Cardinals Organizational Rankings: Top 5 Second Basemen




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Breyvic Valera: Age 25, MLB - 424 AB, 133 H, 22 Doubles, 6 Triples, 8 HR, 41 RBI, 11 SB/11 CS, 34 SO, 38 BB, 314/368/450/819

PROSPECT GRADE: D+


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What I'd like to stress about Valera is that he is still on the 40 man roster even though he's less valuable to the organization than Alex Mejia is, and Mejia was just out-righted off of the 40 man. That tells me that either the organization realizes just shallow the 2B talent pool in the system is or(and) that they still hold hope that Valera will show some of the drive contact tool that he's shown at different parts during his minor league career.


There was a stretch during the 2017 season, from June 10th until his promotion to the majors, that he was maybe the best contact hitter in the organization, slashing 351/406/528 in 248 AB while hitting 27 extra base hits, walking 24 times, and only striking out 17 times.


I'm often quick to dismiss Valera because of how long he's been in the organization, but maybe, just maybe, there's a little bit more to get out of his game than even I realize.

*Valera's stats are minor league stats only*


TOP 5

1. Darren Seferina: Age 23, Double-A - 443 AB, 123 H, 17 Doubles, 10 Triples, 7 HR, 49 RBI, 19 SB/7 CS, 103 SO, 54 BB, 278/357/409/765

PROSPECT GRADE: C


Organizationally, the second base position for the Cardinals is kind of weak. It wasn't exactly strong before the Cardinals traded Eliezer Alvarez for Juan Nicasio in late September in a trade that, unless they Cardinals resign Nicasio, was completely pointless. Because of that trade, Seferina is now the cream of the 2B crop.


Seferina recovered from an injury-marred 2016 to have a very good 2017. Honestly, there's a good chance that he might have passed Alvarez on the list had Alvarez stayed in the organization.




Seferina beefed up his power after his promotion to Springfield. The injury in 2016 took some of his speed away, but he is still an above average second baseman that showed well playing third, as well. Seferina is Rule 5 eligible, so we'll have to see how that plays out, but I hope he stays in the organization and we get to see what he's capable of.


2. Andy Young: Age 23, Double-A - 410 AB, 114 H, 20 Doubles, 4 Triples, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 8 SB/2 CS, 104 SO, 33 BB, 278/359/471/830

PROSPECT GRADE: C


Young is another prospect that's capable of playing third base as well as second, but he played more 2B than 3B and he profiles better at 2B.


ague, Young, a former 37 round pick, is another example of a late round pick paying off for the organization. You've heard me drone on and on about the Florida State League and why it's terrible, but Young did pretty well there when you consider how volatile that environment is for his type of raker. The 14 extra base hits in 196 AB isn't all that bad for a player that lifts the ball the way that he does in that league. He did strike out nearly 25% of the time for Palm Beach and I want to see that number come down.





The easiest/laziest comp to make for Young is Jacob Wilson (who'll you'll read about tomorrow), but I think that picture will become more clear in a year. I know this: the ball really jumps off of his bat and I think an aggressive promotion to Springfield would really showcase his full arsenal of power.


3. Irving Lopez: Age 22, Rookie Level SC - 182 AB, 52 H, 8 Doubles, 2 Triples, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 6 SB/3 CS, 26 SO, 20 BB, 286/379/434/813

PROSPECT GRADE: D+


I really like Lopez. If I had to chose a prospect in the system that's the most like Alex Mejia it's him. He's a very solid utility player with the collegiate pedigree to advance quick in the system.


The thing to remember with Irving when looking at his stats is that, while he had a great season at the dish after being drafted, he was playing in the Appy League. that league is probably a kick below the talent that you'd see in major Division I college baseball. He performed exactly how a player of his advanced skills and Florida International rearing should have performed. He's a prospect that I'd like to see aggressively promoted and tested because I think that he's capable of handling it. There's a maturity and professionalism to his game that you hope to see out of all of your prospects. If I had to choose one collegiate position player off of the top of my head from the 2017 draft as a mid rounds steal, I think I'd pick Lopez.


4. Bruce Caldwell: Age 26, Triple-A - 339 AB, 82 H, 13 Doubles, 1 Triple, 14 HR, 57 RBI, 2 SB/1 CS, 119 SO, 54 BB, 242/354/410/764