Stock Up, Stock Down for the Cardinals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 20

Jeff SucherContributor IIIMay 28, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for the Cardinals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 20

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    The injuries seem to be mounting up for the St. Louis Cardinals.  But with all these injuries, the Cardinals are seemingly not skipping a beat.  With such a deep farm system, the injuries haven't been as devastating as they would have been to a different team.

    Before too long, it is very possible Cardinals nation could see Michael Wacha with the STL on his cap.  John Gast went on the disabled list on Monday, and the Cardinals called up Michael Blazek for at least one start.  But Wacha is still in the mix to get a call-up and make his debut for the Cardinals.

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has to feel good about the deep well he can keep using to plug the holes that keep coming up.

    Here is a current stock report for the top 10 prospects in the organization for the week of May 20.

Oscar Taveras

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    Oscar Taveras hasn't played since injuring his ankle on May 12. 

    He currently sits with a .317 average, four home runs and 20 RBI in 31 games.

    Once Taveras heals, expect him to pick up where he left off, and that was hitting the baseball hard.  I still believe he'll be in the big leagues before the season is done to get a taste of big league pitching.

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Michael Wacha

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    With all the injuries that continue to plague the Cardinals' rotation, it shouldn't be too long until Wacha makes his big league debut.

    With rookie John Gast on the DL with shoulder tightness, Wacha could possibly find himself making a big league start sooner than later.

    Wacha had a no-decision in his May 21 start.  He allowed two earned runs in five innings against the Salt Lake Bees.

    Wacha has still only pitched 73.2 innings in his professional career, so he can use some more time getting used to facing professional hitters.  But make no mistake, Wacha will be ready to pitch in the big leagues when called upon.

    Current Stock: Rising

Kolten Wong

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    Kolten Wong had a good week for the Memphis Redbirds.

    He batted .464 during the week of May 20 to 27, with two home runs and five RBI.

    Wong still doesn't have a spot on the big league club, but I still think he is the second baseman of the future for the Cardinals. 

    Matt Carpenter will be the guy in 2013, but Wong will most likely get some time with the big league club in September call-ups, if not sooner.

    Current Stock: Rising

Tyrell Jenkins

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    Tyrell Jenkins hasn't pitched well this season.  He needs to step up his game so he can move forward in the organization.

    In his last start on May 24, he only managed to get through the fifth inning.  He gave up four runs (three earned) and walked four in his five innings and took the loss.

    Jenkins needs to live up to his first-round draft status and soon for his and the Cardinals' sake.

    Current Stock: Falling

Carlos Martinez

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    Carlos Martinez was sent back to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. 

    Martinez was a starter in the minor leagues before the Cardinals used him in relief during his big league time. 

    He pitched twice during the week on May 20.  In his 2.2 innings pitched, Martinez allowed one earned run and struck out two.

    Martinez will benefit from more use in Memphis as he re-enters the rotation. 

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

John Gast

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    John Gast lasted all of three starts in the big leagues before he hit the DL.

    Gast pitched one inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday before being removed for shoulder stiffness.  On Monday, he landed on the DL.

    Gast posted a 2-0 record in his three starts.  While his ERA left something to be desired at 5.11 in his three starts, he did manage to pitch into the sixth inning in his first two starts, which he won.

    Hopefully, Gast will just be on the 15-day DL and things will be fine.

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Seth Maness

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    Seth Maness had another solid week for the Cardinals.

    He made three appearances and pitched three innings the week of May 20.  He did post a win and a loss, but he didn't allow an earned run in his appearances.  A Matt Carpenter error against the Dodgers saddled Maness with his first major league loss.

    But Maness bounced right back and picked up the win the next night in his inning of work.

    Maness doesn't throw overly hard, but he seems to be very effective in his appearances.  He has a 4-1 record in his 10 appearances with a 1.59 ERA.

    Current Stock: Rising

Ryan Jackson

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    Ryan Jackson had a decent week for the Memphis Redbirds.  His bat has cooled a bit as of late, but he did manage to bat .333 during the week of May 20.

    With the big week Pete Kozma had with the Cardinals, Jackson will be in Memphis for a while. 

    Jackson did drive in four runs in his seven games and has played excellent defense in Memphis.  But without a spot for him on the big league club, he'll be in Memphis for the foreseeable future. 

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Matt Adams

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    Matt Adams will need regular at-bats to see what he can do over a regular season. His bat cooled a bit this week.

    In the four games Adams appeared in during the week of May 20, he was 1-for-9 at the plate, although he did drive in a critical run against the Dodgers on Saturday.

    Adams will most likely be with the big league club the rest of the season, so he'll get his chance to show his power many times over the summer.

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Kevin Siegrist

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    Kevin Siegrist had a good week in his two appearances for the Memphis Redbirds.

    He pitched three innings against the Round Rock Express in two appearances.  He struck out three and allowed one earned run.

    Siegrist will be a welcomed addition to the Cardinals bullpen when they are ready for his services.  Currently, the Cardinals only have one southpaw in the bullpen and could use another.

    Current Stock: Rising