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Four Cardinals prospects make MLB Top 100 list
MLB Pipeline’s national top 100 prospect list for 2018 was announced over the weekend, and four St. Louis Cardinals prospects are included.
Topping the list is right handed pitcher Alex Reyes, at No. 18. Reyes missed all the 2017 season following Tommy John surgery, but is expected to pitch in 2018, starting as early as May. This makes Reyes’ third straight year as the Cardinals’ top prospect.
Also making the list are Jack Flaherty (38), Carson Kelly (46), and Tyler O’Neill (94). The Cardinals were one of 13 teams to have at least four players on the list.
The annual prospect list is compiled MLB Pipeline draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis, and Mike Rosenbaum. Only players with rookie status entering 2018 are eligible.
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Spring Training begins in February. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on February 13, with first workout scheduled on February 14. Position players are scheduled to report on February 18 with first workout on February 19. The first Spring Training game will be played on February 23 against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. Spring Training information, including the schedule, can be found here.
Blast from the Past
This week’s history segment features the St. Louis Cardinals squad of 1920. The 1920 season was the Cardinals’ 39th season of the franchise, and the 29th in the National League.
The Cardinals’ record in 1920 of 75-79 put them in fifth place in the National League. The manager was Branch Rickey and the owner was Sam Breadon. The position of general manager did not exist yet in 1920.
The Opening Day lineup was Burt Shotton (LF), Cliff Heathcote (RF), Milt Stock (3B), Rogers Hornsby (2B), Jack Fournier (1B), Austin McHenry (CF), Hal Janvrin (SS), Verne Clemens (C), and Bill Doak (SP).
The longest losing streak was seven games, twice, from July 25-August 1, and September 5-11. The longest winning streak was also seven games, from June 10-17. The highest winning margin was a 16-1 defeat of the Cubs on September 27. The worst loss was a 14-2 drubbing from the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 8. Splits were 38-38 at home and 37-41 on the road.
The top starting pitcher was Doak, with a 20-12 record and an ERA of 2.53. The top offensive performance was from Hornsby, who hit .370/.431/.559/ with nine home runs and 94 RBI.
Hornsby’s batting average of .370 won him the NL batting title, his first of seven. Hornsby also led the NL in OBP (.431), SLG (.559), hits (218), total bases (329), doubles (44), and RBI (94). On defense, Hornsby led the league in putouts, assists, and double plays from his home at second base.
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