St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospects 2012: Shelby Miller Once Again Ranked Atop System

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has released his 2012 Top 101 Prospects, and, like most prospect lists this year, it's dominated by St. Louis Cardinals farmhands. There are five prospective Cardinals on the list, headlined by RHP Shelby Miller, who is the consensus top prospect in the team's system. Some prospect analysts rate Miller as the top RHP in the minors, but Goldstein has him behind three other right handed pitching prospects, though No. 10 overall is nothing to sneeze at.

At No. 23 comes OF Oscar Tavares, who is rated by Goldstein as the system's top position player. He's followed at No. 31 by Carlos Martinez, who is considered by most to be the system's second overall prospect, but is rated here as just the second best pitching prospect. First basemen Matt Adams and second basemen Kolten Wong round it out, at numbers 69 and 88, respectively.

Here is Goldstein's full Cardinals Top 10, with overall rankings in parenthesis:

  1. RHP Shelby Miller (10)
  2. OF Oscar Tavares (23)
  3. RHP Carlos Martinez (31)
  4. 1B Matt Adams (69)
  5. 2B Kolten Wong (88)
  6. RHP Tyrell Jenkins
  7. 3B Zack Cox
  8. RHP Trevor Rosenthal
  9. RHP Jordan Swagerty
  10. 3B Matt Carpenter

For more on the St. Louis Cardinals, check out the Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos. Stay tuned to to SB Nation St. Louis for more breaking news and updates concerning all matters St. Louis sports.

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