The St. Louis Cardinals may currently be in the midst of an intense division race, but their minor league affiliates have wrapped up for the year.
That means it's time to take a look at the "baby birds" to see how they measured up! Which young players have caught our attention?
This article counts down the top 10 Cardinals prospects, excluding those who are no longer eligible for rookie status in 2014. (Sorry—no Michael Wacha or Carlos Martinez on this list!) These rankings are based on season statistics, sample size, and scouting reports.
Read on to find out who may be the next to leave the nest!
*All statistics are current on milb.com as of September 18, 2013*