Cardinals outfield hopeful Colby Rasmus has scaled to number three on Baseball America's list of top 100 baseball prospects.
The publication expects Rasmus to make the Cardinals roster this season. He trails only Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and Rays pitcher David Price at the top of the list.
The next highest Cardinal on the list is 2008 first round draft pick Brett Wallace. Despite the drop off, Baseball America predicts that Wallace will also make it to the big leagues in 2009. Unless he shocks people in spring training, my guess is that he will get some at bats in Class AAA and then a taste later in the year so he's ready to compete for the third base job in 2010 when Troy Glaus departs as a free agent.
Reliever Chris Perez ranked 91 on the list, which is a surprise for a couple of reasons. First, why is the guy still a prospect when he has logged several months in a major league uniform? Second, if you still want to call him a prospect, how can he be so far down on the list when he has actually shown that he can perform at the major league level?
And if Perez is on the list, where is Jason Motte? If the opinion of other team's front office people are a factor, Motte would have to score some points. He was probably the most sought after trade target in the St. Louis organization behind Rasmus.