Derrick Goold wrote extensively on Monday about the Cardinals’ top prospects. In particular, he discusses the Cardinals’ recent interest in international prospects, specifically those in Latin America:
“[John Mozeliak] said several times during an interview last Thursday that the goal was to get stronger in Latina America, to “plunge deeper” in the Caribbean first before looking into other international waters. His point that he said was that while the Cardinals have been able to acquire some prospects with high Q-ratings — Taveras, Martinez, De Leon, Rondon, Rodriguez … to name four — depth was still lacking. He saw a need to increase the team’s depth of talent from Latin America.”
While the Cardinals might not have as many top prospects who were international signings, they have arguably one of the best position players in Oscar Taveras and one of the best pitching prospects in Carlos Martinez.
Here’s who Baseball America sees as the Cardinals’ top prospects in their minor-league system.