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With spring debut on tap, Matz eyeing reliability in 2024

Cardinals lefty slated to throw one inning out of the bullpen in Grapefruit League action
@feinsand
March 3, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- So far, slow good for Steven Matz. It’s been a measured spring for Matz, who has been brought along at a deliberate pace in an effort to keep him healthy for the long season ahead. The left-hander is finally set to make his Grapefruit League debut with

Injuries & Moves: Herrera (shoulder) nearing return

March 3, 2024

With camp back in session, this page will be continually updated with injury updates and roster moves throughout Spring Training.

How Walker's new house is helping him prep for Year 2 in the Majors

@JohnDenton555
March 2, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The house that Cardinals rising star Jordan Walker purchased this winter included furniture left behind by the previous owner, so in some ways it still lacks the personal touches one might associate with a first-time buyer. However, in Walker’s way of thinking, the house he

1 prospect to watch from each team during Spring Training

@bmags94
March 3, 2024

Spring Training is the perfect scenario for young players to make good impressions on their MLB organizations. Especially early on, prospects can stand out and potentially expedite their timeline to reach the Majors. With the help of each club's MLB.com beat writer, here is each team’s standout prospect during Spring

Gallegos aims to bounce back in 2024 with help of old friend

@JohnDenton555
March 1, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Last season, when Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos was uncharacteristically struggling, his right rotator cuff was bothering him some and he was at a loss for answers, he turned to a friend who was out of sight, but certainly not out of mind. Former catcher Yadier Molina retired

Preparing for fatherhood, Donovan aims to be leader for Cards

@JohnDenton555
February 29, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- In the months ahead, Cardinals utility ace Brendan Donovan wants to speak up more and become a leadership beacon for those younger than him. He also wants to try to instill the discipline that his Army Colonel father drilled into him and embody the same sort of

Speedy Scott on fast track to fly with Cards

@JohnDenton555
February 29, 2024

This story was excerpted from John Denton’s Cardinals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. JUPITER, Fla. -- Victor Scott II was standing amongst Cardinals royalty recently in the team’s clubhouse, but this was hardly a celebration or a

Projecting the Cardinals' 2024 Opening Day roster

@JohnDenton555
February 28, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- While much of the Cardinals' early work this past offseason was done with fortification of the pitching staff in mind, their finishing touches in recent weeks have revolved around adding veterans who might be as valuable in the clubhouse as they are on the field. Matt Carpenter

Mikolas retooling in hopes of better 2024 season

@JohnDenton555
February 28, 2024

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- An avid fisherman and golfer in his native Jupiter, Fla., Miles Mikolas usually doesn’t have many bad days during the offseason. This past offseason, however, proved to be a tad different as Mikolas was unable to fully shake the bitter memories of a 2023 season

Gray named Opening Day starter following Cards debut

@JohnDenton555
February 27, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Sonny Gray isn’t really the joking type, especially when he’s around baseball settings. As such, the Cardinals’ new ace rarely allows his focus to stray, and his emotions are usually buried well below a furrowed brow and a locked-in persona. However, Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol and pitching

1 prospect from each team who can light up the radar gun

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB
February 29, 2024

As fictitious Cleveland manager Lou Brown says from the dugout to his mercurial young star, “Wild Thing” Vaughn, in a climactic moment against the Yankees in the movie “Major League”: Forget the curveball, Ricky, give him the heater. Spoiler alert, Ricky does indeed give him the heater and blows 101

Crawford happy to join Cardinals after signing one-year deal

3-time All-Star shortstop in camp, set to provide depth behind top prospect Winn
@JohnDenton555
February 27, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Brought in to provide on-field support and off-field wisdom to 21-year-old rookie Masyn Winn, veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford has already given the projected Opening Day starter a jolt -- even if he did it unknowingly earlier in the week. Winn, the top prospect in the Cardinals system

A dreamer, Nootbaar sets goals for '24

@JohnDenton555
February 26, 2024

This story was excerpted from John Denton's Cardinals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

9 ways Minor League teams are celebrating Black baseball history

@BensBiz and @JoshJacksonMiLB
February 27, 2024

When Jackie Robinson made his debut as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in Spring Training of 1946, his jersey number was not the 42 he'd come to be associated with. That spring in Daytona Beach, and throughout the ensuing season with the Triple-A Montreal Royals, he wore number

Top prospect Winn strong on all sides in spring debut

@JohnDenton555
February 25, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Minutes after Cardinals pitcher Gordon Graceffo instinctively jabbed out his pitching hand and tried unsuccessfully to grab a comebacker, hustling shortstop Masyn Winn was pressing him with questions on Sunday at CACTI Park. “I came in the dugout after trying to barehand that ball and

Starting job competition a battle of best friends

@JohnDenton555
February 24, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Within minutes of Matthew Liberatore completing his two-inning outing and his post-start conditioning work on Saturday, the 6-foot-4 left-hander scrambled to find his phone so that he could track how his primary competition for the Cardinals’ final starting slot had fared against the Mets. Unlike the usual

1 dark horse candidate to make each Opening Day roster

@Theo_DeRosa
February 25, 2024

From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming young players, Spring Training provides an opportunity for everyone to shine. While only 26 players per club will crack the Opening Day roster when all is said and done, those who stand out during the spring often find themselves rewarded. With the help of each

Edman ready to prove his versatility in '24 after injury

@ladsonbill24
February 23, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Tommy Edman is one of the most versatile players on the Cardinals. He can hold his own at shortstop and second base. In fact, he won a Gold Glove as a second baseman in 2021. Edman, 28, also can play all three outfield spots without any problems.

Winn learns from Cards legends to prep for Opening Day role

@ladsonbill24
February 22, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Masyn Winn is the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals’ organization, according to MLB Pipeline, because of his defensive and bat-to-ball skills in the Minor Leagues. His role with the Major League club will be significant in 2024. Why? He is slated to be the Opening Day

'I'm still here doing it': Lynn back to prove doubters wrong

@JohnDenton555
February 22, 2024

This story was excerpted from John Denton’s Cardinals Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Pujols to make managerial debut in LIDOM next winter

February 22, 2024

After a one-year hiatus upon his retirement as an active player at the end of the 2022 season, Albert Pujols will be back in uniform this year. The Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League (also known as LIDOM) announced Thursday in a press release that they have named

Top power-hitting prospects -- one from each team

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB
February 21, 2024

Slugging percentage, isolated slugging percentage, exit velocity, hard-hit rate, barrel percentage, good old-fashioned dingers. Power is one of the most qualitative, and thus easiest to measure, tools in the game of baseball. It’s also one of the most tantalizing and mesmerizing as tape-measure shots draw the most oohs and aahs

How popcorn helped Gorman prepare for '24

@JohnDenton555
February 21, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Quite possibly the only thing standing between Cardinals rising star Nolan Gorman and a 35-to-40-homer season is the health of a back that repeatedly knocked him out of action in 2023. Alleviating some of that back inflammation necessitated drastic measures this offseason, even if it meant Gorman

Healthy Kittredge hopes return to form is in the Cards

@JohnDenton555
February 20, 2024

JUPITER, Fla. -- Once the 1,360th player selected in the 2008 MLB Draft and someone who needed seven Minor League seasons and four years at the big league level to establish himself, Andrew Kittredge was admittedly in awe in 2021 when he was in the same clubhouse with Shohei Ohtani,