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By John Nagel of CardinalsFarm.com

Recently we unveiled our top 5 prospects in the Cardinals system. We began with 50 prospects and worked our way down to number one. For those of you that may not remember, we put them together on one single list.

Here are our top 50 prospects:

50. Steven Farinaro
49. Jimmy Reed
48. Ronald Castillo
47. Steve Bean
46. Ryan Sherriff
45. Fernando Baez
44. Audry Perez
43. Seth Blair
42. Malik Collymore
41. Dixon Llorens
40. Sam Gaviglio
39. Edmundo Sosa
38. Anthony Garcia
37. Mason Katz
36. Sam Tuivailala
35. Eric Fornataro
34. Boone Whiting
33. Nick Petree
32. Jonathan Rodriguez
31. Keith Butler
30. Juan Herrera
29. Ian McKinney
28. Jacob Wilson
27. Mike O'Neill
26. Breyvic Valera
25. Tommy Pham
24. Mike Mayers
23. Oscar Mercado
22. Sam Freeman
21. Kenny Peoples-Walls
20. Jordan Swagerty
19. Greg Garcia
18. Zach Petrick
17. John Gast
16. Cory Jones
15. Lee Stoppelman
14. Patrick Wisdom
13. Tyrell Jenkins
12. Charlie Tilson
11. Randal Grichuk
10. Carson Kelly
9. James Ramsey
8. Tim Cooney
7. Rob Kaminsky
6. Alex Reyes
5. Marco Gonzales
4. Stephen Piscotty
3. Kolten Wong
2. Carlos Martinez
1. Oscar Taveras

When looking at this list, I go to position groups and for me, third base is probably the weakest group in the Cards system. Only one third baseman made the list (Patrick Wisdom). Shortstop is pretty close, but there are a couple of high upside players like Mercado and Herrera that could make the shortstop position much stronger.

One of the biggest struggles I had was where to place Kaminsky, Reyes, and Gonzales. While all three have big upsides, they have limited experience in the Cardinals system. I chose Gonzales as the highest prospect because he is more polished and is a safer bet. After him, I went with Reyes because he has a better upside over Kaminsky (and Gonzales too). If I were to predict where they could fall at the end of the season, I would probably say Reyes, Kaminsky, and Gonzales.

The outfield depth is truly remarkable, placing 5 prospects in the top 12. What also adds value to the outfield position is the All-Star potential of Piscotty and Taveras.

What to expect from CardinalsFarm in the coming weeks
On Monday we will continue our Monday Poll question followed by our take on the poll on Wednesday. Next Tuesday, we will have a list of players who just missed our top 50. Also in the coming weeks, look for our team previews where we predict the rosters of the four full-season affiliates of the Cardinals.

When minor league spring games start in a couple of weeks, hopefully we will be able to bring you highlights of that day's action. Last season John Vuch would send us a daily e-mail of spring action for the minor leaguers, and we are hoping to continue that this year.

Follow me on Twitter@CardinalsFarm or on Facebook. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at stlbabybirds@yahoo.com

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