St. Louis Cardinals place 3 in Top 100 Prospects


The St. Louis Cardinals placed three players in the Top 100 Prospects.
Mar 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Oscar Taveras (87) rounds third base and scores a run in the fourth inning during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The three ranked were outfielder Oscar Taveras, second baseman Kolten Wong and outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The full breakdown of the Top 100 Prospects can be found here.

Jim Callis breaks the list down a bit further, saying Taveras is the best hitter.

"There’s a reason Taveras keeps getting linked to Albert Pujols, even if he does hit left-handed. Taveras’ Minor League resume includes a .320/.377/.518 stat line, one Double-A Texas League MVP Award, two batting titles and three league championships. No prospect barrels balls or makes hard contact as consistently as Taveras, who projects to hit .300 or better with 25-homer power in his prime as a Major Leaguer."

After unveiling the Top 100 prospects list on Thursday, Callis and Jonathan Mayo took questions on Friday during a video chat. They asked my question about which Cardinals prospects would be on the list when they issue the Top 100 for 2015. I know–I’m thinking ahead of myself.
Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty against the West during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Image Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It’s expected that Wong and Taveras will graduate this year. Piscotty is expected to be on the 2015 list.

Some notes from their responses in video chat:
Piscotty might still be on the list, unless they can start playing 5 outfielders.

Marco Gonzales–wouldn’t be surprised if he made the list.

Carson Kelly–he has to go out and perform a little bit.

“Who knows what the 2014 draft will bring as well,” said Mayo.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Langosch examines the logjam that is the 2014 Cardinals outfield.

Peter Bourjos needs to focus on getting on base, writes Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz.

Happy 79th birthday to Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who won a World Series with the Cardinals in 1964. Uecker would be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1965 season.