Tuesday, August 6, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals - Prospect Autograph Analysis From Every MLB Team


The Cardinals have a nice farm system, not incredibly deep, but full of elite talent on both sides of the field. 

2010 BC - Shelby Miller

2011 BDPP - Kolten Wong

2013 BC - Stephen Piscotty, Patrick Wisdom


Shelby Miller is quickly becoming one of the best starting pitchers in the NL (I would recommend his 2010 BC Autos for high end collectors as there is room to grow).  Michael Wacha could become the next Adam Wainwright.  And Oscar Taveras should be in the discussion when discussing the best hitting prospect(s) in baseball...

Let's start with Oscar Taveras (Stats)

Oscar's chrome autos will set you back close to $100, and I just can't recommend him right now.  However, I would say he is a HOLD, not a sell, as he is currently on the DL and prices should be bottoming.  Sell when he returns and catches fire, gets called up, or news leaks that he will be with the team for the postseason.  If that happens, he may still be a hold depending on how much he spikes at that time.

Michael Wacha (Stats)

Wacha's chrome autos are a BUY at around $20.  He is pitching as well as one can in the PCL in his first full year (note: much better than Shelby Miller did and Miller is twice the value).  That's all there needs to be said.  His stuff is off the charts, and he has the maturity and makeup to succeed at the MLB level TODAY if given another opportunity.

Carlos Martinez and Stephen Piscotty

CarMart is a flat out SELL.  It is just too unpredictable figuring out his future role with the Cardinals.  Reliever or trade bait.  If he does get traded, this rating changes dramatically, depending on the team who acquires him.

Stephen Piscotty is a HOLD.  He has a very advanced approach at the plate (typical for a college bat).  He is handling his AA promotion like a champ with his sweet line drive, gap to gap, stroke.  The reason he is a hold though is we MUST be sure these doubles will translate to homeruns.  It's a sad part of prospecting but unless you're going to set the MLB doubles record a la Machado, people just don't notice them.  Once you get an inkling power is developing, the recommendation turns to a BUY.  It's a judgment call on your part though, but it's definitely what you should keep an eye on.  Other than that, he will keep putting up nice numbers/AVG-OBP-SLG slashes and a low K rate.  I am sure of that.

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