2017 St. Louis Cardinals


Top Lineup – Levels 
C – Andrew Knizner – R/R – LoA Peoria/AA Springfield – (The 2016 – 7th rounder makes his second consecutive appearance on the UTR OAS list after an extremely successful 2016 pro debut with Johnson City, where he batted .319, logged a perfect 1:1 BB;K ratio along with a .423 on-base percentage. Read Knizner’s OAS post from 2016 here.)
1B – Luis Bandes – R/R – Rookie Johnson City
2B – Andy Young – R/R – LoA Peoria/HiA Palm Beach/AA Springfield
3B – Evan Mendoza – R/R – SS State College/LoA Peoria
SS – Raffy Ozuna – R/R – DSL
LF – Randy Arozarena – R/R – HiA Palm Beach/AA Springfield
CF – Wadye Ynfante – R/R – Rookie Johnson City
RF – Dylan Carlson – S/L – LoA Peoria
Top 5 Starting Pitchers – (Factor Score) / Highest Level Attained
1. RHP Mike O’Reilly(26) / HiA Palm Beach
2. RHP Ryan Helsley – (19) / AAA Memphis   “Legit UTR”
**Here’s an excerpt from my blurb about Helsley in the Cardinals’ 2016 UTR-OAS  roster:
The now 22-year old was the best kept secret in 2016 with LoA Peoria and has yet receive the deserved ink….so he’ll get it here. He made 11 appearances (9 starts) in the Appy League in 2015 posting a 2.01 ERA over 40.1 innings. He jumped to full season LoA and went 10-2 with a 1.61 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 10.3 SO/9 rate (109 K’s) in 95 innings. I always try to select a true UTR (below 5th round draft pick) as my “One to Watch”, but Helsley makes the 2017 choice too obvious. Helsley was in fact my 2017 “One to Watch” but I also predicted that the 6’1″ 195 lb righty could be moved to the bullpen, based on this tools. I still believe this will occur, as soon as early to the start of the 2018 season (mid-May). With his limited performance (6 starts) at Double-A Springfield, Helsley’s name will be listed on some savvy fantasy owners draft cheatsheets. Mostly as one of those unexpected names called during the end-game. This strategy may provide owners with a solid roster stash that could  pay nice dividends during the 2018 season, possibly as a mid-season sell-high trade piece. 
3. RHP Jordan Hicks – (11) / HiA Palm Beach
4. RHP Connor Jones – (10) / AA Springfield  
5. RHP Derian Gonzalez – (10) / HiA Palm Beach