Jim Callis of BaseballAmerica.com recently ranked the Cardinals as the number one minor league system in all of baseball, simply saying “Loaded big league club awaits Oscar Taveras, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal.”
Well that’s certainly comforting, and I definitely believe it. As I wrote the other day, I’m always a little weary of saying this or that player is definitely going to become a star, because there are only so many stars any one given time in the Major Leagues. Having said that, Rosenthal and Miller truly did seem to show a lot of hope and promise at the end of 2012. While Miller came (somewhat) close to throwing a no-hitter in his first Major League start, Rosenthal let up a mere two hits and zero earned runs over his 8.2 innings pitched throughout the course of the postseason.
In regards to Taveras, he had a very nice season in AA-Springfield, hitting .321 with 23 HRs and 94 RBIs. Of the three, he is definitely the most unrealistic to start the season on the Major League roster, but I could definitely imagine a scenario that if a couple injuries take place, we may see him in St. Louis earlier than we think. At the very least, I would expect him for a September call-up.