St. Louis Cardinals Top 20 Prospects

10) Junior Fernandez – RHP

Date of Birth: March 2, 1997
Height/Weight: 6′ 1″/180 lbs.

Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Signed through international free agency in 2014

Junior Fernandez is a new name that many may not recognize. However, once news of his abilities start circulating, Fernandez will start to become more well-known. Fernandez has a fastball that can hit triple digits, and as a nineteen-year-old Fernandez already has a plus changeup and breaking ball. A Cardinal official said Fernandez is fairly polished and that he will be able to avoid being designated to the bullpen.

In 13 innings over his first four starts last season, Fernandez was knocked around for 17 runs (14 earned) on a whopping 26 hits and six walks. However, over his last seven starts covering 38 innings, he posted a 1.89 ERA, allowing just eight earned runs on 28 hits and nine walks while fanning 44. The strikeout stuff is there, and clearly as he got comfortable, Fernandez was able to settle into the game as well. Prepare to start hearing the kid’s name, as he will most likely start the year with High-A Peoria.

9) Charlie Tilson – OF

Date of Birth: December 2, 1992
Height/Weight: 5′ 11″/175 lbs.

Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Drafted in the 2nd round in 2011

Tilson continued to impress at AA as a 22-year-old in 2015, as his contact skills and speed give him the typical leadoff hitter/center fielder qualities a team looks for. While he won’t provide much in terms of power or RBI, Tilson can beat out grounders and swipe bags, bringing a good speed element to the game. Tilson boasts an above-average arm and could be the Cardinals version of Brett Gardner. Tilson will likely start the year at AA but as one of the Cardinals’ best hitters he will likely be moved up to AAA at some point.

8) Nick Plummer – OF

Date of Birth: Juy 31, 1996
Height/Weight: 5′ 10″/200 lbs.

Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round (23rd overall) in 2015

Although he didn’t quite live up to expectations, Plummer is still expected to be a contributor in a few years. He has good size and power upside for a center fielder. He’ll need another year in the lower levels to adapt and hone his skillset but his blend of contact,power and speed can’t be ignored. Plummer has a sound left-handed swing, showing good gap power as well.

7) Edmundo Sosa – SS

Date of Birth: March 6, 1996
Height/Weight: 5′ 11″/170 lbs.

Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Signed as International free agent in 2012

At age nineteen, Sosa has finally begun to come on as he had a productive season in 2015 at Jackson City. Sosa has gotten praise for his strength, as well as how he’s come along maturing. Sosa also receives praise for his glove work, and although there were questions about whether he could stick at shortstop, his glove work and arm have proven that he is likely to stay there. The young infielder does have the ability to flip to the other side of the bag.

Sosa has been tabbed as a five-tool player by many, and has gotten better each year. At only 19 years old he still has time to develop even further and the Cardinals will certainly keep an eye on how Sosa progresses.

6) Magneuris Sierra – OF

Date of Birth: April 7, 1996
Height/Weight: 5′ 11″/160 lbs.

Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Signed as International free agent in 2012

A year removed from being Gulf Coast League MVP, Sierra came back to earth when he was promoted High-A Peoria. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak himself predicted that Sierra would be an outfielder by 2018, and it is clear that the brass in St. Louis is high on him. Sierra has good defensive skills, and profiles to stick in center field. His bat is also a plus, and even though Sierra struggled in Peoria, once he was moved back to Johnson City, Sierra showed his abilities as a hitter. The outfielder will be a line drive hitter with good speed (despite low stolen base totals) and gap power. Sierra is said to have potential as a Gold Glover and a top-of-the-order kickstarter. He will try again in Peoria in 2016. 

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  1. Braxton Thomas

    Pretty good list. I disagree that Luke Weaver has ace potential. He has a wiry body that calls into question him being a workhorse. Also, serviceable is the highest praise he has gotten on his breaking pitch which bodes better for a mid rotation starter over an ace.

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