We’ve reached the prospects that you’re most likely to see lose to the Cardinals — their NL Central opponents!
Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson, OF
Majors in 2012? Jackson should be up in 2012, but not before June, the Cubs may play the super two game with their top prospect.
Cincinnati Reds – Billy Hamilton, SS
Majors in 2012? Very unlikely. Zach Cozart is the hot prospect name at the top of the shortstop heap for Cincy.
Houston Astros – Jarred Cosart, RHP
Majors in 2012? Not likely, Cosart just got a few starts in AA last season after the bulk of the year in A ball.
Milwaukee Brewers – Wily Peralta, RHP
Majors in 2012? Peralta is being stretched out as a starter in AAA right now, but will most definitely get some time with the big club this year, most likely in the bullpen.
Pittsburgh Pirates – Gerrit Cole, RHP
Majors in 2012? It’s doubtful that he goes the Mike Leake route given that the Pirates aren’t going to contend in 2012. They’ll push his major league arrival out at least until 2013 and more likely later.
St. Louis Cardinals – Shelby Miller, RHP
Majors in 2012? Miller is an injury or two late in the season away from getting his first major league experience this year. And we will cover that like a glove all year.
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Lets Talk A Little More About: Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds and George Springer, OF, Astros.
It was a photo finish for the top spot for the Reds and Astros. Per Kevin Goldstein, Mesoraco is two ranks behind Hamilton and Springer is one rank behind Cosart. Mesoraco will most certainly be up with the big club in 2012 and should be starting at catcher without much problem. He should give the Reds quality power potential from the catcher’s spot in the lineup. George Springer was just drafted in 2011 and shouldn’t see the majors for a few years, but also has some good power potential.
Note: Top prospects are according to Kevin Goldstein’s Top 101 Prospects at Baseball Prospectus.