Due to their continuous success over the last handful of years, the St. Louis Cardinals have always been picking farther towards the back of each round in the draft. This has led to general manager John Mozeliak drafting lesser known players in the draft, not snagging sure superstars. Drafting in their position has led to the Cardinals having a prospect pool that does not get a lot of attention, but has produced results for the big league club.
Despite having a farm system that is generally middle of the pack, the St. Louis Cardinals have a knack for developing what they have into highly productive players. Take for example Matt Carpenter, drafted in the 13th round in 2009, now the everyday third baseman and two-time All-Star.
On the following pages is a list of the Cardinals top-20 prospects, and although they may not be big names like Dansby Swanson, or Yoan Moncada, there is a good chance the Cardinals minor league coaching staff can develop them into quality players. So let’s get to it.