The St. Louis Cardinals have been known to have a rich farm system, especially for having a deal of young major-league ready pitchers. This has always been their secret weapon and this offseason I think they should execute their plan to acquire a big time power bat. The only way of doing so, is to part with some of their farm system.
The Cardinals have something rare in right-hander, Alex Reyes. Reyes, 23, missed all of the 2017 season due to Tommy John Surgery. The #14 ranked prospect (MLB Pipeline) has a fastball that can reach 100 mph and is rated a 75, on the 20-80 rating scale. In 12 appearances in 2016, Reyes impressed with a 1.57 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 46 innings.
If the Cardinals are serious about trading for a power bat this offseason, such as Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton or Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson, they may need to cut Reyes loose. Both teams are going to ask about Reyes and realistically the only way the Cardinals will acquire both sluggers, would be by trading Reyes, as the headliner.
The party does not stop at Reyes. The Red Birds have talented pitchers Jack Flaherty and Luke Weaver waiting in the wing. If the Cardinals plan to trade some of their prospects this offseason, you may hear these names quite frequently.
Weaver, 24, awed Major League Baseball in his second stint in the big leagues. In 13 appearances this season, Weaver went 7-2 in 60 innings, with a 3.88 ERA and 72 strikeouts. Weaver has "above-average" control and a high 90's mph fastball. Weaver may be on someone's wish list this offseason. If I am the Cardinals, I would ship him out of the Midwest for some big time talent.
The Cardinals have another potential ace in their organization in Jack Flaherty. The 21-year-old righty had an impressive year in AA and AAA. In 25 starts between the two levels, Flaherty went 14-4 with a phenomenal 2.18 ERA in 148.2 innings with 147 strikeouts. Flaherty appeared in the majors six times in September, and he had a 6.33 ERA. Obviously, he had the big-league jitters. He is expected to be on the major league roster opening day next year. He mainly utilizes his fastball, which ranges in the low 90 mph range. He has excellent command of his fastball and he is not scared to throw it.
The Cardinals also have Sandy Alcantara and Dakota Hudson, who opened some eye lids too.
Alcantara has potential to be a lights-out closer. The 22-year-old has an Aroldis Chapman fastball. He is literally the righty version of Chapman. His fastball reaches the 100 mph range with ease. Alcantara appeared in this big leagues this season and impressed during his September stint.
Hudson, 23, is seemingly around the corner from his shot in the big leagues. It is safe to assume the righty will be seen in the majors around mid-year next season. In both AA and AAA, the righty went 10-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 25 starts.
The Cardinals have a lot to deal with this offseason after missing the postseason in 2017. Many speculate the Cardinals will try to land a power bat. If they want to get Donaldson and Stanton, you can expect at least two of these pitchers to be wearing new uniforms next season.