P-D teammate Derrick Goold had Winn all the way up at No. 4 on his preseason list of Cardinals prospects, with a projected debut date of 2025. He just turned 20. Could he expedite that timetable? Sure. But we still don't know if his major league future is at shortstop, or pitcher. Some of that depends on how he hits. He's off to a very encouraging start at the plate for Peoria, and will be emphasized as a shortstop again this season. I think the Cardinals are excited about him, for good reason, but I don't think they can base major league shortstop moves around him just yet.
Gorman profiles as a plus-slugger in the majors, a 30-homer infielder who hits left-handed, which is a plus.
Better bring an appetite. No free lunches here.
Look out your window. A head of rotten lettuce is fast approaching.
I saw a split series between two teams that will likely compete for the division, not sign the Cardinals are on easy street to winning the division. Yes, they're going to need to make some improvements -- or find them from within as the season goes along -- in order to go deep. They'll likely need to do that to beat the Brewers. The Brewers as of late have done a very good job of improving their team on the fly.
Other than the late start and rushed timeline, it felt like back to normal. The ballpark feels more than back to normal, due to Pujols-palooza. Fans are showing up, and they are fired up. After the home-opener every season, there is often a bit of a lull. Not this year.
Oil money doesn't play. Also states that treat college sports like pro sports. Tennessee. Arkansas. Alabama. Kentucky basketball.
Fun game. What does up for good mean, though? Never sent back to the minors? A Cardinal from start to finish? I ask because Gorman was in that 2018 class. He's probably the best and safest bet to stick, and outlast most of the others. And he should be here this season at some point.
I used to cover Tennessee, and still have sources there. I don't know what Collis is being offered. I know starters on Tennessee's team are making around $100,000 per season or more in NIL deals.
They should. This would be a good season to push. There will be teams selling off. And they have room to absorb a significant starting pitching salary if the rotation is still in need, and it likely will be. Will they do it? Don't know.
He took the job last season, and could again, sure. Having lost his job last season, DeJong won't have to struggle as much this season to lose it again. And Sosa is going to keep pushing for his chance. He's handled his spot great. That said I don't think the Cardinals said it's DeJong's job to lose with plans of benching him outright on May 1. It would happen gradually, again, if so, until we look up and Sosa is getting most of the reps. There's also Gorman to consider. He's tearing it up in Memphis. He can play second now. Edman can play shortstop. Sosa can play second, too. It's not just a Dejong-or-Sosa conversation anymore.
Time to run, folks. Thanks for the lively discussion and debate. Same time and place next week. Recap will be up later this afternoon.