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  • in reply to: 2019 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TOP PROSPECTS VOTING #72747
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    46. Justin Toerner – Drafted 28th this year; started at State College; got promoted to Palm Beach (damn near impossible in your draft season) and then sent back down to Peoria. In 3 levels he hit .312 with a .410obp and yet he seems to be invisible.

    47. Jesus Cruz – The flame throwing pitcher threw 85.1 innings, gave up only 66hits and KO’ed 104. In his short Cardinal career he’s thrown 116 inn and struck out 145. That sounds like closer material.

    48. Casey Meisner – He’s a flyball pitcher and a very effective one.

    49. Julio Rodriguez – Only 21 and exceptional defensively. He had a very undisciplined year with the bat, but he’s at minimum; back-up catcher potential.

    50. Derian Gonzalez – In case you haven’t noticed he’s been an organizational favorite for the past few years. They see something special in his talents, ergo spring training invites.

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    41. Justin Toerner
    42. Joerlin De Los Santos
    43. Scott Hurst
    44. Alvaro Seijas
    45. Jesus Cruz

    in reply to: Stubby Clapp future #72496
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    Richard Griffin was also the well respected P.R. man for the Montreal Expos for many years. He’s certainly well connected in baseball circles from both sides, so if he says Stubby is being considered, then Stubby IS being looked at as the next manager of the Blue Jays.

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    Wisdom would be a fairer comparison because of the low batting average for sure. Young has been a more consistent player when it comes to making contact. So I agree with your assessment that Wisdom is the better match.

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    Somewhat off topic; CariocaCardinal or Robert Reed, the Cardinal transaction site says we signed Pitchers Teinys Portillo, Henry Gomez, Victor Herrera; catchers Juan Sanchez & Diego Velasquez; plus ss Bryan Matute, but they’re not listed on Brian’s roster matrix. Is that because they’re 16 year old signs and do either of you know anything about these guys?

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    LaRocque has flown under the radar for years and that’s unfair because he has done an amazing job with our farm system. Our player development is second to none and it’s largely due to his expertise. This will be a huge loss for the Cardinal org.

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    Thanks CC, I’d protect Lane Thomas over Ynfante for sure. Thomas has had an Andy Young type progression, although not quite as good. It will be interesting to see how much Lane can improve next year.

    in reply to: What 40-man roster crunch? #72423
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    Right now we have 44 players (including 60-day DLs), we’ll lose Norris, Ross and Adams as free agents. I’m pretty sure Carson Kelly will be kept as the backup catcher in 2019 so DFA Pena and resign him to a minor league contract. That brings us down to 40. So who do we really need to protect? Helsley is #1 on my list. Do we need to keep Shrock and Urias or are they redundant? Tommy Edman is on the rise, with Sosa waiting in the wings already, so I’m not worried about losing either. Someone might wrongly gamble on Cabrera as a Loogy for the season or take Fernandez to be that 8th man. Wadye Ynfante could be taken in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft, although I could be wrong on that. He had a horrible year, but he can bounce back. So to answer my own question; I need spots for Helsley, Cabrera, Fernandez and Ynfante. The solution is to DFA Derian Gonzalez, Patrick Wisdom, Connor Greene and Brett Cecil. Let Cecil relieve in Memphis and earn his way back to the majors. We can’t trade Cecil, but we can let him be claimed. If some team takes Wisdom then good on him. We need room at the top for Elehuris Montero anyway. If there is a chance we’ll sign free agent players like Rosenthal and Donaldson, then we can DFA Ynfante and Greg Garcia at a latter date. This of course is subject to Mozeliak doing nothing to improve the team again trade wise. Ozuna being the outlier. Did anyone really notice him this year, he was suppose to be the difference maker. Anyway, that’s my take on things.

    in reply to: 2019 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TOP PROSPECTS VOTING #72288
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    I’m having a hard time understanding the trade bias that’s been prevalent here. Just because we acquired them from other teams does not make them great or even good for that matter. Yes, I trust our scouting staff, just not our President of Baseball Operations. Anyway, here are my picks;

    36. Junior Fernandez – Surely he still has that arm.

    37. Justin Toerner – How do you bat over .300 and end your season in PB in your first season and not get voted higher than a Connor Capel.

    38. Joerlin De Los Santos – .359ba, .459obp, 30 stolen bases = top prospect

    39. Scott Hurst – He hasn’t stopped hitting.

    40. Jake Walsh – What a leap in production as he white-walshed (it’s a pun folks) the competition.

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    Back off vacation; looks like I missed a lot.

    31. Leandro Cedeno
    32. Steve Gingery
    33. Hector Mendoza
    34. Justin Toerner
    35. Joerlin De Los Santos

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    Cancel the APB on Pads!

    21. Ivan Herrera – Again the kid hit .348 this year and .335 last. He’ll be on the bullet train next summer heading towards ST. Louis, with stops in Peoria, PB, Springfield and Memphis.

    22. Evan Mendoza – He’s crazy good with a bat. Last year he started out hitting .370 and got promoted quick. This year he started out hitting .349 and got the call to the next level in a hurry. He’s only 22 and he’ll probably start in Springfield to beat up on AA pitching before finishing in Memphis.

    23. Andy Young – How is it that a player gets promoted and performs better at each level. The higher he goes the better he gets. 2016: .271ba, 3hr, .356obp, .762ops; 2017: .278ba, 17hr, .359obp, .830ops
    2018: .289ba, 21hr, .379obp & .858ops. By the time he gets to the bigs, he’ll be Rogers Hornsby!

    24. Edmundo Sosa – He’s just Mr. Consistency and that’s all that needs to be said.

    25. Leandro Cedeno – Moved to 1b this season, he busted lose after a lost season in 2017. He’s got big time power; 30 homer potential. Hit .336 in JC with a .419obp and a robust 1.011ops.

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    16. Tommy Edman
    17, Luken Baker
    18. Ivan Herrera
    19. Evan Mendoza
    20. Jake Woodford

    in reply to: 2019 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TOP PROSPECTS VOTING #70887
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    Arozarena was # 13 RR

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    # 11 – Tommy Edman – He was the MVP of the AAA playoffs. Yes, he had to share it with Arozarena who had a masterful final game, but was scarce in most of the others. The Redbirds, in my book, went as Edman led them….to a championship. He has passed Sosa as our top SS prospect and the one thing he did all year….produce, produce, produce!

    # 12 – Randy Arozarena – He’s another development year away from forcing his way onto the MLB roster and he’ll be an exciting player when he gets here.

    # 13 – Griffen Roberts – Trust in the Cardinal scouting staff!

    # 14 – Luken Baker – The last behemoth we had like him was Matt Adams, but Baker can hit for a better average. It’s embarrassing to the GCL how easy Luken made it look. Got promoted to Peoria right away because he can put the bat on the ball.

    # 15 – Ivan Herrera – First year state-side and he bats .348 as a 17 year old. .423obp, .500slg and .923ops. An excellent follow-up to a .332ba in the DSL last year.

    in reply to: 2019 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TOP PROSPECTS VOTING #70359
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    SoonerinNC; Knizner has already been ranked #6.

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    8. Malcolm Nunez – Seriously, it’s time to give the devil his due…..er…..Pugs, not Nunez

    9. Daniel Poncedeleon – He starts his major league career with 7 no-hit innings and carries a 2.81era into today’s play in 32 innings. How did he fall this low? He’s always been an underdog, but he’s proved himself at every level.

    10. Ryan Helsley – Another under the radar player, Helsley has developed nicely into a power pitcher and just like Ponce has had to prove himself worthy of being noted with the top prospects. Should at least make 2019 bullpen.

    QUESTION; If Pasadena has the Rose Bowl for football. Does it also have an Arozarena for Hockey???

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    in reply to: 2019 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TOP PROSPECTS VOTING #70172
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    I’d be fine with the 8,9,10 together Pads.

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    I’ll say this about Malcolm Nunez…he just may have Vladdy Guerrero Jr. potential. He hit for the Triple Crown for God’s sake in half a season. So at # 7, I vote Nunez over a catcher who may end up as a back-up if he doesn’t start hitting major league pitching.

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    in reply to: 2019 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TOP PROSPECTS VOTING #69690
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    I’m still in with Knizner at # 6.

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    The suspense is killing me or is it the irony? No one has pumped the tires on Elehuris Montero more then me right from the get-go and his potential seems to be growing at a fast rate, but I had him rated behind Knizner, so I’m sticking to my list (damn that Nyquist). The guilt of having him maybe voted next and I didn’t back my boy is killing me. The voting difference for me; Knizner displayed his talents right from the draft and has been high in our polling. EH is still raw potential making a big leap in his prospect status. Should I be happy for Elehuris if he’s voted # 5 or pissed at myself for not being responsible for it. It’s gonna be a long weekend waiting for Pads to close this one!!!

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    # 5 Knizner

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    Gorman’s power potential is exciting. Sending him to Peoria was a bit too aggressive in my book, but hey, the Cardinals brain trust is doing quite fine without my opinion. Obviously, at 18 years, Nolan was too good for Johnson City. Let’s develop that defence and maybe we’ll have another Scott Rolen on our hands.

    # 4 = Nolan Gorman

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    There are maybe .01% absolutes in baseball prospecting Nyquist. I think we all reserve the right to change our minds on a player based on what one of the other people say in promotion of his talents. There are certain people on here whose opinions I respect a lot and who can sway my judgement of certain players. Not often, but sometimes.

    Having said that, I’ll go with the man who has 40 potential and plays strong defence;

    # 3 Tyler O’Neill

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    Okay, I may be the only one who doesn’t know this, but what the heck happened with Darren Seferina? How does a prospect with his talent get released mid-season? Does anyone know the circumstances?

    in reply to: Exceptional young hitters #68593
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    Thanks Bob, I appreciate you taking the time to answer that question. Young pitching like that is hard to gauge. Seijas and Oviedo are considered top prospects, but have never pitched well. Guys like Jimenez and Jose Moreno out-perform at their age level and don’t get consideration. I know ‘stuff’ is a major factor, but if you can’t control it, what’s the point. ‘Heat’ rules the day right now, which is how Fernandez and Alcantara got their ranking. How would you rate Jimenez, Hector Soto and Moreno in today’s voting or is it too soon to consider them?

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