With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the St Louis Cardinals preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Shelby Miller GRADE: A
Miller went a combined 11-6 with a 2.77ERA for the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. He walked 53 and struck out 170 in 139.2 innings. Opposing batters hit just .219 against Miller on the season.
#2 Zack Cox GRADE: A-
Cox batted a combined .306 with 27 Doubles, 13 Home Runs and 68 RBI’s between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. He walked 40 times and struck out 98 times in 135 games.
#3 Carlos Martinez GRADE: B
Martinez went a combined 6-5 with a 3.93ERA between the Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits and High-A Palm Beach. He walked 44 and struck out 98 in 84.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .234 against Martinez on the season. His ERA in High-A was nearly three runs higher than in Low-A.
#4 Tyrell Jenkins GRADE: B-
Jenkins went 4-2 with a 3.86ERA for the Rookie League Johnson City Cardinals. He walked 13 and struck out 55 in 56 innings. Opposing batters hit .296 off Jenkins on the year.
#5 Eduardo Sanchez GRADE: A
Sanchez went 3-1 with a 1.80ERA and 5 Saves in 26 big league appearances with the Cardinals. He walked 16 and struck out 35 in 30 innings. Opposing major league hitters batted just .144 against Sanchez on the season. In the minors, Sanchez went 1-1 with a 2.45ERA in 7.1 innings between Double-A Springfield and the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
#6 Jordan Swagerty GRADE: A
Swagerty went a combined 5-3 with a 1.83ERA and 8 Saves between Low-A Quad Cities, High-A Palm Beach, and Double-A Springfield. He walked 23 and struck out 89 in 93.2 innings. Opposing batters hit just .204 off Swagerty on the season.
#7 Joe Kelly GRADE: B
Kelly went a combined 11-6 with a 3.68ERA between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. He walked 59 and struck out 113 in 132 innings. Opposing batters hit .258 off Kelly on the year.
#8 Allen Craig GRADE: A
Craig batted .315 with 15 Doubles, 11 Home Runs and 40 RBI’s for the big league Cardinals. He walked 15 times and struck out 40 times in 75 games. In the minors, Craig batted .244 in 12 games between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis.
#9 Oscar Taveras GRADE: A+
Taveras batted .386 with 27 Doubles, 5 Triples, 8 Home Runs and 62 RBI’s for Low-A Quad Cities. He walked 32 times and struck out 52 times in 78 games.
#10 John Gast GRADE: C+
Gast went a combined 9-8 with a 4.02ERA between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. He walked 61 batters and struck out 113 in 161.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .269 against Gast on the season.
#11 Nick Longmire GRADE: C+
Longmire batted .242 with 22 Doubles, 8 Home Runs and 42 RBI’s for Low-A Quad Cities. He also stole 10 bases. He walked 29 times and struck out 83 times in 97 innings.
#12 Cody Stanley GRADE: B
Stanley batted .264 with 24 Doubles, 2 Triples, 11 Home Runs and 66 RBI’s for Low-A Quad Cities. He walked 27 times and struck out 92 times in 101 games.
#13 Lance Lynn GRADE: B
Lynn went 1-1 with a 3.12ERA in 18 big league appearances with the Cardinals. He walked 11 and struck out 40 in 34.2 innings. Opposing major league hitters batted .203 against Lynn on the year. In the minors, Lynn went 7-3 with a 3.84ERA for Triple-A Memphis.
#14 Daniel Descalso GRADE: B+
Descalso batted .264 with 20 Doubles, 3 Triples, 1 Home Run and 28 RBI’s for the Cardinals. He walked 33 times and struck out 65 times in 148 major league games.
#15 Anthony Garcia GRADE: A-
Garcia batted .308 with 14 Doubles, 4 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 31 RBI’s for Rookie League Johnson City. He walked 21 times and struck out 36 times in 51 games.