In participation with a United Cardinal Bloggers project to rate the top seven St. Louis prospects, we considered players who haven’t appeared in a game for the Cardinals.
Our top seven Cardinals prospects:
Until having surgery to repair an injured ankle in August 2013, Taveras, 21, continued to show he is close to becoming an everyday player for the Cardinals.
Taveras, who injured the ankle in May 2013, had 53 hits in 46 games for Class AAA Memphis. His batting average was .306 and his on-base percentage was .369.
In five seasons in the Cardinals organization, Taveras has a .518 slugging percentage.
A left-handed batter, Taveras was given a long look by the Cardinals in spring training. Taveras had 22 hits with 10 RBI in 24 spring training games for the 2013 Cardinals.
2. MIKE O’NEILL
Because he has an uncanny knack for getting on base, O’Neill, 25, should be contending soon for a spot as a Cardinals reserve outfielder.
O’Neill, a left-handed batter, had a .431 on-base percentage (115 hits, 71 walks) in 98 games for Class AA Springfield in 2013. Promoted to Memphis, he had a .402 on-base percentage (33 hits, 20 walks) in 32 games.
Chosen by the Cardinals in the 31st round of the 2010 draft, this 5-foot-9 underdog has a .435 on-base percentage (378 hits, 222 walks) in four seasons In the St. Louis system.
3. STEPHEN PISCOTTY
The outfielder likely is the best right-handed batter among the Cardinals’ prospects.
Piscotty, 22, had 71 hits in 63 games for Class A Palm Beach and 55 hits in 49 games for Springfield in 2013.
The former Stanford University standout is a past Cape Cod League batting champion.
4. DIXON LLORENS
Keep an eye on this unheralded reliever, a 25th-round Cardinals draft choice.
Llorens, 20, had 11 saves, a 2.85 ERA and struck out 71 in 47.1 innings for Class A Peoria in 2013. Right-handed batters hit .131 against him.
In two minor-league seasons, Llorens has 133 strikeouts in 83.1 innings.
5. JAMES RAMSEY
The outfielder, a left-handed batter, got off to a torrid start for Palm Beach in 2013, with 22 hits in 18 games and a .481 on-base percentage.
Promoted to Springfield, Ramsey, 23, showed some pop, hitting 15 home runs and producing 87 hits in 93 games.
The former Florida State University standout generally is considered an above-average fielder.
6. MARCO GONZALES
The left-handed pitcher, a 2013 first-round draft pick out of Gonzaga University, had a 1.62 ERA in four starts for Palm Beach, striking out 13 in 16.2 innings.
7. ROB KAMINSKY
Another left-handed pitcher and first-round draft choice, Kaminsky, 19, began the season in high school and finished it with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. He struck out 28 in 22 innings in his first summer as a professional.