|After four top two placements, Shelby Miller is gone forever|
Of the 19, eight graduated to St. Louis, double the number from the year before. The impressive list includes Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams, Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, Pete Kozma and Tyler Lyons. Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, Matt Carpenter and Tony Cruz were the Cardinals that left the top 40 for the last time after 2012.
The other 11 that departed the 2013 top 40 did so in several ways, including being lost via free agency and waivers. None were traded, released or retired. The second-most, seven, simply dropped off the list due to performance. To be fair, it may not be a decline in their individual results as much as others doing even better.
The departing individuals are listed below with the reason for them leaving along with their top 40 rankings over the previous years, as applicable. As always, the color indicates year-to-year change.
|Dropped off (7)||13||12||11||10||09||08||07|
|Lost via waivers (3)||13||12||11||10||09||08||07|
|Free agent (1)||13||12||11||10||09||08||07|
|Pete Kozma's MLB spot is shaky|
Given the reputation of the organization having so many high-end pitching prospects, it is not surprising that six of the eight players that graduated from the 2013 top 40 are pitchers.
Of the eight graduates, it appears the six that were highest-ranked in last year's top 40 will be sticking in the majors. Only Pete Kozma and Tyler Lyons may have minor league time ahead.
After the eight promotions to the majors, 11 names follow. There seems nothing unusual in the positional distribution: four are pitchers, with one catcher, three infielders and three outfielders having left the list from the position player ranks.
|Ryan Jackson||StL||Anthony Garcia||PB||Dixon Llorens||Peo|
|Eduardo Sanchez||StL||Starlin Rodriguez||Spr||Adam Ehrlich||Peo|
|Maikel Cleto||StL||C.J. McElroy||Peo||Colin Walsh||Spr|
|Adron Chambers||StL||Victor DeLeon||SC|
Starting at the left of the table, Note that four of the 11 players having left the top 40 and the organization had substantial trials in St. Louis first. Each seemed to have received a fair trial before being allowed to move on. At this point, none of them seem to have a clear major league future ahead elsewhere.
|Rebound candidate Anthony Garcia|
The far right group of players, called "Short-term" in the table, were only on the top 40 prospect list for one year. All are young enough that they could work their way back on. Adam Ehrlich was slowed by injury, while Victor De Leon may still be adapting to his move to relief. Dixon Llorens has the numbers in A-ball, but also has a funky delivery. Colin Walsh was initially slow to take to Double-A.
Reminder: As always, our top 40 prospect lists from each of the last nine years can be accessed via links permanently displayed at the lower part of The Cardinal Nation homepage.
Our 2014 top 40 series concludes: To see the list of top Cardinals prospects and related articles, click here. You can also read each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections.
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