St. Louis Cardinals Farm System Report 2015

St. Louis Cardinals Farm System

Rank #17 heading into the 2015 season
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St. Louis Cardinals Farm System

Within the last two years the Cardinals have had Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller, Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras all graduate to the bigs and be removed from their top prospect list. For a team that promoted this much talent, this give you an idea of how loaded their system truly is. Lefty Marco Gonzales was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft out of Gonzaga and made his big league debut in 2014. Marco does not have over-powering stuff like many other first rounders but he was the valued so high because of his ability to throw strikes and how little development he truly needed.

The 2014 draft netted Luke Weaver at #27 out of Florida State University. Scouts have a knock on him because of his posture when releasing a pitch which leads too lack of command of his fastball. His fastball sits 90-92 with good late life. His slider and change up need work but have the potential to at least be MLB average. He often times gets compared to Tim Hudson because of his stature and his ability to pound the lower portion of the strike zone. Right-hander Andrew Morales was also a first rounder out of UC Irvine. This dude is a grinder and gets the most physically out of his body. We like his composure and his ability to throw strikes.

Also a first rounder from 2014, Jack Flaherty is a very athletic pitcher with great mechanics and has a good feel for his four pitches. If it was not for Lucas Giolito and Max Fried, Flaherty might not have been spotted and drafted as high as both pitchers drew crowds of scouts out to see them pitch. His ceiling is pretty high (a lot higher than Marco Gonzales) because of his size and ability to miss bats.

As for hitters, Stephen Piscotty becomes their top prospect after the tragic loss of Oscar Taveras. Piscotty is a high average guy. A 2012 supplemental first round pick out of Stanford in 2012. A guy known for a solid bat, hitting .341 over three years with the Cardinal. Alex Reyes is a young guy with a great arm. Standing in at 6’3″ 185lbs, Reyes has an electric arm but is still learning how to consistently throw strikes. Left-hander Rob Kaminsky is polished pitcher with a unbelievable breaking ball and an over-powering fastball. He is young an needs to learn to rely on his breaking stuff as opposed to try to blow his fastball by guys.