The Cardinals promise on pitching via its much ballyhooed farm system has thus far delivered on promise. Is there a chance within a few years the Cardinals have a completely homegrown pitching staff?
Of all positions in the Cardinals system, first base is perhaps the one that developed the most unexpectedly. But how will the future play out overall at the position? And will the surplus of talent lead to moves being made at spot, or will other issues make the team gun shy about jumping to any conclusions still?
The most talked about issue for the St. Louis Cardinals is what is going on at shortstop. The loss of Rafael Furcal to elbow surgery has hastened the future of the lone position on the organization’s map where there is no ideal succession plan in place.
Barring a complete collapse, it looks as though the Kansas City Royals will not finish in fourth or fifth place for the first time in ten years and the second in fifteen.