Amid the chaos of this week’s highly disappointing winter meetings in Nashville, I’ve continued with my offseason rankings of each organization’s top 10 prospects. Having recently ranked both the Toronto Blue Jays’ and Texas Rangers’ respective farm systems, I thought that I’d conclude the week with another organization whom I believe is worthy of a top-five overall ranking.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ impressive system is highlighted the game’s best pure hitter, outfielder Oscar Taveras, who garnered MVP honors in the Texas League (Double-A) last year, his age-20 season, after leading the league with a .321 batting average and 67 extra-base hits.
Beyond Taveras, the Cardinals boast numerous, highly projectable right-handed pitchers in Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha, each of whom are on pace to reach the major leagues within the next two seasons. Their depth on the mound also put the team in a unique position to execute a trade at some point during the 2013 season, if the need arises.
With a host of early-round picks in the 2012 draft, the organization netted four of their top-10 prospects: Wacha, Steve Bean, Stephen Piscotty and Carson Kelly—and that doesn’t include their first-overall selection, outfielder James Ramsey.