Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Everyone loves the St. Louis Cardinals' farm system. Having Oscar Taveras and Shelby Miller at the same time will do that.
Last year the St. Louis Cardinals' well-regarded top prospect had a dominant late-season run in AAA Memphis, made an impressive MLB debut, and still fell to No. 2 on most rankings going into 2013. That's the kind of thing that makes the Hyperventilating Prospect Geek Fraternity very happy, so it should come as no particular surprise that Baseball America named them baseball's top minor league system for 2013. That's the effect Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, (deep breath), and company will typically have. More top prospect lists, in case you can't wait for BA's own, due out next month:
Last week our own red baron, making some aggressive rankings among the Cardinals' recent draft picks, released the 2013 El Prospectos Top 10. If you like Trevor Rosenthal—well, you have company. Earlier in the offseason, our compatriots at Future Redbirds put together their annual Top 20, which does a great job of picking out prospects who've performed well without attracting a lot of attention from scouts.
And, obviously, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention SB Nation's minor league guru: John Sickels's annual Cardinals Top 20 is extremely bullish, with two Grade-A prospects and Bs all the way down to 12. If that's not enough—well, consider alternative hobbies. But we recently got a very interesting fanpost: The Korean Cardinals fanbase did its own Top 20, which is available for your perusal in English at that link.