St. Louis Cardinals: Redbirds are equivalent to the Boston Red Sox

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 13: A general view of Busch Stadium during the National Anthem prior to the home-opening game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on April 13, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cubs beat the Cardinals 9-5. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 13: A general view of Busch Stadium during the National Anthem prior to the home-opening game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on April 13, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cubs beat the Cardinals 9-5. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Carson Kelly
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Carson Kelly /

The St. Louis Cardinals have in their system a major powerhouse of a team in Memphis. These guys could likely go side-by-side with players in Boston.

Where Boston might have bested the Memphis Redbirds in the grass, the Redbirds have a very respected infield. Many of these prospects are in Memphis only because they are locked by the guys in the Majors.

The Boston infield from left to right is:

The Memphis infield from left to right is:

Devers vs. Wisdom

Devers brings with him incredible promise and was all the rave last season when Boston called him to the majors and allowed him to make his MLB splash. Wisdom, on the other hand, is locked in Memphis and is a free agent to be after this season.

To the numbers. Devers:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 21 BOS AL 97 401 371 47 92 22 0 16 54 5 2 28 98 .248 .299 .437 .736 94 162 6 0 0 2 4 *5/D
2 Yrs 155 641 593 81 155 36 0 26 84 8 3 46 155 .261 .314 .454 .767 100 269 11 0 0 2 7
162 Game Avg. 162 670 620 85 162 38 0 27 88 8 3 48 162 .261 .314 .454 .767 100 281 11 0 0 2 7

Wisdom:

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2018 26 -0.5 Memphis PCL AAA STL 101 396 349 63 99 22 1 14 56 11 2 41 107 .284 .359 .473 .831 165 4 2 0 4 1
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
Minors (7 seasons) Minors 745 2962 2644 364 646 146 20 99 397 42 11 264 782 .244 .315 .427 .742 1129 41 22 6 26 3
All Levels (7 Seasons) 769 3059 2737 379 668 152 21 103 418 45 12 268 799 .244 .314 .428 .742 1171 41 22 6 26 3

Advantage here is to whomever gets Wisdom after 2018. Joking aside, I have to side with Devers on this one but take nothing away from the dude in Memphis who can play both corner spots on the infield.

Bogaerts vs. Sosa

Look, this isn’t fair either but it is what it is. Let’s just jump to the numbers. Bogaerts:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 25 BOS AL 95 411 363 52 99 32 2 16 68 3 2 38 74 .273 .348 .504 .852 126 183 9 6 0 4 4 *6
6 Yrs 718 3063 2781 412 783 163 13 67 351 44 12 228 565 .282 .340 .422 .762 103 1173 68 29 5 20 12

And Sosa:

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2018 22 -4.5 Memphis PCL AAA STL 34 131 119 20 30 7 0 3 15 4 1 9 25 .252 .321 .387 .707 46 5 3 0 0 2
Minors (6 seasons) Minors 407 1721 1565 231 440 72 17 25 163 34 19 108 276 .281 .334 .397 .731 621 31 23 12 12 3

And Tovar (the honorable mention thanks to his being on the DL):

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 26 STL-min AAA 91 323 297 33 84 11 0 4 38 10 3 21 33 .283 .331 .360 .692 107 8 2 0 3 0 MEM · PCL
2 Yrs 9 22 18 1 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 3 .167 .250 .167 .417 22 3 2 1 2 0 1
162 Game Avg. 162 396 324 18 54 0 0 0 36 18 0 18 54 .167 .250 .167 .417 22 54 36 18 36 0 18

For this round, I feel like I should deduct points or allow some bonus points to the AAA competitors simply because of Bogaerts unnecessary “e” stuckat the back end of his name. That said, and all joking aside, Bogaerts is a great player but fans should not discredit Tovar.

Tovar’s average is better than Bogaerts’ but his power is much lower. I can tell you that Tovar is an outstanding short stop and should be a name kept on radars.

Holt vs. Schrock

Brock Holt is nothing too great nor is he anything too poor but he simply doesn’t carry with him the promise that is Schrock.

To the numbers… Holt:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 30 BOS AL 74 260 229 21 58 15 1 1 26 6 4 24 45 .253 .335 .341 .675 83 78 6 5 0 2 1 46/937D
7 Yrs 517 1893 1686 225 444 91 13 14 155 33 11 160 350 .263 .330 .358 .688 86 603 29 16 15 16 1

Schrock:

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2018 23 -3.5 Memphis PCL AAA STL 100 401 365 39 95 21 0 4 39 7 5 21 30 .260 .308 .351 .658 128 3 7 1 7 1
Minors (4 seasons) Minors 381 1620 1488 204 459 82 7 22 170 35 14 99 130 .308 .356 .417 .774 621 23 19 1 13 1

As I alluded to above, Schrock has incredible promise. The St. Louis Cardinals organization holds him in high esteem and has great plans for him. He has just appeared in AAA and the club is not rushing him along but are instead allowing him to develop appropriately.

I give the advantage here to Schrock.

Moreland vs. Ravelo

I have written often that Ravelo was a name to watch at the trade deadline. While nothing happened to him (yet), I still believe that an MLB team could make plans around his name. Perhaps the St. Louis Cardinals are that team…

To the numbers. Moreland:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 32 BOS AL 90 338 301 48 79 16 4 14 57 1 0 34 75 .262 .334 .482 .816 116 145 10 0 0 3 1 *3 AS
9 Yrs 1012 3676 3305 420 837 175 7 146 490 9 5 302 784 .253 .319 .443 .762 101 1464 78 31 6 32 31
162 Game Avg. 162 588 529 67 134 28 1 23 78 1 1 48 126 .253 .319 .443 .762 101 234 12 5 1 5 5

Ravelo:

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2018 26 -0.5 Memphis PCL AAA STL 87 347 303 54 92 18 2 12 56 0 0 36 43 .304 .387 .495 .882 150 6 6 0 1 0
Minors (9 seasons) Minors 762 3083 2717 387 809 192 18 49 415 26 16 274 432 .298 .368 .436 .804 1184 63 45 15 31 11
All Levels (9 Seasons) 909 3699 3218 487 982 224 18 67 504 38 21 358 496 .305 .381 .448 .830 1443 85 64 15 43 16

This is tough and not fair because it is comparing an MLB “vet” to a rising rookie. That said, if we go off of numbers alone, I would put my vote for Ravelo who is outpacing Moreland in all categories.

Leon vs. Kelly

Kelly is – or was – the number-one prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He had fallen on some rough times of late but not in AAA. Leon, yet another veteran, is a good but not great.

To the numbers. Leon:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 29 BOS AL 61 213 195 26 42 10 0 4 20 1 0 13 53 .215 .270 .328 .598 60 64 5 2 2 1 0 2
7 Yrs 299 1032 927 111 220 46 2 19 102 1 1 78 253 .237 .300 .353 .653 73 327 20 8 13 6 3
162 Game Avg. 162 559 502 60 119 25 1 10 55 1 1 42 137 .237 .300 .353 .653 73 177 11 4 7 3 2

Kelly:

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 23 STL-min AAA 66 277 237 35 69 14 1 7 39 0 0 36 33 .291 .386 .447 .834 106 7 2 0 2 4 MEM · PCL
2018 23 STL NL 12 29 25 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 .080 .148 .080 .228 -35 2 0 1 2 0 0 2
3 Yrs 56 118 107 6 16 4 0 0 9 0 0 6 19 .150 .216 .187 .402 9 20 3 3 2 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 341 310 17 46 12 0 0 26 0 0 17 55 .150 .216 .187 .402 9 58 9 9 6 0 0

Simply put, I’ll take Kelly over Leon any day. True, Kelly has not yet figured out how to get his AAA numbers to convert to MLB but when he does, the other clubs had better watch out!

Final Score- Boston 1, Redbirds 4

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