St. Louis Cardinals Top 25 Prospects
The system is full of upside arms, but there are also quite a few athletic position players that will look to catch the eye of the front office this season. The Cardinals philosophy has always been to teach fundamentals in the lower levels of the organization and allow makeup to overcome any lack of tools for their hitters. To address this void of toolsy athletes, the Cardinals are starting to establish themselves in the international market, and the result is a large influx of athletic and agile middle infielders who are working to turn their tools into production. One of the leading teachers in the Cardinals organization is GCL Manager Steve Turco. Turco is a highly regarded teacher, and this year he will have many talented players to continue to develop. When looking for hitting prospects, the Cardinals have always favored the hit tool over all others. In many examples, the Cardinals have sided with the hit tool heavy player over the power heavy player. Finally, the Cardinals believe strongly in age-based projections, which is why you will see the Cardinals have many prospects who are amongst the youngest at their prospective levels.
Heading into 2017, the Cardinals farm system is one of the more difficult systems to rank from a top-25 perspective, as they have many more prospects who could make an impact at the major league level than merely 25, yet due to the experience gap previously described, many of their prospects are extremely young and still developing. This system is long on above-average talent, but currently lacking in prospects who are viewed as truly elite. Next year’s list could look much different than this year’s list, and many of their prospects at the lower levels could stamp their name as a player to watch moving forward.