As one might expect, the St. Louis Cardinals’ representation in the newly-released Scout.com top 100 minor league prospect list for 2015 has changed considerably from 2014.
The organization is represented by the same quantity of players, three, but two of the three names make their top 100 debuts.
New to the national top prospect list are pitchers Marco Gonzales and Alex Reyes, debuting at 41st and 54th, respectively. 2014 holdover hurler Rob Kaminsky moved up two points, from 99th last year to 97th overall in 2015.
As one might expect, the three pitchers are also the top three players in the annual Cardinals top 40 prospect rankings unveiled earlier this off-season here at The Cardinal Nation.
Gone from the list is Oscar Taveras. Last year’s second-ranked prospect across Major League Baseball graduated from the list last season before passing away in an October automobile crash. Outfielder Stephen Piscotty was ranked 66th nationally one year ago, but was lapped by the three hurlers this time around.
It should also be noted that last year’s list excluded any prospects projected to open the season on a Major League 25-man roster. For that reason, two players on most every other national prospect list one year ago were left off Scout’s rankings. Both have since graduated – pitcher Carlos Martinez and second baseman Kolten Wong.
The three Cardinals representatives on the 2015 national top 100 represent a downward trend from the six who made the 2013 list of Scout.com’s best prospects and the three (plus two) last year.
Taveras had repeated from 2013. In addition to Martinez (38th in 2013) and Wong (57th in 2013) being excluded for 2014, the other three who graduated from 2013 to 2014 are pitchers Shelby Miller (18th in 2013), Trevor Rosenthal (69th in 2013) and Michael Wacha (94th in 2013).
Three years ago, the Cardinals placed four prospects in the 2012 Scout.com 2012 top 100. They were Miller at number six, Martinez at 19, Taveras at 35 as well as pitcher Tyrell Jenkins at 92. Of course, Miller and Jenkins are now Atlanta Braves.
To read much more about all these prospects and review past top 100s by year, simply click here and select the applicable year via the dropdown field at the upper right of the page. National lists from the last decade are included.
Others catching up
The Cardinals had best not rest on their laurels, as two members of the National League Central Division continue to be strongly represented. The Pittsburgh Pirates lead the way in the NLC with five members of the top 100. Though the Chicago Cubs have one fewer, they sport two of the top eight in number one prospect Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. At the other end of the spectrum are Cincinnati with two and Milwaukee with just one top 100 prospect.
Other organizations prominently represented in the 2015 Scout.com top 100 include the overall leader, the Boston Red Sox, with seven top prospects, followed by the Minnesota Twins and Arizona Diamondbacks with six each. Three clubs have five top 100 prospects - the Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies. Also ahead of the Cards at four representatives each are five clubs - the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals.
Remember that you can click here to view the entire Scout.com Top 100 for 2015 as well as prior years’ national rankings back to 2006. (The lists can always be accessed from the "MILB Rankings" tab on the red menu bar located to the right of the main "The Cardinal Nation" logo.)
To reference The Cardinal Nation’s last 10 annual St. Louis system top 40s, also back to 2006, refer to the permanent links in the left sidebar of TCN’s home page in the category “Cards Top Prospects.”
Minor league rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are also up to date for 2015, so check them out via the “MILB Rosters” dropdown links above, along with the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog. The latter provides a single-page view of the entire Cardinals system by position and level and tracks all organizational player moves – every transaction for every club - all year long.
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