I know, I know -- you're wondering: Is the Future Redbirds staff going to rank prospects this year?
Don't worry, we are, we just want to share the fun (and the pain, the misery, the overall stress) of sticking your neck out there to rank some 19 or 20 year old kid who can't even legally have a frosty cold Bud after the game. You might have seen these guys play once, you might never have seen them play at all, and either one of those would make you....well, no different than most of us, actually -- we're just the guys that pony up the $50 a year for Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.
The prospect nerds. The guys who crowd around the lunch table swapping Donruss Rated Rookies, swapping cards like they were trading stocks, trying to corner the market on their best bets, dreaming of one day crashing the world economy doing the same thing. The ones scrambling out the door to get their hands on the new Topps 2013 Heritage Minor League set when it hits stores (Note: Seriously, hit that link -- these are Awesome. Yes, with a capital "A")
The one's poring over minor leagu....hey - what the...
LAMBERT: "SUP NERDS! How's it, uh, hangin'!!!"
LAMBERT: "Nah, man. Just takin' a break from the ol' ghostin'. But check this out: I'm one of YOU now."
FOURSTICK: "One of us? No, you got that wrong: You were one of us...and then you broke a lot of hearts and ruined a lot of lists. We don't like it when you ruin lists Chris, we spend a lot of time researching this stuff an..."
LAMBERT: "No, like I'm a NERD, man! Certified, even. Got a degree to prove it and everything. I started readin' all these VEB posts about numbers and it just hit me: I like numbers. Mostly the real ones, y'know. So I went back to school got my degree in Economics."
LAMBERT: "What's that?"
FOURSTICK: Never mind...so I take it you're out of the ghosting biz? Whatcha up to now?
LAMBERT: "Analyzing stuff. I'm an analyst. Here, check it out. Excuse the hair -- it was a windy day."
LAMBERT: "You still there?"
FOURSTICK: "....yeah, phew, I'm here. Just setting up a Google Alert on my stock portfolio."
LAMBERT: "Awww, you're not still sore at me are ya man? Bygones be...gones and stuff. Time to move on -- you got a new list this year right? A new crop of dudes to rank and analyze?
FOURSTICK: "You're really liking that word aren't you?
LAMBERT: "Part of my title...I like to practice using it a lot."
FOURSTICK: "More or less than your two-seam fastball?"
LAMBERT: "Sticks and stones 'stick, sticks and stones will break my bones..."
FOURSTICK "...but your curveball never hurt anyone."
LAMBERT: "Harsh. Anyway, I just popped by to say adios, I got lots of analyzing keepin' me busy nowadays while you guys are gettin' whooped in the World Series. Just thought I'd pop by to kick off this thing you're doin' and say my goodbyes."
FOURSTICK: "Floor is yours Ghost Lambert, got anything ground-breaking to say?"
LAMBERT: "Just this: Never get involved in a land war in Asia. Oh, and this too: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line. Read those in one of my books during college. Good tips, might save your life some day.
We've spent the last two months covering about 45 players in the Cardinals farm system, so feel free to peruse back through the Hatchlings posts, swing over to Fangraphs for Hulet's Top 10, check out Baseball America's group that's put together by Birdland scribe Derrick Goold or make a stop by the excellent CardinalsFarm. For low minors talk, there's Nathan Baliva's excellent series of podcasts, featuring Jim Callis, Jason Parks, some dude named Joe, and yours truly.
The Google Form below has 20 spots, one for each prospect: Put them in order, 1 to 20 and click submit at the bottom. That's it! Don't worry about mis-spelling or anything like that -- just get as close as you can, but copy/paste is a nice feature, give it a whirl if you haven't already.
Voting will stay open through the 12:00 a.m. CST on Friday, so you've got some time to put your list together. Next week will be prospect week at VEB, with the community list running on Monday with the Future Redbirds, VEB, and Baron's list running throughout the week.
Here's a list of 2014 Cardinals prospects listed by position. This should help with your copy/pasting skills as well as jog your memory:
|Starting Pitchers||Catchers||Corner Outfield|
|Robert Kaminsky||Steve Bean||Malik Collymore|
|Alexander Reyes||Carson Kelly||Mike O’Neill|
|Cory Jones||Casey Rasmus||Anthony Garcia|
|Tyrell Jenkins||Cody Stanley||Stephen Piscotty|
|Boone Whiting||Audry Perez||Starlin Rodriguez|
|Marco Gonzales||Joey Butler|
|Zach Petrick||Ronald Castillo|
|Tim Cooney||Oscar Taveras|
|John Gast||Corner Infield|
|Nick Petree||Xavier Scruggs||Center Field|
|Mike Mayers||Jonathan Rodriguez||CJ McElroy|
|Ian McKinney||Kenneth Peoples-Walls|
|Ryan Sherriff||Charlie Tilson|
|Jimmy Reed||Vaughn Bryan|
|Steven Farinaro||Randal Grichuk|
|Zach Loraine||Middle Infield||Rafael Ortega|
|Chris Rivera||Tommy Pham|
|Relief PItchers||Oscar Mercado||James Ramsey|
|Seth Blair||Breyvic Valera|
|Jordan Swagerty||Colin Walsh|
|Lee Stoppelman||Greg Garcia|
|Eric Fornataro||Kolten Wong|
|Jorge Rondon||Mason Katz|
|Angel Castro||Edmundo Sosa|
|Sam Freeman||Juan Herrera|
|Sam Tuivailala||Jacob Wilson|