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  • #159194
    Cardinals27
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    Since the minor league season is scheduled to start May 4th, I figured it’s about time to start this new thread.

    #159200
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    I’ll be seeing some games in Springfield early in the year. I’ll have the 1 1/2yr old and the pregnant wife along so the reports will not be very detailed.

    #159338
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    In regards to Brian’s article about RDCS only allowing fans Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Will the parents of the players be allowed to enter the stadium to see their son’s first professional game? I think the first week should be open to public, then change it to the three days as reported. My two cents.

    #159339
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    If exceptions will be granted, I am not aware of them. A tough call.

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    Brian Walton
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    Correction. I asked an official who said yes, family members will be allowed.

    #159360
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    That’s awesome!! Thanks for checking!!

    #159362
    DsFan
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    Brian, When do our minor league teams release their 2021 rosters? I think there may be some surprise selections. Looking forward to some great minor league action!

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    It is quite ridiculous that Palm Beach has no streaming available. As the Cardinals affiliate, I don’t see a huge cost. And if they wanted to boost attendance, this could only help, Shame on you, Palm Beach cardinals, get in the 21st century.

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    What is Angel Rondon’s status? I do not see him listed as a starter by their manager. To the bullpen? That seems a waste. And will Flores’ Memphis start be pushed back since he pitched tonight?

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    Also not listed as a starter was Logan Gragg, who looked good way back in 2019.

    #160313
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    They mentioned this on the telecast last night so I had to look it up. Nice play by Gorman.

    #160322
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    C27 asked:

    What is Angel Rondon’s status? I do not see him listed as a starter by their manager. To the bullpen? That seems a waste. And will Flores’ Memphis start be pushed back since he pitched tonight?

    Flores is no longer listed as Memphis’ Friday starter. It is TBA. Might be an opportunity for Rondon…

    #160361
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    Given that this is the start of minor league season, the order of which starting pitcher starts in games 1,2,3 etc. seems odd, and not reflected on prospect status. Parsons and Robles for example, although Robles acquitted himself nicely for that decision.

    #160368
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    C27, my speculation as noted on the site is that Oviedo was lined up to start Memphis’ opener, but when St. Louis made the decision to recall him, they plugged in Parsons instead. It may also depend on their throwing schedule at the alternate site. All guessing…

    #161611
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    So far the standouts are:

    Lars Nootbar, Max Moroff, Jose Rondon have hit well for Memphis. I was surprised Moroff was added to the Cards 40 man roster instead of Rondon.

    Domingo Robles, Connor Thomas, Jake Walsh, Andre Pallante, and Edgar Escobar for Springfield. Nick Plummer has been the biggest surprise, as I thought his days were numbered in our system prior to this season.

    For Peoria, Jhon Torres has hit well, but not shown much power yet. But I think that will come. Alex Burleson has been the biggest surprise on the team so far, and may move up prospect rankings if he continues his power efforts. Evan Sisk and Jack Ralston show promise on the pitching side, although Ralston does need to improve his control, much like many of his Peoria teammates.

    John Beiler has had a tremendous start for Palm Beach. Also solid have been Will Guay, Nick Trogrlic-Iverson, and Levi Prater also have had their moments. Offensively, Jordan Walker has shown why the Cards drafted him in the first round last year.

    #161645
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    I am new to the business side of the minor leagues. what are the unobvious reasons for players moving up/down? Obvious reasons include filling positions for injuries at higher/lower levels. Do they look at batting averages, fielding percentages, slugging percentage, exit velo, etc.?

    #161647
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    Lars Nootbar, Max Moroff, Jose Rondon have hit well for Memphis. I was surprised Moroff was added to the Cards 40 man roster instead of Rondon.

    I agree about Rondon. I am surprised he hasn’t made it to St. Louis yet. He isn’t exactly tearing it up at Memphis but he has some pop and he had a pretty good spring.

    #161648
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    Burleson has been a pleasant surprise indeed. I wasn’t as excited about him after last year’s draft, but potentially focusing on only hitting has opened up a new future for him.

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    The most unobvious reason, IMO, for moving a player in the minor leagues is what his coaches think of him. The coaches can make an assessment based on what they see of the player beyond his stats.

    #161666
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    I think need drives promotions. The need due to injuries, and the need to further challenge a rising prospect.

    #161667
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    I thought the Cards might do well in the 2020 5 round draft. As usual, the ability of the scouting and drafting departments seem to find free agents/castoffs that are jewels in the rough. While these are not superstar prospects, they fill a valuable depth role the minor league system. It’s early, but I believe their 2020 draft was very good. I like Walkers quick adaptation to full season ball. He has a chance to move up to near the top of the Cards prospect list soon. And Burleson is showing more pop than his scouting indicated.

    #161668
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    When does the GCL and DSL leagues start? I am hoping the international signing Pino can come stateside, but likely will start in the Dominican.

    #161727
    14NyquisT
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    Bottom line of player movements….. if they can hit they move up. If they can pitch they move up. Only age appropriation may prevent that.

    Sure the movements to fill needs is necessary…. true followers of the system can see the difference.

    #161791
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    I don’t understand how the Cards utilize their best pitchers in the minors. Jake Walsh and Edgar Escobar are blowing hitters away, but yet they seem to be used in middle relief. I understand Walsh has pitched very little he last few years, and they want to be careful with his use. He has been very dominant, but I wonder if he has an innings limit like Reyes? It seems his best use would be as closer, but I believe he has starter potential, and I like his multi inning use. If he keeps this up, I am moving him into my top 20 or so ranking. Escobar however, has always been a reliever, and is a big strike thrower, doesn’t throw as hard as Walsh, but has tons of movement. Both could help the big club in my mind by the end of the year. I would love to see Springfield with a late lead, and having both of them to cover the last 2 plus innings.

    In fact, I would like to see both moved up to Memphis.

    #161792
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    I wonder what prospects will be gone by the end of the first month, as the Cards usually make adjustments after the first month. Connor Jones and Jacob Patterson have not done themselves any favors in that regard.

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