October 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm #111152PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
Indeed, Nigel. We used to have another esteemed Uncle, who also was a dandy…..the incomparable Uncle Buck.October 26, 2019 at 9:40 pm #112835UncleDennyParticipant
The Cardinals have released Samuel, Kreuter, Gahagan, Purcell, Knight, and Flores.October 27, 2019 at 11:08 am #112860
While doing the top 75 prospects, and watching others picks and pans, it seems our overall talent is down. Granted, some talent graduated, and higher levels still seem have plenty of depth, with middle infielders being the weakest group of our top tier talent. I think our reliever prospect depth has increased, with starting pitchers having stayed the same as the year prior. I think the 2019 draft, coupled with some DSL youngsters being brought stateside, helped the lower level pitching depth. My biggest concern is our lower level hitting depth. A lot of our top prospects in AA and below struggled. Hopefully another years experience will help, as many youngsters are teenagers. Or perhaps trades will add to our flock.November 13, 2019 at 7:37 am #114240CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
Goold in his latest chat declares somewhat definitely that Montero will open the season at AAA and Gorman at AA. He doesn’t site even unnamed sources so it is unclear whether he some insider info or this is pure speculation on his part.November 18, 2019 at 10:23 am #114703
I am usually on board for aggressive promotions, but I think Gorman, Montero, and Herrera for example, should start where they ended their seasons in 2019. They all have something more to prove at those levels. Plus playing time could be an issue. It would be prudent to give as many reps at their defensive positions as possible.November 18, 2019 at 10:34 am #114706
I think Peoria will be an interesting team. Nunez and Torres will likely start there, and hopefully do much better than their 2019 stints. I believe their pitching will be much improved, but then again, it can’t be much worse. Between Palm Beach and Peoria there should many starting candidates, as many some relievers from the pitching heavy 2019 draft will be shifted to the starting rotation in 2020. So much so, that a piggyback rotation may be needed.
Another interesting roster battle should be at catcher where Pages, Soto should split time, with Duce and ANtonini being possible prospects.November 18, 2019 at 10:53 pm #114739
There are a ton of interesting outfielders fighting for a spot in Peoria: Fuller, Torres, Del Los Santos (Joerlin?), Reichenborn, Fletcher, Romeri, and others such as Burgos.November 19, 2019 at 9:22 am #114749
Yes, there will be many good roster battles next year for Peoria. Reichenborn in his small sample size looks like an interesting player. Surprised he wasn’t drafted. He did finish his season at Palm Beach, but I hope he starts 2020 by patrolling center in Peoria, alongside Torres in right field.
Here’s my guess at a lineup and starting rotation:
Starting rotation candidates:
Yasenka, Lunn, Locey, Thomas, Palante, Ralston, Soto, Solano, Puello, Justo, Sommers, Mardueno, SchlesenerNovember 21, 2019 at 4:40 pm #115282
I think one of Brian best articles is on who and can be protected from the minor league phase and placed on the Memphis roster. Was it 36 or 38 players? I took a look at the Memphis, Springfield, and Palm B each rosters, and it seems like if you leave Denton, Plummer, and Herget on the Springfield roster, and keep those at Springfield that are not eligible, few names jump out that would be missed if claimed.November 21, 2019 at 6:41 pm #115288
Isn’t there a slick-fielding second baseman named Mendoza who might break through?November 21, 2019 at 7:27 pm #115289CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
Ramon Mendoza hit well in the the DSL and GCL the last two years. I dont know about his glove. But he is several years away from needing protected.
Evan Mendoza is a slick fielding 3B but as far as I know hasn’t played much 2B (though I am not sure why as I have heard he is also more than competent at short). He has played as high as AAA I believe but also doesn’t yet need protecting.November 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm #115292
I was referring to adding Ramon to the list of interesting prospects at Peoria.November 21, 2019 at 9:05 pm #115293
David Vinsky, Tommy Jew, Wayde Infants, and Andrew Warner add intrigue to that outfield mix. Am I to understand that all but five of these guys would simply get released under the new plan? BrilliantNovember 21, 2019 at 9:07 pm #115294
By the way, Evan Mendoza is a better version of Yairo Munoz if he gets back healthy.November 21, 2019 at 9:12 pm #115295forsch31ParticipantFree
If Evan Mendoza is more than competent at SS, why isn’t he playing there? If he can become a really good fielding SS, he is most valuable there.November 22, 2019 at 10:02 am #115328
I was thinking that Elis would be placed on the Springfield roster, but his pitching in the Winter league has been very impressive. I think I will reverse course on that thought.December 26, 2019 at 11:40 am #117678
Any news on injured pitchers Derian Gonzales and Andrew Morales? Memphis ought to have a crowded bullpen. I guess news might come out after the Rule 5 draft.January 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm #119120
It is funny how an outfield logjam can suddenly change. Hurst, Capel, and Toerner have to love the 3 outfielders ahead of them being traded. One, or all could see some time in Memphis in 2020.January 11, 2020 at 2:55 pm #119126Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - Annual
Hurst needs to work his way back to Springfield first. His 2019 was a huge disappointment. Each drafted a year later, Toerner and Nootbaar blew right past.January 11, 2020 at 5:10 pm #119155Derek ShoreParticipantPaid - Annual
Nootbaar is a possible breakout candidate for 2020. Big left-handed hitter, who is very disciplined. He said last summer he was going to focus on launch angle this offseason to generate more power next season. Something to watch this coming season.January 12, 2020 at 4:48 pm #119261Christopher JeskeParticipantPaid - Annual
Nootbaar is a possible breakout candidate for 2020. Big left-handed hitter, who is very disciplined. He said last summer he was going to focus on launch angle this offseason to generate more power next season. Something to watch this coming season.
This is music to my ears. I’ve been trying to create a very loose framework based on the old KATOH system at FanGraphs to look at the Cardinals’ prospects. Nootbar rates incredibly well by this measure. He rated well (2nd best of batters at Peoria, Palm Beach, and Springfield). He was just behind Ivan Herrera (and ahead of Nolan Gorman) at Peoria and Palm Beach, and behind Dylan Carlson at Springfield.
Nootbars’ strong rating was driven largely by a ridiculously low K% compared to league average at Peoria and Palm Beach. At Springfield, it was largely driven by him being younger than most of the competition he faced.
Hopefully he can maintain the low k% with an increase in iso… basically what he was doing in Peoria with a GB% closer to 40% than 50%.January 13, 2020 at 7:56 pm #119464Christopher JeskeParticipantPaid - Annual
Buried beneath all the headlines today was a “prospect and farm system survey” on mlb.com https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/news/prospect-and-farm-system-survey
The biggest surprise was Justin Williams garnering a vote for the most underrated prospect in baseball.
Here’s the methodology: “We sent a survey to general managers, scouting directors and executives across all 30 teams asking them to weigh in anonymously on a series of questions about prospects, top tools and farm systems.”
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