What happened. MLB Pipeline revealed their preseason top-100 on Saturday night and the Cardinals once again placed four players on the list. These are the same four players from Baseball America’s list released earlier this week. RHP Alex Reyes leads the way again at #18 with RHP Jack Flaherty at #38, C Carson Kelly at #46, and OF Tyler O’Neill at #94.
The numbers. This is Alex Reyes’ second time on the list, debuting on MLB Pipeline’s list at #6 prior to the 2017 season. Having spent the season on the sidelines has dropped him twelve spots to #18.
Jack Flaherty, 22, returns to the list for the second time after not having been ranked last season. He was #80 on the 2016 preseason edition, but after stumbling a bit with a 3.56 ERA over 23 starts for High A Palm Beach, he dropped off. But a strong season between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis put him back on the list at a very solid #38.
Carson Kelly, 23, is on the list for the second time as well, debuting last year at #39. He falls seven spots despite improving in every major offensive category in 2017 compared to his 2016 season. He did struggle upon promotion to the Cardinals, but what backup to Yadier Molina hasn’t?
And finally, Tyler O’Neill, 22, is yet another two-time player on the list. Prior to the 2017 season he was ranked #36 but has fallen to #94 after running into some troubles in Triple-A last year.
The impact. 0/10. Yet again a 0/10. This is the second straight season the Cardinals have had four prospects on MLB’s top 100 prospects list thanks to the acquisition of Tyler O’Neill. O’Niell replaced RHP Luke Weaver who was #68 last year and graduated from the list after posting a 3.88 ERA over 60 innings, including 10 starts, for the big league Cardinals last season.