St. Louis Cardinals: Rebooting the Cardinals top 10 prospects
Putting together a prospects top 10 list is a subjective process. My 10 may not completely reflect another’s top 10 list. However, there are certain prospects that would make most top 10 lists, Alex Reyes, for example, was on everyone’s top ten prospect list for the St. Louis Cardinals in the last few years.
There were a few prospects who I didn’t put on my list that made other top 10 lists. Griffin Roberts is a highly regarded right handed pitching prospect who was drafted 43 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft. However, Roberts was tagged with a 50 game suspension for testing positive for drug use after making only eight appearances in the minors. I didn’t feel like we saw enough of a sample to put him in the top 10.
Justin Williams is a corner outfield prospect that came to the Cardinals from Tampa Bay in the Tommy Pham trade. Williams excelled in the Rays AA affiliate in 2017, but struggled at AAA Memphis once the Cardinals acquired him. The 23-year-old left-handed bat, has some power, but needs to reduce his strikeouts. Maybe in time, after the Cardinal hitting gurus spend time with him, his bat will find itself.
Luken Baker is another prospect I find intriguing, but I didn’t feel he was a top 10 prospect…yet. Some disagree, because they see Baker’s size (6’4″,250lbs), strength, and thus power potential. The first base prospect was drafted 75th overall in the 2018 MLB draft and had an impressive season at Low A and High A ball. However, Baker has a long road ahead him with the likes of Nunez, Montero, and Gorman ahead of him.
The St. Louis Cardinals are well loaded in the corner infield position and the outfield across their minor league system. Some will see St. Louis, others may be used as trade bait to address other needs.
Finally, as any prospect listing, my Top Ten Prospects list is fluid and could change as the season progresses. Some may move off the list and others could be added. This list is just my opinion as it stands before the start of the 2019 season