In this guest column by Paul Ivice, he explains why the game of baseball means everything to him.
Peoria Chiefs manager Chris Swauger talks with TCN’s Derek Shore about the St. Louis Cardinals’ top hitters assigned to his 2017 Midwest League club.
Peoria Chiefs manager Chris Swauger talks with TCN’s Derek Shore about the St. Louis Cardinals’ top arms assigned to his 2017 Midwest League club.
Breaking down our 2018 St. Louis Cardinals top 50 prospects by predominant level of play in 2017 compared to prior years. The shift to a top-heavy, position player-dominated system is analyzed.
Pulling together all the votes on the St. Louis Cardinals’ top minor league prospects for 2018 and reviewing the movers and shakers on the top 50 prospect list from year to year.
Giancarlo Stanton wants to win “this year,” so he spurned a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals in favor of the New York Yankees. Was he honest in his explanation?
Coming in at #39 in The Cardinal Nation’s top 50 prospect countdown is a left-hander challenged with a full season pitching in the Midwest League before celebrating his 21st birthday.
The Cardinal Nation’s top 50 prospect countdown for 2018 lands at #46 with a former first-round draft pick who was challenged in the Midwest League but has yet to click.
For the 12th consecutive year, The Cardinal Nation rolls out its choices for the top players at each level of the St. Louis Cardinals system from the summer, following season recaps by affiliate. The series runs each day from September 11 through the month of October. Will Luke Weaver repeat as Starting Pitcher of the Year?
The Peoria Chiefs' 2017 season came to an end last Friday when they were knocked out in the first round of the MWL playoffs by the Quad Cities River Bandits. Peoria took the opening game of the best-of-three series with a walk off win, however, the Chiefs inexperienced pitchers struggled in Iowa. Catcher Brian O’Keefe had a .500 OBP in the series.
The rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals were unable to repeat as league champions, missing the playoffs entirely. Hitting was improved, but pitching and defense backslid compared to 2016.
The 2-6 Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals system included road losses by all four full-season clubs, but Johnson City earned a walk-off win behind the bat of Imeldo Diaz and pitching of Zach Prendergast. In his first rehab inning, Kevin Siegrist allowed a run.
Daniel Castano’s dominant mound effort led State College to one of the system’s three wins on Sunday. Austin Gomber pitched a gem for Springfield while Player of the Day Irving Lopez’ two-bomb night helped Johnson City to victory.
Coming out on the wrong end of two extra-inning battles spoiled an otherwise successful week for Peoria (18-13). The Chiefs finished their six game road trip 3-3 and remain two games out of first. With the pitching staff plagued by injury, the club has to rely on its offense. Outfielder Nick Plummer is hot for the second consecutive week.
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-2 on Saturday as the DSL Cardinals and State College Spikes games were rained out. Our Player of the Day is Springfield starter Dakota Hudson, who pitched seven scoreless innings with only four hits allowed in the Cardinals victory over Arkansas.
Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league transactions include two pitching additions to the Class-A Peoria Chiefs.
The Peoria Chiefs finished 4-2 this week, picking up series victories over two Eastern Division foes. A solid balance between pitching and offense has the team currently just two games back of first. 2017 draftee Kramer Robertson continues to hit.
On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2, including another Memphis win, this one powered by Patrick Wisdom’s home run. Dakota Hudson pitched Springfield to a victory and Mick Fennell drove in Peoria’s winning tally in the 12th inning.
The Palm Beach Cardinals played six close games this past week, but won just twice. They began with two straight extra-inning home victories before being swept in four at Fort Myers. Starter Ryan Helsley hasn’t lost a game in two months.
The Peoria Chiefs had their ups and downs this week. They swept Beloit at home in a three-game set before dropping three of four over the weekend at Cedar Rapids. Starting pitcher Mike O'Reilly continues to be nearly unhittable.
Thursday was Walk-Off Day in St. Louis’ minors, with four of eight contests decided in the last at bat. Springfield, Palm Beach and the GCL club came out on top in their decisions but Johnson City did not, the only loss in the system’s eight games. Starter Ian Oxnevad spun a beauty for Peoria in their shutout victory while Brandon Benson’s grand slam and a record-tying six RBI helped State College coast to a win.
On Monday, June 26, the St. Louis Cardinals’ final minor league team to open the season, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, take the field, looking to repeat as league champion in 2017.
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A number of start-of-month features at The Cardinal Nation focus on minor league standouts in the St. Louis Cardinals system.
What Brian Walton will be writing about over the holiday weekend.