Saturday, February 13, 2016

Seung-Hwan Oh Arrives Early To Get Acclimated To New Nation, Teammates

Any curiosity, anticipation or anxiety that might have stowed away with him on the 14½-hour journey from Seoul, South Korea, faded Friday when Seung Hwan Oh, on a new team and in a foreign country, found something familiar.

Post-Dispatch

Roger Marmol Sierra Prepared For Eight Months For 2016 MLB Showcase

The sincelejano baseball player Roger Sierra Marble in Group 59 of the top prospects in Latin America. That is, they are eligible to sign contract from July 2 this year.  (Translated)

El Meridiano

Friday, February 12, 2016

Starting Decades Team

With the St. Louis Blues kicking off their 50th Anniversary celebration earlier this week, I put together an All-Decades starting six for the organization–the key was one player from each of the six decades of the team’s existence had to fill a spot. Had lots of great suggestions and obviously with this sort of exercise there isn’t room to include all of those you would like, but here’s my six:

STL Baseball Weekly

Baseball Sounds Sweet In This Bleak Time

At precisely 12 noon, as if he planned it, Mike Matheny arrived to spring training on Friday the 12th, beginning his quest for No. 12.

Hochman

Ryan Howard Has Come A Long Way Since Price Cutter Park Days

It has only been 15 years since Ryan Howard was pounding baseballs into the gaps and over the fences at Price Cutter Park in Ozark.

Springfield News-Leader

Jeff Luhnow: 'Our Goal Is Win A Championship'

The Astros held a season preview luncheon for the media Friday at Minute Maid Park that would have made the local optimist club envious.

Houston Official Site

Aroldis Chapman, Yankees Avoid Arbitration

The Yankees and left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a one-year contract worth $11,325,000 Friday, avoiding arbitration.

New York-A Official Site

Kevin Wheeler's Top 10 MLB First Baseman In 2016

Since this is the time for ranking big leaguers and prospects in Major League Baseball, why not jump into the fray? These rankings are subjective and not based on WAR, BABIP, or any other acronym.

101 ESPN

Jenrry Mejia Suspended For Life For Third Positive PED Test

MLB Official Twitter

Cardinals Sign John Church To Minors Deal

Michael Mayer Twitter

Around The Horn: Acquisitions Could Boost Bullpen

The Cardinals, though not exceptionally active this winter, did prioritize a bullpen rebuild in hopes of avoiding the same workload issues that cost the club late last season.

St. Louis Official Site

Padres Have Scouted Lazaro Armenteros Extensively

Dennis Lin Twitter

Bryce Harper On Potential $400M Deal: 'Don't Sell Me Short'

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper won't be a free agent until after the 2018 season, yet speculation has already mounted as to the mammoth contract the reigning NL MVP will land.

Fox Sports

Adan Frias Named 2016 Panama Amateur League Pitcher Of The Year

Metropolitan pitcher Adam Frias won the Roberto "Flaco Bala" Hernandez prize after receiving 87% of the votes of the press specialized. This award gives thetitlepitcher of the year.  (Translated)

Panama American

Derrick Goold & Benjamin Hochman From Spring Training On The Writer's Block 2-12-16

Inside STL

Seung-Hwan Oh's Walk-Up Song Is Awesome

I actually don't speak Korean. So in efforts to communicate with Seung Hwan Oh, the Cardinals' new relief pitcher, I tried to break the ice by playing him his walk-in music on my phone. Except when I clicked on the YouTube link, it played a Pep Boys commercial.

Hochman

Report: Pitchers Will Have New Protective Headwear Option This Spring

ESPN is reporting MLB is set to roll out a new set of protective headwear for pitchers in spring training, as 20 pitchers will get a new hybrid helmet cap that was made collaboratively by MLB and the MLB Players Association.

Fox Sports

Bill DeWitt On The Press Box 2-12-16

Inside STL

Bryce Harper 'Squashed' Beef With Jonathan Papelbon Long Ago

The Washington Nationals' season ended with a thud after the presumed World Series contenders failed to even reach the postseason.

Fox Sports

Seung-Hwan Oh Arrives, Followed By Another Wave Of Early Cardinals

It wasn't as early as he hoped but it was as early as the paperwork would allow.

Bird Land

Jason Heyward, John Mallee Getting To Know Each Other

Position players don't need to report to Arizona until Feb. 23, but Jason Heyward and hitting coach John Mallee are already busy at the Cubs' facility getting to know each other.

Chicago- N Official Site

Padres The Favorites To Sign Jorge Ona & Adrian Morejon

The Padres are preparing to go well beyond their international bonus pool this year, with a mixture of million-dollar 16-year-old signings from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela as well as an aggressive push into the Cuban market.

Baseball America

Luis Fonseca Invited To Veracruz Spring Training

will be 35 players from the Red Eagle of Veracruz who were invited to spring training, that as of March 1 made in Tucson Arizona, Grimaldo Martinez , Sports Manager of the organization released the names that will be under the command of manager Mark Weidemaier.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Brewers Sign Blaine Boyer To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

Milwaukee Official Twitter

Keith Law Tells How The Cardinals System Doesn't Have Enough High Level Prospects To Be Rated Highly

Keith Law joined Bernie Miklasz to talk about his prospects rankings, the Cardinals system, some guys deep in the minors, Alex Reyes, and Jordan Flaherty.

101 ESPN

Winter Report Card: Cardinals Fill Free-Agent Holes From Within

Sports Illustrated

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-12-16: Beau Riportella Triples & Drives In One Run; Wayne Lundgren Announces Retirement; Yulieski Gourriel & Lourdes Gourriel, Jr. Rumored To Be In Panama

Cardinals Winter League

Padres Have Attempted To Trade Matt Kemp

Robert Murray Twitter

New Teams In Mix For Lazaro Armenteros, Signing Decision Pushed Back

Jesse Sanchez Twitter

2016 Cardinals Preview: Jedd Gyorko

This is my fourth in a series of player-by-player previews of the 2016 Cardinals as they close in on the opening of spring training in Jupiter, Fla. …

Today: Infielder Jedd Gyorko, acquired from San Diego in the December deal for outfielder Jon Jay.

101 ESPN

Orioles Will Target Dexter Fowler, Others After Signing Yovani Gallardo

Jon Heyman Twitter

Orioles Nearing Three-Year Deal With Yovani Gallardo

Jon Heyman Twitter

Hector Mendoza Arrived In Japan; Yomiuri & Hanshin Were Also Interested In Dayan Viciedo

Yakyubaka

Scott Spiezio Replaced John Mabry As Cardinals Utilityman

Scott Spiezio had the pedigree, the championship experience and the right amount of nonconformity to appeal to the Cardinals. What they didn’t know when they invited him to spring training was whether he still could produce.

RetroSimba

Rodney Darien Theophile Cuthbert The Only Nicaraguan To Workout At 2016 Showcase

He's only 16, but his arm is impressive. His name is Rodney Darien Theophile Cuthbert and was the only Nicaraguan prospect who participated in the International Showcase in Dominican Republic, an event where the best players  (Translated)

El Nuevo Diario

Some MLB Free Agents Overplayed Their Hand

Tipsheet certainly understands why MLB Players Association czar Tony Clark is lamenting the lingering availability of so many free agents in the marketplace.

Post-Dispatch

Ten To Watch From MLB's International Showcase

Major League Baseball wrapped up its fifth annual International Prospect Showcase on Thursday with a celebration of the present and a look toward the future of the event.

MLB Official Site

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Las Vegas Releases Projected Win Totals For Each MLB Team In 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Fox Sports

Marco Gonzales Eager To Secure A Role With Cardinals; Extra Bases

For Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals’ prospect who soared to the majors in his first season and stalled in the minors during his second, some of the most important time spent this offseason wasn’t when he put in all the work to get ready for spring training.

Post-Dispatch

White Sox No Longer Interested In Ian Desmond

Bob Nightengale Twitter

Jose Julio Ruiz Invited To Monclova Spring Camp

Field players José Amador, Jose Julio Ruiz and Antonio Lamas and the pitcher Hector Velazquez, are confirmed for spring training in North Monclova Steelers.  (Translated)

XEU Deportes

Randal Grichuk On Changing His Batting Stance & Who He Goes To For Hitting Advice

101 ESPN

Cardinals' Truck Leaves Wintry St. Louis For Florida

Contrary to what the below-freezing temperatures and snow-frosted ground may suggest, there was evidence of spring blooming at Busch Stadium on Thursday.

St. Louis Official Site

Mike Leake, Seung-Hwan Oh Among Group Of New Cardinals

As a countdown to the start of Spring Training, cardinals.com continues with a series of stories designed to examine various issues, address important questions and spotlight players who could be critical to the Cardinals' success.

St. Louis Official Site

Chris Duncan: The Time I Made Three Errors In One Play

Three errors on one play…it’s a feat many thought couldn’t be done. But those people hadn’t met me.

101 ESPN

Enter STL Sports Page's Contest For A Chance To Win Autograph Pete Rose Ball

Want to win a Pete Rose signed baseball? Enter our contest to get your name in the drawing.

STL Sports Page

Cardinals Rise From 15 To 14 In Baseball America's Organizational Talent Rankings

As we continue our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30.

Baseball America

Matt Holliday On Bouncing Back In 2016 & That Darn "Aging Core"

Matt Holliday is playing with something to prove. The 36 year-old Cardinals outfielder (Who’s also getting reps at first base lately) missed most of the 2015 season to injuries, leading to questions about if he can hold up in 2016.

101 ESPN

White Sox Considering Ian Desmond

Jon Heyman Twitter

Is Shohei Otani The Best Right-Handed Pitcher In The World?

At just 20 years of age, Shohei Otani has the results, stuff and mechanics to make a compelling case for the title of best right-handed pitcher in the world.

Beyond The Boxscore

Matt Holliday & First Base...Here We Go Again

Staying busy in Jupiter in advance of the formal opening of spring training, Matt Holliday is taking grounders and working on fielding drills at first base. Just a mere mention of this causes a line to form at the fainting couch. This isn’t a topic; it’s an obsession.

101 ESPN

Dodgers Shopping Alexander Guerrero

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Will Leitch Details Why The First Time In A Longtime He & Cardinals Fans Are "Scared Of The Cubs"

Will Leitch joined Bernie Miklasz to discuss an array of topics including the Cardinals and why what Stan did to STL was so bad.

101 ESPN

Bob Nightengale Tells Does The MLB Need To Change Rules On Compensation Picks

101 ESPN

Kep Brown Named Top Junior College Prospect

Baseball America has named former Wando High School slugger Kep Brown of Spartanburg Methodist College as the top junior college prospect for the 2016 Major League Baseball draft. Brown, an outfielder, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2015 draft but Brown did not sign.

Post & Courier

John Mozeliak Details His Approach To Matt Holliday Experimenting At First Base For The Cardinals

Mo joined Bernie to talk about a number of topics including the vast amount of players in Jupiter, Jedd Gyorko, Matt Holliday at 1st, the International market, and Carlos Martinez

101 ESPN

#TBT: Ozzie Smith Goes To St. Louis

It was December 1981, and Jack McKeon had yet another situation on his hands.

St. Louis Official Site

2016 Cardinals Preview: Kolten Wong

This is the third in my season-preview series, as we take a look at each Cardinal as they prepare for the 2016 season.

Today: second baseman Kolten Wong, entering his third full season with the team.

101 ESPN

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 2-11-16: Luis Ordaz A Candidate For Zulia Coaching Staff In 2016-17; Yulieski Gourriel Residency Questionable In Panama, Dominican Military Involvement, & Scott Boras Meeting

Cardinals Winter League

Cardinals Prepared To Exceed International Bonus Pool

The latest team that could break its international bonus pool when the 2016-17 signing period opens on July 2 might be the most intriguing one yet.

Baseball America

Vicente Padilla Plans To Participate In Nicaraguan League As Either Pitcher Or Coach

The set of Chinandega makes plans with exbigleaguer Nicaraguan Vicente Padilla for the coming season of the Eighth National Senior Baseball Championship 2016 German Pomares Ordonez, which will last for eight months.  (Translated)

El Nuevo Diario

Relatives Of Former Major Leaguers Workout For Scouts In 2016 MLB Showcase

Although only 72 hours Quisqueya Stadium Juan Marichal have gone to see off its towers, the solitude of the structure did not last long, as since yesterday is the home of top prospects, millions of dollars and the most notorious scouts in Latin America and the United States  (Translated)

Listin Diario