2008 Top Cards Prospects – The Final Tally

Pulling all the votes together on the St. Louis Cardinals' top minor league prospects for 2008.

As our yearly Forty Days, Forty Nights, Forty Prospects series nears its close, this article brings together the voting of all four participants from The Birdhouse, Leonda Markee (LM), Dustin Mattison (DM), Ray Mileur (RM) and me, Brian Walton (BW). The far left column of the table below is the aggregate ranking. To the right of the players' names are our individual votes.

Next are the 2007 and 2006 rankings of the players in the new 2008 Top 40, or as I should more accurately say, Top 42. New Cardinals Brian Barton and David Freese, added to the organization via Rule 5 Draft and trade, respectively, were inserted into the list after it had been compiled.

Seven players make their initial appearance on the list for 2008 in their first year of eligibility, with six as new draftees into the organization and one, D'Marcus Ingram, a draft-and-follow from the previous draft. Ten others make the list for the first time, though they were previously in the organization.

Not surprisingly, the split is in favor of pitching, though position players gained ground thus year, now holding down 19 of our 42 spots. Eight are infielders, three are catchers and eight are outfielders.

Four of our top six are pitchers. Of the 23 hurlers on the list, eight are relievers while 15 are starters. Of the latter group, three are left-handed.

In addition, you will see a column labeled "Comm" on the far right. That is the results of a collaborative effort among a group of very knowledgeable Cardinals fans from our Message Board. While that group is ranking 50 players, not 40, I limited their list in this article to 40 for consistency. Click on this link to see the entire community list and their reasoning behind it.

Rk Name LM DM RM BW 2007 2006 Comm
1 Colby Rasmus 1 1 1 1 1 7 1
2 Bryan Anderson 2 2 2 3 4 9 2
3 Jaime Garcia 3 3 3 2 3 36 3
4 Chris Perez 4 4 5 4 8 NA 5
5 Adam Ottavino 5 5 4 5 5 NA 4
6 Tyler Herron 6 6 7 7 20 18 6
7 Jose Martinez 10 7 12 10 30 30 13
7a Brian Barton 6a 9a 18a 6a NA NA 10
8 Joe Mather 8 16 8 13 NR NR 7
9 Clayton Mortensen 21 9 10 6 NA NA 15
10 P.J. Walters 7 17 6 17 NR NA 11
11 Allen Craig 13 10 9 18 NR NA 8
12 Mark Hamilton 14 11 19 9 18 NA 14
13 Mitchell Boggs 11 12 14 16 21 34 17
13a David Freese 12a 20a 12a 11a NA NA 19
14 Jarrett Hoffpauir 12 15 11 24 NR NR 9
15 Kenny Maiques 23 13 13 14 NR NR 16
16 Pete Kozma NR 8 16 8 NA NA 12
17 Tyler Greene 17 18 26 12 16 8 29
18 Jess Todd 29 21 15 19 NA NA 18
19 Jon Jay 24 19 30 11 9 NA 27
20 Mark McCormick 9 37 18 21 11 6 20
21 Josh Kinney 15 14 27 30 13 NR 24
22 Jason Motte 16 20 22 31 NR NR 26
23 Blake Hawksworth 26 33 17 15 2 28 21
24 Luke Gregerson 18 28 21 36 NR NA 28
25 Jon Edwards 39 27 28 22 15 NA 25
26 Tyler Norrick 27 24 31 34 31 NA 30
27 Cody Haerther 19 38 35 26 12 5 22
28 Luis de la Cruz NR 26 20 35 NR NA 23
29 Stuart Pomeranz 34 30 38 23 7 4 34
30 Brad Furnish 31 35 33 27 NR NA
31 Kyle McClellan 20 34 32 NR NR NR 33
32 Deryk Hooker NR 22 25 NR NA NA 31
33 Mark Worrell 35 NR 24 33 24 17 32
34 Blake King NR 39 34 20 22 NA
35 Mike Parisi 25 NR NR 28 25 24 37
36 David Kopp NR NR 23 32 NA NA 39
37 Brandon Buckman 33 36 29 NR NR NA
38 Nick Stavinoha NR NR 36 25 10 16
39 D'Marcus Ingram NR 25 NR 38 NA NA 36
40 Steven Hill 36 31 40 NR NA NA 40
NR Andres Rosales NR NR NR NR NA NA 35
NR Brett Zawacki NR 23 NR NR NA NA 38
LM DM RM BW 2007 2006 Comm
NA=not applicable
NR=not ranked

Now, here's my view as to some of the movers and shakers this year.

Top debut – Clayton Mortensen - #9
(next – Pete Kozma - #16 and Jess Todd - #18)

The Cardinals' 2007 supplemental first-rounder quieted his skeptics with a solid partial season on the mound, his first as a professional. Top pick Pete Kozma is here for his potential and second-round closer Jess Todd stood out with Batavia.

Fastest riser – Joe Mather – non-ranked to #8
(next – P.J. Walters - NR to #10 and Allen Craig – NR to #11)

Joe Mather's meteoric rise was totally unexpected, as he did not receive a single vote one year ago. P.J. Walters and Allen Craig each stepped up with standout sophomore campaigns to leap onto our prospect map.

Biggest fall – Nick Stavinoha - #10 to #38
(next – Daryl Jones from #17 to non-ranked)

Outfielder Nick Stavinoha seemed to plateau out in 2007 after a great 2006 while Daryl Jones can't yet seem to get a handle on those five tools that are seemingly rusting away in his kit bag.

Next are my views of some of the top individual picks and pans looking back at what we voters said one year ago.

Top 2007 pick – Markee – Brendan Ryan #16 (pictured)

Leonda was one of two voters that had Ryan in the teens one year ago, correctly anticipating his contributions at the Major League level during 2007.

Top 2007 pick – Mileur – Mitchell Boggs - #17

Ray saw the potential in Boggs a year earlier than the rest, putting this year's #13 at #17 last year when the rest still had him in the 20's.

Top 2007 pick – Walton – Jose Martinez - #17

One year ago, I ranked Martinez at #17, considerably more aggressive than the other voters, all three of whom had Martinez between 30 and 40. Martinez lived up to the projection, coming in at #7 this year, as everyone has now hopped onto the bandwagon. There's plenty of room!

Top 2007 pan – Markee – Tyler Greene - #23

Of the four of us who ranked, Leonda was the least optimistic about shortstop Tyler Greene, who would suffer through an injury-racked 2007.

Top 2007 pan – Mileur – Jon Jay - #12

Ray was the least high on Jay of the four voters, with his #12 ranking coming into the season closest to where he would end up one year later.

Top 2007 pan – Walton – Stuart Pomeranz - #12

I was the only voter that didn't place the oft-injured Pomeranz in last year's top ten. 12 months later, he was left unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft and dropped to #29 on this count.

No one's predictions can be 100% accurate. Here are our highest-profile misses from last year's rankings.

Top 2007 miss – Markee – Nick Stavinoha - #8 (pictured)

Leonda thought Stavinoha would make the big step forward, but it didn't happen as the outfielder had a middling season with Memphis and almost disappeared from our 2008 list entirely. In fact, Leonda did drop him completely off her list this time around.

Top 2007 miss – Mileur – Cody Haerther - #7

It is difficult to forecast injuries, but Mileur surely didn't see Haerther's lost 2007 season coming when he placed the outfielder in his personal top ten. In a wild ride in November, Haerther was removed from the 40-man, claimed by Toronto, waived and re-claimed by the Cardinals.

Top 2007 miss – Walton – Mark McCormick - #7

It is easy to fall in love with the heat, and this voter bet that good health would finally come for the right-hander. Wrong. There's always 2008 I guess, though McCormick slid to number 20 overall this year.



Over the next four days, look for the final articles of this series coming from Leonda Markee, Dustin Mattison, Ray Mileur and myself, Brian Walton. Each of us will highlight deserving players on each of our personal top 40 lists did not make the consolidated one.

To reference our entire list of top 40 Cardinals prospects for 2008 and read about each individual player, click here. You can also learn more about each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections and much more.



Want access to the all details behind our Cardinals prospect news, the most comprehensive anywhere, here at stlcardinals.scout.com?

Subscribe to our annual Total Access Pass(tm) and also receive the 2008 Scout Prospect Guide, the perfect hardcopy, glossy companion our online coverage, expanded to include the top prospects from all 30 MLB organizations, 56 issues of Sports Illustrated magazine - a $39.95 value, and much more!



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

© 2008 stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.

TheCardinalNation.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets