The Hawaiian Winter League started last night, with a couple of Cardinals participating. Before I get into the boxscore, Kevin Goldstein ranked the players at each position. Tyler Herron was ranked the 4th best starting pitching prospect, and Blake King was ranked the 2nd best relief prospect.
The club named their minor league player and pitcher of the year. Baseball America named that player of the year David Freese, but the Cardinals gave the honor to Daryl Jones. There is an argument for both, but I think the Birds got the right guy. Jess Todd was named the pitcher of the year.
Strauss reports he “trade embargo” on prospects could be lifted this winter, and some see it as a test of the true worth of the minor league system.
“When you look at how we fill our needs this offseason, are those areas we can address via trade?” he said. “We don’t know those answers but it’s something we’re looking at seriously because we don’t think we can get them all in the free agent market.”
When I read Strauss, I can’t help to think that he doesn’t think much of the farm system or Jeff Luhnow.
- Podsednik clone Jim Rapoport doubled and struck out walked twice.
- Wild King struck out two and walked two over two no hit innings. He also threw a wild pitch.