Cardinals Fans Will Love ESPN's Top-100 MLB Prospects List

Adam Taylor McKillop
St. Louis Cardinals fans will love ESPN's top-100 MLB prospects list for 2022.
St. Louis Cardinals fans will love ESPN's top-100 MLB prospects list for 2022. / Joel Auerbach/GettyImages

While the ongoing MLB Lockout casts more and more doubt around an uninterrupted 2022 season, the calendar is still a few weeks from March. That means baseball will soon sit center stage on the minds of sports fans everywhere.

Regardless of what happens with the lockout, Minor League Baseball will start on time because MiLB players are not a part of the MLBPA. MiLB Spring Training is less than a month away and offers desperate baseball fans a temporary relieve from these dreaded CBA negotiations.

Fortunately, ESPN recently released a top-100 list of current MLB prospects and there's a lot to love for St. Louis Cardinals fans.

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Even after finishing the season with 90 wins and a playoff spot, the future is bright for St. Louis. The Cardinals see two prospects rank in the top-20 of this list, back to back at No. 17 and No. 18.

Interestingly enough, the spots are owned by a pair of stout third baseman in Jordan Walker (No. 17) and Nolan Gorman (No. 18).

Gorman is the older of the two prospects at 21 and closer to the MLB level, having played last season between AAA and AA. The lefty power bat slashed .279/.333/.481 with 25 home runs and 75 RBIs across 119 games. ESPN's Kiley McDaniel projects him as a good overall hitter, with less power than Walker, and even comps him to a Max Muncy type.

Walker, a 19-year-old that swings from the right side, is more of your prototypical third baseman build. He's got massive power and a great ability to hit for contact at his age. The former No. 21 overall draft pick struggles slightly more defensively, but has also only played up to high-A, where he slashed .292/.344/.487 with 8 home runs and 27 RBIs in just 55 games.

McDaniel compares Walker to some of MLB's elite, saying he's "somewhere on the Austin Riley to Pete Alonso spectrum."

Six-time All-Star Nolan Arenado will be the Cardinals' third baseman for the foreseeable future as he's locked into contract until 2028 and playing at an exceptional level, evidenced by his 34 home runs and 105 RBIs last season. Still, it's fun to think about the future on a team that's made the postseason three years running.

For now, this is enough baseball excitement to hold Cardinals fans over until both the players and league can reach an agreement on a new CBA.

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