Now available, The Cardinal Nation 2021 Prospect Guide is back for a fourth year. It includes over 250 pages of in-depth commentary about the very best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including dozens of color photos.
As always, the Guide is available in two formats – the PDF version (offered at half-price for TCN annual subscribers) and the very popular spiral-bound printed book.
The Cardinal Nation has published rankings of the top prospects across the St. Louis Cardinals system since 2006. Again here in 2021, we have compiled all of these brand-new reports and much more information not available elsewhere into The Cardinal Nation 2021 Prospect Guide.
The core of this new Guide remains the in-depth profiles on all players on our new Top 50 prospect list, with each player write-up new for 2021. Individual profiles include photos, scouting reports down to the tool and pitch level, probable 2021 team assignment, Rule 5 status, estimated MLB arrival, ultimate potential and more.
TCN owner Brian Walton and expert scouting analyst Matt Thompson each extend their analysis to a group of others who just missed the Top 50 and identify a deep sleeper prospect for 2021.
These prospect reports are fresh, compiled from information gathered while watching these players in action and on video 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 2021 Top 50 presented include detailed by-tool and by-pitch scouting reports, ranking tiers, an ultimate potential-only re-ranking, depth by position and prospect proximity to St. Louis.
The Guide opens with a look back at last year’s prospect list, MLB debuts and camp assignments during 2020 and concludes with an extensive Cardinals history section. The latter includes in-depth breakdown and analysis of each First-Year Player Draft back to 2013 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 forward.
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 2021 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 2021 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.
- There is also a limited edition print version, spiral bound.
As of February 8, the PDF version of the 2021 Prospect Guide is available. Most orders are filled the same day.
As of February 17, the bound books have arrived from the printer and all pre-orders have shipped. Order today and your book will ship tomorrow.
Order the 2021 eBook
The regular price of the 2021 Prospect Guide eBook is $19.95. It is now available the same day, delivered electronically, in PDF form.
(Please see Ordering notes below.)
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.
Legacy monthly and three-month members who move to the annual plan will then be eligible, as are new annual subscribers. So, there is no better time to join The Cardinal Nation. 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 2021 printed Guide
The 2021 Prospect Guide in a limited edition printed version is also available for next-day shipping. This coil-bound, double-sided 8 ½ x 11 inch color book of 259 pages can be purchased for $37.95.
Note: For 24 hours only, the “Buy Now” button below reflects a 10% off Flash Sale on the printed Guide.
USPS Priority Mail shipping to addresses in the continental US is included at no additional charge. If you live outside that area, please contact us before ordering to receive a price quote, or purchase the eBook version instead.
Be aware – the 2020 printed Guides sold out, and while we will order a greater quantity from the printer this year, do not delay in placing your order or risk missing out.
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After you order the PDF, a follow on email will be sent providing access instructions, almost always the same day.
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 debit or credit card or PayPal to order the 2021 Prospect Guide, please contact us so we can make other arrangements.
2021 Prospect Guide Foreword
As I reflect on my 24 years calling St. Louis Cardinals baseball, I can say none compared to the one we just went through. Because fans couldn’t attend in person, it was my job to be the eyes and ears more so than ever. While there were many challenges in calling games during a pandemic, probably the toughest was having no access to the staff and players. This Guide, researched so diligently by Brian and his team each year, gave me ample player information to relay on broadcasts.
Also, as I look back on the unprecedented amount of call-ups the Cardinals had to make in 2020, fans may not have known much about those players. The Cardinal Nation’s Prospect Guide was a quick reference for me during a time when information from our minor league camps was sparse.
I really feel that, each year, this book is something every Cardinals baseball junkie should have. It has made my job easier for so many seasons and will be invaluable this year too. Although extremely difficult to access minor league details for most media in 2020, Brian and his team did an astounding job bringing together the in-depth information presented in this Guide.
I can’t thank Brian enough for his help over the years. Go Cards!
– Dan McLaughlin
Dan McLaughlin serves as the television play-by-play voice of St. Louis Cardinals baseball on Bally Sports Midwest and operates ScoopsWithDannyMac.com, with interviews and podcasts covering all aspects of the St. Louis sports scene.
Stop by Scoops With Danny Mac every Wednesday as Dan and Brian review the week’s news, both from across the Cardinals system, as well as in Minor League Baseball and MLB.
We are now in our third year!
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— Kyle Reis (@kyler416) November 7, 2020
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- “Thank you for all your time, effort and energy you put into this guide. It’s fantastic!!”
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2021 Table of Contents
|2020 Top Prospect Recap||5|
|Left the 2020 Prospect List for 2021||6|
|2020 Camp Assignments||7|
|2020 Major League Debuts||8|
|2021 Prospects Background|
|Top Prospect Voting Process||10|
|2021 Top Prospects and Votes||11|
|New to the 2021 Top 50||15|
|2021 All-Prospect Team||17|
|2021 Positional Depth||19|
|Top 50 by Position Mix, Age and Sourcing||19|
|Prospect Options/Rule 5 Status/MLB Debuts||25|
|2021 Top 50 by Tiers||30|
|Re-Ranking the Top 50 on Future Value Only||34|
|Top Prospect Best Pitches||39|
|Top Position Player Prospect Tools||43|
|2021 Prospect Write-Ups|
|2021 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 50 to No. 41||48|
|2021 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 40 to No. 31||76|
|2021 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 30 to No. 21||101|
|2021 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 20 to No. 11||129|
|2021 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 10 to No. 1||160|
|The Best of the Rest||207|
|Brian Walton’s Deep Sleeper Pick||212|
|Top Prospect Lists – 2006-2019||213|
|The Cardinal Nation Players/Managers of the Year||217|
|Cardinals Organization Players/Pitchers of the Year||219|
|George Kissell Award Winners||220|
|2020-2021 Coaches/Player Development Staff||223|
|Rule 5 Draft Results – 2002-2020||227|
|Key International Signings – 2004-2020||232|
|Cardinals Drafts – 2013-2020||243|