Rookies Leading The St.Louis Cardinals, Future Very Bright

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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Shelby Miller

The St.Louis Cardinals sit perched atop the National League Central division with an 8-5 record to start the 2013 campaign. The young season has seen the emergence of rookie pitcher Shelby Miller and first baseman Matt Adams, both youngsters are proving their worth as valuable assets to future of the Cardinals.

Miller has complimented and matched staff ace Adam Wainwright pitch for pitch posting a 2-0 record with a 1.46 earned run average and striking out a batter an inning in his first two starts. Miller has allowed 2 runs in 12 innings pitched and what more can you ask for in your 5th starter. The former 1st rounder looks to be a permanent fixture in the Cardinals rotation for years to come.

On the offensive the Cardinals have first baseman Matt Adams batting over .600 in limited at bats this season.  The Cardinals are searching for playing time for the young bomber who has crushed 3 homers in 18 at bats. The position is locked up by Allen Craig but the Cards have used Craig back in the outfield on occasion to secure Adams some at bats. If he keeps crushing bombs Adams will force himself into the lineup on an everyday basis. The 24-year-old swatted 72 home runs in his last three minor league seasons combined so the power potential is there.

Oh yeah, don’t forget the #3 ranked prospect in all of baseball Oscar Taveras taking names in the minors, frothing for a chance to prove himself at the major league level. Taveras is currently assigned to the Memphis Redbirds marinating in the minors until the Cards see fit.

Added to the likes of Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Trevor Rosenthal coming into their own, the future is scary good for the Cardinals. National League teams may want to take note, as the Cards will be a force to be reckoned with not only in 2013 but for years to come.

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Clayton Richer
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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