Look back on the Detroit Tigers rotation with Verlander/Scherzer time, and whoever you want to pick from the rotation. They lost to San Francisco in the World Series, and that is still a shocker. That's probably the best rotation I've seen in recent memory. Then you go back to Atlanta and the group they had. The New York Mets have the potential to be the next rotation that goes three deep with superstars. The Washington Nationals wish they had that rotation. The Cardinals top three, today: Martinez, Wainwright, Lynn. By the end of the May, I bet you're putting Wacha in that list. Durability is the question.
They are low minor-leaguers playing in big-league parks. The parks are huge. The conditions are hot, windswept, and they are rarely conducive for hitting with few exceptions in the Florida State League. Lakeland, for example. But consider the ballparks in the Jupiter area. Roger Dean Stadium muzzles power even for the best major leaguers (see: Stanton, 2016 Cardinals). The new West Palm ballpark has that same look -- big, spacious, wind blowing in. Port St. Lucie can play big or small, like Wrigley. Because of that some teams don't send their best offensive talents to the FSL, and so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I miss Casey at the Bat. It's one of my favorite statues in the world. There was a version of it in Vail, Colorado, when I was a kid that I would get to visit. So I always got a kick out of seeing ol' Casey at Space Coast Stadium. The Cardinals are in RDS for another 10 years, locked-in. Wash/Houston arrival did that. Don't expect them to go anywhere for a long time. New facility. Upgraded facility here. I'd expect them to make a home of this area for another generation or so.
Got it. Thanks for the clarification. It's going to be about his OBP as much as anything. If he's getting on base regularly -- what is that? .330? .320ish? -- from the eighth spot in the lineup, then you're looking at a guy who will continue to play. If most of that is coming against righthanded pitchers, then look for Gyorko to have already been the platoon righty there. That's how the season will probably start, to be honest. Wong should be able to steal some bags. If he's not leading the team in steals at that point -- or close to it -- then he's not getting on base enough to make the most of it.
The larger crux of your question may be this: Is his glove enough for him to be in the lineup no matter what. And the answer to that is ... probably not. It will depend, of course, on the offense around him and the production of the team, but with Gyorko there the sliding scale of defense/offense is not enough to keep Wong in there if all he's doing is stealing base hits.
I am as bothered by this as you.
He's lighter. He's stronger. He put in a lot of work to be more agile in the field -- and on the bases. He has more flexibility, greater core strength, and so many of the things that you need to stand out moving around the base and moving around the bases. He heard the Cardinals call for more athleticism, and really changed his body type to meet the demand.
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He had the Seth Maness surgery.
They can only hope.
About all of that.
Good question. It can take two, three weeks. Garcia will have to return to Haiti to get ahold of it. That's the usual process. The Cardinals will probably have someone go with him, or meet him there.
Still waiting for Major League Baseball to declare him a free agent. I mean, all interested teams and fans and media are still waiting for Major League Baseball to declare him a free agent.
See how his season goes. Some GM out there is going to give him Bailey/Shark money.
Defensively, he's solid, and you can see how he'd be a fit there. The bat hasn't allowed him to advance. He's had a few steps back to work on his swing to get it more conducive for contact. That's what he has to show to get up the next level, and to really establish him as a level at Class AAA.
In all honesty, so would the Cardinals. Alas, they had Lynn and they saw Leake as a chance to beat the market that is likely to develop for Lynn because other teams see him like you do. If he proves health this season, if he shoulders 200 innings, if he has that same old same old 3.50 ERA then you're looking at a contract inflated by a bidding war, and the Cardinals are likely to take the draft pick as comp and thank the team that signs him.
Garcia appears a lock for the roster. He is having an excellent spring and does things that the Cardinals don't necessarily have a backup to do. He's one of the best PH options, lefty, insurance at shortstop. And so on ...
Duke and Reyes will. They can any time now. Eric Fryer will be added to the 40. At this point there's no need to move anyone else, but a player like Schafer would have to be added.
Depends on when and who is playing well. At this point, Grichuk is the backup CF.
The best way that I can put it is that it no longer looks like the bat is swinging Sierra. He's swinging the bat. He has a more direct swing, less flip, less loop. He's driving the ball over the second baseman's head, not flaring it over the head. He is creating base hits with solid contact not just his speed to outrun so many of the fielders that man the left side of the infield at the lowest levels. He could be a top 100 prospect. Absolutely.