The St. Louis Cardinals are getting some key contributions from their farm system this year, several of whom are on the top prospect list.
With all of the talent on the St. Louis Cardinals top 30 prospects on MLB Pipeline, there is reason to be excited for the future of the organization. However, the names populating the list could see a lot of things happen to their careers. That becomes more evident when looking at prospect classes of years past.
So, what happened to the top prospects from 2014? A lot. Back then MLB Pipeline only listed the top 20 prospects for each team. The Cardinals top 20 can be found here.
Looking back is a great way to really put into perspective how many things can happen over the course of a career. It also can show how hard it truly is to make it to the MLB, regardless of how much hype there is behind a player.
Some of the guys on this years prospect rankings turned into players on the current rankings. After all, 2014 was not that long ago. Even over four short seasons, the movement of prospects is pretty astounding. There is only one player who is on both lists.
The St. Louis Cardinals are notorious for having talent in their farm system, that is no different in 2014. Of the top 20, 13 have seen time in the majors. Not all of them with St. Louis.
There is an argument to be made that the 2018 class is stronger than the 2014 class, but we will not know until several years down the road. Having potential is great, but fulfilling it is what truly matters to the organization, and its fans.
Starting from the guy ranked 20th by MLB Pipeline in 2014, the countdown will show how the St. Louis Cardinals 2014 prospect class have fared in their careers thus far.