Delvin Perez

St. Louis Cardinal newly signed draft pick Delvin Perez throws to first base during his first workout at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 17, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

QUESTION: Reading your great article on the Cards' top 7 prospects, I couldn't help but notice that it didn't include shortstop and 2016 first-round draft pick Delvin Perez. Then I found out he's now ranked around No. 30. Any hope this kid figures it out?

GOOLD: He's young enough (20) to figure it out, for sure. He has been surpassed by other talents, and he did OK this past season. He's still so young -- and still so, so, so thin. If you get a chance to watch him in a game or in a workout, you see the wiry electricity to his game and how he stands out from his peers. He's just so raw that it's a fair question how he puts it together -- or whether he does. This is a big year for him coming up. There's got to be some forward progress in his game, and that has to dovetail with consistency, not just production.

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