TCN’s 2020 Prospect Guide – Available Now!

The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is now available, bigger and better for 2020  – 232 pages, 97,000 words and several hundred photos strong.

The PDF version (at half-price for annual subscribers) can be downloaded today. The very popular spiral-bound printed book is now shipping, as well.

The Cardinal Nation has published rankings of the top prospects across the St. Louis Cardinals system since 2006. Again here in 2020, we have compiled all of these brand-new reports and much more information not available elsewhere into The Cardinal Nation 2020 Prospect Guide.

The core of this new 232-page Guide is in-depth profiles on all players on the top 50 prospect list, with each player write-up completely new for 2020. Individual profiles include 2019 stats, photos, scouting reports, probable 2020 team assignment, Rule 5 status, estimated MLB arrival, 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 2020. This increases the profiled prospect count to 62.

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 2020 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, award winners and stats leaders from the 2019 season and concludes with an extensive Cardinals history section. The latter includes in-depth breakdown and analysis of the 2013-2019 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.

Click here for the 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 2020 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 2020 Prospect Guide can be ordered in two different formats and three different pricing options. Please ensure you select the one you want.

The Guide can be delivered in electronic form, via PDF. Once your order is complete and verified, you will receive directions for access – usually within two hours.

There is also a limited edition print version, spiral bound.

Order the 2020 eBook

The regular price of the 2020 Prospect Guide eBook is $19.95. It is now available, delivered electronically, in PDF form.

(Please see Ordering notes below.)

Special annual members-only deal

As a “thank you” to 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 and for annual members 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 2020 printed Guide

The 2020 Prospect Guide in a limited edition printed version is also available. This coil-bound, double-sided 8 ½ x 11 inch color book of 232 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.

Sorry, but the spiral bound book for 2020 is sold out and there will not be another print run. Please order the PDF version instead or check back soon for pre-ordering details for the all new 2021 Guide.

Ordering notes

You do NOT need a PayPal account to order. 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 2020 Prospect Guide, please contact us so we can make other arrangements.

2020 Prospect Guide Foreword

Dan McLaughlin (

As Gordon Gekko said, “Get me information!”

After 23 years behind the microphone for the St. Louis Cardinals, I still search for background on players before every game. In February and March, The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is one of my most valuable resources for information on players whom Cardinals fans may not yet know.

Since Spring Training is a chance for many players to get a shot at the bigs, we see a multitude of minor leaguers from around the farm system, and it is my job to tell fans about them. Brian and his team do a tremendous job compiling everything I (and you) should know about these rising stars.

Often times, fans think of making it to the majors as a shiny, glamorous trip to athletic stardom. The truth is, for the majority of these players, they have spent a grueling amount of time on minor league teams. They have played through injuries, lived away from home for long periods and sometimes have history at other positions that may not have worked out.

Brian and his team have followed these players through their minor league careers so, if the time comes, Cardinals fans can hear about them from people like me when they get a chance to play on the big stage.

I would like to thank Brian for his hard work that has helped make my job easier for so many years. His regular “Wednesday with Walton” podcasts on, his books and his own website,, are excellent sources of information.

And we could all use more excellent sources of information.

Enjoy all that follows!

Dan McLaughlin

(Dan McLaughlin serves as the television play-by-play voice of St. Louis Cardinals baseball on FOX Sports Midwest and operates, with interviews and podcasts covering all aspects of the St. Louis sports scene.)


    • “I really appreciate the hard work and research you guys put into the articles.”
    • “Thank you for all your time, effort and energy you put into this guide.  It’s fantastic!!”
    • “The book is outstanding!” (from a prospect analyst for a national site)
    • “Just got my copy – holy crap! there’s a lot of info in there.”
    • “I am impressed by the book I ordered from you. It is very, very well done. I will be making this an annual purchase and something to look forward to yearly.”
    • “My wife was not happy my copy came today, Valentine’s Day. She said something something something…too busy reading.”
    • “This is worth every penny.”
    • “I load the Guide on my phone so I can easily look up players when I’m in Jupiter for spring training.”
    • “I ordered it last year and constantly referenced it throughout the season. I plan to order it again this year.”
    • “Bought it! This will be great to have around the house before we head down to Spring Training to see our favorite team!”
    • “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.”

    2020 Prospect Guide Table of Contents

    The entire Guide has been updated for 2020. Every one of the 62 prospect write-ups is completely re-written. New sections have been added as well.

    2019 Review Page
    2019 Top Prospect Recap 5
    2019 All-Stars and Honorees 7
    2019 Individual Stat Leaders – Hitters 10
    2019 Individual Stat Leaders – Pitchers 11
    2019 Minor League Team Results 13
    2019 The Cardinal Nation Awards 15
    2019 Major League Debuts 16
    2020 Prospects Background
    Top Prospect Voting Process 17
    2020 Top Prospects and Votes 18
    New to the 2020 Top 50 21
    2020 All-Prospect Team 24
    2020 Positional Depth 25
    Top 50 by Position Mix, Age and Sourcing 26
    Prospect Options/Rule 5 Status/MLB Debuts 28
    2020 Top 50 by Tiers 30
    Re-Ranking 2020 Top 50 on Potential Only 32
    2020 Prospect Write-Ups
    2020 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 50 to No. 1 35
    Derek Shore’s Best of the Rest 185
    Brian Walton’s Best of the Rest 193
    Deep Sleeper Picks 198
    History Section
    Top Prospect Lists – 2006-2019 200
    TCN Players/Managers of the Year 204
    Cardinals Organization Players/Pitchers of the Year 206
    George Kissell Award Winners 207
    2019-2020 Coaches/Player Development Staff 209
    Rule 5 Draft Results – 2002-2019 210
    Key International Signings – 2004-2019 213
    Cardinals Drafts – 2013-2019 220

2019 Prospect Guide still available

For those who would like a copy of last year’s Prospect Guide eBook, the 2019 version, it is still available to all at a price of $9.95, delivered in PDF form.

The 2019 printed book version has been reduced to $29.95, with supply limited to a few remaining copies on hand.

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