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For more on Ramirez, here is my story on him from a year ago when the Cardinals acquired him: https://thecardinalnation.com/ramirez-stakes-claim-among-cardinals-relief-prospects/
Cool to hear Danny Mac mention TCN and the work of Brian on the air today.
A full offseason of rest benefited Arozarena last year, who took a huge leap forward this season after playing both pro ball and winter ball since he signed with the Cardinals. In Carlson’s case, he has shown enough to break camp with the big league club next March.
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The plan has changed for #STLCards top prospect Dylan Carlson, John Mozeliak tells me. He no longer will play in the Arizona Fall League, but instead will stay home in California and work on adding strength. Mo is OK with it, doesn't think he has anything more to prove this year.
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) September 12, 2019
For me, Mercado has the profile of a Kevin Pillar-type. Arozarena is a flashier version of Gerardo Parra. Arozarena doesn’t have plus power, but he will run into 10 or more homers with plus on-base ability. He can steal 15-20 bags and play solid defense wherever. He’s a spark-plug type.
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He's the first #STLCards prospect to have at least 25 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a minor league season in 56 years.
— Derek Shore (@D_Shore23) September 2, 2019
Perez has 46 extra-base hits in 969 career minor league at-bats. Considering that, I wonder if it would be more beneficial for him to skip Palm Beach next year.
Chris Ellis is slated to start for Memphis on Monday.
Peripherals aren’t everything. Woodford reminds me a lot of Brad Keller with the Royals, especially as he’s made the transformation from sinkerballer to exclusively using four-seams.
With Gorman expected to open at Double-A next season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Montero move over to first base full-time, a move I think would also take pressure off his bat.
Austin Gomber has been activated off the injured list at Triple-A Memphis and sent to High-A Palm Beach. He will make his first start tonight since May 13. The lefty has been dealing with shoulder issues most of this season.
— Derek Shore (@D_Shore23) August 23, 2019
He and Dobzanski are minor league free agents after next season.
Couple injury updates on Gomber and Robinson this evening:
Mikolas not looking very sharp this evening. His stuff has clearly backed up this season. Velocity down. Breaking ball doesn’t have the same depth as last year. Fortunately, he still has enough pitchability to get by as a back-end starter.
Ponce has a high-spin fastball, so he has more room for error than most when he makes a mistake.
Correction: three starts since returning to Memphis. He’s struck out 28 batters in 18 innings.
Drew Sutton was the last player in the Texas League to accomplish a 20-20 season in the Texas League. He played for Corpus Christi in 2008. Alex Gordon also had a 20-20 season when the Royals were the Wichita Wranglers. That was in 2006.
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Carlson will be in the AFL, confirmed.
Rosters will be announced closer to the end of the month
— Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) August 11, 2019
The AFL twitter also tweeted the coaches will be released with the players as well.
Burgos with his first stateside home run today for GCL Cardinals. He has 10 homers overall this season.
Arozarena had an outstanding month, but the separator for me was run production. As Brian mentioned, Gonzalez had the upper-hand by a wide margin in that department. Donovan also had a dynamic month not to be overlooked.