Bobo's here and we have some ballplayers in early again. So let's go!
Speaking of small work samples, Austin Dean has an .850 on-base plus slugging percentage and six RBIs in 16 at bats. Not bad.
After 13 consecutive winning seasons, the management team isn't going anywhere any time soon. And there are plenty of assets to trade if need be, since the Cardinals acquired Nolan Arenado without moving any of their top prospects. People in the industry marveled at that trade.
Thomas flashed a bit of success in the minors, but he is a .252 career hitter at that level overall. I don't know that he was ever a top prospect. And he's had a knack for looking bad at this level.
Thomas is down the pecking order for the reasons I described earlier. Until he proves otherwise, he is a depth outfielder. Austin Dean and Justin Williams are a notch above him right now, but still sitting precariously. While Tyler O'Neill and Harrison Bader are out, this is their chance. And it might be the last really good chance they get at this level if they don't take advantage.
Obviously their starting pitchers need to go deeper. But the Cards will be able to run pitchers with remaining options on and off the roster as needed to keep live arms available. That surplus can help them to some degree.
If these outfielders don't get the job done, the Cardinals will have to acquire some new ones. It's a bit early to write off all of them. But the next few weeks could be interesting because it's not like the Cardinals can send an outfielder to Memphis to get some work because Memphis won't play games until next month.
I like Dunn with Marco Scandella. Dunn is free to rush the puck and pinch in the offensive zone with ever-responsible Scandalla having his back. I liked the Blues' breakouts and transition against the Avalanche -- and Berube must have agreed because he ran the same defensive pairings at practive today. He is favoring puck-moving skill over size.
JUCO forward Langston is another guy to watch. He backed off his commitment to Alabama,
Certainly beating the Yotes would help the Blues' case, but all those tough games against the Top 3 in the West Division will decide things. Either the Blues will prove they are still contenders or they won't.
Possibly, with Edman getting time out there. He is batting .316 as an outfielder this season, But you need to lump second base in with the outfield for that reason when you assess the group's offense. If Matt Carpenter struggles as a hitter playing second base while Edman is in right field, then that must be blamed on the outfield as well.
He has the tools to play the position, but his small sample size at this level has been discouraging.
I was long gone from Motown when that mayhem occurred. I've seen plenty of crazy NHL fights, but my favorite was when Giant Gino Odjick detonated against the Blues while skating with the Canucks. He did that a few times, ending up bare-chested as he skated around punching people.
That gets proposed every week in this chat. That is a popular proposal among ball scribes as well. We shall see. That could be a good trade fit.
Hurst is a centerfielder who hit for some power during his final college season. But he hasn't hit for much power at the professional level. Also, his first taste of Double-A ball in 2019 did not yield great offensive results. So he is playing catchup after the 2020 minor league league was wiped out. At the moment he is just another depth outfielder/defensive replacement.
Yes they do. They can't keep throwing 25 pitches to get three outs.
That would be nice, no? At this point a starting getting through six innings is cause for a parade. Kim could help add stability to the rotation if he can figure out how to get though a lineup three times.