They're notorious for doing what 20 other teams also do. Yep. How dare they. You should read some of the things other organizations say about their prospects. Remember Mark Appel? Any Cubs pitching prospect in the past five, six years. Jorge Soler really thundered onto the scene as predicted, no? This is just the nature of the beast when it comes to teams, fans and prospects.
Prospects haven't failed yet.
Jeff Luhnow had a great line, long long ago as we sat at the Drury Inn before the 2005 or 2006 draft. He said that one of the things that everyone has to fight -- and maybe shouldn't all the time -- is the ability to "dream on" prospects. They haven't failed in the majors yet. They haven't been tested by the best talent yet. So dream away. In that sense, there will always be more hype for a player than actual production in the majors from the player. And, yeah, that's something as fans, as writers, as teams, we really should think about. Consider how Keuchel and Kimbrel could be signed in the hours after the draft. What a farce. So two added months of given, proven major-league talent is not enough to overwhelm the value of a draft pick that, meh, maybe OK someday down the road, maybe? Possibly? I don't get the math there. But that math is everywhere. So, yeah, hype happens.
Hicks has met it. Bader has, too. DeJong definitely has, and that you didn't mention him is remarkable. Wong has. Let's go to the 2016 Prospect Handbook and see where those Top 30 Cardinals prospects are today:
1. Marco Gonzales -- doing pretty well in Seattle.
2. Alex Reyes -- recovering from two lost seasons.
3. Stephen Piscotty -- doing pretty well in Oakland.
4. Randal Grichuk -- a $50-million man for Toronto
5. Rob Kaminsky -- Class AA, was part of Brandon Moss trade
6. Jack Flaherty -- you may have heard of him
7. Tim Cooney -- lost via waivers, last pitched in 2017
Have we come to the end of the hyped list?
8. Sam Tuivailala -- part of the Cardinals diaspora in Pac NW.
9. Charlie Tilson -- traded for lefty Duke. Should have kept Tilson.
10. Mags Sierra -- traded for Ozuna
11. Aledmys Diaz -- was an All-Star as a rookie shortstop.
12. Luke Weaver -- traded for Goldschmidt
13. Carson Kelly -- traded for Goldschmidt
14. Edmundo Sosa -- DeJong's backup if needed, and starting strong for Memphis
15. Tommy Pham -- could he be an All-Star for the Rays?
16. Ronnie Williams -- returning from injury in Cardinals minors
Now is this the end of the hyped list?
Still to come is No. 25 Mike Mayers, No. 20 Patrick Wisdom, No. 21 Greg Garcia, and No. 24 Rowan Wick, who is now a pitcher and a teammate in San Diego with Greg Garcia. I don't know. I'm through this list and through the scouting reports, and I don't see a whole lot of hype that wasn't actual met, to be honest. The players contributed, or they were traded. Some were traded and went on to do well -- are doing well for their new teams. It seems like the argument doesn't survive closer inspection, honestly. But we might not be hearing the same hype, granted.