In any kind of ranking of prospects, there always seems to be a fundamental, nagging question in the way: “Are we identifying the very best prospects or the ones closest to the majors?"
In this exercise - to select the top St. Louis Cardinals minor league prospects by position - the answer is simple. We have already unveiled our Top 40 Prospects in the system via our “Forty Days, Forty Nights, Forty Prospects” series.
By clicking on this link, you can view the entire list as well as our voters’ criteria in making those selections. As a result, putting together this year’s All-Prospect Team is as straightforward as culling the top-ranked player at each position from the Top 40.
The 2007 All-Prospect team consists of eleven players – eight position players, including two corner outfielders considered as one group, plus three pitchers – left and right-handed starters and a reliever.
Included is each player’s overall ranking, age, highest level played last season along with the 2006 winners for comparison purposes. Each year’s Pitcher and Player of the Year’s names are listed in bold. Our current selections are Blake Hawksworth and Colby Rasmus.
Six of the featured players are holdovers from last year, while five are new to the All-Prospect Team. Of the five who left the list, two, Anthony Reyes and Tyler Johnson, made the major league club, while the three others dropped down our prospect pecking order.
So, without further ado, here they are!
St. Louis Cardinals 2007 All-Prospect Team
Next are this year’s “Runners-Up” - those players that made the Top 40, but not the All-Prospect Team. This also provides a quick snapshot of system-wide depth by position.
Runners-Up (name/overall ranking)
First/Third Base: None
Second Base: Isa Garcia (37)
Shortstop: Brendan Ryan (19), Donovan Solano (36), Thomas Pham (39)
Corner Outfield: Amaury Marti (24)
Centerfield: Jon Jay (9), Jon Edwards (15), Daryl Jones (17), Skip Schumaker (38)
Left-handed Starting Pitcher: Chris Narveson (6), Eric Haberer (29), Tyler Norrick (31)
Right-handed Starting Pitcher: Adam Ottavino (5), Stuart Pomeranz (7), Mark McCormick (11), Chris Lambert (14), Tyler Herron (20), Mitch Boggs (21), Blake King (22), Mike Parisi (25), Nick Webber (26), Eddie Degerman (32), Gary Daley (35), Cory Meacham (40)
Reliever: Josh Kinney (13), Mark Worrell (24), Andy Cavazos (27), Mike Sillman (28), Dennis Dove (33)
Again, for more information about each one of these players, click on this link to be taken to the Top 40 ranking page. There, you can select the detailed description of any of the 40. You can also click on each player’s name when highlighted in this story to be taken directly to their Scout.com player profile, where all articles and news items about that player are indexed.
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