How much did it hurt the Cardinals' farm system to trade for Matt Holliday and Mark DeRosa? Apparently quite a bit, according to SI.com.
The Web site has released its rankings of major league farm systems and the baby Birds have plummeted from 8th last season to 29th place amongst the 30 MLB clubs this year.
This is what SI had to say:
29. Cardinals: Ranked eighth last spring, St. Louis traded away both star power and depth in 2009 in acquiring Matt Holliday and Mark DeRosa. What's left is a bunch of role players and 2009 first-rounder Shelby Miller, a promising right-hander but a prep pitcher who has yet to play a full season.
I admit, it did some damage to deal Brett Wallace, Chris Perez, Jess Todd and others. But the system is not totally devoid of prospects. What about Lance Lynn, a 6-5, 260-pound pitching prospect who was 11-4 with a 2.92 ERA in Class AA Springfield before being promoted to Class AAA Memphis? What about former University of Miami star Jon Jay who played in Memphis last season and hit .281 with 10 homers and 20 stolen bases? What about .300 hitter David Freese who is expected to seize the Birds' third base job this season. What about Darryl Jones, a speedy outfielder who hit .294 in Class AA last season?
I'm not saying that these guys are Hall of Fame candidates. But it's pretty obvious that the Redbirds still have some talent in the system.