Over at ESPN, Keith law recently unveiled hi Top-100 prospect list. You can find his top-50 here which includes reports on Alex Reyes and Jack Flaherty. You can find 51-100 here, which includes a report on Carson Kelly. His rankings of the farm system can be found here, where the Cardinals are featured in the top-half. His system report on the Cardinals will be going up next week.
Below are a few questions Law answered as apart of his prospects conference call.
VEB: In terms of prospects, the Cardinals lost Alcantara, Sierra and Gallen to get Ozuna, and they gained Schrock and Munoz and Conner Greene, which mitigates some of those losses. I guess the question is should the Cardinals’ fans be pleased with relatively shrewd deals to help the system, or still a little bit disappointed they haven’t used more of their prospects to make the big league team better?
KEITH LAW: I think they should, the Cardinals—they still have so much depth at the upper levels, as I know you’re aware, and starting pitching, especially outfielders—they should be looking to make another deal. I guess if you get to opening day and they still haven’t done anything with some of that depth, it would be fair to say you’re a little disappointed just because you can’t -- they’re going to run into problems playing all of these guys.
They have seven -- they’re seven deep in outfielders who could potentially come to the big leagues and at least do something. They wouldn’t necessarily all be average or better, but they’ve got a lot of guys who are blocked, not just blocked by big leaguers, but blocked by other prospects ahead of them on the minor league depth chart.
I think that is the perfect time for Mozeliak and Girsch to be looking to the market and saying, well, how can we package some of these guys who are maybe not star level prospects, maybe not necessarily top-100 guys but are valuable because they can come right to the big leagues.
You look at Joe Musgrove, who the Pirates valued him because he could step directly into a Major League rotation and make no money. Well, the Cardinals have a bunch of guys like that—Outfielders, but a few pitchers—where they could put together, I think, a pretty good package as a sort of money saver for someone who’s looking to move a Major League player and get a couple of immediate big leaguers who don’t make anything.
I followed up with a general question about the Cardinals pitching prospects, and instead of posting the question and answer verbatim, here are his thoughts broken down by player.
KL: Hudson...was kind of disappointing this year. He became a little bit more -- maybe a little too much of a ground ball guy, when he should have been -- you’d like to see him miss more bats.
KL: I’m a Hicks fan. Even though he’s certainly not a finished product, but he’s got the most upside I think of any starter potentially in the system.
KL: I think the next starter I had after the guys you mentioned in my rankings for the Cardinals were Seijas, who I love. He’s 19, he’s about 5’10” -- I actually think he’s still growing. You hope he’s still growing. It’s Major League stuff. He’s going to go to full-season ball for the first time this year. If you believe he’s a starter, and I do, despite his height, he’s several years away.
KL: I talked to scouts with Helsley. I know he’s been ranked -- he’s been discussed very positively elsewhere. The scouts I’ve talked to have him potentially probably more likely to be a reliever.
Gomber, somebody who’s more fifth starter or middle reliever type.
On the pitching, generally
KL: They have those guys who are not the caliber of the Reyes, Flaherty, Weaver, even Hudson, who are in between. You have to go to the lower minors before you get to potential starters with more upside than becoming someone at the very back of a major league rotation.
Thanks to Keith for answering a few of our questions.