2013 Top Cardinals Prospects: The Final Tally

Top debut: Michael Wacha

Pulling together all the votes on the St. Louis Cardinals' top minor league prospects for 2013.

As our yearly 40 Days, 40 Nights, 40 Prospects series nears its close, this article brings together the voting of the three participants from The Cardinal Nation, CariocaCardinal (CC), me - Brian Walton (BW) and the members of our Scout.com St. Louis Cardinals message board community (Cm)*.

The far left column of the table below is the aggregate ranking. To the right of the players' names are our individual votes. (Note that we each ranked 46 players to ensure that each of the group's top 40 would secure at least two votes.) Next are the prior years' rankings of the players in the new 2013 Top 40 from 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007, where applicable.

* (Cm) represents the collaborative effort among a group of very knowledgeable Cardinals fans from our Message Board. While that group ranked 60 players, their list is limited in this article to the top 40 for consistency. Click here to see the entire community list and their reasoning behind each selection.

Rk Group CC Cm BW 12 11 10 09 08 07
1 Oscar Taveras 1 1 1 3 11 NR
2 Shelby Miller 2 2 3 1 1 2
3 Trevor Rosenthal 4 3 2 12 NR NR
4 Michael Wacha 3 5 6
5 Carlos Martinez 5 4 5 2 5
6 Kolten Wong 6 7 4 4
7 Matt Adams 7 6 8 9 33 38
8 Tyrell Jenkins 8 8 7 8 9
9 Anthony Garcia 9 9 12 22 29 NR
10 Carson Kelly 13 10 9
11 Jordan Swagerty 20 12 10 10 24
12 Stephen Piscotty 15 19 11
13 James Ramsey 10 23 13
14 Seth Maness 12 14 20 NR NR
15 Ryan Jackson 11 17 21 13 34 35
16 Greg Garcia 14 11 26 NR NR NR
17 Starlin Rodriguez 19 13 23 27 NR NR
18 Patrick Wisdom 21 20 14
19 Breyvic Valera 18 16 24 39 NR
20 John Gast 16 18 25 21 28
21 Charlie Tilson 22 22 17 15
22 Kevin Siegrist 25 21 18 NR NR NR NR NR
23 Adron Chambers 17 25 27 17 15 29 NR NR
24 Sam Freeman  33 27 15 34 NR NR NR
25 Boone Whiting 23 24 33 28 NR
26 Eduardo Sanchez 24 26 30 7 4 6 NR NR NR
27 Eric Fornataro 32 32 19 NR NR NR NR
28 Maikel Cleto 27 28 28 14 NR
29 Pete Kozma NR 15 22 35 17 14 12 16
30 Seth Blair 41 34 16 33 10
31 C.J. McElroy 36 31 29 36
32 Mike O'Neill 29 41 31 NR NR NR
33 Dixon Llorens 26 30 NR
34 Adam Ehrlich 35 37 37 NR NR
35 Tyler Lyons 30 40 41 NR NR NR
36 Colin Walsh 31 43 38 NR NR NR
37 Victor DeLeon 42 29 42 NR NR NR NR
38 Audry Perez NR 36 32 NR NR NR NR NR
39 Tim Cooney 37 33 NR
40 Keith Butler 34 44 39 38 NR NR
CC Cm BW 12 11 10 09 08 07
NR=not ranked
red = YTY decline
yellow = YTY flat
grn = YTY improve

Remembering the departed

There was greater turnover than usual from last year's top 41+, with 44 percent change from 2012 to 2013. That compares to 35 percent the year prior. Of the 18 players that left the list, four graduated to St. Louis, while the remainder departed in a variety of ways, including being lost via trade, free agency, waivers, release, retirement and simply dropping off the list due to performance.

+ Rule 5 selection Erik Komatsu was inserted into the 2012 list mid-flight, increasing the total to 41.

The departing individuals are listed below with the reason for them leaving along with their top 40 rankings over the previous seven years, as applicable.

Graduated (4) 12 11 10 09 08 07
Lance Lynn 6 3 3 18
Matt Carpenter 11 6 NR
Tony Cruz 16 16 NR NR NR
Joe Kelly 18 27 32
Dropped off (5) 12 11 10 09 08 07
Adam Reifer 19 13 20 22 NR
Tommy Pham 23 19 40 NR NR 39
Cody Stanley 26 26
Jermaine Curtis 31 NR NR NR
Tyler Rahmatulla 37
Lost via waivers (3) 12 11 10 09 08 07
Erik Komatsu (Rule 5) 28a
Adam Ottavino 29 32 11 13 5 5
Chuckie Fick 40 NR NR NR NR
Free agent (2) 12 11 10 09 08 07 06
Bryan Anderson 25 12 13 3 2 4 9
Rainel Rosario 30 30 NR NR NR NR
Traded (1) 12 11 10 09 08 07
Zack Cox 5 2
Released (2) 12 11 10 09 08 07
Mark Hamilton 20 20 19 NR 12 18
Brandon Dickson 32 NR NR NR NR NR
Retired (1) 12 11 10 09 08 07
Aaron Luna 24 22 24 NR

For the second straight year, the top group of prospects is quite stable. Eight of last year's top 12 are still in that group with two more, Lance Lynn and Matt Carpenter, having graduated to the majors. Of the remaining two, Zack Cox was traded, leaving Eduardo Sanchez as the only member of the 2012 top 12 to have stumbled.

To reference our entire list of top 40 Cardinals prospects for 2013 and read about each individual player, click here. You can learn each of the voters' philosophies in making their selections and much more.

Next up: This article series continues as we highlight the newest members of the top 40. Then, the voters highlight the players on our personal lists that did not make the 2013 consolidated top 40. We move next to our All-Prospect Team, the highest-ranked players at each position, dive into the numbers behind the top 40, take a look at our best and worst selections from 2012 and the top prospects by level of play.



There's more! Monthly and quarterly subscribers who upgrade to our annual pass will receive in the spring the 2013 FOX Sports NEXT Prospects Guide, a $4.95 value, for FREE. The perfect hardcopy companion to "40 Days" includes the top prospects from all 30 MLB organizations and much more. We author the Cardinals section of the guide as always.



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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