Creating and looking at our Future Redbirds top prospect rankings for this season (which you will get to see very soon), I was struck by something. It is really hard to differentiate between our prospects between 4 and beyond our 20 to say 30. All of them having something good going for them, but all of them have flaws right now. And that is not a bad thing for the Cardinals going forward. With a level playing field of approximately 25 prospects, they will not be hurt if 1 or 2 drops off the map, but will be significantly strengthened if 1 or 2 takes a huge step forward. I titled this post “A Grab Bag” and that is exactly what this group of prospects is.
You could make an argument that Nick Longmire deserves to be ranked above Lance Lynn and you could make an argument for the opposite. Nick Longmire had a short-season breakout after being drafted and Lance Lynn has been in the system for a few years with declining results. One is closer to the majors and the other has a higher upside.
A lot of potentially equal prospects makes our jobs harder when making top prospect lists, but the Cardinals and their fans should be happy that they have a lot of insurance against a prospect dropping off because they have many to take his place. The Cardinals are in a great position to add high upside players this year through the draft and international free agency because they have built a solid base of prospects that will keep the system rich even if some of the prospects flame out.