St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospects 2012: Shelby Miller Headlines Impressive Cardinals System

Keith Law of ESPN.com has released his latest list of top 10 prospects by organization. For a rich St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, the majority of the top 10 are among the top 100 in all of baseball:

St. Louis Cardinals
1. Shelby Miller, RHP (5)
2. Carlos Martinez, RHP (22)
3. Oscar Taveras, RF (53)
4. Zack Cox, 3B (66)
5. Tyrell Jenkins, RHP (74)
6. Jordan Swagerty, RHP (92)
7. Trevor Rosenthal, RHP
8. Kolten Wong, 2B
9. Matt Adams, 1B
10. Joe Kelly, RHP

The former No. 19 draft pick, Shelby Miller, has been surging through the Cardinals' minor league system. He finished the 2011 season at Double-A, pitching in the Texas League -- a league in which the average pitcher was over three years older than Miller. In three minor league seasons, Miller has a 3.17 ERA through 247 innings.

Meanwhile, righty starter Carlos Martinez, whom MLB.com ranked the No. 30 prospect in the MLB, earns a No. 2 ranking within the Cardinals' system. Law also gave Martinez a No. 22 ranking on a national level to Martinez, who finished the season in High-A.

The combined excellence of the Cardinals minors has earned -- in Law's eyes -- their organization a No. 4 ranking among systems.

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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