Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/30/11
No one really needs to tell you how the St. Louis Cardinals ended 2011. With a sizzling end to the season, the Cardinals overcame their Spring Training loss of Adam Wainwright to take the World Series. As one might expect of a Tony La Russa-led team, the World Series champs didn’t have a lot of rookies on their team, but the bullpen did get quite a bit of help from the likes of Lance Lynn and Eduardo Sanchez, who narrowly remain prospects. The more famous rookie, however, was probably Allen Craig, who came up with several clutch playoff hits, and he’ll likely receive more playing time last year after a rookie season of proving he could hit. Moving on to the minor leagues, the Cardinals continue to quietly develop one of the better farm systems in baseball. At the top are 3 possible front-of-the-rotation starters in Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, and Tyrell Jenkins, and Trevor Rosenthal might be a fourth. Jordan Swagerty isn’t quite as good, but his improvements this past season are...
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