Injuries may have cast an unfortunate spell on the St. Louis Cardinals in early 2013, but the Major League Baseball world is fast learning that their farm system is more than capable of stepping up.
Last night, Tyler Lyons took the mound for Jaime Garcia, who is having season-ending surgery on his shoulder. The week before saw the MLB debut of John Gast in Jake Westbrook's place. And both have been outstanding, combining for three wins.
Although the Cardinals have plenty of prospects who are doing exactly what we expect of them so far, the future is still uncertain and not every young player lives up to his full potential.
Looking at the expectations surrounding their signings alongside what they were ultimately able to accomplish, here are five recent Cardinals prospects who simply did not live up to the hype surrounding their names.
*All statistics are current on baseball-reference.com as of May 23, 2013.*