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Wacha’s problem seems to be that he seems to have a hard time staying within himself when he gets a runner on early in the inning. He overthrows, misses his spots and then in trouble grooves one. He is usually great through the first nine batters then often struggles the second time through.
I don’t think they are throwing in the towel but I do think they are starting to look hard to the future. Flaherty should do OK. Actually what more does he need to prove at Memphis. He needs to avoid what Weaver did last year and try to be too fine. This year Weaver is trusting his stuff more and going after the hitters and getting ahead in the count.
I do think the Leach move is an early step in adding by subtraction. Should also be a strong message to others.
Would like to have had Adolis Garcia or Alvarez and Morales instead of Nogowski, and Reyes.
Glad to see Knizer and Mercado on the list.
I guess Alcantara will not debut in St Louis this year.
Believe that O’Neill and Adolis Garcia are the best potential big bats. Wisdom would be except for the K’s and low average. He is a good defender. Probably AAAA but he has the power.
DeJong, Bader and Carlson probably the next best possibilities.August 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm in reply to: Could Paul DeJong Become Jonathan Schoop or Cory Snyder? #31412
I like players who move up and improve at the next level. DeJong had 22 homers and .784 OPS last year at Springfield. 33 homers and .900 OPS at AAA and major league in 2017. Bad news is that his K rate is similar.
He seems to make good adjustments. They were getting him to chase up and in and down and away for a while, but he seems to have adjusted to that scheme.
One thing I think the Cardinals don’t do well is foul off the close pitches. While some do many just take a lot of third strikes looking at pitches too close to take.
Premature to give up on Mayers. Mid-90’s heater. Needs to learn how to use his stuff better and better command at the major league level.
Also Adolis Garcia, multi-talented guy who is red hot. Maybe the best arm in the system and great speed.
Didn’t seem to bother Kuhl
Springfield romped over Corpus Christi 12-5. 3 hits each by Adolis Garcia, Alvarez and Nogowski. Alvarez two doubles and 6 RBI’s.
Memphis 4-0 over the Baby Cakes. Wisdom his 28th. Gant the winner.
I don’t think he dropped the ball because of one hand. He clearly lost it in the lights or didn’t keep his eye on the ball. No way the ball hits the heel of the glove that way if he is seeing it. Particularly since he was not running for the ball.
I’m not usually as critical of Matheny’s bullpen moves as others but last night was an exception. With Mayers history he sould have had no more than 4 hitters faced if not only 3. Then in the 9th when he sent Bowman out there I suspected Oh wasn’t available. But he had to use Oh anyway. In my opinion he is too reliant on Bowman.
I have always been a Velora fan but the Cardinals don’t seem to see him as a contributor. Also not Brian,s ranking of Valera. Brian probably has a lot more insight to the team officials thinking than most of us.
Sorry, meant Mercado. Also Wisdom is a likely loss. Good fielder with 20-30 HR power. K’s seem to mean a lot less now.
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Who do we really have that could help land an impact player or top prospect. Really not many except our top prospects. I do agree that getting even a mid level prospect is better than non-tendering.
We must protect O’Neill, Bader, Sierra, Alvarez, Alcantara, Machado, Weaver. I don’t believe we have to protect Flaherty and Sosa could slide by because of serious injuries two years in a row.
Pearce, Gomber, Morales, Gant and Wick may be exposed.
I believe that we lose Mejia, Martini, and Valera to the 6 year free agency route. If we call up Valera I doubt that he would get much playing time and we will probably remove him from the roster. I like Voit but I think the jury is really still out on him and we don’t need a second first baseman. Would not be surprised to see him dropped from the 40 man roster. I think there are teams out there that would risk a rule 5 on several of these guys.
Our problem may be that our less than high ceiling depth would just create the same problem for another team that we would bundle a bunch of guys for.
The problem I have is I don’t know who other teams are even interested in and what other teams needs are.
Bottom line is we have to do the best job we can at addition by subtraction.
We were really put out because we lost Cordoba last year. Think how we would feel if Sosa, Alvarez and Wick or all of them were claimed. Teams are smart enough to look past injuries, particularly position players.
Also, Alvarez is swinging the bat much better since his return and Wick is pitching well as well. Sosa just played his first rehab game. Not in favor of that move.
But we are going to have to make some tough decisions. I expect to see a fair number of 40 man roster guys non-tendered, up to and including guys like Greg Garcia.
One thing critical with Leake is the umpire’s strike zone. Last night it was a tight one with a lot of pitches in the edge of the zone called balls according to the square on the screen. Leake needs the low strike to survive.
Each umpire has their own strike zone and most are consistent with it. I really don’t like the arrogance of some umpires in that they have their own strike zone regardless of the rule book. But it is what it is.
Not defending Leake. We probably would have done better accelerating one of our youth than paying all that money for a 50/50 pitcher. Couldn’t have hurt as we didn’t do well last year and Leake was not good.
Going into tonight’s games the Cardinal minor league teams are 70 games over .500. This includes the 7 games under .500 by our very young DSL team. Of course Memphis is 40 games over.
If you go deeper in the stats Alcantara has six consecutive quality starts, 36.2 innings, 29 hits, 6 earned runs, 21 bb (ouch) and 25 ks. He is a model for the Cardinal philosophy in developing prospects. Challenge them with a level above their current development, give them around a half season to catch up.
Springfield is also in the hunt for the post season.
What are the criteria for rule 5 eligibility? I think it differs with age.
I have never cared for MLB’s lists. Seems that Baseball America is better. Weren’t they the ones that had Vaughn Bryan as a top 10 prospect in the Cardinal system.
We went for offense in the 17 draft and some of the guys are hitting well. Mendoza, Hurst, Pinder and Robertson at times. Also other less publisized.
So many of the international pitching prospects we picked up are still very young and we probably are expecting too much too soon of them.
Interesting item. Schlessenger has been real hot lately after a serious bout with control last season. 54 K’s in 33.2 innings and a strong start in the cancelled game last night. Still only 20.
Diaz is still struggling at times for production at Memphis but from what I can see in their games he is hitting from a much more stable base and is not lunging as much as he was. Still swinging at too many pitches out of the zone.
Not an expert but from my untrained eyes DeJong appears to be a tad better on defense than Diaz. Certainly more accurate on his throws and maybe a stronger arm. I think I would put Diaz at third.
Don’t want to give up on Diaz yet. Ball really jumps off his bat when he takes a good swing. Not quite as much as Grichek but similar.
Maybe this draft class is not so much a bust.
Pinder is also hitting very well.
Mendoza already up to Palm Beach. Faster than DeJong and Bader moved in their first season.
If the Cardinals replaced Matheny from within I suspect it would be Shildt.