Stock Up, Stock Down for the Cardinals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 27

Jeff SucherContributor IIIJune 2, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for the Cardinals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 27

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    With the injuries still mounting up for the St. Louis Cardinals, the much-anticipated debut of one Michael Wacha came to pass this past week.

    As I have mentioned many times before, the Cardinals have the deepest farm system in baseball.  So far in 2013, the Cardinals have had six pitchers make their major league debut, including Mr. Wacha.

    History would indicate when a team has to use six rookie pitchers to fill holes on its staff, it wouldn't have the best record in baseball.  But the Cardinals at the end of Sunday had the best record in Major League Baseball due in large part to their phenomenal pitching.

    So all that said, here is the Stock Up, Stock Down for the Cardinals' Top 10 Prospects for the week of May 27. 

Oscar Taveras

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    No change here from last week with Oscar Taveras.  He still hasn't played since May 12 with an ankle injury. 

    There haven't been any reports on when Taveras will return, but hopefully it will be soon so he can continue to develop his extremely talented game.

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

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Michael Wacha

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    With only 73.2 innings pitched in his professional career, the Cardinals decided Michael Wacha was ready to make his first big league start.

    Let's just say that Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is looking like a genius at this point for drafting Wacha.

    In his first career start against the Royals, Wacha dazzled.  He pitched seven innings, allowing two hits, striking out six and surrendering only one earned run.  Wacha mowed down the lineup through the first four innings when he didn't allow a hit or a walk.

    Unfortunately for Wacha, Mitchell Boggs was called back up to the big league club.  Boggs blew the lead in the ninth inning, and Wacha didn't get his first big league win.

    It is unclear how long Wacha will stay with the big league club, but he certainly deserves to keep his spot in the rotation until he proves otherwise.

    Current Stock: Rising

Kolten Wong

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    Kolten Wong had another solid week in Memphis.

    He batted .281 with two RBI in his eight games, including a doubleheader on Sunday.

    Wong is leading the Redbirds with a .327 average and also leads the team with 69 hits.  He is coming along nicely and should compete for the starting second base job with the Cardinals in 2014.

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Tyler Lyons

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    Replacing Tyrell Jenkins in this week's Top 10 Prospects is Tyler Lyons.

    Lyons was called up to the big league club to replace the injured Jaime Garcia back on May 19.  Since his call-up, Lyons has pitched extremely well.

    Going into Sunday's start against the Giants, Lyons was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA.  In each of his first two starts, Lyons completed seven innings and allowed one earned run.

    Lyons pitched well enough to get a win on Sunday against the Giants, but fell short when Randy Choate allowed the two runners Lyons left on to score on a Brandon Belt double.

    So as it stands right now, Lyons is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA with 20.1 innings pitched in his three major league starts.  Additionally, Lyons is benefiting from his rookie status in that opponents don't have a full scouting report on him yet.  As such, opposing hitters are hitting an anemic .194 against him thus far.

    So when Jake Westbrook gets off the DL, the Cardinals will have to make a decision on who to send back to Triple-A, Lyons or Wacha. 

    What an excellent problem to have.

    Current Stock: Rising

Carlos Martinez

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    Carlos Martinez returned to Triple-A Memphis a little over a week ago.  Since his return, he has made two starts and has pitched well in both.

    In his two starts, Martinez did not allow a run in seven innings pitched.  It is unclear why Martinez had short outings in his two starts, but nonetheless, he pitched well.  He only surrendered four hits and struck out eight during the starts.

    Martinez will get some more work in as a starter in Memphis unlike his time with the Cardinals where he was used in relief.

    Current Stock: Rising

John Gast

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    There is no new news with John Gast and his stint on the 15-day DL.  But there is a good chance that Gast will be headed for Memphis once he gets off the DL.

    With Michael Wacha and Tyler Lyons having four excellent major league starts combined, Gast will most likely get more seasoning in Memphis and lose his spot in the rotation.

    Current Stock: Slightly Down

Seth Maness

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    Seth Maness continues to pitch well at the major league level.  He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he keeps the ball down and gets ground balls on a regular basis.

    Maness has made 13 appearances and has posted a 2.08 ERA in his 13 innings.  Maness did allow a run in his appearance against Kansas City on Wednesday in a 5-3 Cardinals victory. 

    But overall, Maness has done a excellent job in middle relief and the Cardinals will continue to use him unless he pulls a Mitchell Boggs, which doesn't look likely.

    Current Stock: Rising

Ryan Jackson

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    Ryan Jackson has continued to plug along in Memphis.  His week in Memphis wasn't great, as he batted a paltry .138 with one RBI for the week.

    But even with his poor week at the plate, Jackson is still batting .323 and is having a solid year in Memphis.

    There still is no indication of him being called up anytime soon, but with the crazy amount of injuries the Cardinals have experienced this season, you can just never say never.

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Matt Adams

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    Matt Adams is finding out the struggles that can come from not getting regular at-bats.

    During the week of May 27, Adams went 2-for-17, good for a .118 average.  Adams did drive in one run in the win against the Giants on Saturday, but for him to develop his full potential, those who've read my articles before know I'm going to say he needs more consistent at-bats.

    But Adams is a great luxury for Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny to have on the bench, and he isn't going anywhere.

    Current Stock: Holding Steady

Kevin Siegrist

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    Kevin Siegrist had another excellent week in Memphis.  He made three appearances and didn't allow an earned run. 

    He also struck out six in his 3.2 innings pitched.  In his two stops this season between Springfield and Memphis, batters have only hit a measly .116 off Siegrist this year.

    With Marc Rzepczynski still in Memphis trying to figure his stuff out, it's not unthinkable that Siegrist could take the lefty long-relief role in the bullpen for the Cardinals sometime in 2013.

    Current Stock: Rising