Eh you are right, that said from my take these prospects the Cards now have are indeed gold to them and worth every ounce of it. Unlike Chicago, STL just can go out and field a 150-200 million dollar payroll.
Cardinals have elite prospect"S" for the first time in the long time. Usually they only have one maybe two top flight prospects that have no future home with the big league club. Miller, Martinez, Wong and Taveras all have bright, new, future homes in STL.
I'm a big fan of three of the Cardinals' big 4 (Miller, Wong, and Taveras).
I am starting to get a little excited about Greg Garcia personally
Sleeper pick of the 2011 draft... Clayton Blackburn:
116 IP, 127 k's, 17 bb's. 2.63 ERA (that's with a BABIP of .300 and LOB% in the high 60's).
Anyone that follows the minors more closely, does anyone at any level have a better K/BB in comparable innings (about 100)?
Last edited by d79cheese; 08-16-2012 at 02:58 PM.
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Blackburn was Bundy's HS teammate IIRC. If you read Sickels he was often mentioning him as a good draft prospect who would get more pub if he wasnt behind Bundy. IIRC he could hit 94 with good looking breaking stuff. Somewhat like Cubsprospect Ben Wells but a little stronger profile.
Last edited by SenorGato; 08-17-2012 at 02:31 AM.
Dan Strailey is a pretty exciting young pitcher in Oakland
Cards pitching prospects have gotten deeper in terms of depth but more specifically talent.
Michael Wacha the Cards first round and first overall selection this year (which I was not a fan of the pick) made his AA debut.
#3ip, 6 strikeouts in relief which the team has been using him as since he pitched all year in college are are limiting his work load.
Year to date stats from low A ball to AA:
you can all but chalk up that Wacka will be making all the top 100 prospect lists next year. Adding yet another pitching prospect to Miller, Martinez, Rosenthal,Kelly, and Maness. With Wacha that makes 6 pitchers in AA or higher that have at worst #3/4 starter future in the MLB. Unless they flame out all of a sudden or blow up their arm so bad it falls off ala Mark Prior.
its not that hard to put up video game numbers if youre not facing the hitters twice/thrice. im still not a fan of the pick.
In FACT the good prospects dominate the lower A ball ranks and are not truly judged until they get to AA. You can look at Taveras, tore up A ball, had an injury, cracked the prospect lists, then this year in AA blew up these lists.
Where I agree with you is that he can not be judged into next year although as long as continues to dominate in a relief role this year, he will be in all top 100 lists entering next year.