The St. Louis Cardinals have one of, if not the, most solid farm systems in all of baseball right now?
An organization that once viewed prospects as trade chips has since begun treating them like assets.
While the Cardinals former business model was highly successful, the current system lends itself to more long-term success.
During the 2011 postseason, the Cardinals 25-man playoff roster was literally stacked with players who have spent their entire professional careers with the Cardinals–17 of them to be exact.
While some of those names are gone now, they’ve been replaced by even more who have come up through the system.
Don’t mistake this for a few lucky years of drafting because it has become a philosophy. With the development of young pitchers such as Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Tyrell Jenkins, there is reason to expect the Cardinals to move in this direction for years to come.
So what brought the Cardinals to this point? Following are three reasons the team will continue to reap the benefits of the front office’s business strategy.