(BaseballStL) -- There's no denying it. The Cardinals have to be, by far and away, the healthiest organization in Major League baseball right now. Find me anther team that's equipped with as much talent at both the major and minor league levels as them.
Find me a team that can lose 40 percent of its starting rotation, plus one of the initial replacements, and can confidently dip in the farm system for reinforcements.
Find me a team that can have a severely bleeding bullpen for the first couple months of the season, make a few tweaks with prospects, and turn that weakness into a strength within a month.
Find me a team that can bring up like 146 rookies by the end of May and STILL have future All Stars just chilling in AAA (see: Wong, Kolten and Taveras, Oscar).
I don't know how much they're paying GM John Mozeliak but whatever it is it's not enough. He has made this organization 100% self sufficient to the point where when things go wrong they simply need to place a phone call to Memphis (or Springfield for that matter).
From Shelby Miller (2.02 ERA in 62.1 innings) to Trevor Rosenthal (2.08 ERA and 13.5 K/9) the elite, impact prospects we've heard so much about have been everything they were supposed to be and more. But it's about so much more than them. Who thought Tyler Lyons (two starts of allowing just a single run in seven innings) would do what he's done? Who thought Seth Maness (2.25 ERA) would be the team's answer to the 7th inning and the all important fireman role?
Depth wins in sports. Not just baseball. All sports. And the Cardinals have it. That will allow them to stay as a contending team for many years. And, really, that's about the highest compliment you can pay an organization this day and age.