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Monday, January 14, 2013

Ranking the St. Louis Cardinals prospects for 2013: No. 10 Anthony Garcia

The St. Louis Cardinals organization has done wonders to re-stock its minor league system and has compiled quite a collection of high-upside prospects.  With spring training only a few weeks away, now is as good a time as any to take a look and put together our own rankings for the best prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization heading into 2013.

Over the next several weeks we will countdown from number 10 down to number one, ranking the Cardinals' best prospects based off their performance to date and potential to contribute in a meaningful way at the Major League level.

Lets take a look at StlSportsMinute.com's No. 10 ranked Cardinals prospect for 2013, Anthony Garcia.

Anthony Garcia, OF, 21
2012 Highest Level: A- Quad Cities
2012 Stats: 109 G, .280 BA, .354 OBP, 19 HR, 74 RBI, 3 SB
2013 Predicted Highest Level: A+ Palm Beach

Anthony Garcia entered the Cardinals system in 2009 as an 18th round draft pick from Carolina, Puerto Rico. Last year was Garcia's first season above rookie level and 2012 also put Garcia's name on the map of who's who on the Cardinals farm.

Garcia is emerging as very solid power hitter in the Cardinals system. In 2012, Garcia hit a home run every 20 at bats which is his best total in his career. Garcia's age of 21 is still fairly young and he has room to develop.

With power comes plate discipline, and Garcia needs to work on his. Garcia struck out 107 times in 396 at bats in 2012. Garcia's BB/K ratio was 0.31/1 which is not very good.

Garcia also had a fairly high BABIP, posting a robust .338 average. This shows us that he was pretty lucky with the balls he puts in play. This number will most likely come down causing his batting average to come down as well.

Garcia should move quickly to High A Palm Beach. I am concerned that his lack of plate discipline will catch up to him at a higher level.

If Garcia can learn how to work a count and be patient at the plate he could rise quickly through the system and move up on this list.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we release the rest of our top 10 Cardinals prospects for 2013.

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