Wrapping up the review.
#10: Thus begins the start of my mistakes in the top 10. Pitchers, as a whole, are gonna take a big hit from last year to this year on my prospect list. Walters is a decent pitcher but I’ve watched him a couple times and I’m still not sold on him as a starting pitcher in the bigs. He should have been lower on this list.
#9: I’m a huge Allen Craig fan. I think he’s a better hitter than Freese and criminally underrated among position prospects in the system. Happy with his spot on this list.
#8: Good ole Jason Motte. Great fastball, terrible secondary pitches. I think this was an appropriate spot on the list but the pendulum swung from under appreciated to over appreciated after his brief major league stint.
#7: Mortensen is a good pitcher with some of the best stuff among starters in the system. He was horribly rushed last year in moving up to AAA. Probably too high again given the fluky drop in walks but this isn’t a horrible spot for him.
#6: Command pitcher with so-so stuff. I’ve learned my lesson with these players. Herron was ranked way too high on this list.
#5: Ouch. Too high again. Injuries have destroyed his professional record. Should have been lower on the list last year (although still on it) but moving forward he’s not on the radar. A move to the bullpen might be in his best interest.
#4 – #1: These are all basically dead on and arguments that they should be in a different order are quibbling.
The good picks: Craig, Motte
The bad picks: Herron, Ottavino
There’s some pretty big movement from last year’s list to this year’s. Like I mentioned above, pitchers as a whole are going to take a big hit for me. I’m not impressed with the quality of stuff that the Cardinals’ pitchers display nor the system’s ability to develop pitchers. Command problems seem like a severe weakness from top to bottom in the organization. The hitters for the most part hold par or move up by default. Stay tuned for the 2009 Prospect List.