The Cardinals save leader in 2011 was a product of Jeff Luhnow's leadership in the area of international scouting. Luhnow added Fernando Salas to the St. Louis organization from Mexico in 2007. In 2011, Salas had 24 saves and 2.28 ERA as part of the World Champion Cardinals' bullpen.
The Astros new General Manager was responsible for the Cardinals' international player scouting from 2004-2011. His success in this area is not limited to Salas. According to Baseball America, three of the Cardinals' Top 10 prospects are the fruit of Luhnow's labors overseas.
#2 Carlos Martinez, 20, RHP. Signed from Dominican Republic in 2010. Martinez made 18 starts in 2011 between High A and Low A. He had 98 strikeouts in 84 2/3 IP.
#3 Oscar Taveras, 19, OF. Signed from Dominican Republic in 2008. Taveras spent 2011 in Low A. He batted .386 with eight home runs and 62 RBI in 78 games.
#8 Eduardo Sanchez, 22, RHP. Signed from Venezuela in 2005. Sanchez, who is still classified as a rookie spent a good part of 2011 with St. Louis. He had five saves and a 1.80 ERA in 30 Major League innings pitched.