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Normally, The Cardinal Nation features monthly in-season updates to our St. Louis Cardinals top 50 prospect list. However, with no minor league games being played in 2020, there has been no reason to make adjustments – until this month’s First-Year Player Draft.
During the annual event, held on June 10-11 and limited to five rounds, the Cardinals made seven selections. In our placement of the new draftees into our existing top 50, we are assuming for now that all will be signed.
Our process was for TCN analyst Derek Shore and me to separately place the draftees into the site top 50 for 2020, which we had developed during the off-season. Our two scores for each draft pick were averaged and that spot was where the players were placed on the overall list. (In one case, a tie was broken by the best individual ranking.)
As you can imagine, a lot of thought went into our individual rankings – and there were some significant differences of opinion. The first six draftees made the new top 50.
Following for all readers are the basics – the rankings themselves. The new and old lists are presented side by side, with the draftees’ names in bold.
|Rk||New top 50||Prior|
|1||Dylan Carlson||Dylan Carlson|
|2||Nolan Gorman||Nolan Gorman|
|3||Matthew Liberatore||Matthew Liberatore|
|4||Elehuris Montero||Elehuris Montero|
|5||Andrew Knizner||Andrew Knizner|
|6||Ivan Herrera||Ivan Herrera|
|7||Jordan Walker||Zack Thompson|
|8||Zack Thompson||Jake Woodford|
|9||Jake Woodford||Angel Rondon|
|10||Angel Rondon||Junior Fernandez|
|11||Junior Fernandez||Genesis Cabrera|
|12||Masyn Winn||Jhon Torres|
|13||Genesis Cabrera||Malcom Nuñez|
|14||Jhon Torres||Johan Oviedo|
|15||Malcom Nuñez||Justin Williams|
|16||Johan Oviedo||Trejyn Fletcher|
|17||Justin Williams||Edmundo Sosa|
|19||Tink Hence||Luken Baker|
|20||Edmundo Sosa||Kodi Whitley|
|21||Luken Baker||Julio Rodriguez|
|22||Kodi Whitley||Alvaro Seijas|
|23||Julio Rodriguez||Griffin Roberts|
|24||Alvaro Seijas||Tony Locey|
|25||Griffin Roberts||Mateo Gil|
|27||Mateo Gil||Andre Pallante|
|28||Andre Pallante||Jack Ralston|
|29||Jack Ralston||Alex FaGalde|
|30||Alex FaGalde||Justin Toerner|
|31||Ian Bedell||Seth Elledge|
|32||Alec Burleson||Evan Mendoza|
|33||Justin Toerner||Delvin Perez|
|34||Seth Elledge||Rangel Ravelo|
|35||Levi Prater||Steven Gingery|
|36||Evan Mendoza||Edgar Escobar|
|37||Delvin Perez||Conner Capel|
|38||Rangel Ravelo||Tommy Parsons|
|39||Steven Gingery||Brendan Donovan|
|40||Edgar Escobar||Juan Yepez|
|41||Conner Capel||Evan Kruczynski|
|42||Tommy Parsons||John Nogowski|
|43||Brendan Donovan||Pedro Pages|
|44||Juan Yepez||Francisco Justo|
|45||Evan Kruczynski||Max Schrock|
|46||John Nogowski||Kramer Robertson|
|47||Pedro Pages||Ludwin Jimenez|
|48||Francisco Justo||Patrick Romeri|
|49||Max Schrock||Brady Whalen|
|50||Kramer Robertson||Bryan Dobzanski|
For much, much more
For those who are members of The Cardinal Nation (and we greatly appreciate your ongoing support), Derek and I have explained the whys and wherefores of our placements in significant detail in the following article.
If you want to share your thoughts, please head over to The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.
As more signings are announced and roster information evolves, it will be noted on team rosters (located via the ROSTERS/PLAYERS/MOVES menu in the left column) as well as on the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation. The latter source also is tracking the status of all draftees and non-drafted free agent signings.
To go deeper on the Cardinals draft class and the free agents signed following, check out the following free articles:
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