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Top 55 St. Louis Cardinals Prospects

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Depending on where you look, the Cardinals’ farm system ranks between 11 and 15 in all of baseball, which is a very fair assessment.  They have a plethora of good young arms and talented outfielders who are sure to make an impact at the big league level in the future.  Despite trading away some top-tier talent, the remaining Cardinals prospects give them plenty of reason to be excited about the future.

1. Alex Reyes

Alex Reyes is one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.  The baseball world got a glimpse of what he can do in 2016, when he went 4-1 in five starts, posting a 1.57 ERA, and striking out 52 batters in 46 innings.  Unfortunately, Reyes had to have Tommy John surgery during spring training last season and missed all of 2017.  The Cardinals are still excited to get him in the mix for 2018 though, as he remains their number one prospect.

2016 MLB: 4-1, 1.57 ERA, 46.0 IP, 52 K

MiLB Career: 20-21, 3.50 ERA, 334.1 IP, 449 K

2. Jack Flaherty

At number two is Jack Flaherty.  Another prospect who already has had a taste of the big leagues, and he will look to make an impact in 2018 at the major league level.  The model of consistency and control throughout his minor league career, Flaherty has put up some impressive numbers.  He has the potential to be a solid front end of the rotation starter, and will likely get the chance sooner rather than later.

2017 MiLB: 14-4, 2.18 ERA, 148.2 IP, 147 K

MiLB Career: 29-17, 2.77 ERA, 400.1 IP, 398 K

3. Carson Kelly

Carson Kelly is largely viewed as the top catching prospect in baseball.  However, after becoming Molina’s backup in 2017, due to lack of other options for the Cardinals, he struggled to produce in the big leagues, recording just 12 hits in 69 at-bats, in 34 games. With his struggles possibly due to lack of reps and playing time, Kelly still has a very promising future for the Cardinals and remains the third best prospect in their organization.

2017 MiLB: .283/.375/.459, 10 HR, 41 RBI

MiLB Career: .253/.315/.377, 45 HR, 243 RBI

4. Harrison Bader

Harrison Bader has been on the rise for a few years now and finally cracked into the bigs last season.  He struggled in most of his 85 at-bats, slashing just .235/.283/.376, but he did have some bright spots.  Bader did hit three home runs, and played above average defense in the outfield, showcasing his speed whenever possible.  It looks like the Cardinals may use him as a fourth outfielder in the upcoming season, so we may get to see what he can do on a much larger scale.  For now though, he remains one of the best outfield prospects in baseball.

2017 MiLB: .283/.347/.469, 20 HR, 55 RBI

MiLB Career: .282/.346/.473, 50 HR, 145 RBI

5. Tyler O’Neill

The Cardinals acquired Tyler O’Neill when they sent Marco Gonzales to Seattle in mid-July.  He was immediately one of the best prospects in the Redbirds’ system.  O’Neill has the kind of raw right-handed power that doesn’t come around very often.  He has been compared to Grichuk at the plate, and will likely have his chance to fill the hole that Grichuk left this season.  O’Neill mashed 31 home runs in Triple-A last season.  That power could eventually make the 22-year-old outfielder a dangerous middle of the order hitter for any major league club.

2017 MiLB: .246/.321/.499, 31 HR, 95 RBI

MiLB Career: .267/.341/.508, 101 HR, 339 RBI

6. Jose Adolis Garcia

Jose Adolis Garcia may be the most well-rounded prospect in the Cardinals’ organization.  Garcia has the potential to be a true five-tool All-Star at the big league level.  He also has one of the best outfield arms in minor league baseball.  In his first year, he had 17 outfield assists.  At just 24, Garcia has plenty of time to work through some growing pains and become a very important piece of a future Cardinals team.

2017 MiLB (only season): .290/.340/.476, 15 HR, 65 RBI

7. Jordan Hicks

Jordan Hicks is yet another promising young pitcher in the St. Louis farm system.  With a big-time fastball and promising off-speed pitches, Hicks could make an impact in the bullpen as early as 2018, according to John Mozeliak.  Should Hicks succeed in that role, he may get his chance in the rotation in the near future, which is where he has been in the minors, and where he will eventually end up in the MLB.

2017 MiLB: 8-3, 2.74 ERA, 105 IP, 95 K

MiLB Career: 14-5, 2.82 ERA, 165.2 IP, 137 K

8. Max Schrock

Max Schrock came over to the Cardinals as part of the Stephen Piscotty deal.  Sure, the Cardinals wanted to let Piscotty be home with his Mother, but, when has Mozeliak ever just given away someone of value for nothing?  The answer is never, and this case was no exception.  Schrock was recently ranked as the number 8 second base prospect in all of baseball, and clearly is the Cardinals best second base prospect.  He will likely be ready for the big leagues in the next couple years and could give Kolten Wong a real run for his job.

2017 MiLB: .321/.379/.422, 7 HR, 46 RBI

MiLB Career: .324/.372/.439, 18 HR, 131 RBI

9. Ryan Helsley

Yes, another pitcher in the top 10.  Ryan Helsley is a 23-year-old right-hander who was taken in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.  So far, he has seen nothing but success in the minors.  In his three seasons, he’s never posted a combined ERA over 2.75 and has not had a losing record.  Helsley has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter in the big leagues, though he still needs a few years.

2017 MiLB: 11-3, 2.72 ERA, 132.1 IP, 137 K

MiLB Career: 22-6, 2.22 ERA, 267.2 IP, 281 K

10. Austin Gomber

Rounding out the top 10 is another promising young starter, Austin Gomber.  Gomber has also had nothing but success at the minor league level.  This past season in Double-A, he posted an ERA of 3.34, the highest of his young career.  Gomber could make an impact in the MLB sooner than later, if he does well in Triple-A this season, which is where he will likely start the year.  This will be his first crack in Memphis, and will be the biggest test of his career to this point.  The Cardinals could find out a lot about Gomber’s future this season.

2017 MiLB: 10-7, 3.34 ERA, 143 IP, 140 K

MiLB Career: 34-20, 2.85 ERA, 452 IP, 432

11. Dakota Hudson

Dakota Hudson is a 22-year-old starter whose name has come up quite a bit lately, mostly in trade discussions.  He has a very high ceiling, which makes him intriguing to other teams, as well as to the Cardinals.  Hudson struggled at Triple-A last season, but has pitched very well at every other level in his two minor league seasons.

2017 MiLB: 10-5, 3.01 ERA, 152.2 IP, 96 K

MiLB Career: 12-6, 2.82 ERA, 166 IP, 115 K

12. Andrew Knizner

This guy, along with one Yadier Molina, may be the reason for a Carson Kelly trade, if there should be one.  Knizner is the Cardinals second-best catching prospect, and at just 22 years of age, has already taken great strides to improve his game.  He went to the Arizona Fall League for this past season, where he slashed .358/.403/.537, and hit three home runs in 67 at-bats.  If Kelly does end up in a different organization, Knizner could very well be Molina’s successor.

2017 MiLB: .302/.409/.471, 12 HR, 51 RBI

MiLB Career: .308/.376/.478, 18 HR, 93 RBI

13. Delvin Perez

Delvin Perez took a big step backward in 2017, but still has plus potential and remains the top shortstop prospect in the Cardinals farm system. When Perez came to the Cardinals in 2016, at age 17, there was a lot of hype that followed.  He somewhat lived up to it in his first year, but he struggled to get going last season.  This has raised a little concern, but Perez is still just 18, and has a lot of growing to do.  As of now, he remains the shortstop of the future, given DeJong doesn’t turn into an All-Star, and Manny Machado doesn’t sign in St. Louis next offseason.

2017 MiLB: .203/.314/.271, 0 HR, 9 RBI

MiLB Career: .256/.335/.342, 0 HR, 28 RBI

14. Wadye Ynfante

Ynfante is another very young position player for the Cardinals.  He came into the organization in 2014, at the age of 16.  Ynfante has not made it past rookie ball yet, but has put up impressive numbers so far in his young career.  He hits a lot of doubles, and has some home run pop as well, slugging over .400 in three of his first four seasons.

2017 MiLB: .299/.374/.491, 7 HR, 23 RBI

MiLB Career: .285/.365/.425, 13 HR, 95 RBI

15. Jonathan Machado

Jonathan Machado had an impressive 2017 campaign, after a rough first year.  The 18-year-old Cuban outfielder has strong potential and is heading in the right direction.  After hitting just .209 in his first season, he had a .323 average last season and an OBP of .381.

2017: MiLB: .323/.381/.435, 2 HR, 20 RBI

MiLB Career: .283/.347/.387, 2 HR, 27 RBI

16. Ivan Herrera

Herrera is the third catcher to make the list, and the youngest.  At 17, he only has one professional season under his belt, in which he played very well.  Herrera saw a lot of success at the plate, as well as behind it, throwing out 40 percent of would-be base stealers.  He could take a step back this season, but either way, for now, he looks to have a bright future ahead.

2017 MiLB (Only Season): .335/.425/.441, 1 HR, 27 RBI

17. Daniel Poncedeleon

Poncedeleon is another young Cardinals pitcher knocking on the door of the big leagues.  He was on his way to having a very good year at Triple-A last season, when his season was cut short by a scary injury.  In a game against the Iowa Cubs, Poncedeleon was hit in the head with a line drive, which resulted in him having to have brain surgery.  Despite the freak injury, he will get back on the mound in 2018 and try to pick up right where he left off.

2017 MiLB: 2-0, 2.17 ERA, 29 IP, 25 K

MiLB Career: 25-13, 2.78 ERA, 343.1 IP, 286 K

18. Luke Voit

The hometown kid Luke Voit made his major league debut in 2017.  He had some success in limited at-bats, but showed a lot of promise for the future.  At 27 years-old Voit is at a pivotal point in his career.  After coming up last season, this could be his breakout year, or it could be the year that buries him in the minor leagues.

2017 MLB: .246/.306/.430, 4 HR, 18 RBI

MiLB Career: .286/.387/.451, 54 HR, 268 RBI

19. Ramon Urias

After being drafted by the Rangers and spending two years in rookie ball, Ramon Urias has played in Mexico for the past five seasons.  Though he is still young, at just 23, Urias has a lot of experience, given his seven minor league or equivalent seasons.  Urias has a fairly high ceiling, after finally finding his power stroke in 2016, and could potentially make an everyday middle infielder in the big leagues.

2017 Mexico: .340/.433/.577, 19 HR, 79 RBI

Career (Minors & Mexico): .307/.393/.444, 42 HR, 302 RBI

20. Alex Mejia

Mejia struggled at the plate in St. Louis last season, hitting just .109 with an OBP of .146, though he did play well in the field.  He’s been known for his defense throughout his career, only having one standout season at the plate, which was last year in Triple-A.  If Mejia can figure his swing out, he could be a very valuable piece on a big league roster sooner rather than later.

2017 MiLB: .291/.341/.413, 7 HR, 57 RBI

MiLB Career: .263/.309/.352, 19 HR, 204 RBI

21. Rangel Ravelo

Despite being just 25, Ravelo is a minor league veteran of sorts, spending eight seasons in the MiLB.  He has had some impressive seasons, including last year. He may be finally on the cusp of seeing some big league time.  Ravelo lacks power, but gets on base at a very high clip, and plays a decent first base.

2017 MiLB: .314/.383/.480, 8 HR, 41 RBI

MiLB Career: .297/.365/.428, 37 HR, 359 RBI

22. Patrick Wisdom

Patrick Wisdom is a guy who some thought would be lost to the Rule 5 draft after not being protected on the 40-man roster last season.  Despite a low average and on-base percentage Wisdom’s power alone gets him his spot on the list.  He hit 31 home runs last season in just 127 games. Wisdom has also shown flashes of being an above average third baseman, though his defense can be inconsistent. If he figures out how to bring up his average and get on base more often, he could be a September call-up this season. That is, if he doesn’t have a great spring training and make the big league club in April.

2017 MiLB: .243/.310/.507, 31 HR, 89 RBI

MiLB Career: .238/.309/.420, 85 HR, 341 RBI

23. Breyvic Valera

Breyvic Valera is a high on-base, high average glove man with little power. He made his big league debut last season with little success. He got just one hit in 10 at-bats, but he could be back up soon. Though Kolten Wong seems to have the second base situation locked down, Valera’s versatility and ability to get on base make him a potentially valuable player for the Cardinals.

2017 MiLB: .314/.368/.450, 8 HR, 41 RBI

MiLB Career: .303/.359/.386, 14 HR, 304 RBI

24. Elehuris Montero

Elehuris Montero is a young third baseman out of the Dominican Republic. He played his third season in the Cardinals system last year at just 18 years of age. His defense lacked a little, but he hit very well and showed a lot of promise for what his future might hold.

2017 MiLB: .277/.370/.468, 5 HR, 36 RBI

MiLB Career: .262/.347/.379, 9 HR, 92 RBI

25. Mike O’Reilly

It seems fitting to round out the Cardinals top 25 with another young pitcher who has the potential to become a front end of the rotation guy in the Major Leagues. Mike O’Reilly has seen nothing but success in his first two seasons in the minors. This last season he put up very impressive numbers, including a WHIP of 0.941 in over 142 innings.  His debut is probably still a little ways down the road due to the amount of talented pitchers ahead of him, but O’Reilly will surely make an impact for whatever rotation he ends up in at the big league level.

2017 MiLB: 12-3, 2.34 ERA, 142.1 IP, 132 K

MiLB Career: 15-4, 2.37 ERA, 182.1 IP, 170 K

26. Will Latcham

Will Latcham played his first professional season in 2017 after being drafted by the Cardinals from Coastal Carolina University in the 17th round. He is a 21-year-old right handed pitcher who showed good stuff in his first year. It’s hard to tell this early exactly what his potential is but he seems to have a pretty high ceiling. He could be a fun player to watch develop in the next couple years.

2017 MiLB (only season): 3-1, 2.05 ERA, 30.2 IP, 41 K

27. Evan Mendoza

Evan Mendoza is another product of the 2017 draft who just finished up his first professional season. Like, Latcham, Mendoza showed a lot of good things. Relative to other first year players, he had a nice season at third base defensively. He also put up some impressive numbers at the plate, including 20 doubles in 59 games.

2017 MiLB (only season): .339/.388/.508, 4 HR, 36 RBI

28. Raffy Ozuna

Raffy Ozuna is an 18-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic. He’s only played two seasons professionally but has shown great potential already. Ozuna improved his on-base percentage by 121 points this past season and his average went up nearly 75. His downfall so far has been his defense, but the Cardinals believe he could eventually make an everyday starter on a big-league club.

2017 MiLB: .253/.398/.419, 4 HR, 28 RBI

MiLB Career: .217/.341/.358, 6 HR, 46 RBI

29. Tyler Bray

Tyler Bray has been with the Cardinals since 2014. He spent most of 2017 in Springfield, though he did get one start in Triple-A. Bray won 10 games in total last year after winning just seven in the last three years combined. He also posted a 2.92 ERA while in Springfield. He doesn’t have unworldly strikeout numbers, but he did average just under one per inning last season. With all the talent ahead of him, it may be a little while before Bray makes his debut. He may even be traded before that happens, but, as of now, he seems to have a good future in St. Louis.

2017 MiLB: 10-0, 3.66 ERA, 64 IP, 62 K

MiLB Career: 17-11, 4.05 ERA, 229 IP, 257 K

30. Yairo Munoz

Yairo Munoz is the second of the two infielders the Cardinals received from the Athletics in the Stephen Piscotty trade. Despite being just 22, Munoz already has six years of experience in the minor leagues. He finally made the bump to Triple-A last season and is starting this year with the Redbirds at spring training. Munoz could start the year in either Springfield or Memphis depending on how his spring goes and he has a chance to make the big club as a September call-up if he has a good season.

2017 MiLB: .300/.330/.464, 13 HR, 68 RBI

MiLB Career: .267/.308/.408, 41 HR, 228 RBI

31. Jose Moreno

Moreno is a 17-year-old right handed pitcher who just played his first season in the minors. He had a good first year and has a good chance to improve this year. He doesn’t have an incredibly high ceiling b but could make a solid starter in the future.

2017 MiLB (only season): 1-3, 3.18 ERA, 51 IP, 32 K

32. Randy Arozarena

Randy Arozarena played his first year in the minor leagues last season with the Cardinals. He spent time in Palm Beach and Springfield and had some success at both levels. 2017 was the Cards’ first chance to see if Arozarena’s talent would translate to American baseball, after he spent four seasons in Cuba and Mexico. He has some power that developed this past season, but is more of an on-base guy with a decent glove and good speed.

2017 MiLB: .266/.346/.437, 11 HR, 49 RBI

Foreign Career: .282/.381/.437, 17 HR, 77 RBI

33. Cristhian Longa

Cristhian Longa had a good first year in 2017, at the age of 17. He hit well and played a good first base, committing just two errors in 224 chances. He also made just one error behind the plate, though he only caught 30.1 innings. Longa will probably continue to progress as a first baseman, but he needs to develop some power to go with his high OBP, which he has plenty of time to do.

2017 MiLB (only season): .284/.371/.394, 1 HR, 14 RBI

34. Winston Nicacio

Winston Nicacio is a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic. He has shown good stuff so far, but has also struggled with control at times. Nicacio has pitched in both rookie leagues and High-A. He has a higher ERA, WHIP, and walk rate at A ball than he does in the rookie leagues, but that is relatively normal for such a young pitcher. The good thing is, he has plenty of time to develop and reach his full potential.

2017 MiLB: 4-4, 2.81 ERA, 57.2 IP, 45 K

MiLB Career: 7-7, 3.78 ERA, 112 IP, 98 K

35. Scott Hurst

Scott Hurst was the Cardinals third round draft pick this past summer out of California State University Fullerton. Hurst had a solid first season. He had a good on-base percentage, stole six bases in 55 games and hit for a .282 average. Hurst also played an excellent centerfield. He didn’t make a single error in 454.1 innings and had seven assists. It’s hard to say this early that Hurst is the centerfielder of the future, but he does appear to have a high ceiling.

2017 MiLB (only season): .282/.354/.432, 3 HR, 21 RBI

36. Oscar Mercado

Oscar Mercado is an athletic young position player that has been in the Cardinals’ system since 2013. He finally climbed to Double-A in 2017 and even made the trip to Arizona for the Fall League. His best tool is his speed, stealing 50 bases in 2015 and 30+ two more times, but he’s also improved his OBP in the past season, as well as his power. At this point, Mercado’s bat and slightly below average glove seem to be holding him down, but, he’s only 22 and still has time to work on those tools.

2017 MiLB: .287/.341/.428, 13 HR, 46 RBI

MiLB Career: .245/.309/.339, 21 HR, 156 RBI

37. Darren Seferina

Darren Seferina is a speedy young infielder who played in both High-A and Double-A in 2017. Seferina stole 19 bases last seson, his first time with fewer than 20 stolen bases after being drafted in 2014. He lacks in the power department though, hitting just 12 home runs and 58 doubles in four seasons. His debut seems like it may still be down the road a little, but his speed could make him an exciting player to watch at the big-league level.

2017 MiLB: .278/.357/.409, 7 HR, 45 RBI

MiLB Career: .279/.347/.396, 12 HR, 102 RBI

38. Junior Fernandez

Junior Fernandez is a right-handed pitcher who has been with the Cardinals for four years now, despite being just 20-years-old. He hasn’t yet progressed like the Cards had hoped, but he still shows some promise. The ceiling for Fernandez is probably going to be, at best, a middle of the rotation guy in the future, unless something changes.

2017 MiLB: 5-3, 3.69 ERA, 90.1 IP, 58 K

MiLB Career: 16-17, 4.02 ERA, 298 IP, 222 K

39. Kramer Robertson

Kramer Robertson is a name most Cardinals fans already know. He was the team’s fourth round pick in this past draft out of LSU. Robertson’s first pro season was as expected. He hit for a decent average, had a good OBP, but didn’t show much power. His defense was a little shaky at shortstop, though that will likely improve as soon as this year. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers he puts up in his first full season.

2017 MiLB (only season): .270/.351/.367, 3 HR, 13 RBI

40. Jake Woodford

The last spot in the top 40 goes to a former first round pick, Jake Woodford. Woodford was taken in the 39th overall, out of high school, in the 2015 draft. In his first three seasons, Woodford has seen some success, posting ERA’s all under 3.50 and relatively low walk rates. His strikeout numbers haven’t been ideal, but he still has plenty of time to improve on his weaknesses.

2017 MiLB: 7-6, 3.10 ERA, 119 IP, 72 K

MiLB Career: 13-11, 3.12 ERA, 254 IP, 175 K

41. Hector Soto

Hector Soto is an 18-year-old pitcher who just finished up his first season in the Cardinals organization. He only threw 30 innings in 2017, but they were solid innings. He showed very good control, considering his youth, and a lot of promise for the future.

2017 MiLB (only season): 3-2, 3.30 ERA, 30 IP, 27 K

42. Connor Jones

Connor Jones has been with the Cardinals for the past two seasons and made one Double-A start last year. Jones doesn’t strike out a ton of batters but he keeps them in the ballpark. He gave up just one home three home runs in 113.1 IP at Single-A in 2017.

2017 MiLB: 9-5, 3.90 ERA, 120 IP, 78 K

MiLB Career: 9-5, 3.88 ERA, 134.2 IP, 89 K

43. Conner Greene

Conner Greene came to St. Louis as a part of the Randal Grichuk trade with the Blue Jays. Greene is a flame thrower who has been in professional ball since 2013. Despite being able to reach triple digits, Greene doesn’t strike out a lot of hitters. He also has command problems and issues a lot of walks, but his arm alone gets him in the Cardinals top 55 prospects.

2017 MiLB: 5-10, 5.29 ERA, 132.2 IP, 92 K

MiLB Career: 31-31, 4.04 ERA, 501.1 IP, 377 K

44. Dylan Carlson

Dylan Carlson is an 18-year-old outfielder with an above average glove. He has had his struggles at the plate in his first two seasons, averaging just over one strikeout per game and a .244 batting average. Carlson also hasn’t shown much power yet, but being so young, he still has time to develop some.

2017 MiLB: .240/.342/.347, 7 HR, 42 RBI

MiLB Career: .244/.333/.366, 10 HR, 64 RBI

45. Johan Oviedo

Johan Oviedo is a Cuban-born pitcher for the Cardinals. He had a very good campaign in 2016 in limited innings, though he had a somewhat rough year in 2017. He has good strikeout numbers, but lacks control and gives up a lot of free bases. This is the case with a lot of young pitchers, so it hasn’t been a huge issue to this point.

2017 MiLB: 4-3, 4.68 ERA, 75 IP, 70 K

MiLB Career: 4-4, 4.00 ERA, 96.2 IP, 99 K

46. Derian Gonzalez

Derian Gonzalez is another young pitcher for the Cardinals. He’s been in the system since 2013 but hasn’t been able to get past the High-A level yet. Gonzalez has relieved and started finding a mixture of success and failure in both. He’s coming off a tough 2017 campaign, after pitching extremely well in 2016. However, if he can get back on track, Gonzalez could see some time at Springfield this season.

2017 MiLB: 4-7, 4.28 ERA, 82 IP, 78 K

MiLB Career: 16-18, 3.51 ERA, 333.1 IP, 329 K

47. Nick Plummer

Nick Plummer was talked about often a few years ago as a potential fourth outfielder in the big leagues if he were to have a good spring training. This after he had just been taken 23rd overall in the 2015 draft by the Cardinals. Unfortunately, Plummer didn’t have the spring everyone had hoped for, and he didn’t have a great season in rookie ball either. After missing the entire 2016 season due to a wrist injury, he came back last year and continued to struggle. He got on base at a decent rate, but that was about it for the Cardinal outfielder. The bright side is, he’s only 21, and still has time to turn into the guy the Cards thought they were getting when they used a first round draft pick on him three years ago.

2017 MiLB: .198/.353/.288, 4 HR, 17 RBI

MiLB Career: .228/.379/.344, 1 HR, 22 RBI

48. Chase Pinder

Chase Pinder is a seventh-round draft pick from this past year’s draft. He played well in his first season, putting up good numbers at the plate, as well as in the outfield. In 401.1 innings between all three outfield positions Pinder never committed an error. If he can prove to be that good consistently both at the plate and in the field, he could quickly make his way through the minor leagues.

2017 MiLB (only season): .320/.442/.438, 3 HR, 21 RBI

49. Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce is a 23-year-old right hander who has spent time at all levels of the minor leagues. Most recently he threw for the Memphis Redbirds. Pearce doesn’t pile up strikeouts, but he doesn’t give up a ton of free bases either. He has good control of his pitches and finds ways to get guys out without the strikeout. Pearce will probably never be a top end of the rotation pitcher, but he definitely has a future as a back-end innings eater in the big leagues.

2017 MiLB: 14-8, 4.06 ERA, 164 IP, 99 K

MiLB Career: 36-34, 3.31 ERA, 517.1 IP, 331 K

50. Tommy Edman

Edman is a sixth-round middle infielder from the 2016 draft. He is a typical middle infielder, not a ton of power, good on-base percentage, speed, and a decent glove. His defense could use some work, but it will likely develop with time, as will some power.

2017 MiLB: .261/.322/.381, 5 HR, 55 RBI

MiLB Career: .270/.352/.398, 9 HR, 88 RBI

51. Alvaro Seijas

Alvaro Seijas is another 18-year-old pitcher who shows decent potential but has yet to have very good numbers. He had a good first season in 2016, but took a bit of a step backwards in 2017. However, Seijas does have good stuff and okay control. He averaged one strike out per inning last season and just under three walks per nine.

2017 MiLB: 4-3, 4.97 ERA, 63.1 IP, 63 K

MiLB Career: 9-5, 4.14 ERA, 132.2 IP, 118 K

52. Luis Bandes

Luis Bandes, despite being only 21, has been in the Cardinals system for five seasons. He has turned out some pretty good numbers in that time, including his best year in 2017. He finally showed some power, hitting 10 home runs in 50 games and slugging .520. Though he hasn’t been out of rookie ball, that kind of power combined with his .300 average could finally get him on the upward trend.

2017 MiLB: .301/.327/.520, 10 HR, 49 RBI

MiLB Career: .258/.303/.407, 26 HR, 128 RBI

53. Zach Kirtley

Zach Kirtley is a 2017 draft pick out of St. Mary’s College of California. Kirtley plays mostly at second base, though he did get some time at first last year. He got on base at a pretty good clip, but didn’t show much power or speed last season. He does have some potential, but he needs to show more than he did in 2017 or he could find himself on the fast track to being buried in the minor leagues.

2017 MiLB (only season): .223/.341/.314, 2 HR, 20 RBI

54. J.B. Woodman

J.B. Woodman was drafted in 2013 by the Mets in the 40th round, but opted to go to college instead. Three years later he was taken in the second round by the Blue Jays, and now he finds himself with the Cardinals. Woodman has good doubles power, some speed, and a knack for getting on base. He also plays a decent centerfield. His biggest downfall is his strikeouts. He went down on strikes 157 times in 96 games last season. If he can find away to make more consistent contact he might make the jump to Double-A this year.

2017 MiLB: .240/.320/.378, 7 HR, 45 RBI

MiLB Career: .262/.348/.404, 11 HR, 74 RBI

55. Carlos Soto

Carlos Soto has spent time in both the Mexican League and the Cardinals’ minor league system. He doesn’t have much power, but he did put up a very impressive .441 OBP in 2016. He also has a pretty good arm behind the plate, throwing out 36% of would-be base stealers in 2017. The Cardinals have a few catchers ahead of him, but he does have decent potential and could eventually make a good backup on a good team, or an average starter for a bad team in the big leagues.

2017 MiLB: .239/.312/.257, 0 HR, 12 RBI

MiLB Career: .269/.377/.321, 1 HR, 22 RBI