John Nagel of @stlbabybirds ranks the St. Louis Cardinals top ten prospects at mid-season. - (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The 2012 season began with a few question marks related to the St. Louis Cardinals prospects and farm system. Would Oscar Taveras be able to make the jump to double A Springfield? When would Shelby Miller make his MLB debut? What would the 2012 draft look like without Jeff Luhnow, the former farm director?
The Baby Birds mid-season top ten looks a little different than the pre-season list. We have some risers and some decliners. Lets see where they stack up:
1. Oscar Taveras, 20- Taveras has handled the jump from Low-A Quad Cities to Double-A Springfield amazingly well. Taveras is a future middle-of-the-order guy who could hit well above .300 with 30 plus home runs. As of July 14th, Taveras is fifth in the Texas League in home runs, first in average, and first in OPS. I don't think the Cardinals will rush him, I expect him in St. Louis in either late 2013 ...