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5 prospects ready to impact NL Central

May 6, 2021

Every team would love to have the next Randy Arozarena, who parlayed a second-half stint with the Rays in 2020 into postseason stardom. Which National League Central prospects have the best chance to seize their own opportunities as the ’21 campaign grinds on? Here’s a look at some of the

Oviedo's outing undone by three pitches

@zachsilver
May 6, 2021

It was a night of three pitches for Johan Oviedo. The first went wild, and the second two went out of the yard. Each bit him as the Cardinals were forced to split Wednesday’s twin bill with the Mets thanks to a 7-2 nightcap loss at Busch Stadium following the

Where Cards' top prospects are starting '21

@wboor
April 30, 2021

With the 2021 season getting started, here's a look at where the Cardinals' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

Shildt: Oviedo 'going to be a real beast'

@zachsilver
April 29, 2021

Johan Oviedo was oh so close to the career milestone (or at least the chance for it), one out -- and potentially one pitch -- away from a qualified start and the opportunity to depart the Busch Stadium mound in line for his first big league win. A hanging 2-0

Fun facts for every Low-A Southeast team

Florida-based league home to old ballparks, long affiliations, boy bands and wrestlers
@BensBiz
April 28, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the 10th in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Fun facts for all 12 High-A Central teams

A dozen teams, six states and plenty of interesting nuggets from America's heartland
@BensBiz
April 14, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the sixth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Oviedo answers call, impresses in '21 debut

Right-handed prospect tosses 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in loss to Brewers
@zachsilver
April 11, 2021

ST. LOUIS -- Johan Oviedo’s Sunday was slated to be a simple one. The original plans were for him to oppose Kwang Hyun Kim in a simulated game at the alternate training site, where the right-hander would continue to sharpen some of the back-field experimentation he conducted during Spring Training.

Fun facts for all 10 Double-A Central teams

Stan the Man, prairie dogs, possums, burger-inspired ballparks and so much more
@BensBiz
April 5, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the third in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

One fun fact for all 20 Triple-A East teams

From nachos to noodles to nuns, a celebration of Minor League Baseball's largest circuit
@BensBiz
March 29, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the first in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Notes: Carlson's HR; roster cuts; Mikolas

@zachsilver
March 20, 2021

Dylan Carlson whiffed on a bunt at the first pitch he saw on Saturday, trying to beat a shift from the Astros and get on base by “taking what the game was giving me,” he said. The second pitch, he hit way out of Roger Dean Chevrolet for his first

Gorman wants position to be second nature

@zachsilver
March 17, 2021

Nolan Gorman wants to set the record straight: He was not really kidding. In part thanks to his Instagram story following the Cardinals’ acquisition of third baseman Nolan Arenado -- “Does anyone know where Dustin Pedroia is and is he available for lessons on how to play second base?” Gorman

Inbox: Do Cards have Yadi heir in Herrera?

Answering questions on the Cardinals' new Top 30 Prospects list
@zachsilver and @wboor
March 15, 2021

The Cardinals made headlines this offseason by fortifying their Major League roster with one of the game’s best players in Nolan Arenado. And they did it without seriously damaging their farm system at the same time. It’s a bit of an embarrassment of riches for St. Louis, which owns a

Here are the Cardinals' 2021 Top 30 prospects

@wboor
March 15, 2021

The Cardinals have been big players on the offseason trade market in two of the past three years, acquiring Paul Goldschmidt prior to the 2019 season and landing Nolan Arenado in February. After a tumultuous 2020 campaign during which St. Louis reached the postseason for the second consecutive season and

Kim's back injury another setback for Cards

@zachsilver
March 13, 2021

Another Cardinals pitcher has hit the shelf. Kwang Hyun Kim has been briefly shut down from throwing after experiencing back stiffness in the middle of a recent bullpen session, manager Mike Shildt said before Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Marlins. “I don’t think it’s a huge setback,” Shildt said, “but

Thompson aims to carry on legacy of No. 57

Prospect first Cardinals player to wear uniform since late righty Kile
@zachsilver
March 6, 2021

As Zack Thompson began his descent from The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Friday, after he pitched in an official game for the first time in nearly a year and doled out positive impressions along the way, someone in the stands caught his attention. A year ago, Thompson was

Notes: Mozeliak talks alternate site, Mikolas

@zachsilver
March 3, 2021

JUPITER, Fla. -- With the news that the Triple-A baseball season has been pushed back a month, the Cardinals are in the initial stages of setting up their alternate training site once again. Alternate training sites are set to return for about a month, with the hopes that the Triple-A

Liberatore out to repay Cards' confidence

@zachsilver
February 24, 2021

JUPITER, Fla. -- As Matthew Liberatore tuned into the 2020 postseason, he did so invested in seeing how his former Rays teammates fared in their run to a World Series appearance. He watched with a special interest as Randy Arozarena burst onto the scene with one of the most impressive

Cards bringing 27 non-roster invites to camp

@zachsilver
February 11, 2021

The Cardinals on Thursday announced the 27 non-roster invitees they’ll be taking down to Spring Training in Jupiter, Fla., including several of their top prospects but no one not already signed to the organization. All 38 members on the 40-man roster automatically receive an invite, meaning the Cardinals will be

'Anything he wants': When Cards found Yadi

Mozeliak: 'He's obviously an iconic figure for the St. Louis Cardinals'
February 10, 2021

“Give him anything he wants.” Those were the words of wisdom John Mozeliak remembers Steve Turco offering to him more than 20 years ago about an 18-year-old Yadier Molina. At the time, Mozeliak was the Cardinals’ scouting director, and his department had just selected the catcher in the fourth round

This phenom could be 2021's breakout rookie

@_dadler
January 15, 2021

The Cardinals need someone to swoop in and help save their offense in 2021. They might already have the player who can do it. It's Dylan Carlson. St. Louis' No. 1 prospect might have struggled at first when he got called up last year, but if you look a little

Cardinals announce Minor League affiliates

@anne__rogers
December 9, 2020

The Cardinals largely avoided the Minor League restructuring seen across baseball for the 2021 season and will return four affiliates to their farm system, the club announced Wednesday. Headlined by Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield, the Cardinals have also invited Peoria and Palm Beach to remain affiliates. Those two teams

Here's the state of the Cardinals' farm system

@GoldenSombrero
November 19, 2020

The odds were seemingly against the St. Louis Cardinals early in the regular season, when, after playing just seven games, a coronavirus outbreak on the team's Major League roster resulted in a 17-day layoff. When the Cardinals finally returned to the field, they faced having to play 53 games over

Cards' Herrera following in Yadi's footsteps

@JesseSanchezMLB
November 2, 2020

Cardinals catching prospect Ivan Herrera grew up in Panama idolizing Yadier Molina, Buster Posey and Salvador Pérez. When he wasn’t pretending to be one of his baseball heroes in his backyard games, he imagined what it would be like to share the same uniform and clubhouse with them. He thought

Cardinals prospect report from alternate site

@GoldenSombrero
October 15, 2020

With alternate camps coming to an end, MLB Pipeline is recapping the development highlights for the prospects involved for each organization. Top position prospect: Nolan Gorman, 3B (No. 2/MLB No. 43) Gorman stood out as the best prep slugger available the 2018 Draft before the Cardinals selected him with the

Carlson brings bat, glove to historic debut

@anne__rogers
October 1, 2020

In the history of the Cardinals’ organization, there had only been two 21-year-old players to bat cleanup in a postseason game before Dylan Carlson hit there on Wednesday. You might have heard of the other two: Stan Musial (1942) and Albert Pujols (2001). Carlson has had most of his experience