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Cardinals' Prospects Review

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With the conclusion of the minor league baseball season, let’s interrupt our look at the Cardinals’ top 20 Prospects and take a look at some 2016 individual performances throughout the system.

Most home runs:

29 -  David Washington. Washington, a left handed-hitter first-baseman, hit 29 homers in 2016, including 24 in AAA Memphis. Although he isn’t on MLBPipeline.com’s list of the Top 30 Cardinals prospects, his power is without question.  The Cardinals are already crowded at 1B with lefty-hitters, so his place in the majors is uncertain. But the organization generally finds a way to get the most promising bats in their lineup.  He may begin 2017 back in Memphis, but look for him in St. Louis at some point next season.

21 – Paul DeJong. We’ve already previewed DeJong, the #15 Cardinals’ prospect according to MLBPipeline.com. A third-baseman, he finished 2016 in AA Springfield, so Memphis fans should get to see him begin 2017 in AAA.  He’s easily the top 3B candidate in the system, so if the Cardinals decide that Kolten Wong is not their 3B of the future, Matt Carpenter may move back to 2B and DeJong could get a chance at 3B in the majors.

19 – Luke Voit. A right handed-hitter first-baseman from Missouri State, Voit played in AA Springfield in his age-25 season this past year. He hit .295, added 20 doubles, and was named to the Texas League All-Star team. 

Highest batting average:
 
.322 -  Eliezer Alvarez.  A 5’11” second baseman, Alvarez made a full-season roster for the first time in 2016, playing for the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League.  After beginning his career in 2012 in the Cardinals system, the Dominican native hit 36 doubles, slugged .470, and amassed a .873 OPS.

.317 – Jeremy Martinez. A 2016 draftee out of Southern Cal, the 5’11” catcher excelled in the NY/Penn League this year, leading his teammates in batting average.

.309 – Chris Chinea. The LSU alum, drafted in the 17th round of the 2015 draft, had the second-highest BA on the Peoria Chiefs, behind organization-leader Eliezer Alvarez.

Most wins

10 – Ryan Helsley. A fifth round selection in the 2015 draft out of Northeastern State, the 6’1” right-handed pitcher led the system in wins in 2016. At Peoria of the Midwest League, he ended the year with a 10-2 record, a 1.61 ERA, and racked up 109 strikeouts versus 19 walks in 95 innings pitched. If he continues that dominance in 2017 at Springfield, expect him to make the 2017 version of MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 Cardinals Prospects list.

9 – Arturo Reyes.  Reyes led the Redbirds staff in wins.

9 – Daniel Poncedeleon.  A 2014 draftee out of Embrey-Riddle, Poncedeleon led the Springfield staff in wins.

9 – Matt Pearce.  Pearce collected nine wins across three levels in 2016, ending his season at AAA Memphis.

Lowest ERA(starter):

3.08 – Matt Pearce.  Explaining his multiple promotions during the season, Pearce amassed the best ERA of the organization’s starters in 2016.  A 6’3” righty from Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida, had an excellent 1.06 WHIP in 25 total games started. Having finished with two starts for Memphis, he should begin 2017 in the AAA rotation.

3.52 – Daniel Poncedeleon.  An entire year in the hitter-friendly Texas League allowed Poncedeleon to shine.

3.56 – Jack Flaherty.  Number 4 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top Cardinals Prospects list, the 2014 1st round draft choice out of Harvard-West Lake H.S. in Studio City, California, Flaherty spent most of 2016 in the rotation for the Palm Beach Cardinals of the full-season Florida State League.  In 23 starts, he led the staff with 126 strikeouts in 134 innings.  As a HS draftee, he has plenty of time to develop.  His ETA in the big leagues should be 2019.

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