Pulling together all the votes on the St. Louis Cardinals' top minor league prospects for 2014…
2014 top Cardinals prospects: The newbies
As we continue our series breaking down the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system, this time we will review the rising prospects that have entered the top 40 for 2014. Of course, a variety of routes were taken by the 18 first-timers and especially the one returnee, to get there. Gonzales First, some history. One year ago, seven newly-drafted players made The Cardinal Nation top prospect list in their first year of eligibility. That was primarily fueled by the Cardinals having an unprecedented five selections in the first round of the 2012 draft. A year later, despite the Cardinals having just two first-rounders – pitchers Marco Gonzales and Rob Kaminsky - six members of this past June's draft made the new top 40. That includes the aforementioned pair, ranked in the top six. The two first-round left-handers, at five and six respectively in the new top 40, are joined by three more members of the Cards' 2013 draft class, each making their debuts between 21 and 25. As...
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