"They don't get talked about as much as other systems, but they have a Grade A prospect in Shelby Miller and a lot of pitching depth behind him. I think this system is underrated."
A man after my own heart, is Mr. Sickels. After years of wandering in the wilderness, the Cardinal farm system has finally begun to really mature and make some serious strides toward the top. A couple of strong drafts, and the Latin American operations beginning to produce some potential impact talent (thank you Jeff Luhnow), has buoyed a system long fallow. This system still isn't thought of immediately when you talk about high-quality systems, just because it's so unusual for the Cardinals to be ranked up near the top like this. End result: underrated.
"You have to love this system. You have three possible ace starting pitchers in Miller, Martinez, and Jenkins, and (Trevor) Rosenthal isn't far behind. You have pitchers who are ready to help right now with (Lance) Lynn and (Eduardo) Sanchez, and additional strong bullpen arms behind them."
And about the position players:
"The offense is thinner but still has potential, with Wong, (Zack) Cox, and Taveras all looking like big-league regulars eventually."
Always nice to get such praise, particularly from someone with the kind of track record Sickels possesses. Head on over to his site and check out the full ranking and comments. While you're there, order a copy of his prospect handbook. Trust me, it's worth it.