Goodness. While I'm tempted to just say I wouldn't put anything past the Cardinals -- Ruben Tejada? Ahead of Aledmys Diaz? Seriously? -- I'm going to say no. Diaz would have still been promoted. He was just impossible to ignore last spring, try as some folks might.
I say this: It's merely an attempt to see if there's another place he could play if needed, if entering in a game late, if they need to give a guy a break, if they want to have him and Carpenter, two left bats, in the lineup at the same time. This isn't some grand scheme to dislodge Grichuk from LF or to pull a Schwarber. This is merely an attempt to see if all the work Adams did to shed weight, gain flexibility, and move better can also give him some versatility in the field.
Entirely reasonable. They would be remiss not to see what they could get.
More the former than the latter. There's just a lot of moving around of fielders there that doesn't make sense for the players they have and the player they would add. Money is there for them to go big-game hunting, as the late Joe Strauss might say.
Internationally. Also, let's hold back on the "Void." They are going to be light two picks, not a whole draft. Void is a strong word.
Jimmy Breslin probably had the same impact on generations of journalists. And he was real.
Most of the guys are. There are some that guard their personalities or put on personalities based on who is around, but it's the guys you see who are the same -- same pulse, same humor, same seriousness, same whatever -- that you really get a good sense. I don't think there's a Red-Light Guy in the Cardinals clubhouse. Hasn't been for awhile. Not many in baseball anymore really. A Red-Light Guy is a player who turns on the charm and pleasantness when a TV camera goes on (hence, red light) and has none of it when the camera goes off.
Agreed. Especially given the tricky start with all the strikeouts.
But having a monster amidst the OBP sure does make for a good team. See: Cubs.
The Padres are still in the full-blown rebuild tank whatever it is they're doing out west. They can use spare roster spots to carry low-level minors with high-high upside, and they were emboldened to do so by the Luis Perdomo move of a year ago. That still bothers the Cardinals. But, hey, shouldn't have left the best pitcher in the Futures Game unprotected. Teams today will take that chance and hide him, and he didn't have to be hidden for long. An infielder is way different. Harder to hide an infielder on the bench. If he cannot pick it at positions than he's even harder to carry.
That seems like a reach at this point. Why not Martinez or Pham ahead of Adams?
To me, yes. But I've seen the Cardinals make a commitment to a player at a position and refuse to move him even when there's a better fielder at that position in the lineup. See: Wong, LF.
Dexter Fowler was scratched due to an illness.
Tradition! But also, so that first baseman has a ball ready to go in his glove when it's time to take the field. It's the first baseman who takes the ball out for the warmup between innings, so if he already has the ball in his glove, there resting on the bench, it's one less thing he has to add to the glove or grab when it's his turn to take the field. Also, if he's out on base or the last out of the inning, a teammate can just bring the glove out and know there's a ball already in there.
And thanks for the compliment. It's a group effort here in Florida. I've got good teammates.
The question was asked last week about who on the Cardinals had the highest OPS upside, and I think we even had the whole system to work with when making our choice. As you probably read earlier, most of the media who I asked this question of said Matt Carpenter. I said Aledmys Diaz. So I've already clearly trumpeted his upside. His 2016 was a beginning of a strong career as a hitter, and he's a better fielder than he showed during the season too. Big year ahead for the Cardinals' second-year shortstop.
This is a question that truly deserves more research than a chat can deliver. But here goes with some possible reasons. First and foremost, we're in a cycle of baseball where being good at one thing -- hitting for power -- is so rare and so valuable that it offers so much chance to start and make a lot of money. So much money. That really puts a premium on a player who has potential to do damage to focus on that side of the plate from which he could do damage. In another universe -- comic book talk for an alternate reality -- there's a switch-hitting Matt Carpenter who has crazy high OBP and 200 hits a season and fewer than 10 homers. But in this universe he's found his power from the left side and has spent the time honing that, not taking twice as many swings to keep the other side sharp. Switch-hitting is more labor intensive than just hitting, and the payoff isn't as great. I bet we're on the verge of seeing it come back into play again. Athleticism is en vogue and is available, and with athleticism you're going to see a game that is speed and OBP and baserunning based, and there are a good to be a handful of players that make it to the majors doing those things -- and being able to switch hit.
Not that I can tell, no. I think the Brewers are the sleeper. I'm not sold on Pirates at this point.
That's a spring assignment. Keep in mind there are only so many rosters available at this point of spring, and that there will be a trickle-down as the major-league roster takes shape and the pitchers start moving into the Memphis rotation and bullpen. Wick did impress. And a quick rise would not be a surprise. He was in the Arizona Fall League, got tested there, and impressed the coaches here in big-league camp. Still, take spring assignments for what they are. Delvin Perez and Jonathan Machado are on the Class A roster. They're likely to open the season in extended spring.
I intended to. They're pretty rare in the game.