TCN’s new 2019 Prospect Guide is now available!

The Cardinal Nation has published rankings of the top prospects across the St. Louis Cardinals system since 2006. Again here in 2019, we have compiled all of these brand-new reports and much more information not available elsewhere into an eBook – The Cardinal Nation 2019 Prospect Guide.

The core of this new 190-page Guide is in-depth profiles on all players on the top 50 prospect list, with each player write-up new for 2019. Individual profiles include 2018 stats, photos, scouting reports, probable 2019 team assignment, ultimate potential and more.

TCN owner Brian Walton and prospect analyst Derek Shore each extend their analysis to a group of others who missed the top 50 and both also detail their favorite sleeper prospect of 2019. This increases the profiled prospect count to 60.

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

Additional views of the 2019 top 50 presented 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 2018 season and concludes with an extensive Cardinals history section. The latter includes in-depth breakdown and analysis of the 2013-2018 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 from 2006 on.

In addition to the all-new player write-ups and dozens of additional photos, new sections for 2019 include top statistical performers last season, team records/standings, sourcing of the top 50, organizational Pitchers and Players of the Year and George Kissell Award history, both going back several decades.

Click here for the full Table of Contents or see 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 2019 Prospect Guide is a must-have. Much of this information is available nowhere else and certainly not in one easy-to-access source.

Get the Guide now and take it with you to spring training and to the Cardinals minor league ballparks all summer for insight on all the hottest prospects!


How to buy

The 2019 Prospect Guide can now be ordered in two different formats. Please ensure you get the one you want.

The 190-page color 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 now shipping. While we have ordered more copies this year, last year’s publishing run sold out quickly, so do not delay.


Order the 2019 eBook

The regular price of the 2019 Prospect Guide eBook is $19.95. It is delivered electronically, in PDF form.




(Please see Ordering notes below.)


Special annual members-only deal

As a “thank you” to paid annual subscribers to The Cardinal Nation, you 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.

Current monthly and three-month members who move to the annual plan will then be eligible, as are new annual subscribers. So, join today. Just click on the graphic at the right to get started.

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





Order the 2019 Guide in printed form

The 2019 Prospect Guide is now available and shipping in a limited edition printed version. This coil-bound, double-sided 8 ½ x 11 inch color book of 190 pages can be purchased for $34.95.

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

Due to the fixed costs of printing, binding and mailing, no discounts are available on the printed Guide.

When the print run is sold out, they will be gone – so do not delay!





Ordering notes

You do NOT need a PayPal account. Scroll to the bottom of the PayPal order screen to enter your credit card information as a guest. Your personal financial information is NOT saved, here or at PayPal.

If you are ordering the printed version, please ensure you provide the postal address to where the Guide should be mailed.

If you prefer not to use a credit card or PayPal to order the 2019 Prospect Guide, please contact us so we can make other arrangements.


2018 Prospect eBook still available

For those who would like a copy of last year’s Prospect Guide eBook, the 2018 version, it is still available at a price of $9.95, delivered in PDF form.


Customer testimonials

  • “I ordered the prospect book as a gift for my father and the pdf for myself. Love what you’re doing. Keep up the good work. “
  • “Fantastic book. Have gone through quite a bit of it. Looking forward to going completely through.”
  • “The best way to learn about future Cardinals.”
  • “This is terrific content. I am having information overload!”
  • “I’m really enjoying the guide and I am just on page 30 so far.”
  • “Interesting information galore. Well written.”
  • “A terrific job putting together the Prospect Guide. I’ll be referring to it often, I’m sure.”
  • “Even if you don’t go down to spring training, this is a must have.”
  • “THANK YOU SO MUCH! GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE, A VERY RARE THING THESE DAYS!  WILL LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEWS OF THE PRINT VERSION COMING OUT, THANK YOU AGAIN!” (Yes, he did type this all in caps! Obviously very excited!)

2019 Prospect Guide Table of Contents

The entire Guide has been updated for 2019. Every one of the 60 prospect write-ups are freshly written for this year. Full sections added the Guide for the first time in 2019 are noted below with “NEW”.

Section Page
Introduction 2
Table of Contents 3
2018 Top Prospect Recap 4
2018 All-Stars and Honorees – NEW (partial) 6
2018 Individual Statistical Leaders – NEW  7
2018 Team Records – NEW  10
2018 Awards/MLB Debuts – NEW (partial) 11
Top Prospect Voting Process 13
2019 Top Prospects and Votes 14
New to the 2019 Top 50 16
2019 Depth by Position 18
Top 50 by Position Mix, Age and Sourcing – NEW 19
Top 50 Prospect Options/Rule 5 Status 20
2019 Top 50 by Tiers 22
Re-Ranking 2019 Top 50 on Potential Only 23
2019 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – totally rewritten 25
Derek Shore’s Best of the Rest 152
Brian Walton’s Best of the Rest 157
Our Deep Sleeper Picks 160
Top Prospect Lists – 2006-2018 163
TCN Players/Managers of the Year 167
Cardinals Organization Player/Pitchers of the Year – NEW 168
George Kissell Award Winners – NEW 169
2018-2019 Coaches/Player Development Staff 171
Rule 5 Draft History – 2002-2018 172
Key International Signings – 2004-2018 175
Cardinals Drafts – 2013-2018 181
In Conclusion 190

First-hand news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals™ and their minor league system for 20 years