St. Louis Cardinals invite several prospects to big league camp

The St. Louis Cardinals finalized their list of non-roster spring training invitees to the major league camp over the past weekend according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Several prospects were invited and some of them should get an extended look to see if they can help the Cardinals in 2012 and others who could be ready for the 2013 season.

The Cardinals have the luxury of a deep MLB roster so they will not be expecting anyone to play themselves onto the team, barring injury. But, the fact that they have extended invitations to some of the top flight prospects shows they are interested to see where they stand when facing MLB competition. It is also customary for teams to extend invitations to their top youngsters to get a taste of the action.

The top prospect in the Cardinals system is Shelby Miller who many see as a future ace of the Cardinals in as little as a few seasons from now. Miller has been named the #5 overall and #2 right-handed pitching prospect by MLB.com. For an in depth analysis on Miller see FanSided.com’s Seedlings to Stars here and here. MLB.com projects Miller to be with the Cardinals for the 2013 season, but it will be interesting to see if he is given a call in 2012 in the case of an injury or trade.

Newest first-round pick Kolten Wong will join shortstop prospect Ryan Jackson and first baseman Matt Adams. Adams projects as the possible first baseman of the Cardinals future. He hit 32 home runs and had 101 RBI last season for AAA Memphis. He can hit for average in addition to the obvious power.

Others among the Cards’ top 10 prospects according to MLB.com who will be attending are pitchers Jordan Swagerty, Tyrell Jenkins, Joe Kelly and John Gast. Third baseman Zack Cox, #3 on the Cardinals prospect list, is automatically invited to spring training due to being a part of the 40-man roster.

Pitcher Carlos Martinez and outfielder Oscar Taveras were notable prospects not invited to camp. Martinez is #25 on MLB.com’s overall list. Follow this link for more on Martinez from Seedlings to Stars. Taveras, 19 years old, was among the youngest players in the Arizona Fall League this past season. At 18, Tavares was named an Appalachian League All-Star. Read more about Taveras here from Seedlings to Stars.

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Topics: Cardinals, Carlos Martinez, Joe Kelly, John Gast, Jordan Swagerty, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Oscar Taveras, Ryan Jackson, Shelby Miller, St Louis Cardinals, Tyrell Jenkins, Zack Cox

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  • johnwvideo

    Everyone that you mentioned is worthy of a look at camp ! This is the time to let them shine to see what they have. Especially Miller, Cox, Adams and Taveras, I think they are the closest to be called up. Adams is one I cant wait to see. I just dont see him on the big team for another year or so. At least till Berkman is gone. Outside of an injury. Miller we all know will be he in full by next season. if not in Sept. Joe Kelly is an interesting one to watch. I love watching minor league ball. My biggest issue is whos cards to load up on, this is the time you can get certified autos cheap. Though you hope you get one that really makes good..

    I am banking on Miller and Cox doing well. I have to many of there cards now :)

    As for Ozzie, I thought the rumor mill had him going to camp this year. maybe thats all it was is a rumor. It would be nice, they sure could use his help, Frucal is fine but he would be great for the kids. I almost would like to see Ozzie as a coach, I think he would do great, I just dont see that ever happening.. Cant wait for camp..

  • http://yardsellr.com/yardsale/John-Weitzman-124454 johnwvideo

    Everyone that you mentioned is worthy of a look at camp ! This is the time to let them shine to see what they have. Especially Miller, Cox, Adams and Taveras, I think they are the closest to be called up. Adams is one I cant wait to see. I just dont see him on the big team for another year or so. At least till Berkman is gone. Outside of an injury. Miller we all know will be he in full by next season. if not in Sept. Joe Kelly is an interesting one to watch. I love watching minor league ball. My biggest issue is whos cards to load up on, this is the time you can get certified autos cheap. Though you hope you get one that really makes good..

    I am banking on Miller and Cox doing well. I have to many of there cards now :)

    As for Ozzie, I thought the rumor mill had him going to camp this year. maybe thats all it was is a rumor. It would be nice, they sure could use his help, Frucal is fine but he would be great for the kids. I almost would like to see Ozzie as a coach, I think he would do great, I just dont see that ever happening.. Cant wait for camp..

  • http://www.redbirdrants.com/ BaseballStance

    I’d like to know why Martinez and Taveras were not invited. Especially since they are highly regarded around baseball let alone within the Cardinals organization.

    Yes, rumors suggest Ozzie may be a part of spring training and agreed he would be a great asset.

  • http://www.redbirdrants.com/ Chris_Carelli

    I’d like to know why Martinez and Taveras were not invited. Especially since they are highly regarded around baseball let alone within the Cardinals organization.

    Yes, rumors suggest Ozzie may be a part of spring training and agreed he would be a great asset.

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