Widely regarded as the best in baseball headed into the 2013 season, the St. Louis Cardinals’ impressive system is highlighted by the best hitter in the minor leagues, 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. Furthermore, the organization's depth on the mound could 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 Cardinals' system grew even stronger as they netted four of their top-10 prospects: Wacha, Steve Bean, Stephen Piscotty and Carson Kelly. And that doesn’t even include their first-overall selection, outfielder James Ramsey.
Here's a look at the St. Louis Cardinals' top 10 prospects headed into spring training.