April 30, 2021 at 2:48 pm #159681
I’ll post it here when I figure out how. Gorman is on itApril 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm #159683April 30, 2021 at 2:57 pm #159684April 30, 2021 at 2:58 pm #159685April 30, 2021 at 2:59 pm #159686April 30, 2021 at 3:00 pm #159688April 30, 2021 at 3:05 pm #159689April 30, 2021 at 3:07 pm #159690
Memphis has a very intriguing pitching staff but Springfield has the intriguing position players.April 30, 2021 at 3:12 pm #159691
Nick Plummer using his 9th life. That pitching staff doesnt look imposing.April 30, 2021 at 3:15 pm #159692
My initial thoughts:
1. The Memphis pitching staff looks stacked. There are a lot of really quality arms there. The hitting looks…very weak. I could see the team being at or near the top of their league in pitching and the exact opposite with the bats.
2. The hitting prospects will make Springfield the box score of choice to check first, at least early in the season. Should be fun watching Gorman, Herrera, Baker and company launch some balls there. Also will be interested to see how Delvin Perez looks. And don’t sleep on Justin Toerner “Overdrive” flying around the OF making circus catches and cracking some dingers at Hammons Field.
3. Malcom Nunez being in Peoria is a nice step for him. Jhon Torres is about where we expected, but maybe hoped for him to have taken a step forward. Lots of college arms on the Chiefs staff.
4. Excited to see Winn and Walker challenged to start in full season ball. Of course, with the complex there they can be moved back and forth easily. Of disappointing note, no Trejyn Fletcher. Injury, slow development or what? He’s got such potential that we really need to see pan out. On the pitching side, I’m super curious to see how the twin phenoms, Ludwin “The Magnificent” Jimenez and Edwin “The Duck” Nunez fare against full season players at their precocious age.April 30, 2021 at 3:42 pm #159695blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
So the Palm Beach hitting Coach is a guy from Denmark who was a College softball coach last year? I wish him well, but what the heck . . .?April 30, 2021 at 4:49 pm #159697cardsfan64ParticipantFree
Looks like Bryce Denton has been released! 2nd round pick in 2015. I wonder how many others will be cut this year with the subtraction of several teams? Have to trim those who aren’t performing!April 30, 2021 at 5:25 pm #159703PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
Agreed Stlcard25. Memphis staff loaded to the gils with talent…..headlined by Alexander the Great. Many of us here have been following Alexander the Great since he but a young pup. Now his time has arrived. We’ll see him in the show sometime this season.April 30, 2021 at 9:19 pm #159780
Tommy Parsons went all the way from Low A to Memphis in 2019. Here he is back at Memphis.
Delvin Perez skips A ball (formerly Palm Beach) and moves right on up to Springfield.
Twenty-year-old Malcolm Nunez skips Low A and is assigned to Peoria.
The outfield in Palm Beach is intriguing. It will be fun watching these kids living their dream.
I wonder where Tink Hence will show up.May 1, 2021 at 7:20 am #159789Brian WaltonKeymasterPaid - AnnualMay 1, 2021 at 12:03 pm #159810
I wonder where Tink Hence will show up.
It appears he will start out playing at the complex camp then perhaps earning a spot with Palm Beach later in the year.May 1, 2021 at 12:08 pm #159811
Springfield, Peoria, and Palm Beach all have very intriguing infield players. Our system is really stacked with infielders. The only intriguing outfield to me is Peoria with Burleson and Torres.
As for Memphis they might have the best pitching staff in all of AAA however their position player core looks barren to me both on the IF and OF. Who is going to play 1B for Memphis? Perhaps Nogo when he comes off the IL.May 1, 2021 at 1:08 pm #159820
Palm Beach outfield…. Patrick Romeri was coming on strong before COVID in 2020. I look for him to move up to Peoria before long. LJ Jones IV could be a hidden gem. Tough luck for him almost kept him from getting drafted. Matt Kaperniak was an undrafted free agent. Are any of our undrafted free agents going to make it?May 2, 2021 at 5:12 pm #159928
Memphis rotation…….. Liberatore, Thompson, Oviedo, Rondon. And who gets the fifth spot? Fagalde? Parsons? Evan Kruczynski is also listed as a starter. Kruczynski, reportedly, was much improved this spring.
Next year with Hudson coming back, and Mikolas healthy, and Kim likely extended, and Reyes ready to join the rotation, and Wainwright possibly coming back, and Gant wanting to be a starter, there will be no room at the Inn for any of the 5,6, or 7 starters at Memphis.
The Cardinals have too much pitching. You have to think some of the other ball clubs are taking notice.May 2, 2021 at 5:22 pm #159931GameCardParticipantFree
You can never have too much pitching.May 2, 2021 at 8:18 pm #159946
I agree with GameCard here. Look no further than our own Birds as an example. Remember the weath of riches we looked to have circa 2013-15 in the farm system? There was Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Alex Reyes, Marco Gonzales, Rob Kaminsky. Jack Flaherty and Luke Weaver were drafted in 2014.
Turned out that some of them were trade bait and some failed anyway, some ended up as relievers and some have relatively worked out. It’s hard to say that anyone but Carlos and Flaherty really worked out as starters for us, and that group was undoubtedly stronger looking than this group. Keep the guys we have unless there’s something incredible to use the pitching to get, IMO. We will probably be talking about this group’s hits and misses in a few years as well.May 2, 2021 at 8:51 pm #159952blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
At some point every season you don’t have enough pitching. They drop like flies. Injuries. Fatigue. Dead arm. Loss of control, loss of mojo. Whatever. Guys forced into the wrong roles due to the above. And it never fails at just that time some guy we off loaded because he was roadkill is throwing BBs past everybody for somebody else. Baseball is like that.May 2, 2021 at 11:15 pm #159960Nigel TParticipantPaid - Three Months
It is interesting and somewhat revealing that Lopez and Dunn are at AA where Gorman was to work at Second. It seems Gorman may be brought along slowly moving to second. One he needs to be able to focus on hitting, and two: there is no present opening at second at the major league level. It also speaks to the depth we possess at the middle infield currently.May 3, 2021 at 12:04 am #159962
I don’t see the depth at middle infield. If we have to bring up a middle infielder from Memphis, it’s very likely going to be Evan Mendoza. None of the other middle infielders at Memphis has ever been able to hit much. The good news is that we have Sosa ready to play at the major league level, and I guess Carpenter could fill in at 2B, but after having primo second basemen for the last few years, I’d hate to see it.
I’m curious as to who will be starting at 2B and SS for Memphis on Monday night. Evan Mendoza looks like the best option for 2B. But who will they put at SS? Maybe they’re saving a spot for Delvin Perez after the way he was hyped during spring training. (I hope so).May 3, 2021 at 12:15 am #159964LACardFanParticipantFree
I’m curious as to who will be starting at 2B and SS for Memphis on Monday night. Evan Mendoza looks like the best option for 2B. But who will they put at SS?
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