Rest assured, St. Louis has an even brighter future
On the Cardinals side of the equation, the club can rest easier knowing that not only do they have the best roster in the NL Central at the moment, but they also have an exciting farm system, highlighted by arguably the best prospect in baseball in Jordan Walker. Even if the Cubs make some major moves, the Cardinals can counter with their own stars and young talent.
Jordan Walker, Maysn Winn, Nolan Gorman, Brendan Donovan, Gordon Graceffo, Tink Hence, Alec Burleson, and other names are just the beginning of the Cardinals young talent that has just begun to make an impact or will be in St. Louis soon. Having that much young talent means the Cardinals can also address other needs through trade while still being loaded with young talent.
This is not to mention the likes of Tommy Edman, Dylan Carlson, Tyler O’Neill, and Lars Nootbaar who, unless traded for more high-level talent, will be with the club for years to come. Cardinals fans can be frustrated that the club has not taken the next step yet into being a legit World Series contender, but the gap between the Cardinals and the Cubs is much wider than the gap between the Cardinals and the best of the National League.
On top of all of that, the Cardinals have two of the best players in all of baseball in Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado. 2023 will be the first year where the promised young talent will truly begin to mix with the club’s current superstars, leaving way for 2024 and 2025 to be a mix of rising stars and the end of other’s primes.
Who knows what both clubs will look like toward the end of this decade, but when comparing them now, Cardinal fans should rest assured that John Mozeliak and company have built not only a contender for this season, but a team that will continue to improve year by year.