Cardinals Top Prospects — In Haiku

Oscar Taveras

With the Quad Cities River Bandits in the Midwest League Championship Series capturing our interest this week (the Bandits are one win away from being champs and at home tomorrow night), the September project of the United Cardinal Bloggers has perfect timing — our choices for the top seven Cardinals prospects.

All three of us have been to at least one minor league game this season — Miranda saw the Memphis Redbirds in July, while Tara and I both live in the Quad Cities and have attended plenty of Bandits games (one together so far, one to come tomorrow) and have enjoyed watching this year’s top draft pick Kolten Wong even the cornfield and tiki bar at Modern Woodmen Park.

We’re far from experts but do know some about the minors, even though big-league Cardinals instead of Baby Birds definitely capture our attention more. With that, our choices for the top seven (plus a few extra) prospects. And, since we’ve not had a chance to stretch our creative skills since Miguel Batista was released in June, a haiku about each.

1. Shelby Miller

Top prospect for sure.
Moving up, still impresses.
Next stop: Triple A.

2. Carlos Martinez

First year as a Card,
Powerful, gets many Ks.
Raw but big future.

3. Oscar Taveras

Top Bandit hitter,
We’ve enjoyed his bat a lot.
Still learning on field.

4. Zack Cox

2010 No. 1 draft pick,
Impressed at Palm Beach, moved up.
Defense not the best.

5. Trevor Rosenthal

All-Star Game starter,
He’s had some stellar outings.
Please win tomorrow!

6. Kolten Wong

Our favorite Bandit
We’ve enjoyed his pro debut.
We’ll keep following.

7. Matt Adams

Bat meets ball, ball flies,
He keeps hitting and hitting.
Saw it last year too.

Also on our ballots: Tony Cruz, John Gast (we loved what he did in spring training), Tyrell Jenkins, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn and Jordan Swagerty.

And, because we are all about scrappiness here at Aaron Miles’ Fastball, someone who’s not a top prospect at all except for that potential Stubby Clabb/Bo Hart factor: Packy Elkins.

Check out who the rest of the UCB members ranked as their top prospects here.

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  1. Pingback: September Project: 2011 Top 7 Prospects — United Cardinal Bloggers

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