Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Matt Adams On The Morning After 3-3-15

Inside STL

Mike Matheny Puts Reward On The Line In Cardinals' Scrimmage

It is not unusual for the coaches or the veterans to put something on the line when it comes to intrasquad scrimmages at spring training.

Bird Land

Rotation Update, Day Off

The St. Louis Cardinals open their Grapefruit League season on Thursday afternoon against the Miami Marlins with Carlos Martinez taking the mound. Perhaps not by coincidence, he will be followed in the next two starts by a pair of pitchers who also hope to claim the fifth spot in the rotation.
STL Baseball Weekly

The impression that lefty Jaime Garcia intended to make in the opening weeks of spring training, long before the games started, apparently has been received and will be recognized this weekend.
Cardinal Beat

Video: Alfredo Despaigne Strolls Around The Bases

Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne went deep twice on Monday for his Alazanes de Granma club. His home run trots? A leisurely 41 and 42 seconds, respectively, as Baseball America’s Ben Badler clocked.

Baseball America

A Look At The Top Shortstops In The Cardinals Minor League System

The shortstop position can be a tough position to project as it’s one of the toughest positions to play on the field and there is so much turnover from year-to-year. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ideal shortstop in mind and ironically, the guy at the highest level does not have that makeup.

Cardinals Farm

Kyle Lohse Scheduled To Start Brewers' Spring Training Opener On Thursday

Adam McCalvy Twitter

Adam Wainwright Must Field First, Face Hitters Next; Carlos Martinez Draws Start; Pop Warner's New Role

Before Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright can advance to facing his hitters on his team — the only pitching assignment between him and a spring training game against another team — he must first prove he can something far more mundane, even for March.


Left May Be Right On Cardinals' Bench

The Cardinals have five lefthanded-batting regulars who are likely to be in the lineup on most days when a righthander is opposing them. In theory, all five of their extra men on those days could be righthanded hitters, which could be a problem in the late innings against a team with notable righthanded relief.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Daniel Descalso Brings Postseason Experience To Rockies

A utility infielder was near the top of Walt Weiss' offseason wish list.

Denver Post

Is Red Sox Rotation Good Enough Without Cole Hamels?

He is 130 miles away, but his presence is felt everywhere here.

USA Today

Audio: Ozzie Smith More Than Just Defense

For the last week, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith has been at Spring Training with the St. Louis Cardinals, roving about and talking with veterans and young players alike.

STL Baseball Weekly

Allen Craig Would Look Good In Angel Red

The Angels can’t afford to be cheap this season. The team is built for a championship run at the moment, but has issues heading into the future. While I would still contend that the club should remain good for years with some of their young core of players getting better, how many more years do Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver have left? Can you really bank so much on the future when you have a team built to win now? The Angels need to look at every move out there that could make them better in the now without leveraging the future too much.

Halo Hangout

MLB Draft Blotter: Kyle Cody Boosts Stock With More Velocity

The Draft Blotter is a roundup of notable performances by high follows as well as other draft-related developments from the past week.

Minor League Ball

Sources: No Signs Of Progress In Red Sox, Phillies Trade Talks Regarding Cole Hamels

Despite the presence of a Philadelphia Phillies executive at JetBlue Park to scout the Boston Red Sox on Monday, there are no signs of any progress in trade talks involving Cole Hamels, two major league sources told The Boston Herald.

Boston Herald

Ryan Ludwick In Crowded OF Mix With Rangers

Ryan Ludwick has played outfield for the Oakland, Texas, Cleveland, St. Louis, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati organizations in his 16-year professional career. So he took it as a compliment when at least a couple of those clubs -- he won't reveal which -- expressed interest in bringing him back for a second go-round when he hit the free-agent market over the winter.


The Most Explosive MLB Trade Scenarios To Watch This Spring

The Red Sox are rewriting one of baseball’s adages, deciding you could never have enough outfielders. Maybe that stockpile will end up helping them have enough pitching.

NY Post

Matt Carpenter Plans To Be Aggressive, But Smart

The Cardinals have shown no indication that they plan to change Matt Carpenter's placement in their lineup. However, if Carpenter accomplishes what he has set as a season goal, he'll take a different look back into the familiar spot atop the batting order.

St. Louis Official Site

James Ramsey Gets Nob In Left Field In Indians' First Spring Training Game

Mother Nature forced the Indians indoors on Monday morning as rain and chilly temperatures -- not quite Cleveland chilly -- invaded the desert.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Orioles, Giants, Cardinals, Cubs, Braves, Dodgers, Angels, & Red Sox To Have Scouts On Hand For Tabasco Showcase March 17-18, 2015

Scouts from different major league organizations will be in the state on 17 and 18 March to evaluate all the young talent in the organization.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Cardinals Cheese It Up (Or Don't) For Annual Photo Day At Spring Training

Fox Sports Midwest

Joe Maddon Names Jon Lester Cubs' Opening Day Starter

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon named Jon Lester the Opening Day Starter April 5th against the Cardinals. This will be Lester’s fifth straight Opening Day start.


Slow Down, Trevor Rosenthal! Smoke It, Jason Heyward! And More Spring Objectives

Just in case anyone needed a reminder, former Cardinals second baseman Tom Herr sent one Saturday.

Fox Sports Midwest

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 3-2-15: Casey Schroeder Hitless In Four At-Bats

Casey Schroeder (former 2012 draft selection-Coastal Carolina) started at catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-4 and allowed four stolen bases.

Illinois beat Coastal Carolina 7-1
Coastal Carolina Official Site Post Game

Braves Sign Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins To One-Year Deals

Starting pitchers Shelby Miller and Alex Wood both received slight raises, as the Braves agreed to terms on one-year deals with each of the 23 previously-unsigned members of their 40-man roster who have not yet gained arbitration-eligible status.

Atlanta Official Site

'Eager' Tyrell Jenkins Grabs Front Office's Attention

When the Braves acquired Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins in the November trade that sent Jason Heyward to St. Louis, there was reason to wonder if either of these pitchers might become Atlanta's version of Adam Wainwright, who was Atlanta's top pitching prospect before being traded to the Cardinals after the 2003 season.

Atlanta Official Site

Marlins Offered Two-Years/$10M To Francisco Rodriguez

Jon Heyman Twitter

Edwin Jackson Battling For Spot In Cubs' Rotation

No one has to say anything to Travis Wood or Edwin Jackson. Both pitchers know how important this spring is.

Chicago-N Official Site

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 3-2-15: Donovan Solano Singles, Walks Twice, & Scores Two Runs

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Miami) started at second base and batted sixth.  1-for-1 with two runs and two walks.

Miami beat Florida International 7-2

College Baseball Weekend Roundup (Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015)

The calendar flipped months during week three and with that, hopefully mother nature flips off with the nasty weather. We also had our first no-hitters of the season!

Minor League Ball

Three Reasons To Watch The Cardinals In 2015

Here’s the thing about the St. Louis Cardinals ... they’re always good, but they just don’t make a big production out of it. Oh, sure: In Cardinals Country, there’s a picture of Seth Maness on the wall in every barber shop. But outside of the Great Middle Midwest, who knows these Cardinals? In the first round of MLB.com’s FACE OF BASEBALL tournament, Yadier Molina somehow beat out America’s First Baseman, only to lose in the second round to ... Sean Doolittle?

Fox Sports

Getting To Know Your Mariners' Coaches: Chris Prieto

Here's what you should know about quality control coach Chris Prieto.

Lookout Landing

Scott Rolen To Bring Expertise To Blue Jays' Mitch Nay

The Blue Jays are planning to bring in Scott Rolen later this week to work with prized prospect Mitch Nay.

Toronto Official Site

Carlos Martinez Primed For Stardom In 2015

Another installment in the Cardinals’ seemingly never-ending supply of promising young arms, Martinez will open Grapefruit League play with the opportunity to cement a spot in St. Louis’ rotation for the first time. He struggled in a brief turn as a starter in 2014, posting a 4.45 ERA over seven outings in June and July. But Martinez is still only 23, comes with a huge prospect pedigree and a potentially devastating fastball-slider combination, and pitches for an organization that seems to have a magic tough with young arms.

USA Today

Jim Callis Thinks Rob Kaminsky Has Best Curveball In Cardinals Farm System

Jim Callis Twitter

David Peralta Strives To Stick Around After Breakthrough Season

David Peralta's journey -- from pitching prospect to out of baseball to trying again as an outfielder in independent ball before finally making to the big leagues with the D-backs last year -- has been well documented.

Arizona Official Site

Adam Wainwright Throws 41 Pitches In Bullpen Session

Though still limited in running and agility work, Adam Wainwright received the go-ahead from the training staff and returned to the mound on Monday to throw his first bullpen session in 10 days. Wainwright threw 41 pitches in the session, describing it afterward as "exactly what I wanted it to be."
St. Louis Official Site

For the first time since he was diagnosed with a lower abdominal strain, Adam Wainwright was back on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals–throwing a bullpen session Monday morning.
STL Baseball Weekly

Lance Berkman First Of Former Astros To Lend Hand At Camp

The Astros have a long line of former players coming into training camp this spring at the urging of new manager A.J. Hinch. And first up on Monday was first baseman Lance Berkman, who played the bulk of his 15 seasons in Houston.

Houston Official Site

Gary Bennett Talks About How Yadier Molina Can Stay Fresh During The Season

Former Cardinals Catcher Gary Bennett details Yadi Molina's importance to the team, keep Molina fresh through the season, questions surrounding the rotation, and how Jason Heyward fits into the team.

101 ESPN

Cardinals Preliminary Prospect Grade Distribution Breakdown

Here is the current grade distribution for 41 St. Louis Cardinals prospects, listed below. There are a couple of others who could get in if I have room, but they would both be Grade C guys. The breakdown:

Minor League Ball

Ultimate Fan Video Contest & #CardsFanFlix Fan Engagement Initiative Announced

The St. Louis Cardinals launched the Cardinals Ultimate Fan Video Contest today to encourage fans to create videos that show their excitement for the 2015 season. The fan who proves they are the ultimate Cardinals fan by submitting a video will win the Ultimate Opening Day VIP experience - four tickets in the President's box.

St. Louis Official Site

Jim Hayes From Spring Training On The Morning After 3-2-15

Inside STL

2015 Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Friday, March 6, 2015 At 10AM

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that individual tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale this Friday, March 6 beginning at 10 a.m. CT.
St. Louis Official Site

Single-game tickets for the Cardinals' 81 regular-season home games will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT, the organization announced on Monday. Fans intending to purchase tickets to at least three home games can enjoy early access to tickets, beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
St. Louis Official Site

Mark Reynolds Wants To Make Mike Matheny's Job Difficult

When the Cardinals signed Mark Reynolds to a one year deal this offseason they did so with the intention of having a right-handed batter who could play 1st base if Matt Adams struggled. They wanted someone with a history of hitting for power who wasn’t going to cost an arm and a leg to acquire.


Adam Wainwright Returns To The Mound, As Scheduled

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright returned to the mound Monday morning to throw his first bullpen session since an abdominal strain forced him to take a few days off.

Bird Land

Carlos Martinez To Start Grapefruit League Opener

Carlos Martinez, who is being accorded his best shot this spring at making the Cardinals' rotation, will start Thursday's first exhibition game here against the Miami Marlins.
Cardinal Beat

Mike Matheny announced this morning Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals in their Grapefruit League opener this Thursday against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

The St. Louis Cardinals will open their Grapefruit League schedule on Thursday and Carlos Martinez has been tabbed to make the start against the Miami Marlins.
STL Baseball Weekly

In mapping out their spring pitching schedule, the Cardinals have decided to give Carlos Martinez not just a long look, but also the first one, as Martinez pursues a job in the starting rotation.
St. Louis Official Site

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB (Spring Training) 3-2-15: Chad Huffman Singles & Walks

Chad Huffman (former Memphis-Chiba Lotte) started in left field and batted third.  1-for-4 with one walk and grounded into one double play.

Chiba Lotte beat Chunichi 5-3

Five Questions For The Cardinals (And Memphis)

Bless the month of March. With spring training in full swing, a writer can devote a column to baseball without it being merely wishful thinking. March is a month of optimism for every fan base, and one for questions. Lots of questions. Here are five that will need answering within the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Memphis Flyer

Why Is Randal Grichuk Not A Lock To Make This Team?

When one takes a look at the projected 25-man roster for the St. Louis Cardinals and attempts to decipher which spots are up for grabs in a competition there is one that jumps out to me as ludicrous. Those within camp - albeit several are other media types - say Randal Grichuk is no lock to be on the team out of spring training.


Team USA Reunion

Last season 180 alumni of USA Baseball were on Opening Day rosters in the big leagues and today representatives from the organization were in the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse to visit with former players like Marco Gonzales, Randal Grichuk, Lance Lynn, and Michael Wacha.

STL Baseball Weekly

Randal Grichuk Back On The Field As Cardinals Near The Start Of Games

Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk, who has been battling a tight lower back for the last few days, is expected to be on the field this afternoon in just about all drills. The right-handed power hitter has missed the last couple practices but he says he will only be held out of a couple things today.


The Importance Of Yadier Alvarez, Vladimir Gutierrez On The Future Of Cuban Signings

Before Yadier Alvares left Cuba, only the most plugged-in people to the Cuban baseball scene knew who he was, or that he even existed. He had never pitched outside of Cuba, even for the junior national team. He walked 35 batters in 31 innings in Cuba’s national 18U league. He had never pitched in Serie Nacional.

Baseball America

Matt Holliday Hopes Cardinals Pick Up 2017 Option

Jon Heyman Twitter

Minor League Expansion: Five Possible Locations

This week’s blog is inspired by a president and a former co-worker.

Topeka Capital-Journal

Edward Mujica Healthy, 15 Pounds Lighter Than 2014; Allen Craig Praised By John Farrell

Questions about Edward Mujica, in light of John Farrell's post-practice evaluations here on Sunday:


Peter Bourjos Ready To Play, Jon Jay Almost There; Abuse Awareness; Extra Bases

While one of the two Cardinals center fielders returning from surgery feels better about his swing now than at any point last season, the other is steadily regaining his with an eye on being ready when this season begins.


'Live BP' Is Really For The Pitchers

From the chance to see hitters react to their new offspeed pitches to the simulated innings that test their stamina, everything about the live batting practice Cardinals pitchers are throwing this week at spring training is about them.


Hope About Phenoms Is A Baseball Rite of Spring

Phenoms are to spring training what cliff swallows are to San Juan Capistrano.


Colombian Showcase Set For Monday To Set Roster Spots For Panama City

MLB (Major League Baseball) held tomorrow at the stadium November 11 Cartagena a showcase with the best prospects Colombians who have been eligible for signature.  (Translated)

El Universal

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stanley Javier Taking A Break From Baseball

After spending two years as General Manager of the Cibao Eagles, Stanley Javier threshing one way to get away from the various positions he has taken in recent years in professional baseball, both at home and in the United States.  (Translated)

Listin Diario

Audio: Matt Holliday - "My Skills Aren't Diminishing"

Part of the reason Matt Holliday moved his family to Jupiter for the off-season was so that he could train at the St. Louis Cardinals facility at Roger Dean Stadium. Another part was that his boys are becoming old enough that they were able to play baseball during the winter as well.

STL Baseball Weekly

Blaine Boyer Goes From Retired To Rehired

Blaine Boyer has been just about everywhere in his baseball career, from coast to coast and even overseas. Reno and Rome (Georgia), Indy and Omaha, major league stops from New York to San Diego, plus one season in Hanshin, Japan. But the most unusual spot Boyer’s career has taken him is a place almost no player goes voluntarily: retirement.

Star Tribune

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 3-1-15: Ian Rice Collects Two Singles, One Walk, & One RBI; Justin Bellinger Singles Twice & Walks In Two Games; George Iskenderian Doubles

Justin Bellinger (former 2014 draft selection-Duke) started at first base and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with one walk and three strikeouts.

Duke beat Rider 2-1 in 11 innings in game one of doubleheader

Justin Bellinger (former 2014 draft selection-Duke) started at first base and batted sixth.  2-for-4 with two runs and two strikeouts.

Duke beat Rider 11-3 in game two of doubleheader
Duke Official Site Post Game

George Iskenderian (former 2014 draft selection-Miami FL) started at third base and batted third.  1-for-5 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.

Wright St beat Miami FL 12-6
Miami FL Official Site Post Game

Casey Schroeder (former 2012 draft selection-Coastal Carolina) entered late in the game at catcher and batted eighth.  0-for-3 with one strikeout.

Coastal Carolina beat Ball St 7-6 in 10 innings
Coastal Carolina Official Site Post Game

Tate Matheny (former 2012 draft selection-Missouri St) started in centerfield and batted third.  0-for-2 with two walks.

Central Arkansas beat Missouri St 6-5
Missouri St Official Site Post Game

Ian Rice (former 2012 draft selection-Houston) started at catcher and batted sixth.  2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk.

Columbia beat Houston 12-7
Houston Official Site Post Game

David Schmidt (former 2011 draft selection-Stanford) entered in the sixth and pitched to eight batters.  He allowed five hits, four earned runs, one walk, threw two wild pitches, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)

Rice beat Stanford 12-1
Stanford Official Site Post Game

Greg Vaughn Joins Quintana Roo In Arizona

This Sunday the Tigres de Quintana Roo, did their fourth day of testing at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona; and where the novelty was the presence of hitting coach and former major league star, Greg Vaughn; who was greeted with applause from the team after the presentation by the helmsman Jerry Royster.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Tijuana Signs Ramon Delgado For 2015 Season

With the addition of CJ Retherford, Ramón Delgado and Greg Golson, the Bulls of Tijuana today began preseason stage in Tucson, Arizona, in the face of what will be Campaign 2015 in the Mexican Baseball League (LMB) that starts April 3 in Mexico City.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

A.J. Pierzynski Brings Experience Behind Plate To Braves

A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice.

Go Erie

Former Cardinals Playing In Puerto Rican Double-A League 3-1-15: Juan Diaz Singles Twice, Walks, & Scores One Run

Juan Diaz (former St. Louis-Cidra) 2-for-3 with one run, one walk, and one sacrifice.

Cidra beat Barranquitas 5-4

Orlando Cepeda: Minnie Minoso A Pacesetter For Latin American Ballplayers

Orlando Cepeda spoke in a voice thick with emotion as he eulogized his close friend, Chicago White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, who died Sunday.

San Francisco Official Site

Former Cardinals Playing In Nicaraguan Spring/Summer League 3-1-15: Fidencio Flores Strikes Out One & Allows Two Runs Over Two-Thirds Of An Inning

Fidencio Flores (former GCL-Leon) allowed two hits, two earned runs, and struck one out over two-thirds of an inning.

Boaco beat Leon 6-3 in game two of doubleheader

Barack Obama Makes Statement On Minnie Minoso's Death

President Barack Obama has released a statement on the death of Minnie Miñoso, the former White Sox baseball player.


Jon Jay Likely Out For Grapefruit League Opener

Though Jon Jay has been participating in the position players' on-field workout rotations since full-squad workouts began, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged on Sunday that Jay likely won't be ready to start the team's Grapefruit League opener on Thursday.

St. Louis Official Site

Yoenis Cespedes Is Open To Contract Extension Talks With Tigers

Anthony Fenech Twitter

Bob Melvin, Athletics To Ease Coco Crisp Into Game Action

The oft-injured Coco Crisp will be eased into Cactus League games, according to A's manager Bob Melvin.

Oakland Official Site

Jhonny Peralta Comfortable After Proving Himself In 2014

From an outsider's view, not much seems different about Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta this spring. He remains reserved inside the clubhouse but also mentors Spanish-speaking players. He goes about his work with a businesslike approach but also with a smile.

St. Louis Official Site

Max Scherzer Sharp In First Session Facing Hitters

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer threw his first live batting-practice session Sunday at the club's Spring Training complex, and he looked like he was in midseason form.

Washington Official Site

2015 International Prospect Videos

Aramis Ademan, SS, Dominican: YouTube

Daniel Montero, CF, Venezuela: YouTube

Gilberto Celestino, RF, Dominican: YouTube

Gregory Guerrero, SS, Dominican: YouTube

Albert Guaimaro, RF, Venezuela: YouTube

Alvaro Seijas, RHP, Venezuela: YouTube

Cristian Pache, CF, Dominican: YouTube

Carlos Vargas, 3B, Dominican: YouTube

Juan Soto, RF, Dominican: YouTube

Franklin Reyes, RF, Dominican: YouTube

Luis Medina, RHP, Dominican: YouTube

Tony Oliva Reflects On Minnie Minoso's Life & Career

The cherished fraternity of all-time great Cuban ballplayers suffered a serious loss Sunday, when Minnie Minoso died. Tony Oliva, another all-time great Cuban, was saddened to hear of Minoso's passing and shared his memories of him on Sunday.

Minnesota Official Site

Dan Haren Likely To Start First Grapefruit League Tilt Thursday

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Sunday that veteran right-hander Dan Haren likely will be the starting pitcher for the Grapefruit League opener on Thursday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Miami Official Site

Randal Grichuk Swings, Says Back Has Improved

With an eye on being cleared to return to the field on Monday, Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk increased his work in the batting cages on Sunday and reported improvement with his lower back afterward.

St. Louis Official Site

Mike Matheny Expects Big Bounce-Back From His Hitters

In some quarters, the entire National League has already been conceded to the Washington Nationals. They had, after all, one of the best rotations in baseball last season, then added the king of the free-agent pitching class, Max Scherzer.

St. Louis Official Site

Spring Training Notes - Day Ten

Despite a great amount of rainfall over the last day, the practice fields at Roger Dean Stadium were ready to go as the St. Louis Cardinals continued Spring Training workouts on Sunday morning.

STL Baseball Weekly

Jon Jay Making 'Progress,' But Not Ready For Spring Games

Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay continues to make advancements in the cage with his swing and his health but the club does not expect him to play any of the early exhibition games that begin this week.

Bird Land

Cardinals 2015 Preliminary Prospect List

Here is the working research list of 43 St. Louis Cardinals prospects, plus one player to analyze and trade to the Atlanta Braves. I started off with 55 Cardinals names and cut that back to 43. As usual the hard part is deciding which Grade C prospects to focus efforts on.

Minor League Ball

Cardinals Happy With What They Have Seen In Jaime Garcia's Rehab

Jon Heyman Twitter

Mike Matheny Anxious To See Middle Infield Competition In Games

When all eight everyday spots are pretty much accounted for there isn't going to be a whole lot of drama in a big league spring training. But, alas, there's always competition. Even if the biggest competition going on is for a utility spot once held by Daniel Descalso.


Rockies Purchased The Contract Of John Axford From Triple-A Albuquerque

Colorado Official Twitter

Tabsco Invites Omar Javier To Spring Camp

Dan Cortés and Omar Javier are two pitchers who came as guests to spring training, seek to please the coaching staff and shown good form in exhibition games  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Matt Guerrier Is Still Hoping To Pitch In 2015, Twins Have Interest

Mike Berardino Twitter

Minnie Minoso Found Dead In Car

Minnie Minoso, Chicago’s first black major league baseball player who became one of the White Sox’s greatest stars, died Sunday morning.
Chicago Tribune

Native Cubans could move to the big leagues without dealing much in politics, secrecy and defection six decades ago. Cuban baseball talent was highly regarded and increasingly desirable. Not coincidentally, Minnie Minoso was at the forefront of the international game then. His baseball skills caught the eye. His distinctive name caught the ear. And his warm and engaging personality made him an uncommonly popular figure anywhere he played -- no, anywhere he went -- and helped forge a legacy that, to this day, prompts baseball folks to smile.
St. Louis Official Site

Full List Of Players Signed From The 2015 Texas Winter League

Texas Winter League Official Site

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB (Spring Training) 3-1-15: Chad Huffman Singles & Drives In One Run

Chad Huffman (former Memphis-Chiba Lotte) entered late in the game in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-1 with one RBI.

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at third base and batted fourth.  0-for-3 at the plate.

Chiba Lotte beat Chunichi 8-0

Hector Olivera Has Taken A Physical For A Number Of Teams Including Dodgers

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Back On The Bump: Cardinals Pitchers Face Hitters, Again

This spring, the Cardinals have altered their live pitching practice schedule so that it's not a constant churn of pitchers facing hitters or a carousel of arms taking turns against hitters, but instead offers built-in breaks for both pitchers and hitters.
Bird Land

Now that the calendar has flipped to March that means Grapefruit League play is set to begin shortly. Indeed, the first game on the schedule is this Thursday "at" the Miami Marlins - who, of course, share the Roger Dean Stadium complex with the Cardinals.

Back End Of Cardinals Bullpen Figures To Be Rested, More Effective In 2015

The first couple months of the 2014 season were a vicious cycle. The Cardinals would have a tough, hard fought game for about seven innings and they'd be clinging to a lead. Manager Mike Matheny - after watching his young late inning fire ballers succeed in a pennant run the season prior - would use the exact same formula.


Andrew Miller Turned Down Four-Year/$40M Offer From Astros; Allen Craig Could Interest Angels; Remaining Salary Still Holds Up Any Jonathan Papelbon Trades; Marlins Interested In Rafael Soriano

With Josh Hamilton’s drug issues, the Angels will look from within ( Matt Joyce) for the time being, but it certainly opens up the possibility that Craig or even Shane Victorino could be of interest to the Angels if spring training doesn’t show Joyce as a clear-cut replacement. The Blue Jays could also have interest with the loss of Michael Saunders for a few weeks after he tore cartilage in his left knee stepping on a sprinkler while shagging a fly ball.

Boston Globe

Cardinals Prepare Jim King For Big-League Career

Jim King spent five years in the Cardinals organization, learning from the likes of George Kissell and Johnny Keane, but he twice departed the Redbirds and never got much of a chance to make an impact with them at the big-league level.


Top Five Starting Rotations Of 2015

TC Palm