Where Cards' Top 30 prospects are starting season

April 5th, 2018

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Cards' Top 30 prospects are starting the season:

1. (MLB No. 17), RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) -- DL

2. (MLB No. 38), RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)*

3. (MLB No. 46), C -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

4. (MLB No. 94), OF -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

5. , OF -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)

6. , RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

7. , RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)

8. , RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

9. , C -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

10. , 2B -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

11. , OF/2B -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

12. , SS -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)

13. , OF -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

14. , LHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

15. Junior Fernandez, RHP -- Palm Beach Cardinals (A)

16. , SS -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

17. Jonathan Machado, OF -- Peoria Chiefs (A)

18. Dylan Carlson, OF -- Peoria Chiefs (A)

19. Wadye Ynfante, OF -- Extended spring training

20. Alvaro Seijas, RHP -- Peoria Chiefs (A)

21. , RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

22. , RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

23. Connor Jones, RHP -- Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

24. Johan Oviedo, RHP -- Peoria Chiefs (A)

25. Delvin Perez, SS -- Extended spring training

26. , SS -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

27. Zach Jackson, C -- Extended spring training

28. , RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

29. , LHP -- St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)

30. Casey Meisner, RHP -- Springfield Cardinals (AA)

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Team to watch

The Cardinals have a lot of talent collecting at the upper levels of their system, with 16 of the Top 30 starting either with Double-A Springfield or Triple-A Memphis. While Springfield leads the way with nine Top 30 guys, Memphis should be awfully fun to watch with four of the top six in Flaherty, Kelly, O'Neill and Hudson. Three more -- Schrock, Mercado and Gomber -- are ranked in the 10-15 range on the list.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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New faces

Munoz came over in December as part of the trade, and he has mamde quite a first impression, hitting .323/.364/.516. That, plus his versatility, landed him a spot on the big league roster on Opening Day.

When the Cardinals traded to the Blue Jays in January, they got right-hander Greene in return. His arm strength and size have long been intriguing, though he struggled in Double-A with Toronto last year. He'll head back to that level, this time in the Texas League for his Cardinals debut. He'll be joined by Meisner, who was acquired from the A's in return for reliever on Saturday.

On the shelf

Reyes continues to rehab from the Tommy John surgery he had in February 2017. He's on track to return at the beginning of May.

*Flaherty started the season with the Cardinals but was optioned Wednesday to Triple-A Memphis.