John Sickels had Shelby Miller as the 47th best pitching prospect in baseball entering 2010. I’d say that’s a touch low but Miller’s done nothing to dent his status as a blue chip arm this year.
Sickels also had his top 50 hitting prospects though no Cardinals made the list last year.
The Cardinals failed to make the PCL Top 20 list from Baseball America. As someone who has had concerns about Brett Wallace (#10 on the list) from the beginning, I’m getting the sense that evaulators are starting to turn against him a bit:
PCL observers did have concerns about Wallace’s offense, however. He has trouble pulling balls with authority, and managers felt he could be attacked on the inner half. He doesn’t clear his hips well in his swing, which makes scouts wonder how well his stroke will translate. His speed and mobility are well below-average and he’ll never be an asset defensively.
This seems more firmly worded than in the past though that may simply be my perception. He’s obviously still well regarded.
In the chat, BA’s Jim Shonerd noted that Lance Lynn was one of the last cuts from the Top 20 List.
Jordan Swagerty checks in from the AFL after their first three games.