TCN’s new 2020 Prospect Guide – Pre-Order today!

That’s right! The Cardinal Nation Prospect Guide is on its way, bigger and better for 2020. Pre-orders are being accepted, both for the PDF version (available at half-price for annual subscribers) and the very popular spiral-bound printed book.

Estimated availability of the PDF is January 25, with the printed book version expected to start mailing two weeks later.



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 an eBook – The Cardinal Nation 2020 Prospect Guide.

The core of this new 200-plus 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, 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. Please ensure you select the one you want.

The Guide will be delivered in electronic form, via PDF. Once shipments begin, 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, spiral bound.



Pre-Order the 2020 eBook

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

Target availability date is January 25.




(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 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.






Pre-Order the 2020 printed Guide

The 2020 Prospect Guide is available in a limited edition printed version for pre-orders. This coil-bound, double-sided 8 ½ x 11 inch color book of over 200 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.

Expected availability date – February 8 – before pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter!






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.



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 for all at a price of $9.95, delivered in PDF form.





The 2019 printed book version has been reduced to $29.95, but supply is limited.





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

    The table of contents for 2020 will be substituted below once the final version is complete.

    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