TCN’s new 2018 Prospect Guide is now available!

The Cardinal Nation has published rankings of the top prospects across the St. Louis Cardinals system since 2006. For the first time here in 2018, we have compiled all of these reports and much more into a 193-page book – The Cardinal Nation 2018 Prospect Guide.

The core of this new 2018 Guide is in-depth profiles of all players on the top 50 prospect list. Each individual profile includes 2017 stats, photos, scouting reports, ultimate potential and more.

TCN owner Brian Walton and prospect analyst Derek Shore each extend their analysis to six others who missed the top 50 and both also detail their favorite sleeper prospect of 2018. This increases the profiled prospect count to 66.

These scouting reports have been compiled from information gathered while watching these players in action as well as from conversations with their coaches, Cardinals’ player development staff, coaches and scouts from outside of the organization and the players themselves.

Additional views of the 2018 top 50 include tiers, an ultimate potential-only re-ranking, depth by position and prospect proximity to St. Louis.

The Guide opens with a look back at the system’s all-stars and award winners from the 2017 season and concludes with an extensive Cardinals history section. The latter includes in-depth breakdown and analysis of the 2013-2017 First-Year Player Drafts and top international signings since 2004, including bonuses and spending against pool amounts. Also included are Rule 5 Draft results back to 2002 and our top prospect lists all the way back to 2006.

See the full Table of Contents below.

If you want to go deep on the Cardinals’ minor league system and learn about the next waves of prospects to reach St. Louis, the 2018 Prospect Guide is a must-have. Much of this information is available nowhere else and certainly not in one easy-to-access source.


How to buy

The 2018 Prospect Guide will be delivered in electronic form, via PDF. You will receive directions for access after your order is complete and verified – usually within two hours.

There is also a limited edition print version which will be available until quantities run out. Please make sure you are ordering the version of the Guide you really want. They are separately selectable below.


New! Order the Guide in printed form

The 2018 Prospect Guide is now also available in a limited edition print version. This coil-bound, double-sided, 8 1/2 x 11 inch color book of 193 pages can be purchased for $29.95.

USPS Priority Mail shipping to the continental US is included at no additional charge. If you live outside that area, please contact us for a price quote before ordering, or purchase the eBook version instead.





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Order the eBook

The price of the 2018 Prospect Guide eBook is $19.95. This is delivered in PDF form.



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Special introductory offer

To introduce the Guide and serve as a “thank you” to paid annual subscribers* to The Cardinal Nation, they may purchase the eBook for less than half price – just $9.95.

Note that this special offer is for the PDF version only. The costs associated with printing, binding and mailing preclude discounting the price of the printed version.

* Subscribers grandfathered in from the old Scout site must first renew/extend their annual membership here at the new The Cardinal Nation to be eligible for this discount.

Current monthly and three-month members who move to the annual plan will then be eligible, as are new annual subscribers.

We reserve the right to cancel any non-qualifying discounted Guide orders.


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“A terrific job putting together the 2018 Prospect Guide. I’ll be referring to it often, I’m sure.”

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Prospect Guide Table of Contents

Section Page
Introduction 2
Table of Contents 3
2017 Top Prospect Recap 4
2017 All-Stars 6
2017 Awards/Season at a Glance 7
The Voting Process 8
2018 Top Prospects and Votes 9
New to the 2018 Top 50 11
2018 Depth by Position 12
Top 50 Prospect Options/Rule 5 Status 13
2018 Top 50 by Tiers 14
Re-Ranking 2018 Top 50 on Potential Only 15
2018 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports 16
Derek Shore’s Best of the Rest 161
Brian Walton’s Best of the Rest 170
Our Deep Sleeper Picks 174
Top Prospect Lists – 2006-2016 176
TCN Players/Managers of the Year 179
2018 Coaches/Player Development Staff 180
Rule 5 Draft History – 2002-2017 181
Key International Signings – 2004-2017 183
Cardinals Drafts – 2013-2017 188
In Conclusion 193