Order TCN’s 2022 Cardinals Prospect Guide

Blowout sale! The final spiral-bound copies of The Cardinal Nation 2022 Prospect Guide are 20% off until sold out. See details below.

Now available, The Cardinal Nation 2022 Prospect Guide is back for a fifth year. It features 276 pages of in-depth commentary about the very best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including dozens of color photos.

As always, the Guide can be purchased 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 2022, we have compiled all of these brand-new reports and much more information not available elsewhere into The Cardinal Nation 2022 Prospect Guide.

The core of the Guide remains in-depth profiles on all players on our new Top 50 Prospect List, with each player write-up new for 2022. Individual profiles include photos, scouting reports, probable 2022 team assignment, Rule 5 status, estimated MLB arrival, ultimate potential and more.

TCN owner Brian Walton and scouting analyst Jake Tweedie each extend their analysis to a group of others who just missed the Top 50 and identify a sleeper prospect for 2022.

These prospect reports are fresh, compiled from information gathered while watching the 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 2022 Top 50 presented include 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, team results, stats leaders and award winners during 2021. It concludes with an extensive Cardinals history section, including 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.

(See 2022 Table of Contents at the bottom of this article)

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 2022 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 2022 Prospect Guide can be pre-ordered in two different formats and three different pricing options. Please ensure you select the one you want.

  • In electronic form, via PDF
  • Limited edition print version, spiral bound


Both the eBook and the print version are now available. The former is delivered the same day and the latter should ship the next day via USPS Media Mail. 

Order the 2022 eBook

The regular price of the 2022 Prospect Guide eBook is $19.95. It will be 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.

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 2022 printed Guide

The 2022 Prospect Guide in a limited edition printed version is also available. This coil-bound, double-sided 8 ½ x 11 inch color book of 276 pages can be purchased for $31.95. This is 20% of the regular price, available only until the current inventory is sold out.

USPS Media 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.

Ordering notes

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

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 2022 Prospect Guide, please contact us so we can make other payment arrangements.

Prospect Guide Foreword

Dan McLaughlin

In the past three years, professional baseball has seen its fair share of challenges and changes. We’ve seen shortened seasons for all levels, abbreviated drafts, and more hurdles for the game. Everyone working in the sport has had to adapt.

Yet, Brian Walton and The Cardinal Nation team haven’t wavered an ounce in their coverage of the ball club. This guide reflects their commitment to getting information to fans, especially in a time of constant change. I’m constantly amazed at how Brian and his team put out daily content on the Cardinals prospects at all levels in the organization. They have done this when there wasn’t even a minor league season!

This guide was the most valuable resource I had when the Cardinals were calling up player after player, in the shortened season of 2020. It gave me valuable information on players that I wouldn’t normally had seen in an MLB season.

Once our 2022 season starts, this booklet will serve as my go-to source for info on the Cardinals farm system and top prospects. Each year on our broadcasts, this resource helps me to inform fans about the club’s rising stars. As a true fan of the game, I find this guide invaluable and urge anyone interested in Cardinals baseball to get it each year. Many thanks to Brian and his team for their diligence and allegiance over the years.

This is the best source of information for the St. Louis Cardinals prospects and its system. It’s a must have for any Cardinals fan. You WILL learn about the stars of tomorrow. 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 fourth year!


    • “I bring it on my phone to Peoria games to track the best players.”
    • “Thank you! My dad loves the prospect guide!”
    • “Spent my weekend with a little prospect reading and about to dive in for more. this is excellent stuff!!!”
    • “Customer service as good as your farm system coverage and content! Thank you!”
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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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    • “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.”
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    • “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.”

2022 Table of Contents

2021 Review Page
2021 Top Prospect Recap 5
Left the 2021 Prospect List for 2022 6
2021 All-Stars and Award Winners 9
2021 Individual Stat Leaders – Pitchers 14
2021 Individual Stat Leaders – Hitters 21
2021 Minor League Team Results 27
2021 Major League Debuts 30
2022 Prospects Background  
Top Prospect Voting Process 32
2022 Top Prospects 34
Quick Index to Top Prospect Write-ups 36
New to the 2022 Top 50 38
2022 All-Prospect Team 42
2022 Positional Depth 43
Top 50 by Position Mix, Age and Sourcing 45
Prospect Options/Rule 5 Status/MLB Debuts 50
Re-Ranking the Top 50 on Future Value and Risk 56
2022 Prospect Write-Ups  
2022 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 50 to No. 41 62
2022 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 40 to No. 31 92
2022 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 30 to No. 21 120
2022 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 20 to No. 11 151
2022 Top 50 Prospects – Player Reports – No. 10 to No. 1 184
The Best of the Rest plus Brian Walton’s Sleeper Pick 225
The Best of the Rest plus Jake Tweedie’s Deep Sleeper Pick 229
History Section  
Top Prospect Lists – 2006-2021 232
The Cardinal Nation Players/Managers of the Year 237
Cardinals Organization Players/Pitchers of the Year 239
External Recognition – 2010-2021 240
George Kissell Award Winners 241
2021-2022 Coaches/Player Development Staff 243
Rule 5 Draft Results – 2002-2021 247
Key International Signings – 2004-2021 252
Cardinals Drafts – 2013-2021 261
In Conclusion 276

First-hand news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals™ and their minor league system for 25 years