Oh, and then I didn't see this before pressing send on your previous question. We're both covered.
Right. This is the defining year for Kolten Wong with the Cardinals.
He had it Friday. He received "primary repair." Like Harris and Maness. So that makes four professional pitchers who have had the alternative to Tommy John. The sample size is growing. Fascinating times. I intend to continue to follow this story through. The first significant advancement in a well-known procedure in 40 years? I think that's news.
Scott Rolen has a claim to being the best fielding 3B ever. Ev. Er. He's the best I ever saw and I, as a young intern down here in Florida, covered Pendleton's trade back to the Braves. That was the first major-league trade story I wrote. Exciting times.
Part of the reason is why is because they're team physician is the one of two surgeons doing it. Dr. George Paletta is back with the Cardinals, and he has the faith of scores of pitchers when it comes to Tommy John repair. He's one of the leading surgeons for ligament replacement, and those two things help give him the credence to present to the pitcher as an option.
Too hip for Clark Street?
Not at last check. But I will be making another of inquires imminently. Promise.
Alright as the game begins, let's hit the lightning round.
I've just got to reload the questions here. One second please.
Randal Grichuk would have been entering the draft. But otherwise your point is taken. That's the wonder of prospect lists, right? They are always written without the benefit of hindsight and judged with the benefit of hindsight. Prospects in retrospect are always easier.
He has not yet appeared in a game out there at last check. He has been throwing and working his way toward a game with the live BP, etc.
No one will believe they will until they do. Such is their situation.
I don't know about an unspoken gentlemen's agreement. They are frustrated that they left him unprotected and he was taken, and they are frustrated that a team can so blatantly tank so as to poach talent by hiding it deep on the bench or in the bullpen.
Piscotty (please see story linked earlier) less so than Wong.
And now he's a starter in the majors with two above average pitchers and is the kind of pitcher who could give the Cardinals depth they don't have right now, or the power reliever they will eventually want to have at some point this season. Don't get lost in the stats you picked. He was a prospect, and his time with the Padres has only reinforced his promise.
Myriad of reasons. Health is probably the biggest cause for a prospect faltering. Let's not ignore opportunity as the silent killer of prospects.