Top 29 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospects
Rank Name Age Highest Level Position ETA FV
1 Vladimir Gutierrez 22 MLB RHP 2018 65
2 Edmundo Sosa 21 AA SS 2019 55
3 Chad Maynard 19 R RHP 2021 50
4 Ernesto Stainforth 23 A+ RHP 2019 50
5 Ronny Rafael 20 R CF 2021 50
6 Dave McCarthy 20 AA LHP 2019 50
7 Eric Smith 23 A+ SS 2020 50
8 Donnie Ellis 22 A+ LHP 2019 50
9 Les Hampson 19 R RHP 2021 50
10 Danny Parkinson 22 A- RHP 2020 45
11 Pete Stewart 19 R RHP 2021 45
12 Chris Davis 19 R CF 2021 45
13 Jorge García 18 R 2B 2022 45
14 Dixon Llorens 25 AA RHP 2018 45
15 José López 17 N/A CF 2023 45
16 Starlin Balbuena 19 A- SS 2020 45
17 Edwin Figuera 20 A- SS 2020 45
18 Irving Wilson 21 A- C 2020 45
19 Edgardo Castro 18 N/A SS 2023 40
20 Luis Rea 18 N/A SS 2023 40
21 Quentin Hammond 19 R RHP 2022 40
22 Julio Mateo 22 A RHP 2021 40
23 Kurt Heyer 26 AAA RHP 2018 40
24 Oscar Mercado 23 A+ SS 2020 40
25 Pat Woods 23 A RF 2019 40
26 Chris Rivera 22 A SS 2020 40
27 Ricardo Bautista 22 A+ LF 2020 40
28 Jim Rose 20 R RHP 2021 40
29 Bryan Dobzanski 22 R RHP 2020 40

65 FV Prospects

Synapsis:  Didn’t quite dominate AAA in 2017, but the Cardinals expect big things from him in 2018.

Key Stats:  9.42 K/9; 87 FIP- in 43.1 IP in AAA last season

55 FV Prospects

Synapsis:  Solid tools across the board:  50 Hit; 60 Throw; 70 Run

Key Stats:  .372 OBP at AA Springfield with 128:86 K:BB ratio

50 FV Prospects

3. Chad Maynard, RHP

Synapsis:  The 19 year old has the potential for 2 elite offerings (Sinker, Curve).

Key Stats:  36K in 43.1 IP in the GCL

Synapsis:  Former 2015 1st round pick advanced to High-A last year and should be up with STL soon.

Key Stats:  9.9 K/9 in the Midwest League; 7.22 at A+

Synapsis:  5-tool centerfielder out of the Dominican Republic. Still raw and young.

Key Stats:  .285/.366/.473 in his second stint in Rookie ball

Synapsis:  6’1 lefty drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 draft. Has four potential plus pitches.

Key Stats:  Pitched in only 3 games last year

7. Eric Smith, SS

Synapsis:  Plus defender at all three infield spots and RF in a pinch. Elite bat to ball skills.

Key Stats:  .333/.408/.447 in the Midwest League (A) before his trial in Class A Advanced (A+)

8. Donnie Ellis, LHP

Synapsis:  Lefty with an already outstanding change piece (60/75). Former 2nd round pick.

Key Stats:  2.53 ERA; 3.31 FIP in the Midwest League (A)

9. Les Hampson, RHP

Synapsis:  Lefty  has an elite fastball that sits at 97-99mph, will have to work hard to develop the change-up

Key Stats:  27 K, 11 BB in 31.1 IP in Rookie ball.

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