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The St. Louis Cardinals have developed a trademark as an organization that gets ample production out of young players groomed in its own minor-league system, but two of its most highly touted prospects have yet to show many or any signs they’re ready to play in Major League Baseball.
Granted, second baseman Kolten Wong is 23 years old with 32 games of major-league experience and outfielder Oscar Taveras is 21 years old with none, but red flags have popped up around both prospects during spring training of what many people thought could be their first full seasons in the big leagues.
The Cardinals called up Wong to the big club in mid-August to give the team some depth at the middle infield positions in the pennant race. With his ability to steal an occasional base, solid defensive play and .301 lifetime batting average in the minor leagues, Wong was put in a position to become a breakout star of the final month-and-a-half of the season, perhaps similar to how outfielder Yasiel Puig...
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The St. Louis Cardinals are basking in the sunlight of spring training in Florida. The spring atmosphere is ripe with buzz surrounding prospects throughout the organization. One of the organization’s top prospects, Oscar Taveras, has been noticeably absent from the lineup thus far.
Taveras entered 2013 with all the makings of a player that would find himself in the major...
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Matt Holliday banged out three hits and improved his batting average to .889 but his torrid hitting was overshadowed Friday for a reason other than "it's only the first week of spring training."
On a sunny and windy afternoon, the Cardinals' youth took center stage in a split-squad exhibition, and the kids -- notably Oscar Taveras, Kolten...
The St. Louis Cardinals and third baseman Matt Carpenter are working on a multt-year contract extension.
General manager John Mozeliak told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday evening that he had been in discussion with Carpenter’s agent.
The 28-year-old Carpenter is not arbitration-eligible until 2015. Still the Cardinals are hoping they can lock him up before his arbitration...
The Cardinals have agreed to a six-year contract extension with Matt Carpenter that will keep the All-Star infielder in St. Louis through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
The deal is worth $52 million according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which is a big bump from his 2013 salary of $504,000.
"Matt has inserted himself as a leader in the Cardinals clubhouse with his dedication...
With Spring Training games already underway, its time to take a look at some of the Cardinals Spring Training Battles.First off is the one that everyone will be paying attention to the 5th Starter job.With Jaime Garcia out indefinitely, Carlos Martinez, Joe Kelly and Tyler Lyons will battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. Here's a breakdown of each of the candidates.Joe KellyKelly...
JUPITER, Fla. -- Trevor Rosenthal had a pain-free spring training debut and Michael Wacha pitched three effective innings for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-4 tie with a Washington Nationals split squad that was called after 10 innings Saturday.
Groin pain prompted the Cardinals to sideline Rosenthal for a few days this spring, but that wasn't a problem Saturday. The hard...
The defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals entered Spring Training with not a lot of holes to fill. But that doesn't mean there isn't any anticipation at camp. The team had been anxiously awaiting the debut of top hitting prospect Oscar Taveras. A few days ago Taveras informed manager Mike Matheny that he was reluctant to test his ankle even though he...
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2014 PREVIEW
2013: 97-65, first in NL Central (Lost to Red Sox in World Series)â¨
Manager: Mike Matheny (third season)â¨
Key additions: Jhonny Peralta, Peter Bourjos, Mark Ellisâ¨
Key losses: Carlos Beltran, David Freese, Edward Mujica, Jake Westbrook, John Axford
Offense: A historic .330 batting average with runners in scoring position spurred the...
Go ahead and take another Cardinals starter off the market before he even gets there. St. Louis has signed current third baseman Matt Carpenter to a six-year extension worth a reported $52 million. The contract also contains a club option of $18.5 million for the 2020 season.
The 28-year old Carpenter broke out in a big way in 2013, finishing fourth in the NL MVP race and hitting...
After straining his groin to start off Spring Training, Trevor Rosenthal seems back on track to make his Grapefruit League debut by the end of the weekend. Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsAfter throwing 15 pitches in live batting practice Wednesday, Rosenthal confirmed he would look to make his debut in the next 5 days. He stepped back on the mound Monday after he took a week...
St. Louis Cardinals fans have a unique dilemma on Friday. The club has a split squad day with two simultaneous games being played – one at home and one away. Do you watch Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn pitch against Miami or Carlos Martinez and Oscar Taveras take on the Mets?
For those without DVRs, it could be a challenge to see both, so here is the complete schedule of live...
St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter has signed a six-year contract extension worth $52 million, according to multiple media reports.
The Cardinals have not confirmed the deal but have scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. ET on Saturday morning from their spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported earlier this week that Carpenter...
Matt Carpenter had a breakout season in 2013, handling a position switch to second base just fine and hitting .318 while leading the league in hits (199), doubles (55), and runs scored (126).
Now this season he’s moving again, this time to third base, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the 28-year-old is also talking to the Cardinals about a long-term...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins scheduled for Thursday was rained out.
The game was called off before it started.
Ricky Nolasco was set to start for the Twins. With rain in the forecast, he pitched a simulated game instead.
The Cardinals have played only 3 of their 26 (27 including split squad) games, so it's way too early to start making predictions about anything.
Except on Oscar Taveras.
This morning, Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch wrote an article entitled 'Taveras Testing The Cardinals Patience'. I encourage you to read it. But if you can't, here&...