BaseballHQ's Deric McKamey on Cards Prospects

One of baseball's pre-eminent minor league experts shares his views of an improving Cardinals minor league system.

When Jeff Luhnow joined the St. Louis Cardinals executive team two years ago, he asked several outsiders who had solid statistical foundations and stellar reputations in the game to consult with the team. The most prominent organization to initially come on board was BaseballHQ, founded by Ron Shandler.

Deric McKamey has been BaseballHQ's Director of Minor League Analysis for almost ten years now and has been a baseball analyst for twenty. Formally trained by MLB's Scout School, McKamey's prospect evaluation skills and many contacts have served him well in all aspects of his job, including his role as a consultant with the Cardinals.

I spent almost an entire Arizona Fall League game earlier this month chatting with McKamey about the game and the young men who want to succeed in playing it. That discussion served as the genesis of this story.

Since returning from Arizona, McKamey and BaseballHQ published their Organizational Ratings for all 30 major league teams, ranking each organization's top 15 prospects, with details why, as well as a scoring of the organization in the areas of hitting, pitching, top-end talent and overall.

This comprehensive information is available to HQ subscribers and is more in-depth and more valuable than that put out by several more well-known sources of minor league information.

In fact, McKamey is taking his work one step further. He is nearing completion of his first book, "Minor League Baseball Analyst", in which he profiles 1000 prospects from across the game, including about 40 Cardinals' system players. In not much time, it could become as eagerly-awaited each hot stove season as Shandler's famous "Baseball Forecaster" has been for 20 years running.

Through the generosity of Shandler, McKamey and BaseballHQ, following are the names of their top 15 Cardinals prospects, along with the Cardinals' rankings in comparison to their National League Central Division competitors.

Oh, yeah. Don't forget to click on the audio links below as McKamey and I spent 20 minutes chatting about these players and much more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Audio interview – Part one

Audio interview – Part two

BaseballHQ's Organizational Rankings –St. Louis Cardinals
By Deric McKamey

Top Prospects
1. Anthony Reyes
2. Colby Rasmus
3. Tyler Greene
4. Chris Lambert
5. Adam Wainwright
6. Mark McCormick
7. Jose Martinez
8. Cody Haerther
9. Nick Webber
10. Blake Hawksworth
11. Nick Stavinoha
12. Stuart Pomeranz
13. Brendan Ryan
14. Travis Hanson
15. Eric Haberer

2006 Contributors - Players outside the top 15 who could contribute in St. Louis in 2006

Skip Schumaker (OF), John Gall (OF/1B), Ramon Nivar (OF/2B), Prentice Redman (OF), John Nelson (SS/2B), Chris Duncan (1B/OF), Michel Hernandez (C), Carmen Cali (LHP), Chris Gissell (RHP), Tyler Johnson (LHP), Rich Rundles (LHP), John Webb (RHP).

Organizational Rankings – National League Central Division

Team

Hitting

Pitching

Top-end

talent

Overall

St. Louis Cardinals

D+

C

C+

C-

Chicago Cubs

B-

B

C

B-

Cincinnati Reds

C-

C

C-

C-

Houston Astros

C-

B

C-

C

Milwaukee Brewers

A-

B-

A-

B+

Pittsburgh Pirates

C

B-

C-

C

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.


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