St. Louis Cardinals: Overview of Cardinals' Farm System and Prospects for 2013

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St. Louis Cardinals: Overview of Cardinals' Farm System and Prospects for 2013
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Oscar Taveras set the world on fire last year and figures to be in St. Louis very soon.

It is a hard time to be a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. After winning the World Series in 2011, the team came within one game of being able to defend their title last year and boasts the best system, top to bottom, in all of baseball. 

There is almost an embarrassment of riches for the Cardinals right now. The big league team is stacked, particularly in the lineup, with maybe one weakness that doesn't have an immediate fix (shortstop), and some rotation question marks. 

But even with those questions in the rotation, magnified by the absence of Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals have two electrifying arms capable of stepping in right away and being more than just innings-eaters. 

And by the way, we waited as long as we could to mention that the Cardinals have the best pure hitting prospect in baseball.

Oscar Taveras found the power in his swing last year, to go along with his incredible bat speed and plate coverage, and at just 20 years old, should see the big leagues this year. 

Going over the Cardinals' system, there are at least 10 players who project as big league regulars with plenty of high-ceiling talent to be much more than that. This franchise is stacked and ready to make another run at a championship in 2013 because of their depth. 

Here is a full look at the Cardinals' farm system heading into 2013, including a look at the top prospects, the prospect who will make an impact in St. Louis this season, a breakout prospect and what to expect. 

Note: All stats and ages courtesy of unless otherwise noted

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