Stock Up, Stock Down for St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects, Week of June 24

Kelsey Shea WeinrichContributor IJuly 1, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects, Week of June 24

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    The St. Louis Cardinals are known for their ability to produce top-notch home grown talent. They might have one of the most exciting farm systems to follow this year.

    I've taken a look at this past weeks' statistics (from milb.com) for the Cardinals' top 10 prospects (on mlb.com) and measured each week against their season statistics.

    Read on to find out who's stock is up and who's is down!

Oscar Taveras: OF

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    Team: Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: DL

    Season Stats (Minors): 46 G, .306 BA, 53 HR, 32 RBI, 5 SB, .803 OPS

    STOCK: DOWN

    Unfortunately, I have to start this list off by giving 2013's number three overall prospect a "down" rating. The ankle injury he suffered sliding into second base over six weeks ago is still giving him trouble and he hasn't appeared in a game since June 23.

    If he can fully heal, he should be back to an "up" rating in no time.

Carlos Martinez: RHP

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    Team: Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 1 G, 1 GS, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

    Season Stats (Minors): 10 G, 10 GS, 2.09 ERA, 47.1 IP, 40 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 13 BB, 43 K

    STOCK: SAME

    Martinez had one start this past week, and it wasn't a bad showing. It did result in a loss, but, in six innings, he only let two runs score on four hits. He wasn't helped by a lack-luster Redbirds offense scoring only two runs, themselves.

    His start the week before saw him go 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball, only allowing 3 total hits. Cardinals fans can rest assured that despite the loss, he's remained relatively dominant.

Kolten Wong: 2B

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    Team: Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 4 G, .250 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, .750 OPS

    Season Stats (Minors): 73 G, .316 BA, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 40 SB, .836 OPS

    STOCK: DOWN

    This might not have been Wong's most consistent week. He had two games where he hit .500 and two games were he posted zeros. And one RBI is less than desirable. 

    Looking at his season average of .316, it's clear that Wong is capable of more than he showed us.

Micahel Wacha, RHP

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    Team: Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: No Start

    Season Stats (Minors): 10 G, 10 GS, 2.34 ERA, 57.2 IP, 43 H, 16 R, 15 ER, 15 BB, 40 K

    STOCK: SAME

    Wacha is the name on this list who made the biggest splash in the majors this year. But once Jake Westbrook returned to the Cardinals' rotation, Wacha was sent down to conserve his arm.

    And the club has done just that by scheduling him to skip two starts. For this reason, his stock has remained stagnant, but it will be exciting to see how he deals with the rest.

Tyrell Jenkins: RHP

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    Team: Palm Beach Cardinals (Single-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 1 G, 1 GS, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

    Season Stats (Minors): 12 G, 12 GS, 4.70 ERA, 59.1 IP, 63 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 25 BB, 40 K

    STOCK: UP

    Jenkins has been having a rough year, not quite meeting expectations. But his recent start, going 6.2 innings and giving up only 2 runs, is promising. Especially when compared to his previous start on June 22 in which he gave up 4 runs in just 3.1 innings.

    Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction for a young arm that will surely make an impact in the future.

Carson Kelly: 3B

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    Team: Memphis State College Spikes (Single-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 5 G, .116 BA, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, .313 OPS

    Season Stats (Minors): 56 G, .219 BA, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB, .615 OPS

    STOCK: DOWN

    Kelly is another case of a rough season. The infielder is supposed to be known for his powerful bat, but he sure hasn't been showing it off. He is just two for his last 16, but he did manage to drive in two.

    He seemed to be having more luck just prior to this past week—if you look at his past ten games, he's hitting .235. However, he'll need to shape up if he wants to remain a top prospect.

John Gast: LHP

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    Team: Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: DL

    Season Stats (Minors): 7 G, 7 GS, 1.16 ERA, 38.2 IP, 28 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 35 K

    STOCK: DOWN

    I have a pretty good feeling Gast might be finding himself on the "up" side of this list most weeks if he had only stayed healthy. The southpaw was dealing in the majors when he was forced onto the DL by shoulder tightness.

    Unfortunately, you can't make an impact on the scoreboard from the bench. But fans will be excited to see if he picks up where he left off once healed.

Michael Blazek: RHP

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    Team: St. Louis Cardinals

    Last Week's Stats: 1 G, 0 GS, 0.00 ERA, .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K  

    Season Stats (Minors): 25 G, 0 GS, 1.44 ERA, 31.1 IP, 19 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 44 K

    STOCK: UP

    Blazek was recently called up for his second stint on the Cardinals roster in 2013, and this time, he made his debut. The only batter he faced this past week was Brandon Barnes of the Houston Astros, who promptly popped out to end the game.

    He's performed well when called upon, and his 1.44 ERA in the minors is pretty stellar, too.


Seth Blair: RHP

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    Team: Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)

    Last Week's Stats: 1 G, 1 GS, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K  

    Season Stats (Minors): 14 G, 13 GS, 5.01 ERA, 73.2 IP, 88 H, 48 R, 41 ER, 22 BB, 61 K

    STOCK: UP

    Blair's start on June 28 wasn't spotless, but the score didn't exactly reflect his performance. His fielders made two errors, so he only ended up with two earned runs on five hits. When you compare that to his 5.01 season ERA, he seems to have had an "up" week.

    He was shut down in 2012 by a tumor on his knuckle, so 2013 is his comeback year. And he's definitely progressing.

     


Eric Fornataro: RHP

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    Team: Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)

    Last Week's Stats: DL 

    Season Stats (Minors): 27 G, 0 GS, 7.71 ERA, 32.2 IP, 38 H, 30 R, 28 ER, 11 BB, 22 K

    STOCK: SAME

    I would normally put Fornataro on the "down" list, as he currently finds himself on the DL. But he has been struggling in 2013, and some time off might actually be good for him. This year has been his first in Triple-A and it shows in his 7.71 ERA.

    That being said, he's known for his groundouts and flyouts as a reliever. And I wouldn't be surprised to see him rise through the ranks fairly soon.