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The Cardinal Nation 9 hours ago

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/28/15

Highlights from Saturday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.
Viva El Birdos 14 hours ago

Jaime Garcia experiences shoulder discomfort, will miss start

Jaime Garcia is experiencing shoulder discomfort, which will cause him to miss at least one spring-training start, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Marco Gonzales will start for the Cardinals in Sunday's exhibition instead of Garcia. At present, it's unclear what this means for Garcia after Sunday. This news is not particularly surprising. The shoulder is perhaps the most complex of a human's joints. Garcia has had his opened up on multiple occasions. He's had his rotator cuff stitched and his labrum debrided. As if that wasn't enough, doctors went in last year and performed a...
Viva El Birdos 15 hours ago

St Louis Cardinals trade Sam Freeman to Texas Rangers

MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch tweets that the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to trade lefthanded reliever Sam Freeman to the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. This move was one that loomed on the late-spring horizon throughout camp. The reason? Freeman is out of options. The Cardinals held onto the lefty reliever until late March as insurance against injury. If Randy Choate or Kevin Siegrist (or both) suffered a spring-training injury that would've prevented them from pitching in early Aprin, the Cardinals might have plugged Freeman into the St....
The Cardinal Nation 18 hours ago

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/27/15

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.
Viva El Birdos 23 hours ago

Finding a role for Carlos Martinez

If Jaime Garcia emerges as the Cardinals' fifth starter, where does that leave Carlos Martinez? With Opening Day just over a week away, this is the point in spring training where we start to figure out what the Opening Day roster is going to look like and what roles players are expected to have. While the competition for the fifth starter spot on the Cardinals has certainly been more interesting and competitive than most spring training competitions, we are starting to get indications of which pitcher the team is leaning towards choosing. While it originally appeared that the fifth...
Viva El Birdos Mar 27, 2015

Hunt and Peck: OT patches in remembrance of Oscar Taveras are officialy on the jerseys

Death is toughest on those left behind. You might recall a few weeks ago when Joe wrote about how remembering Oscar Taveras the ballplayer is not condoning Oscar Taveras the drunk driver. If you have not read it, or even if you have, I suggest reading it now, for it is one of my favorite articles that Joe has written. As we approach Opening Day, preparations must be made for the start of the season. Among those preparations is the new patch on the Cardinals uniforms. A simple black circle with the letters "O" and "T" in white font that will rest atop the sleeve of the Cardinal jersey, and...
Viva El Birdos Mar 27, 2015

Daily Farm Report: Camp Days! Wick Homers!

It has been a couple of camp days, the Cardinals system went 2-2-2 against itself over two days. The Cardinals stayed in Jupiter on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday the team had to scrap games scheduled against the Mets' minor league teams because of rain, Thursday was a scheduled camp day. Editors' Note: Players, and especially pitchers, often play for multiple different spring training "farm teams" during these back field contests, depending on throw days, rest, and who management wants to see on a given day. Therefore, just because a player is on the field for Memphis, it...
Viva El Birdos Mar 27, 2015

The fifth annual VEB predictions contest

(with prizes!) I find it hard to believe I've been doing this thing for five years now, but here we are. Something struck me while looking back over the previous years' contests that making accurate predictions about the season of baseball ahead isn't difficult because baseball is unpredictable, but rather it is difficult because a season of baseball is such a long time. Baseball is actually pretty easy to predict, but many things will happen over the length of a season that fall far outside the bounds of what can be predicted at all. Anyway, perhaps this is an oblique way of looking at...
Viva El Birdos Mar 27, 2015

Michael Wacha - 2015 VEB Community projection results

How does the VEB Community's collective forecast for Michael Wacha compare to the ZiPS, PECOTA, Steamer, and Oliver projection systems? The unveiling of the 2015 St. Louis Cardinals projections by the VEB Community continues. So far, we've published the VEB Community's collective forecasts for Adam Wainwright and Matt Adams. Today we reveal how the VEB Community believes Michael Wacha will perform in 2015 (and how healthy he will be). The following graphic compares 2015 Adams projections from the following: VEB (an average of the VEB Community projection submissions) PECOTA (Baseball...
The Cardinal Nation Mar 26, 2015

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26/15

Highlights from Thursday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.
Viva El Birdos Mar 26, 2015

Future Redbirds Top 25 Prospects for 2015: #10 - Magneuris Sierra

Taking the cautious approach here given the polish and upside ahead of him on the list. Exciting player, for sure, with corollaries to another former Cardinal prospect with similar pedigree. Acquired: International Free Agent, Dominican Republic, 2012; $105,000 signing bonus Birthday: 4/7/1996 Age: 18 Minor League Stops in 2014: Gulf Coast League (R) 2014 Totals: PA AVG OBP SLG ISO K% BB% wOBA 223 .386 .434 .505 .119 13.5% 7.2% .427 F-R Grades: (You can find the primer on the 20-80 grading scale here) ...
Viva El Birdos Mar 26, 2015

Video breakdown of Lance Lynn's use of effective velocity and pitch tunneling

Video analysis to supplement our introductory post on Lance Lynn and effective velocity last week. Last week, at the request of some members in the Viva El Birdos community (mainly Aaron Finkel), Nick Lampe and I co-authored an introductory post on effective velocity (EV) using PITCHf/x data I had already collected on St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn for a previous post. Overall, at least for an introductory post on a new(ish) topic, I believe the concept of effective velocity was pretty well received by the community, but as with most things, it understandably had a few detractors...
Viva El Birdos Mar 26, 2015

2015 VEB Community projections for St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams

How does the VEB Community's collective forecast for Matt Adams compare to the ZiPS, PECOTA, Steamer, and Oliver projection systems? On Wednesday we released the first VEB Community projections. They were for St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. Last year, the VEB projections were a bastion of optimism. Not so in the case of Wainwright's 2015 VEB Community forecast. It was pretty cloudy. Not bad, mind you, but a bit on the pessimistic side when compared to the spreadsheet projection systems. The VEB Community is back in its usual sunshiny form when it comes to first baseman Matt...
The Cardinal Nation Mar 25, 2015

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/15

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.
Viva El Birdos Mar 25, 2015

Future Redbirds Top 25 Prospects for 2015: #11 - Jacob Wilson

There's only a few guys on this list that have the potential to really impact the big league club in 2015, and Jacob Wilson is most certainly one of those guys if he can repeat his stellar 2014 season at the plate. Acquired: Draft, 2012 (10th Round, #330); University of Memphis Birthday: 7/29/1990 Age: 24 Minor League Stops in 2014: Palm Beach (A+), Springfield (AA) 2014 Totals: PA AVG OBP SLG ISO K% BB% wOBA 283 .302 .362 .460 .158 16.6% 8.1% .375 F-R Grades: (You can find the primer on the 20-80 grading scale here) ...
Viva El Birdos Mar 25, 2015

2015 VEB Community projections: Adam Wainwright

How does the VEB Community's collective forecast for Adam Wainwright compare to the ZiPS, PECOTA, Steamer, and Oliver projection systems? The results are in for the leadoff player in the 2015 VEB Community projections lineup. The VEB Community's forecasted projects for Adam Wainwright were interesting. Unlike last year, VEB is not the most optimistic in respect to Wainwright's forthcoming season. In fact, the VEB Community's projected stats were rather measured. The following graphic compares the VEB Community projections ("VEB," in red) to the following spreadsheet projection...
Viva El Birdos Mar 25, 2015

Daily Farm Report: The Cardinals and Marlins Battle For Backfield Supremacy

The minor league squads from the Marlins and Cardinals got together for 5 games on the fields behind Roger Dean Stadium. Editors' Note: Players, and especially pitchers, often play for multiple different spring training "farm teams" during these back field contests, depending on throw days, rest, and who management wants to see on a given day. Therefore, just because a player is on the field for Memphis, it doesn't mean he'll start the year there. The Cardinals go 3-0-1 against the Marlins farm group on the day: Memphis 11 - New Orleans 1 Greg Garcia: 3-4, 2 R, 2B, K David...
Viva El Birdos Mar 25, 2015

A Jason Heyward Contract Proposal

A not-at-all-brief consideration of what a long-term contract extension for Jason Heyward would look like. So I've been noticing a couple things lately that seem really kind of dumb to me. First, I was reading a piece by Bernie Miklasz over at the P-D website the other day about Carlos Martinez and what it means for him not to win a spot in the starting rotation. Again. Which, sadly, seems to be pretty much a fait accompli at this point as the Cardinals continue to try and mismanage their near-historic crop of arms from a few years ago as badly as possible, just to see if you can fuck up a...
Viva El Birdos Mar 25, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals spring training roster matrix: Another round of cuts trims MLB camper total to 38

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced another round of cuts from their MLB spring-training camp via the club's official Twitter account: The Cardinals optioned catcher Cody Stanley to Triple-A. The Cards optioned infielder Aledmys Diaz to Triple-A. St. Louis reassigned outfielder Rafael Ortega to minor-league camp. The Cardinals also reassigned catcher Travis Tartamella to minor-league camp. As with previous rounds of cuts, there aren't any surprises here. None of Stanley, Diaz, Ortega, or Tartamella were going to make the opening-day MLB roster. In fact, it would be surprising if...
The Cardinal Nation Mar 25, 2015

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/15

Highlights from Tuesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games from Jupiter, Florida.

Cardinals Player News

  • 1 Adam Wainwright

    Adam Wainwright

    Masahiro Tanaka can avoid surgery and still be dominant, says Adam Wainwright

  • 1 Lance Lynn

    Lance Lynn

    Video breakdown of Lance Lynn's use of effective velocity and pitch tunneling

  • 1 Jhonny Peralta

    Jhonny Peralta

    Detroit Tigers Gameday: Potential opening day lineup in place today; Shane Greene on mound

  • Jaime Garcia

    Jaime Garcia

    Cardinals put 'brakes' on Garcia after lefty has setback

  • John Lackey

    John Lackey

    Game Chatter: Matt Harvey vs. John Lackey (3/27/15)

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