Most teams consider themselves fortunate if they have one potential top of the rotation prospect in their farm system. The Cardinals are blessed with two of them.
Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez both rank amongst the top 50 prospects in baseball and, after weighing possible trades involving either of these fine young pitchers, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak wisely decided to hold on to both of them.
But, forced to choose, which one would you rather build your future starting rotation around?
Heading into this season, Martinez was generally regarded as the better prospect than Wacha. Martinez had the higher upside of the two, while Wacha was considered more polished or, as scouts like to say, Martinez had a higher ceiling, but Wacha had a higher floor.
However, after a strong spring, in which he allowed only 1 unearned run in 11.2 innings, and a strong, albeit brief, stint in the majors, it appears that Wacha has passed Martinez in some scouts' eyes.
Baseball America ranks Wacha...