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Irving Lopez is once again our #STLCards winter ball Player of the Week after batting .350, clubbing his 2nd HR, and plating five. Moises Gomez also stayed hot at the plate but is leaving Puerto Rico for Venezuela. @bt_newberry shares all the details. ($) https://t.co/38tT7wc5Au pic.twitter.com/IBoraCNR5B
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) December 1, 2022
In the ‘Memo to Mo’ department, I notice they have Woodford just ahead of both Flaherty and McGreevy.
My version of the memo would conclude, “Here is why you should not use that site for anything important.”
Why acquire Volpe when you have Winn?
On your more general theme, pretty much every team’s fans more highly value their own prospects – because they know them the best by far.
Maybe they want to be cautious until they find out he’s not a one season wonder.
I am guessing you didn’t know Gomez was ranked no. 16 in the Rays system in 2020 by these same MLB Pipeline folks. And the Rays system has been traditionally rated among the best in MLB.
So I would say “no” to your theory. (FWIW, I agree with our community.)
This is a deep dive with @B_Walton on the rule changes you can expect to see in @MLB games next year. Pitch clock, shifts, limited pickoffs, and potentially an automated strike zone. A whole new game is coming.
— Dan McLaughlin (@DannyMacTV) November 30, 2022
Gomez at no. 30 seems odd, but at least he is now on their list. I saw Bernal for an extended period for the first time this season and really like him. Not to be a spoiler, but he should be in our top 20 (but not yet as aggressive as 11).
The Cardinal Nation’s #stlcards 2023 top prospect countdown reaches no. 41 with an outfielder who does everything well. Matt Koperniak put in a full year at Double-A in his second professional season and has competed internationally. ($) https://t.co/Vojib51IIx pic.twitter.com/j3ySmHYhRv
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 30, 2022
Nine lives has Mr. Miller…
Good question. Black is an interesting case. Just based on age and time since college, he would be Rule 5 eligible. However, his first two years were in independent ball so they do not count. So he has two more years before becoming R5 eligible.
I don’t think Thomas was hyped at all. He had a rough season and dropped in our monthly prospect rankings as a result. He found a new pitch and renewed confidence and was recognized as the very best pitcher in a league of prospects this fall. It earned him a 40-man spot when coming in, it looked like he would not be protected. Of course, he still has to do more to win an MLB job, but he earned the attention received to date. No hype, IMO.
McGreevy made 20 starts at Double-A. I think he’ll compete to start for Memphis. If the Cards think he is ready, he won’t be blocked.
Yes, I definitely missed Kodi. Not sure how since I caught Kramer and those two came off the roster at the same time. Agree about Ramon Mendoza. Will put a footnote in to that effect. Thank you for noticing it.
On Jimenez, I get where you are coming from, but his trajectory is down. He is on the FCL roster two years away from minor league free agency. Unless something really, really different and good happens, he is not going to have enough time to make it.
At no. 42 in The Cardinal Nation’s #STLCards 2023 prospect countdown is Gustavo Rodriguez, a 21-year-old RHP who had a very strong comeback in 2022, but still has a long development road ahead to reach St. Louis in limited time. ($) https://t.co/7f9DdXu2CB pic.twitter.com/dU7kUd1OPU
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 29, 2022
Albert Pujols completes a very successful award season with the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year Award, the #STLCards' 13th major honor for 2022. Our weekly history feature reviews all seven Cardinals Comeback winners. (free) https://t.co/DIYxiE79uT pic.twitter.com/y16MPGwDfu
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 28, 2022
"In His Own Words – Kyle Leahy". Prior to the end of the 2022 Arizona Fall League, the RH prospect discussed his busy 2022, during which he led the #STLCards system in innings pitched before working in relief in the AFL. ($) https://t.co/6OV9gJlgja pic.twitter.com/wRujtppwmv
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 27, 2022
At no. 44 in The Cardinal Nation’s #STLCards 2023 prospect countdown is a phenomenal turnaround story during 2022. RH @andrewmarrero42 went from reassignment to extended spring training to the system-wide Pitcher of the Month less than 90 days later. ($) https://t.co/Pi7EWkmPcz pic.twitter.com/p2yeTDO5of
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 27, 2022
I considered writing about the Altuve comp, but decided it wasn’t fair – at least yet.
Remember when Holliday was rumored in the running for the hitting coach, with the bench coach job becoming a surprise?
Not to offend those who have more important jobs than mine (just about anyone), but how much control and impact do you think a bench coach has? New wave guys may be more important to the organization in hitting and pitching coach jobs.
May as well score points on the nostalgia front with the hire, needed with Yadi and Albert gone. Not to overlook the fact that Holliday has years of MLB experience, something that neither Marmol nor Blake has.
The Cardinal Nation’s #STLCards Top 50 prospect countdown for 2023 hits no. 45 with an infielder who led his rookie level Florida Complex League team in most offensive categories with intriguing power. FREE scouting report on 19 year-old Samil De La Rosa. https://t.co/Rm4mBZ3V0O pic.twitter.com/TJgKWhb4C9
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 26, 2022
Yes, that is clearly a risk. At least pinched into relief if he doesn’t pitch lights out.
Thanks for sharing.
Peralta was good for three of his four years. It ended badly, but I think his overall return was positive.
A common thread among all the others except Fowler is that they are pitchers. I don’t see enough data here to draw a conclusion about free agent hitters. They also left off a good hitter deal, 1 year for Albert. Just because it wasn’t big money doesn’t mean he didn’t provide great value.
Anyway, I suspect the real problem has been FA arms. (Good point on Mikolas, though. Also, Wainwright has re-signed one year deals as a free agent multiple times. Since they list Holland’s bad one-year deal, they should include the good one-year ones, too.)
At no. 46 in The Cardinal Nation’s #STLCards 2023 prospect countdown is a power-hitting infielder whose 2022 feats at Double-A included a home run cycle. Reaching St. Louis in a crowded field is going to be a challenge for Chandler Redmond, however. ($) https://t.co/T0vL4a8gig pic.twitter.com/oQ9xHI0DoT
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 25, 2022