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The Cardinals 2007 Prospect Guide

Colby Rasmus

Rated as the worst system in the game as recently as 2005, the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system has since taken on a completely different look. The Cardinals returned to the Dominican Republic after a two-year hiatus, opened an academy in Venezuela, and added a team in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) for 2007.

State of the Farm In September, the Cardinals named Jeff Luhnow as the head of player development, replacing Bruce Manno. They are changing short-season Class-A affiliates in 2007, with their new affiliate the Batavia Muckdogs. With the addition of their GCL team, the Cardinals are just one of four organizations with seven North American minor league affiliates, plus the Caribbean academies...

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