Second base looks to be one of the more interesting positions in 2012. The perceived incumbent, Skip Schumaker, is looking at more of a utility role than in years past while both Daniel Descalso and Tyler Greene have been mentioned as potential starters by Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak. It certainly looks to be the only real positional battle for the Cards entering spring training and it will be one that will have clearly defined battle lines.
In addition to the 40 man roster, major league teams typically invite other players in their organization to participate in Spring Training as non-roster invites. The Cardinals have invited 19 additional players to Jupiter. The 2011 list includes 10 pitchers, 5 catchers, 4 infielders, and no outfielders.
The UCB is doing a Top 7 Prospect listing so I thought I would throw in my 2 cents. The Cards prospects have taken a big step forward this year with so many prospects taking a big step forward and some jumping from the lower minors to AA and beyond. Narrowing down to the Top 7 wasn’t easy and to me there can be an major argument for many players from #5-7. I will talk about my ranking philosophy, explain my Tier system and then get into my prospect ranking.
This is a post that I was interested in writing for quite some time. I’ve taken notes and considered my options. Some people do top prospect lists, like today you will find that this month’s UCB project is for us to do a top-7 prospects list. Instead of that, what I really wanted to do was identify my favorite player in the Cardinals’ system at each position in an All-Prospect team. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, many of these players are still a year or two away.
The Cards newest member to the Organization is their 2nd Round Pick Charlie Tilson who signed at the deadline on August 15th for well over two times the recommended slot. He is one of the more exciting picks we made in the 2011 Draft. Welcome to the Cards Organization young man!
As the Minor League seasons are coming down the home stretch for 2011 Cards fans have to be very pleased with our system overall. We have had a very few major disappointments and so many guys that have taken a huge step forward. For the ranking nerds it is highly likely that the Cards system will be a Top 10 system going into 2012 which is a huge jump forward. Let’s highlight a few of the guys on both ends of the spectrum.