That's a question best asked of the Memphis Redbirds. I'm not sure. Sorry.
OBP will govern whether Fowler has a good start, not BA or even OPS. He's got to get on base for this offense to work at its best, and for Goldschmidt, Ozuna, and DeJong to get their chances with runners -- plural -- on base. If Fowler is around his career OBP, then he's delivering for the Cardinals.
Tyler O'Neill. Lane Thomas. Or, and here's the noteworthy one, Dylan Carlson.
That has not come up, no. The Cardinals expected to be active in such talks this spring, but as the month has played out there has been injuries that have changed that view, changed the number of players the Cardinals have to move, and changed any issue with options they might have. Cardinals see a spot in the bullpen for Gant, they see an opening in the bullpen for Shreve now with Cecil out ... and Mayers had won a spot, it seemed. Gyorko hasn't been playing, so that's not a move that has been explored really.
Let's do some bullet point thoughts on the hitters and things you cannot see in the box score: Ozuna looks like his timing/balance is off. He's ahead of pitches, behind them, La Russa used to call this caught in between and his most ferocious swings aren't connecting. ... Bader is working on his approach, and has been caught between the type of hitter he's going to be at Nos. 7 or 8 in the lineup. He didn't take the bunt single offered by Miami on Sunday. That probably won't happen again. ... Fowler has harder contact here in the past week than we saw at any point in time this past season. He looks comfortable at the plate, with a bounce, and he's swinging the bat, not the other way around. ... DeJong has started driving the ball. Not sure how much selective he's going to be around the strike zone. He's working on that eye. ... Before his sore back, Carpenter was sharp. ... Goldschmidt was really thrown off by Richards' changeup, but what righthanded hitter wasn't? Goldhschmidt arrived ready to hit and with the exception of Sunday hasn't looked any different in the games. ... Molina, same old same old. ... Kolten Wong appears primed for a strong season. He's more confident and comfortable in his play and at the plate then I've ever seen him. No longer looking over his shoulder, no longer wondering if he hast to hit homers to play, and he's just going along, strong. ... Pena has done well at the plate. ... Robinson coming around. Munoz nails fastballs. ... That's a good tour, right?
Cardinals explored this possibility in the winter, and if this season goes upside down -- or his goes upside down -- they'll have these talks again closer to July and the deadline deadline that comes at the end of it. The team has had some frustrations with Ozuna. They wear that on their -- ahem -- sleeve. But there's been a sense recently from people who have spoken to Ozuna or are around Ozuna that he's taken that frustration to heart and realizes what awaits him at the end of the season if he puts things together, if he commits to what the Cardinals want from him and the talent he could possess. His fitness is stronger than it was a month ago, for sure. The arm is healthy enough to unleash a throw. We've seen that. Confidence has to arrive, it seems.
Not much. He's had good games. He's been solid behind the plate. At the plate, he's been alright.
An All-Star summer, Cy Young award votes, 200 innings, 18 quality starts, another NLCS MVP, and a compensation draft pick when he signs elsewhere.
Grave? He's not dying, guys.
Yes. It's a harbinger of what's to come.
Could be. Shildt is tinkering, experimenting with this look.
Dakota Hudson has shut out the Phillies through five innings. He's the fifth starter, hands down. This has been a remarkable start by Hudson, and really a spring worthy of applause. He saw an opening in the rotation -- and he has done more than anyone to seize it and make it not a question at all. Seriously. The question is whether he starts in Milwaukee or Pittsburgh.
None. After the amateur draft?
5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 79 pitches, 48 strikes. -- Hudson's clincher.
That was something the Cardinals discussed. He also was in the crowd for one of those playoff games in the 2004-2006 run. Cannot remember which one off the top of my head. But he bought a ticket on a whim as he drove home from Colorado.
Depends on the position, honestly.
It's a short list, for sure. It might be Hudson ... and then Flaherty. Leone has done well, too. Hicks when needed has pitched well. Kolten Wong has quietly had a strong spring.