This article is not about the Cardinals directly, but because the minor league staffing levels for all 30 MLB organizations are compared, one can make a numeric assessment of how the Cardinals stack up.
In a statement to The Post, Mike Rizzo pledged to grow the minor league staff by "at least" 24 percent this winter. But the Nationals are also looking to overhaul a player development culture that has slipped far behind the times: https://t.co/lWNcvofink
From MLB.com Each team’s youngest top pitching prospect
Cardinals: Alec Willis, RHP (18 years old) (No. 22)
Ulnar nerve decompression surgery from 2020 delayed Willis’ ability to pop up on radars, but he did so enough this spring to get a $1 million signing bonus from St. Louis as a seventh-round pick. Standing at 6-foot-5, the 18-year-old right-hander has plenty of projection remaining and could show more velocity than his present 90-94 mph heaters in time. His curveball and changeup are decent enough secondaries as well. Willis just needs more opportunities to pitch and allow the stuff to tick up with experience.