St. Louis Cardinals: Where are the top prospects of 2014?
By Trevor Hooth
What happened to the St. Louis Cardinals top prospects from 2014?
20. RHP Chris Perry
To start 2014, Chris Perry was not on the top prospect list. However, following a 2.14 ERA across two different levels, he pitched his way to the 20th spot. He caught his first round of struggles in 2015 when his ERA ballooned to over six in 18 Double A appearances.
Perry pitched all of 2016 with Springfield with more success than he had before. He ended the season on the DL, and has not pitched for the organization since, even though his MiLB profile lists him as active. The St. Louis Cardinals 17th round pick did spend 2017 in independent ball, pitching for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.
19. INF Breyvic Valera
This is the second player to play his way into the St. Louis Cardinals top prospect list during the 2014 season. Playing as high as Double A Springfield, Breyvic Valera hit over .300 on the season. During that year, he struck out only 35 times in 521 at bats.
Valera debuted with the Cardinals in 2017, going one for ten at the plate. Back in April, he was sent to the Dodgers for Johan Mieses, who hit .251 with Palm Beach in his age 22 season.
18. INF Jacob Wilson
After being a 10th round selection by St. Louis in 2012, Jacob Wilson hit his way into the top 20 with a .302 batting average across a couple different levels.
He has yet to break the MLB, but he is out of the Cardinals organization. In December of 2017, the Washington Nationals claimed him on waivers. In 2018, he hit .282 in 89 games with the Nationals Triple A affiliate.
17. RHP Nick Petree
Nick Petree is also out of baseball now, he is on the voluntary retired list. He has been since March of 2016. The righty found his way to the top prospect list after having a solid year on the mound in 2014, sporting a combined 2.51 ERA across 22 starts.
A year later, he retired. In his last season, Petree reached Double A, and sported a 1-5 record in 10 starts. His overall ERA for that season was a tick under four, and from there he walked away from the game.
16. OF Rowan Wick
Yes, Rowan Wick was an outfielder at this point. This was the final season before he truly transitioned to the mound. He was originally a catcher when the St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in 2012. In the 2014 season, he hit .292.
As a pitcher, Wick is known for having a big arm. He left the Cardinals organization back in February when the San Diego Padres claimed him on waivers. In the majors, he’s thrown in seven games with an ERA over seven.