Stock Up, Stock Down for St. Louis Cardinals' Top 10 Prospects for Week 9
Down on the farm, a vast majority of the St. Louis Cardinals' top 10 prospects are having noteworthy seasons.
Earning a spot on the big league roster is the ultimate goal for these young players, and the future certainly looks bright with the vast assortment of raw talent the Cardinals boast in their minor league system.
Outfielders Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty are among the Cardinals prospects that are flourishing this season at Triple-A Memphis.
A handful of other prospects are also producing at the lower levels of the minor leagues.
Here’s how the Cardinals' top 10 prospects fared during Week 9.
Oscar Taveras, Outfielder
Stats: 12 AB, 4 H, RBI, BB
At some point in 2014, Oscar Taveras will make his major league debut with the Cardinals.
The 21-year-old left-handed hitter has done everything in his power to earn his much-anticipated promotion.
While he continues to wait for that phone call, Taveras is torching opposing pitchers. He’s hitting .325 on the season and leads the Memphis Redbirds with 62 hits, 15 doubles, 40 RBI and 100 total bases. His RBI total is tied for seventh in the Pacific Coast League.
In his last 10 games, Taveras is 18-for-49 (.462) with five extra-base hits, including four doubles and a home run, and he's driven in nine.
Stephen Piscotty, Outfielder
Stats: 17 AB, 3 H, R, RBI, 6 SO
Even though Stephen Piscotty has struggled to find his rhythm at the plate lately, he’s still having a good season for the Redbirds.
Drafted 36th overall in first round of the 2012 draft, Piscotty has a steady .286 average with 14 doubles and 28 RBI. Though he is only 3-for-17 in his last five games, he has been productive over his last 10 games, batting .278.
Rob Kaminsky, Pitcher
Stats: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 9 SO
The Cardinals selected left-hander Rob Kaminsky with the 28th pick in the first round of last year’s draft for a reason: He’s a talented pitcher from the left side.
In his May 22 outing at Burlington, Kaminsky received a no-decision despite retiring 14 of the first 15 hitters he faced in the Peoria Chiefs' 4-3 win. The 5'11", 191-pound hurler tallied six strikeouts en route to a quality start for the Chiefs.
In four starts this season, the 19-year-old Kaminsky is 0-1 with a 1.83 ERA, and opponents are hitting just .205 against him.
Marco Gonzales, Pitcher
Stats: 2 GS, (1-1), 11 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 14 SO, HR
Another 2013 first-round draft pick (No. 19 overall), lefty Marco Gonzales made two starts over the last week, both against the Midland Rockhounds.
In his May 23 start, Gonzales was nearly untouchable. He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning, finishing the outing with seven strong shutout innings and allowing just two hits. He fanned seven and walked one en route to a 1-0 win for Palm Beach.
The start was impressive considering Gonzales won a pitchers' duel against Midland’s Shawn Haviland, who lasted eight innings and allowed just one run on six hits.
Gonzales' second outing against Midland didn’t bode well. The Rockhounds tagged him for five runs off six hits in four innings. He surrendered a two-run homer to Dusty Coleman, one of three extra-base hits he allowed. Despite being lifted early in the game, Gonzales did manage to record seven strikeouts in Springfield’s 9-4 loss.
Alexander Reyes, Pitcher
Stats: 1 GS, L, 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 7 SO, HR
At 19 years old, righty Alexander Reyes has more than enough time to fine-tune his mechanics.
This season has been full of ups and downs for the 19-year-old, who is 3-3 with 4.31 ERA in eight starts for Peoria. On May 25, against Kane County, Reyes showed the ability to work out of trouble, but he still ended up with the loss.
In the first inning, he allowed a leadoff single to Kane County’s Jacob Hannemann. But he struck out the next hitter for the first out and then picked off Hannemann at first base before inducing a groundout to end the inning.
However, Reyes gave up a two-run homer to Cael Brockmeyer in the next inning.
James Ramsey, Outfielder
Stats: No Stats Available for This Week
Tied for the Texas League lead in home runs with 11, James Ramsey was having an impressive season for Springfield before he landed on the disabled list May 26 with a sore shoulder.
Prior to getting injured, Ramsey was hitting .305.
Carson Kelly, Catcher
Stats: 15 AB, 4 H, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB
A second-round pick in the 2012 draft, Carson Kelly hasn’t had much success at the plate for Peoria this season, hitting just .224. However, his bat is beginning to heat up. Over his last four games, Kelly has two homers and three RBI.
Patrick Wisdom, Third Base
Stats: 15 AB, 3 H, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 6 SO, BB
Patrick Wisdom, another former first-round pick by the Cardinals, is struggling this season. The third baseman is hitting just .229 with 60 strikeouts thus far.
Over his last 10 games, Wisdom is hitting .152 with 10 strikeouts. However, he's hit two homers and driven in six during that stretch.
Tim Cooney Pitcher
Stats: 2 GS, 1-1, 13 IP, 13 H, 6 ER, HR, 4 BB, 10 SO
Tim Cooney showed a lot of grit and toughness when he bounced back from his horrendous start earlier this week against Oklahoma City, in which he allowed six earned runs off of 12 hits in just four innings of work. Six days later, Cooney tossed a complete-game shutout and allowed just one hit against Iowa.
He is 4-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 starts this season for Memphis.
Charlie Tilson, Outfielder
Stats: 15 AB, 5 H, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SO, SB
Charlie Tilson is having a fine season offensively for Palm Beach. He’s hitting .290 overall and .314 over his last 10 games.
That could be a good sign for Tilson, whose bat appears to be getting warmer and warmer each game.