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St. Louis Cardinals Top Players - 25 and Under

Team Rank Name POS Level AGE 7-21-13 Role
1 Oscar Taveras OF AA 21.10 Potential Star
2 Shelby Miller P AAA 22.79 3rd Starter
3 Kolten Wong 2B AA 22.79 Potential Star
4 Tyrell Jenkins P A 21.02 #1 Starter
5 Carson Kelly 3B R 19.03 First Division Starter
6 Carlos Martinez P AA 21.90 2nd Starter
7 Matt Adams 1B AAA 24.90 First Division Starter
8 James Ramsey OF A+ 23.60 Bench Player
9 Michael Wacha P AA 22.07 Closer
10 Trevor Rosenthal P AA 23.16 2nd Starter
11 Joe Kelly P AAA 25.13 4th Starter
12 Anthony Garcia OF A 21.56 First Division Starter
13 Ryan Jackson SS AAA 25.21 Bench Player
14 Greg Garcia 2B AA 23.97 First Division Starter
15 Jorge Rondon P AAA 24.86 Closer
16 Maikel Cleto P AAA 24.24 Middle Reliever
17 Richard Castillo P AA 23.79 3rd Starter
18 Jhonatan Escudero P R 20.05 #1 Starter
19 Pete Kozma SS AAA 25.29 Bench Player
20 Jordan Swagerty P 24.04
21 John Gast P AAA 24.44 3rd Starter
22 Anthony Ferrara P AA 23.90 #1 Starter
23 Grabiel Hernandez SS A+ 21.78 First Division Starter
24 Patrick Wisdom 3B A- 21.92 Bench Player
25 Breyvic Valera 2B AA 20.98 First Division Starter
26 Stephen Piscotty 3B A 22.53 Second Division Starter
27 Max Foody P R 20.12 Middle Reliever
28 Tyler Rahmatulla 2B A+ 23.41 Bench Player
29 Kurt Heyer P A- 22.51 Middle Reliever
30 Steve Bean C R 19.86 Bench Player
31 Eduardo Sanchez P AAA 24.44 Middle Reliever
32 Cedric Hunter OF AAA 25.38 Second Division Starter
33 Eric Fornataro P AA 25.57 Middle Reliever
34 Tyler Lyons P AAA 25.43 3rd Starter
35 Seth Maness P AA 24.78 4th Starter
36 Keith Butler P AA 24.49 Middle Reliever
37 Kevin Siegrist P AA 24.02 3rd Starter
38 Michael Blazek P AAA 24.36 Middle Reliever
39 Dean Kiekhefer P A+ 24.14 Middle Reliever
40 Colin Walsh 2B A 23.83 First Division Starter
41 Mariano Llorens P A 20.68 Closer
42 Seth Blair P A+ 24.40 5th Starter
43 Hector Salazar P R 19.07 3rd Starter
44 Hector Hernandez P A 22.43 3rd Starter
45 Justin Wright P AA 23.94 Set Up Man
46 Silfredo Garcia P R 22.02 3rd Starter
47 Dewen Perez P FOR 2nd Starter
48 Jose Godoy C FOR First Division Starter
49 Eliezer Alvarez SS FOR First Division Starter
50 Ismael Brito P R 20.34 Closer
51 Nick Additon P AAA 25.61 5th Starter


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1 Bryce Harper C Southern Nevada CC
2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
4 Drew Pomeranz LHP Mississippi
5 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
6 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State
7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
8 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas
9 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
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11 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
14 Levon Washington 2B/OF Chipola JC
15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
16 Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA
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18 Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia
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21 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington
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