Picked them to be in the playoffs. I was going off what I saw and what I heard, and yes from talking to players who watched what they were doing out there and had played them a lot. It's remarkable what you can learn from players who, say, have spring training in Arizona and see the young arms of other teams, and take note of what is on the horizon, and maybe share details in 2016 than help you form an opinion or cover the game in 2017. I always try to keep track of that kind of info that informs down the road.
A lot. Yelich is more appealing for me.
There has not been a readily available confirmation, though one of my colleagues has reached out to double check. Weaver's pitch count was rising and the Cardinals do have protocols in place for "stress" innings and what constitutes and immediately removal of a prospect from a minor-league game. In the majors, these "stress" innings have been described as 40-pitch innings, and there are indications from the team that Michael Wacha would be immediately pulled if he had 40-pitch inning. Such is the protective limits on some arms. Weaver had the kind of pitch count and laboring that imply that was a the reason.
Always a chance. KC will be a seller. Cardinals hope they're buyers. There the twain shall meet.
I think so, if you mean "ready." I mean, Reyes isn't --- only because he's not healthy at this point.
No more so than his starts in Class AAA. Those aren't held in secret.
Absolutely there is, and that is something that the Cardinals consciously try to create. There was Jay/Craig/Cruz/Freese/Descalso and a few years later there was Adams/Wong/Martinez/Taveras/Rosenthal. And last year you'll recall the Cardinals talked about the Kelly/Flaherty/Bader/DeJong/Gomber group coming up together, learning to win together, being a team together, balancing personalities together, finding a cohesion together. Heck, some of those groups even went to the Arizona Fall League together. This is not a coincidence. This is a concerted effort to get a group, a solid group, that knows what it's like to deal with one another through the course of a long season and know what it's like to get through that and win together.
It was negotiated on in order to assure that the talent is drafted in the order hoped. To avoid the Bush pick of a few years ago when the Padres willingly passed on the best talent available because the bonus price was going to be too much for them to spend. That completely ruins the idea of the draft as a competitively balance exercise if the worst team doesn't take the chance to get the best pick. The slot/bonus system and pool spending limits that. It doesn't erase it. But it makes it more likely that the teams with the largest purse (i.e., the losing teams from the previous year) and the best picks will actually take the best talent.
No more so than they monitor all players at that level, all the time. Each team in the majors likely has at least one scout assigned to the Cardinals organization, and sometimes multiple depending on the geographic sense they're trying to make of their scouts' travel. So, you'll have a scout who sees Grichuk in Memphis and Gonzales in Memphis and then another scout who is in charge of seeing the Cubs or Reds system and they might pick up Grichuk w/ Memphis in a different city or Gonzales or Weaver or Flaherty or whatever in this other system. The chance that a team hasn't seen a top flight prospect multiple times is minimal. This is a case where, say, the Cardinals didn't send a scout to see a rehab assignment game for a major-league pitcher they're about the acquire because they have video, stats, whatnot from his major-league starts. No, minor-league players are scouted well. That's by design.
I was told he left with a trainer. And there are a number of reasons for that -- all of them speculative at this point: blister, back, or the stress innings.
We'll get this answered during the chat, promise.
I was resolutely apathetic on the matter.
It was not a shot at Maloney. And Matheny later made sure that we understood the context. It wasn't a case of "we do that now," it was a case of who does that now that changed. He recognized that he left open the interpretation you made and sought to clarify.
Yes. If strategically is the word for it. The Dodgers are flaunting their "strategic" use.
Sure would be an expensive Under Glass Reliever.
It has been billed that way, just not with those words.
Mabry's assistant was not "let go." Bill Mueller is still the Cardinals assistant hitting coach. He still has that title. He still has that job awaiting his return. Mueller took an extended leave of absence to deal with a family matter back home. It is the third time already this season that he has left the team for at least a few days. The Cardinals expect to have a feel for his return in the coming weeks, and he could rejoin the team as early as the series in Arizona. At least that is a target. Mark Budaska and Pop Warner are with the team in the interim. Budaska is in a sling, so Warner is doing some of the pitching and soft toss with the hitters that assistant hitting coaches do while Budaska is being Buddha -- talking hitting, talking approach, talking mechanics, talking whatever that the player wants. He's a new voice. Now, when Mueller comes back there will be an audit of how all of this is working. Whether the Cardinals say that or not, it's true. So, an interim role could at that point in time become a more permanent one. That's on the table. But it is wrong to say, write, suggest that Mueller was "let go," because he is still the assistant hitting coach.
The better question may be why the assistant hitting coach of last year was let go, Derrick May, and what that said about the security that John Mabry has in his current role. May's contract was not renewed with the Cardinals last year, and both sides decided to part ways. May would have welcomed a chance to come back, from what I understand, and the players enjoyed working with him, and many of the players who had to adjust/refine work their swings found a helping hand from him. May and Budaska are close, as friends and as coaches. So, you can see how it's not unusual for an assistant to be moved when the head hitting coach is a trusted colleague of the manager -- and how the Cardinals are working to make sure that the hitting coach and assistant hitting coach roles mesh to cover all of the facets that players need from a hitting coach.
Rosenthal could bring back young players, and the best of the packages, from what I understand.
What works against Lynn in this regard is that the team that gets him won't be able to get a draft pick as compensation, and the Cardinals will insist on that kind of return for him because they can keep him, qualify him, and get the pick. Also, there will be a handful of starters on the market, and so buyers at the deadline can be choosy about what they want in a starter, and some may move away from a costly add and go with the better value add even if that player is a lesser starter.
A hitting coach needs an assistant. That much is certain. That's the modern game. And Tony La Russa and the Cardinals were among the first to recognize that. Why is there a bullpen coach and a pitching coach, when there cannot be a hitting coach and an assistant hitting coach? Same concept. And if it works well it works when they have different strengths. Marty Mason was a good mechanic, the pitchers would tell me, while Dave Duncan was great with approach, pitches, scouting, plans, and all of that. That's a welcome blend, no? A coach that can handle the mechanics and physical glitches, and a coach that can train the mental, scouting aspects. Mark McGwire, as a hitting coach, didn't really focus on the actual mechanics of the swing, preferring instead to get into the psyche of the approach, and to be relentlessly positive when it came to talking to the hitter. Build them up mentally. Budaska has some of that approach, though he is also keen on "building a load." What that means is he's building where the player begins his swing, the timing of it, and the rhythm. Budaska talks a lot about rhythm and balance, and that's a mechanical approach. Having a strategy or scouting hitting coach meshes with that.