Baseball America’s prospect rankings

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Baseball America has released its annual organizational prospect rankings — and it should come as no surprise that outfielder Oscar Taveras sits atop the Cardinals’ list. MLB.com will release its 2014 prospect rankings the first week of December, so keep an eye out for that after the Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime, here is a look at Baseball America’s list:

  1. Oscar Taveras (OF)
  2. Carlos Martinez (RHP)
  3. Kolten Wong (2B)
  4. Stephen Piscotty (OF)
  5. Marco Gonzales (LHP)
  6. Tim Cooney (LHP)
  7. Alex Reyes (RHP)
  8. James Ramsey (OF)
  9. Rob Kaminsky (LHP)
  10. Carson Kelly (3B/C)

Taveras was also listed as the Cardinals’ best prospect (by Baseball America) coming into 2013, though a May ankle injury and subsequent surgery prevented the outfielder from arriving in the Majors as many expected he would. Aside from Taveras’ placement, the 2014 list looks considerably different than the 2013 one. That’s largely because of all the young players the Cardinals called upon to help in St. Louis this season. Any of them who exhausted their rookie status are no longer eligible for the prospect list.

That knocked Shelby Miller (No. 2), Trevor Rosenthal (No. 4), Michael Wacha (No.6) and Matt Adams (No. 7) out of consideration. Also coming off the list a year later is Tyrell Jenkins, who had his 2013 season stalled by a shoulder injury.

This graduation of prospects in 2013 is going to drop the Cardinals in the farm system rankings, too. A year ago, they were recognized by both MLB.com and Baseball America as having the game’s top Minor League system. With that depth thinned due to need at the Major League level this year, the Cardinals will not retain that distinction.

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