The far left column of the table below is the aggregate ranking. To the right of the players' names are our individual votes. (Note that we each ranked 46 players to ensure that each of the group's top 40 would secure at least two votes.) Next are the prior years' rankings of the players in the new 2013 Top 40 from 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007, where applicable.
* (Cm) represents the collaborative effort among a group of very knowledgeable Cardinals fans from our Message Board. While that group ranked 60 players, their list is limited in this article to the top 40 for consistency. Click here to see the entire community list and their reasoning behind each selection.
|red = YTY decline|
|yellow = YTY flat|
|grn = YTY improve|
Remembering the departed
There was greater turnover than usual from last year's top 41+, with 44 percent change from 2012 to 2013. That compares to 35 percent the year prior. Of the 18 players that left the list, four graduated to St. Louis, while the remainder departed in a variety of ways, including being lost via trade, free agency, waivers, release, retirement and simply dropping off the list due to performance.
+ Rule 5 selection Erik Komatsu was inserted into the 2012 list mid-flight, increasing the total to 41.
The departing individuals are listed below with the reason for them leaving along with their top 40 rankings over the previous seven years, as applicable.
|Dropped off (5)||12||11||10||09||08||07|
|Lost via waivers (3)||12||11||10||09||08||07|
|Erik Komatsu (Rule 5)||28a|
|Free agent (2)||12||11||10||09||08||07||06|
For the second straight year, the top group of prospects is quite stable. Eight of last year's top 12 are still in that group with two more, Lance Lynn and Matt Carpenter, having graduated to the majors. Of the remaining two, Zack Cox was traded, leaving Eduardo Sanchez as the only member of the 2012 top 12 to have stumbled.
Next up: This article series continues as we highlight the newest members of the top 40. Then, the voters highlight the players on our personal lists that did not make the 2013 consolidated top 40. We move next to our All-Prospect Team, the highest-ranked players at each position, dive into the numbers behind the top 40, take a look at our best and worst selections from 2012 and the top prospects by level of play.
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