He does, but he's been held back by not being on the 40-man roster. Thought he would get the call when Brebbia did, and Brebbia has done nothing but shine in his role.
The pitchers I talk to say they indeed are. The pitchers think the hitters get a pass on pace talk.
He's weeks into a throwing program, and will see the mound before the end of the fall. So, yes. He's working his way back toward 2018, and is on the same track that Adam Wainwright was coming out of 2011 and into 2012.
The floor has been yours.
I haven't noticed it. But then I didn't pitch in high school.
Does Paul DeJong count? Dakota Hudson has to be in the conversation then. And if you want someone from deeper in the organization --- Jonathan Machado. It's anecdotal and it's small sample size and it's all those things, but I can tell you that any time I go to the back fields or stop by the GCL to see a game he's the best player on the field. Seriously. I went to a game last month in the GCL, and he stung every strike he saw. He saw only a few. And then he was aggressive and light on his feet on the bases. And in the field he moved around as if he had a homing device on the ball and it was going to come to him, not the other way around. There's a lot of life in that ability, and that is intriguing.
It's, as they say, fluid.
They get their own rooms in the majors. Some get suites.
Adam Wainwright missing 2011 with a Tommy John injury. He had surgery in spring training of that year. Same as Reyes six years later.
This isn't a secret. It's discussed almost daily. Like several times a day. In fact, it's discussed so often that the union and MLB recently used the Rockies-Cardinals game to try and prove a point about reducing the inning breaks to see if that helped with pace of play. The reviews were: It did.
He can play third and first. Though the Cardinals have not seemed eager to use that option because it leaves them without a backup catcher on the bench, something they've really sold themselves on always having.
Playoffs? You're talking about playoffs? Playoffs? Also, both wouldn't have any issue with the playoffs. A player only has to be in the organization by the end of August to be eligible for the playoffs. There's no magic to the 40-man roster at that point. Only in the organization. Both would be eligible.
There's a way for them to co-exist for sure. It would take a position move by one of them, and that would likely be Diaz shifting to third or to second. If Diaz's bat perks up, you could see how he'd get playing time at third base -- even in the near future.
This type of approach is definitely in play for the Cardinals for the reason you mentioned. Yes. I was talking to people in the buildup to the trade deadline and then for the story from this past Sunday's paper, and a few of them said I needed to remember: A run taken away is as good as a run scored. Their point was that if the bat to produce the runs wasn't available, the Cardinals could balance the scales by going in a more run-prevention direction, really tripling-down on the pitching and going after, for example, a crazy elite defensive shortstop. Simmons would be the unmentioned optioned in this case. If the bats not available then go for the glove, and put the best gloves available at a variety of positions and just try to strangle an opponents ability to score. It could work.
That's fair. Their most attractive pieces at this time would be Rosenthal, Martinez, and perhaps Wacha, though not in that order. And by that I mean their most attractive major-league players who would get significant prospects in return for a rebuild.
I was actually kind of flattered. I've heard of hate-watching the news or hate-reading some writers. Never thought that this chat would get to the level where people hate-chatted. That's got to be some kind of status right?
I agree with this being an issue. Walks. Strikeouts. Yawn. Balls in play would be great. I'm not sure that decreasing the strike zone would make this happen. Hitters could be more selective. I think we'd see more of the walks, and not more of the balls in play. My sense is that you should do the opposite. Widen the strike zone. That would get more balls put in play because hitters would have to really be aware that pitchers could go somewhere they couldn't drive the ball, but they have to find a way to put the ball in play.
I haven't gotten that sense, no. Marlins, Padres, and a few others have been happy with the prospects they got from the Cardinals in trades. I think there is a sense that the Cardinals are a team you want to talk pitching with. Try to get a pitcher.