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With all the player movements, it seems as though something something is brewing at the top. Junior Fernandez was pulled after one inning at Palm Beach for “undisclosed reasons”. A couple of changes involved players that aren’t serious prospects (Caldwell, Diekroeger etc.). Oviedo#22 (BW-July) was moved up to State College.
But all of this may mean nothing and just some posturing. Anyway, when prospects start traveling around the country and I think something is up, but I’m usually wrong. So proceed with your own thoughts at your own risk.July 27, 2017 at 7:39 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #28825
Speaking of Piscotty…. he has been sighted in Peoria and will be playing for the Chiefs tonight and over the weekend. PR Dept. really building it up.
One positional spot remains open at Memphis.(Arozarena, AGarcia, Mercado, Sierra?) Two if Weaver is in St Louis.(Flaherty, Gallen?) Or will a newcomer take a spot?
I’m glad that UConn recognized both Drake and Ynfante. Generally, both are under recognized.July 26, 2017 at 9:38 am in reply to: Trade Ideas/Acquisition Ideas/Non-Cards Rumors – 2017-2018 #28746
One would think that this thread would be humming right now.
The power bat we need to get will come from the third base position. Perhaps 1B, as Carpenter might be on the move. Our OF right now is in total flux with Fowler hitting the DL again. When the smoke clears, we will have Fowler-Piscotty(the ghost)-Pham-Grichuk-now Bader and a long list of prospects nearly ready to step up. It’s almost chaos. We presently have 3 healthy outfielders Tommy, Grich and the rookie Bader (4 if you include Martinez). That works for the time being. Do we have too many or not enough?
Going forward, Piscotty’s situation is a mystery, but he is a legitimate starter (when?)….. don’t know. Fowler is now a problem. Actually he became one when he was given a contract. He was supposed to be our solid lead-off guy who was going to change the clubhouse atmosphere with his smile and even temperament. He was to be a rock. Mo made another desperate mistake and we’re stuck with this guy for 4 years and paying him a bundle. He has provided very little in production and his situation will be difficult to deal with. JMartinez is not an MLB starter. His bat is but his glove isn’t…. but he is good to keep around.
Pham is in one of his peaks right now. His pro history is highs and lows. The F.O. may decide to sell on the high side. If not he is a damn fine left-fielder. Grichuk is still fighting the strike zone and has been given a long leash already…. still a work in progress? Bader could be a guy that sticks, or not.
Then there are the other prospects JAGarcia and O’Neill are also ready. We didn’t trade MGonzales for a guy that doesn’t even get a shot a MLB, an AAAA. It’s strange that Garcia is thought highly of by informed people around the blogs, but doesn’t show up in MLB’s top-30. What’s with that?
There’s too many questions and loose ends regarding our outfield situation but it might be clarified at the deadline. I’m not even going to guess at the outcome.
Weaver was passed over last night and Socolovich had to start in his place. He was probably on his way to St Louis and is available to pitch after Martinez’ start.
We’ve gone through so many of these exercises looking for a superstar that we could deal for. One by one they become moot as they sign or get traded elsewhere.
I searched every teams top-30 looking for a top-notch OF with power that is ready now (since we are looking for some power). There are a few scattered around but no one that stands very much higher than what we have now with O’Neill and Bader.
O’Neill’s power # is a 60. He could turn into a MLB masher.
From what have you done for me lately category:
At Memphis – Mejia .412
At Springfield – Knizner .474
At Palm Beach – Billings .357
At Peoria – Fiedler .353
At State Coll. – Mendoza .359
At Johnson Cty – Bandes .350
At GCL Cards – Montero .400
There’s some names to remember here.
Sure he’s the best we have…. no “just” needed. He continues to impress more and more everyday. A ss with some pop that is improving in the field is a valuable commodity. Who would you like to see there… Cal Ripken or Ernie Banks.
Probably they are looking at potential.
MLB’s newest ranking (yesterday?) puts Voit at #27. Mr. Walton also has Voit at #27.
The MLB list added Edman#26 – Voit#27 – 6th rd. draft pick Zach Jackson #28 – Knizner#30.
They punched O’Neill in at #5. Gallen went from #22 to #14, Mercado went from #30 to #19.
Forget the bees… you opened a can of worms.
IMO Diaz is the biggest disappointment. Many regs here expected a repeat season from him and we got everything but that. Last season he filled the 2 spot very nicely, but the big improvement by Pham negates the loss. Tommy has put up similar numbers and has taken over Diaz’ spot in the order.
Next is Piscotty because we expected him to improve on his ’16 season. He hasn’t come close. I suspect that his personal troubles have effected him even more than his physical woes. He was supposed to be a middle of the order bat.
The middle of our order is not one you’d find on a successful team. Fowler-Gyorko-Molina are far from the what we’re used to seeing. Fowler is not fulfilling the billing that he was given and he will be out as the CF long before that contract ends. Gyorko would be a good 5th or 6th batter and Molina in the 5 hole makes that spot really soft. Yadi is slipping, offensively and defensively as his age would dictate.
The rotation is about what we could’ve expected. Perhaps Wacha is the exception because many figured we wouldn’t get much from him at all. Of course the loss of Reyes was critical. A couple more disappointments are relievers. OH tops that list along with Rosenthal, Siegrist and Cecil. That more or less set the tone for a weak back of the bullpen, and that has to be addressed.
Pham is a new man with new eyes this season and has produced accordingly. I think the play of DeJong is understated. I feel we can project him to be a long-term starter and I can see him filling one of the middle spots in the order. He may serve us better as a second-baseman. We can sell a little higher on Wong right now as he has started to hit. His one dimension doesn’t fit here.
Basically, this is a team with mediocre production from multi-positional players. Voit and Wong aren’t even that. We’re using band-aids to fill needs and it isn’t working so far. I think that we should cash in on some of the dead weight and wait for some prospects to revitalize this team. This team is horribly boring but I can envision some solid help from the farm to change that. You can’t run this bunch of guys out there every day and expect to win a division.
ps. we need to get a pure #4 bat…. we ain’t got any around, period.
jager…. sometimes I agree and sometimes disagree, but I enjoy reading your comments so I hope you become more able to get through to us.
Molina seems to want to dominate playing time. Losing time to Kelly might make him less apt to offer Carson much help. That is what worries me. At work would you help someone to take over your job? Kelly may have to get more info from Matheny.
What happened to this thread? It should be kept alive. Agree…. disagree?
I agree with those…. they’re our near future rotation guys. We have to see how Reyes is, coming off his surgery. Do we have the power-armed Alex or something else?
I’d also like to keep Gallen, Hicks and Helsley as the next wave.
O’Neill hasn’t been placed at Memphis as of yet. They’ll need to make a roster move to open a spot.
So, you thought you knew the Springfield Cardinals. In April they looked like a solid team with starters Alcantara-Flaherty-Gomber-Hudson-Pearce-Poncedeleon, and there was Alvarez-Lino-Mejia-Thon-Wilson-JAGarcia-Martini-Mercado. Some very good arms and bats there.
With players coming and going plus the DL bug (Alvarez-Grayson) they finished the first half at 35-35. Alcantara, Hudson and Gomber remain add in reliever Echemendia and that’s all from the opening day pitching staff.
Of the position players only Wilson and Mercado (long DL stretch) have been on Springfields roster all season. Bruce Caldwell (Mem), Sierra have been up and now back.
The Cards have new members Gallen and Ellis in their rotation, plus additions Knizner, Edman, Nagowski, Seferina and Arozarena.
As it turns out this second half team has a 19-10 record and in 1st place. With all the roster changes within our organization Springfield has had the biggest turnover so far and most likely more will be coming and going. This sure ain’t the team that opened the season on April 6th in Frisco (Tx).
Ps. the goal is to keep the prospects moving up…. some get blocked some get moved up because of another team’s necessity. It’s a long tough road for these guys.
With all due respect to Hudson (big fan)…. Brady Whalen had a super day for Johnson City in a 9-8 win over Danville. Whalen was 3-4, (2) 2b, BB and 5 RBIs. Brady has been struggling defensively and with the bat (.190). In his 2nd pro season he’s young at 19 y.o. and at 6’4″ he’s been playing 3B for the Mountain Cards. Here’s hoping that his big offensive might set a fire under him.
GD it…. I’ve run out of my hours allotment of the Cardinals today. Way too much going on.
Springfield has 3 Cs. One (Jenner) is designated to be an emergency replacement for the full-season clubs. (He’s done it in the past and knows which doors go to all of the clubhouses).
You’re right Carlos belongs there…. I went with their last 4 GSs because I’m talking about now and the recent past.
Just out of curiosity, what is about this team that you enjoy? Or is it just that it is that baseball is the best game in the world. (without the replay nonsense).
I take Weaver- Flaherty- Gallen- Hudson and O’Reilly.
Can you tell me why you believe Young is stumbling? He’s batting .294 in his last 10 games @ PB, that’s a fact. PB doesn’t trot out a very good positional team. As far as MLB potential, the “golden ring” is a difficult climb…. making it to Memphis is tough enough. But making it to Memphis leaves you a shot at the 40-man (ala Mejia). I think Young makes it to Memphis. Which I can’t say about some others that you have put ahead of Young.
The players that are arrogant, have checked pasts, have made poor life choices and are going in the wrong direction are the ones that one should be concerned about. Sometimes grit just outdoes glimmer. Don’t be fooled by headline makers…. because some of the headlines are negative. And if you put a lot of faith in scouting reports, they have been known to be wrong, wrong and sometimes wrong.
At least this conversation has made me an even bigger AY fan. Say “hi” to Kyle for me…. he knows my name (plm998877)
Yadi has looked behind himself (for the ball) more than a criminal on the lam. It’s a kick in the ass move.
Knizner or Lino to Memphis? They both need more playing time and now won’t have to split it. Oh wait…. Fryer to Memphis?