3 Top Prospects That Can Get the St. Louis Cardinals over the Hump Next Season

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3 Top Prospects That Can Get the St. Louis Cardinals over the Hump Next Season
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An ankle injury limited Oscar Taveras to only 46 games this past season at Triple-A.

Despite losing to the Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals’ collection of promising young players has the organization poised to compete for years to come.

A strong case can be made that the Cardinals would not have reached the postseason—let alone the World Series—if not for their impressive young arms. Using 12 rookie pitchers during the regular season, the Cardinals led the major leagues (among rookies) with 308 games pitched, 36 wins, 541 strikeouts, a 3.25 FIP and, most importantly, a 6.7 fWAR (via FanGraphs).

And then, of course, there was 22-year-old Michael Wacha.

After a strong showing in the starting rotation during the final month of the regular season, Wacha became a household name in the postseason by going 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA, .151 opponents’ batting average and 33 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

Even though the Cardinals graduated their top young hurlers to the major leagues this year, they still have a promising rookie class set to debut in 2014.

Here’s a look at three prospects who can get the Cardinals over the hump next season.

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