Evaluating 4 of the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospects
By Evan Mead
Analyzing the Prospects
The Cardinals have a lot of prospects on the cusp of making the Cardinals full-time roster, but that is all dependent on how they perform when giving the chance.
Juan Yepez was the first of the call-ups this season due to his remarkable start to the season in Memphis. For all the people that say the big leagues is a completely different story, that clearly isn’t the case for Yepez.
Since coming up to the big leagues, Yepez’s hot streak has continued. In fact, I’d argue that his bat, along with Paul Goldschmidt’s, has been what’s kept the Cardinals in many ballgames. But that’s still a huge testament to his game that his name is being thrown in the same conversation as a superstar like Goldschmidt.
Now, just to put a visual on it, here are some of his stats:
Games played: 18
Home runs: 4
Runs batted in: 7
Walk rate: 9.1%
Strikeout rate: 18.2%
In order for him to stay on the major-league roster, he needs to keep doing what he’s doing.
The St. Louis Cardinals top prospect, Nolan Gorman, gave the Cardinals a much-needed boost to the lineup. His left-handed bat, and willingness to play anywhere that will keep him up in the majors, makes him a huge asset to the Cardinals.
It’s one of the things that made Matt Carpenter such a beloved Cardinal for all those years. I’m hoping that Gorman continues that because if he does, this could be something incredibly special.
In Gorman’s limited games, he has done pretty well. I was skeptical about his call-up because of is very high strikeout rate in Memphis. However, in 16 plate apperances, Gorman has only struck out twice and has walked three times. He’s adapted since being called up, which is something that Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic has struggled to do.
For Gorman to stay up, the answer is to keep the strikeout rate low and keep it simple because everything he’s done so far is exactly what I hoped for him to be.