Posted on January 27th, 2012 by azruavatar in Uncategorized
Just a curious Friday question for you. If you were General Manager of the Cardinals and you were discussing the parameters of a trade, which would include prospects, are there any prospects you would consider untouchable? The details:
- You’re trading for a good not great player. Someone around 4 WAR like a Chris Young or a Peter Bourjos who is under contract (or team control) for 2 years.
- It’s a straight prospect for MLB player trade.
- The opposing team wants the package to be centered around a single prospect with some other lesser prospects added in too.
- The team keeps asking for a better prospect in return as you slowly move up your person top 10 list.
When do you say enough is enough? Who would be an untouchable prospect for you in any realistic trade scenario? My personal answer after the jump but I’m curious about just how protective we are of our prospects as a group.
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Posted on January 4th, 2012 by azruavatar in Uncategorized
Update on Jan. 4th, 2012
Joe Strauss reports the hiring is official. Dan Kantrovitz (get used to spelling that) is the new Director of Amateur Scouting. If there was a candidate who, on paper, should make you feel like they will be able to replace Luhnow, this is him. As so often is the case, it will be years before we get a good feel for how effective he’ll really be.
Now to see how blog friendly he is . . .
Originally Published on Dec. 22, 2011
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A few links for your morning reading:
- Baseball Instinct’s Shelby Miller Scouting Report (from June) – The change in groundball rate when he moved to Springfield was not happenstance but a very concerted effort on the part of the coaching staff and Shelby to keep the ball down in the zone. The four seam fastball up and out of the zone is still a swing and miss offering but groundballs are king in St. Louis.
- Prep Baseball Report & Lance Jeffries (h/t nmstar) – The Cardinals really got into drafting speedy outfielders this year.
- Baseball Instinct’s Zach Cox Scouting Report – I think the differences between Matt Carpenter and Cox on prospect lists is quite interesting and almost entirely a function of draft position.
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Posted on December 8th, 2011 by azruavatar in Uncategorized
I’ll write more extensively on this later but the short version is that it isn’t the end of the world. This will be overshadowed by the departure of Albert Pujols but it’s a big deal as anyone visiting this site knows.
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Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by azruavatar in Uncategorized
Tis the season.
Glad to see Matt Carpenter get his due as the best strike zone judgment after last year’s snub. I’d probably put Boone Whiting’s changeup against anyone’s but I’ve had more exposure to his than John Gasts.
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Posted on November 21st, 2011 by azruavatar in Uncategorized
bgh has a nice run down on the minor league players currently on the 40-man roster over at VEB. Definitely worth a full read.
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Posted on October 12th, 2011 by azruavatar in Uncategorized, tags: Andrew Brown
The Rockies claimed outfield prospect Andrew Brown who was put on waivers to clear room for Lance Lynn. This is the second corner outfield prospect the Cardinals have moved this season after the trade of Alex Castellanos for then Dodger Rafael Furcal.
Brown, who is not really as versatile as implied in the link, was a bat first player who put steady power numbers throughout his time in the minors. His strikeout rate and ability to cover the strikezone will be the primary concerns at the big league level as his defense will never secure him a roster spot.
Earlier in the season, Brown missed time after a nasty outfield collision with outfielder Shane Robinson. Despite some miscues, Brown has the opportunity to carve out something representing the career path of Allen Craig. With a .284/.382/.501 line in Memphis this past season, Brown has shown success at the highest levels of minor league baseball. At age 27, he won’t have long to prove that means success at the major league level.
Best of luck to Andrew Brown in Colorado.
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Posted on September 20th, 2011 by azruavatar in Uncategorized
I’m going through my inbox -
- Paul Swaney writes at Stadium Journey about … yep, stadiums. Yesterday he posed his review of Modern Woodmen Park and if you click through the ‘MILB’ link at the top you’ll find reviews for Palm Beach’s Dean Complex and the Muckdog’s digs in New York. Paul has yet to review Memphis’ Autozone Park (the best complex in the organization in my opinion) and Springfield’s Hammons Field (the most accessible complex for the fans in my opinion).
- Craig Wieczorkiewicz writes about his trips throughout Low-A Midwest League. Currently, the site is featuring posts on the Quad Cities River Bandits MWL championship.
- This is a fun video recapping the River Bandits including a proposal, homeruns and fielding hijinks. Worth a watch.
James has been really great about sending some Springfield photos to me via e-mail this year, which I’ve featured a couple times here previously. I look forward to seeing more next year especially on the new Future Redbirds facebook page. A couple of my personal favorites from the last batch: Read the rest of this entry »
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