Cardinals land four players on midseason Baseball America’s Top-100 Prospects
Baseball America published their midseason update to their Top-100 prospects list and it featured four Cardinals prospects. Here’s who we’ve got.
#2 – RHP Alex Reyes
Alex Reyes was ranked #7 by Baseball America before the season began, and his numbers aren’t quite what most likely expected. Though the prospect list makers still like him, Reyes has a 4.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 9 starts for Triple-A Memphis since returning from his 50 game suspension for marijuana in May. While he struggled through June, he had his best start of the season on Monday, allowing just 1 run and striking out 9 over 6 2/3 innings of work.
#75 – RHP Luke Weaver
Luke Weaver was unranked before the season began and, after a late start to the season following a broken wrist, has come out and excelled in Double-A Springfield. The 22 year old Weaver, who was the 27th pick of the 2014 draft by the Cardinals, has a 0.83 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 7 starts for Springfield. His walk rate and strikeout rate have both improved over last season. Weaver was the Cardinals’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June.
#88 – RHP Jack Flaherty
Another 2014 first rounder (34th pick) by the Cardinals is 20 year old Jack Flaherty. Flaherty was ranked #80 before the season began so he has fallen a few spots. In his second full professional season, Flaherty has a 3.82 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 14 starts for High-A Palm Beach. Over his last five starts though, Flaherty has a 1.70 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
#89 – OF Harrison Bader
A third round pick from the 2015 draft, Harrison Bader quickly established his bat last season, hitting 11 home runs in 61 games between Low-A State College and Mid-A Peoria. He got a promotion to Springfield this season and got off to a hot start, hitting .379 with 7 home runs in his first 30 games this season and was named the organization’s Minor League Player of the Month in April. He has struggled since, but his overall slash line still sits at a respectable .283/.346/.485 with 13 HR and 12 doubles in 75 games. He was promoted this week to Triple-A Memphis and is 2-for-10 in two games.