Cardinals top prospects off to a hot start

Posted by Scott Wuerz on April 21, 2013 

Here's a quick look at the Cardinals' top prospects at Class AAA Memphis.

Second baseman Kolten Wong never really got a chance during the spring to make it to the big leagues by opening day. 

The Cardinals focused on incumbent second sacker Daniel Descalso and converted corner infielder Matt Carpenter to man second.

But if Wong didn't open eyes in March, he's doing do in April. He's batting .338 with two doubles and three triples to lead the offense at Class AAA Memphis. He also has three stolen bases in three tries.

Top prospect Oscar Taveras is batting .310 for Memphis, his average rocketing up after a slow start. April 17-20 Tavares was 5-for-8 with a home run and a double. He's scored nine runs and has driven in five more in 11 games.

In his first full season as a professional, hurler Michael Wacha continues to impress. He's allowed 11 hits in 16 innings of work with a 2-0 record and a 2.25 ERA. If there's one thing about Wacha that has raised an eyebrow it's that his eye-popping strikeout totals from last year have been missing. In his first game at the Class AAA level Wacha walked four and struck out none. Since then he's struck out seven and walked two.

Reliever Eduardo Sanchez started off the season strongly with four hits allowed in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out four and walked one. But he hasn't pitched since April 13 because of an injury. There was no word available on his status or return.

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