That's their hope, certainly. They may not be eager to give it a title, and here recently they've talked more about what he won't be (long reliever) than what he will be (starter? HeLP? something?), but one of the reasons why is they definitely see Miller-type usage in Rosenthal and Lyons. Matheny candidly said they wanted to respond to his wishes to be a starter. He'll pitch today, and he will have to be more efficient when he's out there, regardless of the role.
Left field. That's the position he'll see in practice. The Cardinals want to see him get an inning or so in the field. You are probably talking about the former Matt Adams. This is Matt Adams 2.0. He's more "nimble" than previously assumed partially because of all the work he's done to improve his conditioning, flexibility, and overall health.
Next season? He'll be 19. Might need a bit more time to grow, to mature, to gain strength, to play the game sharper and at a level as high as he needs to be in the majors. Carlos Correa didn't zoom that fast to the majors. Francisco Lindor is a rare talent. Truly. He is a Gold Glove shortstop with a consistency and pop at the plate that others don't have. Perez is more likely to borrow something from each of those players -- especially Lindor and Correa. He may never be the glove that Lindor is or have the power that Correa does, but the right mix of both and that's still a standout shortstop on a contender.
Imminently? No. Pham offers depth in the outfield that the Cardinals, if you think a little bit about, can't afford to lose.
I have not been. Sounds like I should add it to my list.
It was my first in-person look at the Cardinals' Cuban outfielder Jonathan Machado. He has been listed in many places -- including our coverage -- a Jonatan. He apparently prefers Jonathan, though he has paperwork that says Jonatan. So, if you see the different spellings from time to time then rest assured it's the same person. He was leading off for the Class A roster, batting ahead of Delvin Perez, and he and Perez stood out. Machado had a couple slick plays in the outfield -- including a spot-on throw from the track that would have got the runner with a better relay throw. He looks good in the field, and you can see those flicker flashes of a live bat. He hit a home run against a lefty the day I was back there -- and it's clear that he can punish a mistake. Good bat speed. Good speed overall. That's probably the best way to describe his game. He's speed.
They mean behind the plate. His bat would have to play to those other positions for this to work -- or for it to enter into the conversation at some point.
It's not what I expected, not what you expect for whatever $130 million it cost. Nice back fields. So the complex is nice. The Cardinals will be headed out there in an hour or so. I'll try to take the chat out there so you can see it. Good facility. The seating isn't as close as you usually get at spring training, so it's sort of one of those hybrid ballparks -- amenities of the majors, but none of the homey touches of spring. And, yes, we're allowed in. I was there this morning for some reporting and interviews, and then zipped back to Jupiter for some other interviews, some writing from the realty office, and then I'll need to take the chat on the road here back to West Palm for the night game.
That's not outrageous. A big part of that will be whether Molinat at DH is more appealing than the other hitters on the bench at that time. For example, would you have Molina DH over Gyorko? Or, DH ahead of Peralta if Gyorko is in the lineup. That's the formula. The Cardinals have, at times, discussed carrying three catchers around and part of that would be finding alternative spots for Molina to play -- without the grind of catching.
Two weeks from today it will have already begun.
Not that I can tell. Makes little to no sense. Team digs Eric Fryer. They have already made the mistake of letting him go once, not likely to do it again.
Excellent question. Sierra at this point. But, please understand, that has a lot to do with the fact that there is just more info and more time available on Sierra than Machado. Sierra is a gifted center fielder who can handle the position at the highest level in the near future. He's got speed like Machado, but more. That is going to translate into his offense. Machado seems to have more pop to his bat earlier than Sierra. That hints at the ability to do more damage quicker than Sierra.
Contact rate. Consistency. The two things that have slowed his progress.
He would be the Cardinals top prospect, likely ahead of Perez. He would be in the Top 100. There's a general sense that he will be top 10. He's good. Real good. Real costly, too.
You need to consider the fact that Leake will be higher. Though I'm not sure what metric you're using -- games pitched? Innings? ERA? Wins? FIP? Would like to know that before plunging deeper.
Alright, We're going to make the move here to WPB. We're packing up, grabbing the Commish, and heading south. I'll keep the chat going, and hopefully give you a little tour of the place down there. Game?
Really has the feel of both. He's had a lot of caddies on his shoulder tell him all about his short game, telling him what club to use to drive, and so on and so on and so on. He has been told to hit like this guy, no play like this other guy, and no try to mimic this guy. Wong has cycled through a lot of swings. Baby kicks. No kicks. Hit for lift. Take the walks. Less aggressive. More aggressive. He's had a lot of things thrown at him -- and yes, part of that is him not committing to an approach that's comfortable or overthinking what he has to be. He's taking instruction or suggestions as commands. That's not good. The other part of it has been the messaging and usage. Remember the first time he was demoted it had little to do with him and a lot to do with how he wasn't playing because the whole team was struggling offensively. From my vantage point, he has never had that long run of play where a mistake doesn't cost him the next day or next week worth of starts. He's a momentum player. The more he plays the better he plays and the better his play gets.
Sure. Probably take the under. Please keep in mind playing first is more challenging than left.