When Baseball America did their rankings, there were 14 Cardinals–five alone in the top 20 for the Pacific Coast League. It just shows the power of the farm system and player development for the Cardinals. For that, I tip my cap to Cardinals farm director John Vuch for the amazing job that his team has done.
Regarding Taveras, who tops the PCL list with the #1 ranking, Matt Eddy writes “Taveras is the jewel of the deep Cardinals system, and even an injury-marred season did not diminish his obvious skills. He does everything well, and the lift in his swing suggests his power will flourish as he matures.”
The fact that Wacha and Martinez are both ranked in the top ten gives off the vibe that general manager John Mozeliak has no plans to trade them away in the near future.
Elsewhere in the minor league system, outfielder Stephen Piscotty made the Florida State League list rankings at #14 while he was #9 in the Texas League.