On Tuesday, MLB.com will reveal its top 100 prospects for 2013 and the Cardinals have several prospects that could appear on that list. The website has already released its top 10 prospects at each position.
The site scouts offensive players in 6 categories: hit, power, run, arm, field, overall. In each category the prospect is graded on a 2-8 for both present and future skills. A 2 or 3 is well below average, 4 is below average, 5 is average, 6 is above average and 7-8 is exceeding.
Here are the Cardinals that are listed an dmy prediction for the top 100.
Oscar Taveras, OF
Taveras was listed as the top outfield prospect in major league baseball. He received the following scores: Hit: 5 present /7 future, Power:5/6, Run: 5/5, Arm: 5/5, Field: 5/6, and Overall: 5/7. Taveras was one of four position players to receive a 7 as future overall. This was the scouting report on Taveras:
Taveras has every chance to be next in line, the kind of talent that doesn’t come around all too often. Always young for his level, he has hit everywhere he’s gone and in 2012, the power most felt he had started to show up consistently in games. He has a ton of bat speed and rarely strikes out. His improvement in terms of plate discipline has made him an even more dangerous hitter, one who looks like a sure-fire middle-of-the-order run producer. With that offensive profile and his strong arm, he looks like a future right fielder, but he played a lot of center field in 2012 and could see time there as well, at least in the short run. Regardless of where he plays, the Cardinals will have a hard time keeping his bat out of the lineup for too long.
I predict Oscar Taveras will be the third overall prospect behind Dylan Bundy (Bal) and Jurickson Profar (Tex)
Kolten Wong, 2B
Wong was listed second on the list of top 10 second basemen. Wong received the following scores: Hit: 4/6, Power: 3/4, Run: 5/5, Arm: 5/5, Field: 4/5, and Overall: 4/5. Here is the scouting report on Wong:
Wong is an aggressive hitter who doesn’t draw many walks, but he also doesn’t strike out much. He makes consistent hard contact and has more extra-base power than most expect when they see his small and compact frame. He’ll use the whole field and has good instincts on the basepaths. He’s also a solid defender at second base and those plus instincts help him in the field as well. He’s just about ready to help out in St. Louis
I predict Wong will be ranked somewhere between 40-50 range
Matt Adams, 1B
Adams was also listed second on the list of top 10 first basemen. Adams received the following scores: Hit: 3/4, Power: 5/6, Run: 2/2, Arm: 5/5, Field: 3/4, Overall: 4/5. Here is the scouting report on Adams:
He’s shown an ability to hit for average and power and should be able to do that at the highest level if given the opportunity. He’s not a Gold Glover, but he should be OK at first. Adams can’t run, so thoughts of him playing an outfield corner likely aren’t realistic. Even if they were, there’s no room in the Cardinals’ outfield, nor at first base, leaving Adams waiting for a chance to show what he can do in St. Louis or elsewhere.
I predict Adams will be ranked somewhere between 30-40 range
Shelby Miller, RHP
Miller was listed as the 9th best right-handed pitcher. Miller received the following scores: Fastball: 6/6, Curveball: 4/5, Changeup: 4/5, Control: 4/5, Overall: 5/6. Here is the scouting report on Miller:
With his delivery issues ironed out, he had his terrific pure stuff working for him again. He can run his fastball up to 95 mph and it’s a heavy pitch that should induce groundballs in the future, running his two-seamer in on right-handed hitters. His secondary stuff is a little more inconsistent, but his curve and changeup both have the chance to be above-average offerings in the future.
I predict Miller will be ranked in the 20-30 range.
The MLB position ranks only covered 80 players, so there is a chance that more Cardinals could be in the top 100. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carlos Martinez in the top 100. I think Trevor Rosenthal would be next, but I believe he is a long shot for top 100.
I would love to hear where you think they will be ranked!