Updated Top 10 Prospects (2020): St. Louis Cardinals: An Intriguing System Flush With Questions

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The Cardinals are a team with some intriguing prospect names, and they added a few more to their stock in the draft, though it’s easy to say that there are more questions than answers. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t talent, but is the next wave of superstars really there? Let’s take a look:

  1. Matthew Liberatore (LHP, Grade – B+)
  2. Dylan Carlson (OF, Grade – B+)
  3. Nolan Gorman (3B, Grade – B)
  4. Jordan Walker (3B, Grade – B-)
  5. Andrew Knizner (C, Grade – B-)
  6. Elehuris Montero (3B, Grade – B-)
  7. Trejyn Fletcher (OF, Grade – C+)
  8. Genesis Cabrera (LHP, Grade – C+)
  9. Zack Thompson (LHP, Grade – C+)
  10. Masyn Winn (RHP/SS, Grade – C+)

Why Walker At #4?

Drafted out of high school Walker is already big, standing 6’5” and 220 lbs., and was regarded as one of the highest upside power bats available in the draft.  However, especially given his size, there are already concerns about his ability to make consistent contact:

  • According to MLB.com: “There are some mixed opinions on his hitting ability because his size creates a naturally long swing and he needs to improve his ability to recognize breaking balls. But he also shows some feel for hitting and the ability to make adjustments, so he should make enough contact to tap into his pop.”
  • According to Baseball America: “While there are some questions about his natural feel to hit thanks to the length of his arms and some swing-and-miss concerns, Walker has progressed in the right direction with his hit tool and could be an average or slightly better hitter.”

Until we see him in action we’ll have to give him the benefit of the doubt, but don’t be surprised to see him struggle with strikeouts as he continues to learn and mature.

Why Winn at #10?

There is no questioning the upside of Winn, the question is where does he ultimately fit moving forward?  Listed as a SS on draft day, he also is a pitcher and there are some who feel that he has a higher upside on the mound (with a fastball that touches 100 mph).  Will he be pigeon-holed into one role or could he operate as a two-way player?  That’s a key question, and one we likely won’t be able to answer until 2021 (or maybe beyond).  With that uncertainty we need to remain conservative with his ranking.

To view our Preseason Top 10 Prospects, click here.

Sources – MLB.com, Baseball America

Make sure to check out all of our 2020 prospect rankings:

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PositionLast Updated
Catcher04/13/20
First Baseman--
Second Baseman04/15/20
Shortstop04/17/20
Third Baseman04/20/20
Outfield04/24/20
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