff, so feel to address any comments or criticisms directly to me either through the premium message board or via private message if you prefer.
Note: Players remain eligible for the list as long as they maintain their prospect status (less than 50 innings pitched or less than 130 plate appearances in the major leagues.)
On to the report!
This months report has the fewest changes of both players and rankings of any I have done. There just haven't been many players that have done enough to either substantially distinguish themselves or hurt themselves relative to the rest.
Behind each player's name in parentheses is where I ranked him last month.
#1 Oscar Taveras (1). Still on the shelf with an injury but should be ready to go soon.
#2 Michael Wacha (2). Looks like they want to keep him in Triple-A until at least September.
#3 Carlos Martinez (3). Continues to challenge Wacha for the #2 spot.
#4 Kolten Wong (7). Many see a September call up in the offing but I'm not one of them.
#5 Marco Gonzales (5). Strong Florida State League debut.
#6 Stephen Piscotty (6). Needs to show some power in Springfield.
#7 Rob Kaminsky (7). Hard to judge a player that is over-talented for his league.
#8 Seth Maness (8). Continues to be solid in the major league bullpen - probably graduates from prospect status next month.
#9 Carson Kelly (9). Average has picked up – but where's the power?
#10 Kevin Siegrist (10). One of the best statistically in the major league pen/
#11 Tyler Lyons (11). I am just as impressed with how he has handled his demotion as with how he pitched in St. Louis.
#12 James Ramsey (13). Needs to step it up as he gets used to Double-A pitching.
#13 Tyrell Jenkins (12). Injured again? Will probably drop more if he doesn't recover quickly.
#14 Ryan Jackson (14). Will he at least get a September call up?
#15 Charlie Tilson (18). Getting lots of buzz.
#16 Mike O'Neill (19). In Triple-A and still hitting.
#17 Tommy Pham (15). Injured again - did he do enough to get a 40-man roster spot?.
#18 Anthony Garcia (16). Came back to earth after great month of June.
#19 Patrick Wisdom (20). Leveled off again.
#20 John Gast (17). Out for the year - shoulder issues scare me.
21-40 are in alphabetical order.
Michael Blazek (21-40). Back in St. Louis.
Seth Blair (21-40). Potential still there.
Keith Butler (21-40). Did anyone expect him to be this good, this fast?
Adron Chambers (NR). Strong month of July and a promotion to STL
Tim Cooney (21-40). Ready for St. Louis in late 2014?
Greg Garcia (21-40). Hoping for a better 2014.
Cory Jones (21-40). Showed enough pre-injury to stay on this list.
Dixon Llorens (NR). I had him above Stoppleman pre-season.
C.J. McElroy (21-40). Slowly finding his groove as Peoria's leadoff man.
Oscar Mercado (21-40). The talent is there even if the results aren't.
Zach Petrick (21-40). Starting to get national buzz.
David Popkins (21-40). Why no promotion yet?
Alex Reyes (21-40). Pushing the top 20.
Jonathan Rodriguez (NR). July Player of the Month is back in the top 40 after an extended absence.
Starlin Rodriguez (21-40). Back in Springfield and hitting better as an outfielder.
Ronnie Shaban (21-40). Looks back on track.
Lee Stoppelman (21-40). Strong Arizona Fall League candidate.
Breyvic Valera (21-40). Continues solid play at Peoria.
Colin Walsh (21-40). Finally in Double-A and holding his own.
Jacob Wilson (21-40). Promoted to Palm Beach.
Robert Stock (21-40). I was obviously too optimistic last month.
Boone Whiting (21-40). Not ready for prime time.
Jordan Swagerty (21-40). I know many still have high hopes for him - I do not.
Next month will mark the final regular season report for 2013.
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