January 24, 2018 at 11:48 am #42530
Does Tim Venus drive a Saturn?January 24, 2018 at 12:51 pm #42539
Probably an Eclipse or an AstroJanuary 28, 2018 at 11:35 am #42713
And so the Seijas mystery continues (see Seijas).
It seems what he is saying is that we have a bunch of back of the rotation starters in the organization.January 28, 2018 at 12:33 pm #42718
Do you disagree, 14NyquisT?
As another data point, when the rest of the BaseballHQ Minor League Analyst articles run, subscribers will see the details of how they essentially assess the system similarly. The only future #1 and #2 guys are considered to be Reyes and Flaherty, along with a couple of others with plus fastballs who may have relief futures. On the other hand, they see at least seven other guys as having #3 to #5 rotation potential. so there is depth.
Continued theme of more quantity than tip of the iceberg quality.January 29, 2018 at 9:08 am #42766
I was thinking about the Palm Beach roster today and I noticed that it may end up being a team of cast-offs.
I predict the new Mexican League SS, Urias, will start there. As will the return for Mike Leake in Ascanio. Matt Adams trade return, Juan Yepez could start at 1B. Dykstra (came over in the Jaime Garcia trade) could man 2B. J.B. Woodman from Toronto in the Aledmys Diaz trade takes over in RF. Moreno, obtained in the rule 5 draft, could play CF. It just struck me as odd that there were so many transplants filtering their way through Palm Beach. Jose Martinez (the former Royals SS) could figure into the MI group as well.
January 29, 2018 at 9:25 am #42772
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And then there’s Lane Thomas, the OF brought in from TOR during July ’17 for other considerations. Palm Beach is not a pleasant stop for batters and the good ones get to skip over it. It may be that the roster there is filled with the players that Pads mentioned.January 30, 2018 at 10:02 am #42830
Walker Robbins and the Cardinals have in the back of their minds the possibility of moving him back to pitching if he does not progress as a hitter.January 30, 2018 at 10:32 am #42836
I guess he’ll get a do-over at JC. He is not age appropriate for State College (NYPL). That .174 needs some work. Let’s see (weighing Hands) power hitter or pitcher (extra year of training)? I’d like to see what he looks like with another season at the plate. If he doesn’t improve then try the wing.
The prospect they should move to the OF or 1B is 6’4″ Brady Whalen. Those 16 errors at 3B won’t cut it there. I’d like to hear what Derek thinks about that… he’s rather high on Whalen.January 30, 2018 at 11:42 am #42843
I like Whalen’s upside as an offensive prospect, especially if he develops as a switch-hitter. While he’s exceptionally better hitter from the right-side than left, he has the lanky body to grow into 20 home runs or more and he even has an advanced approach. His defensive profile obviously is a big question mark, but I’m big on him because his plate discipline makes me think he’ll hit for average and he’s already tapping into some raw power at his age which is impressive. In addition, if there’s one hole in the organization right now – it’s quality corner infield prospects.
January 31, 2018 at 4:44 pm #42894
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Is it really that difficult to put him at DH on days he doesn’t start? I thought the same thing with Hunter Greene. Look at Ohtani.January 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm #42919
Flip side: What good would it do the Cardinals to develop a designated hitter? Robbins has very little experience in the outfield, switched there by the Cardinals, and needs work there.February 1, 2018 at 8:17 am #42939
A good analysis by Goold in the PD.February 9, 2018 at 8:15 am #43413
PD’s Derrick Goold covers a number of the NRIs with a short blurb about each one. Its not detailed but its something for those who follow the affiliates can read.February 9, 2018 at 8:41 am #43419
Daniel Poncedeleon & Jennifer Beatty got married on Wed. & next week he reports to St.L.’s major league spring training camp. The righty pitcher, 26, says he’s ready to “erase all doubts” of the Cardinals, as he returns from a life-threatening 5/9/17 episode when a liner struck his head in a Triple-A game.
Good idea, bad idea? Anyway…. its a cheap honeymoon I guess.February 9, 2018 at 10:14 am #43425
well getting married would seem like a bad idea all around right? Haha.February 9, 2018 at 2:47 pm #43448
Only five days until Valentine’s Day, Pads. You need a serious attitude adjustment! 😉February 9, 2018 at 3:02 pm #43450
(Just joking)… but he did get hit in the head. Ouch, did I write that? Seriously, I wish them both well and a life filled with wedded bliss. Geez, did I write that?February 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm #43454
Oh, no. I did not hear about Pads’ accident. Now I feel so guilty…. 😉February 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm #43500
Haha. I don’t think 14Ny was talking about me although I did get hit in the eye back in high school similar to Poncedeleon. I lost like a week of my life in the hospital. It was a while ago so no need to feel guilty BW. I haven’t played since though. I don’t think I could pitch to hitters without a screen now. It’s remarkable to me that some of these guys don’t get flinchy afterwards.February 13, 2018 at 11:29 am #43776
A day or two ago BW wrote about there being a glut of OFers at AA and A+ levels in ’18. With the exceptions of Arozarena#13 and Carlson#20, those OF rosters will be filled with a lot of mediocrity. No others made the Community’s top-70. So after O’Neill-Bader-JAGarcia-Mercado-Arozarena there is a void until Carlson(age19)-Hurst#37-Pinder#34-Ynfante#32-Machado#25 come through the system. Palm Beach and Peoria in ’17 had outfields that left a lot to be desired.February 13, 2018 at 12:26 pm #43785
Bleacher Reports’ Joel Reuter today has put out his list of best farm systems. Cards got a favorable bounce to #11, due in part to the minor leaguers they acquired in exchange for major leaguers. Despite giving up some serious talent foe Ozuna, the Cards have come out ahead with some other MiLB acquisitions.February 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm #43911
There’s really no way around it: 2018 was a very, very disappointing season for Delvin Perez. The Cardinals made him their first round selection in 2016 after he tested positive pre-draft for a performance-enhancing substance and fell from a top five or ten slot to pick 22. There was lots of moralising from Harold Reynolds and others over the Cardinals rewarding an extremely poor kid from a rough part of Puerto Rico who dared to step outside the lines to try and improve his draft stock for the only guaranteed payday he could count on, ever. It was unpleasant.
This is VEB’s take on Perez.
So far based on production, he and Plummer are two wasted first round picks.February 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm #43912
This is a pretty good piece by Jason Grose of REDBIRD RANTS.February 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm #43914
Well, Plummer is 21, coming up on when he would have been draft-eligible as a collegian and Perez will play this entire coming season while still a teenager.February 15, 2018 at 11:47 pm #43916
I would be hard pressed to deny Plummer and Perez as being busts so far into their career. Maybe it will click this year, I’m just not willing to bank on it.
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