After missing 2 1/2 months plus almost the entire 2012 post-season, St. Louis Cardinals left-handed…
When did we ID future Cards major leaguers?
Welcome to part two of this series, in which the challenge is to look back at how well we did in identifying early-on those longer-shot players who either became successful major leaguers or are currently very close. In part one, we singled out those who missed The Cardinal Nation consolidated top 40 prospect lists, but were named early on our individual voters' ballots. Here in part two, I have identified 10 players recently developed by the Cardinals in the year in which they first made our top 40. Eight of them are established major leaguers. The ninth, Matt Adams, has made his debut, while number 10, Oscar Taveras, is on the cusp. The 10 are split into two groups of five. The Cardinal Nation more aggressively identified four of the first group a year earlier than another major prospect rater. We called out the other five prospects at the same time as the other prospect watcher, but at least some of our voters were initially stronger in their support of the player. Excluded...
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