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Colorado Springs Sky Sox's opponent's prospect watch

April 17, 2017 Updated: April 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm
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The Sky Sox team runs onto the field for the start of their 2017 season Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sky Sox played the Omaha Storm Chasers. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

The Sky Sox host Memphis in a four-game series beginning Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the top prospects who figure to travel to town with the Redbirds, the top minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Luke Weaver, RHP

It is doubtful Weaver will appear in the series, as he was placed on the seven-day disabled list with lower back stiffness after his lone appearance of the season April 6. If he does throw, Sky Sox fans will see a first-round pick in 2014 out of Florida State who has posted a 1.76 ERA over 1992/3 minor league innings and is considered by MLB.com a top-40 prospect in the game. He throws mid-90s and has a change-up that is considered above average. He struck out 45 batters in 36 innings last year after being called up to St. Louis.

Carson Kelly, C

Rated as the No. 4 prospect in the St. Louis organization, Kelly was drafted in the second round in 2012 as a third baseman but has transitioned to catcher and now ranks as the top defensive catcher in the organization, according to Baseball America. It'll be interesting if St. Louis decides to keep Kelly, who turns 23 this summer, as an eventual backup and perhaps successor to Yadier Molina - who recently signed a three-year extension - or if his opportunity will come elsewhere.

Harrison Bader, OF

A former star at Florida, Bader rose quickly through the minor leagues over his first two professional seasons, hitting 16 home runs in 82 Double-A games last season and reaching Triple-A just 14 months after being drafted. He's reached double figures in home runs and stolen bases in each of those two years as a pro and can handle center field defensively. Baseball America ranks him as the No. 7 prospect in the Cardinals system.

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