Rival Rankings: St. Louis Cardinals

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The Cardinals have been competitive at the big league level for years due to their ability to draft and develop their own players and although they don’t have a lot of high-end talent on the farm, outside of pitcher Alex Reyes, they have plenty of depth with the potential to help them down the road. Reyes is the cream of the crop, ranking as one of the top starting pitching prospects in baseball. The 22-year-old righ-hander saw action in 12 games for St. Louis, starting five, and posting a 1.57 ERA in 46 innings of work. Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty, Sandy Alcantara, Junior Fernandez and Dakota Hudson provide the Cardinals with a stable full of right-handed pitching prospects to go along with exciting position players such as shortstop Delvin Perez, outfielder Magneuris Sierra and shortstop Edmundo Sosa.

2016 DRAFT CLASS

St. Louis had three picks in the first round of the 2016 draft, selecting Perez, a high school shortstop out of Puerto Rico with pick #23, then following that up with another high school player, outfielder Dylan Carlson with pick #33 and Hudson, a pitcher out of Mississippi State one pick later. Outside of their first two selections, the Cardinals went heavy on collegiate players over the first two days of the draft, adding Connor Jones from Virginia in round two and Zac Gallen from North Carolina in round three.

TOP TEN PROSPECTS

1. ALEX REYES (RHP)

2. HARRISON BADER (OF)

3. LUKE WEAVER (RHP)

4. DELVIN PEREZ (SS)

5. MAGNEURIS SIERRA (OF)

6. JACK FLAHERTY (RHP)

7. EDMUNDO SOSA (SS)

8. SANDY ALCANTARA (RHP)

9. CARSON KELLY (C)

10. JUNIOR FERNANDEZ (RHP)

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