Futures Game Scouting: Cardinals' Prospects

The 2012 Futures Game is in the books and Scout.com's National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere is here to provide all of the analysis on the top talent in Kansas City. In this breakdown, we take an in-depth look at Cardinals' prospects, Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong.

Oscar Taveras

Position: Outfield
Organization: St. Louis Cardinals
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: L/L
Event Scouted: Futures Game


Expert's Take:

Taveras manages to improve his game seemingly every time I see him play. Last year, he was hitter showing big time raw power that I projected would one day have plus power. That consistency in game action looks like it has come and he's now displaying the plus power I expected him to develop. And, the best news is that the power hasn't come at the expense of his other tools.

The lefty swinging Taveras is still an outstanding athlete that gets good jumps in the outfield. Ultimately though, it looks very much like his bat is going to be what carries him. This is a hitter that can play a premium position and hit 30 home runs in the big leagues.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"He impressed me last year but I think he's just taken another step. I think the power has come along a little quicker than what some people expected and his discipline is so impressive for a kid his age. He's just gotten stronger and better in almost every way at the plate this year. He's clearly one of the best all around prospects in the game now."

Ceiling: Dominant Player at Position (7)

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Kolten Wong

Position: Second Base
Organization: St. Louis Cardinals
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: L/R
Event Scouted: Futures Game


Expert's Take:

There are no surprises with Kolten Wong. Seeing him swing the bat so consistently is nothing different from what he's done throughout his amateur and professional career. You rarely get to feel confident as an evaluator that you are watching a future .300 big league hitter, but that's the sense Wong gives you.

What did come as a little bit of a surprise was Wong's raw power. He showed more batting practice pop than I've seen from him in the past and he appears to have added some strength.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"That's just one of the more compact swings you'll find out there. He doesn't swing and miss much and he sees pitches well. And, he runs pretty well too. He's going to be real solid regular in the big leagues I think, mostly on the strength of that swing."

Ceiling: Slightly Above-Average Regular (5.5)


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