Still recovering from watching the Cardinals blow a 3-1 series lead for the third time in my lifetime, I started to think about what is around the corner for the Cardinals...
Going into next season, the Cardinals can chose from Carpenter, Wainwright, Westbrook, Lynn, Garcia, Kelly, Rosenthal, and Miller to be the top 5 starters. IF any of these guys struggle with health or development, the Cardinals are almost guaranteed 5 solid starters. Whoever doesn't make the team can go into the bullpen. If Kelly, Rosenthal, and Miller go to the pen, the Cardinals could have 5 right-handed relievers with decent control and 95+ MPH pitches. This doesn't even count Martinez or Tyrell Jenkins who could be up in 2014.
Tavaras and Wong will be up in the next few years and both look to be huge impact players. Matt Adams will make some great trade bait. The core of Tavaras, Wong, Freese, Craig, Molina, Holliday, and Jay are as good as a young group of players that the Cardinals have had in ages.
With the contracts of Berkman, Loshe, Carpenter, Furcal, Westbrook, and Beltran ($70 mill.) coming off the books over the next two years, the Cardinals will have tons of cheap, young, talents and millions to work with.
The future looks very bright in St. Louis. I have seen many publications rank the Cardinal system in the top 3.