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I find Shelby Miller to be one of the harder pitchers to rank this preseason. On the one hand, he’s an enormously talented, highly touted prospect in an organization known for developing young hurlers, and Miller’s rookie season couldn’t have gone much better. On the other hand, Miller posted sort-of-lucky .280 BABIP and a definitely-lucky 80.1% strand rate, resulting in a 3.67 FIP and 3.73 xFIP.
I’ve heard concerns over Miller’s pitch selection (heck, I’ve even espoused those concerns several times over the years), but in researching Miller, I discovered that we shouldn’t hold the fact that he’s a two-pitch pitcher against him. I’ll detail my research in an upcoming post, but the quick and dirty is this: two-pitch pitchers, defined as throwing only two different pitches at least 10% of the time, who don’t add a third offering during the subsequent season go on to have identical statistical lines (on the average).
Consider this table, which shows how this group of two-pitch pitchers...
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The Roster Matrix right here and the St. Louis Cardinals 2014 roster on the main site, The Cardinal Nation, are fully up to date. The former indicates all players invited to Major League spring training camp, 40-man roster players and non-roster invitees, but their uniform numbers are not designated. The main site roster does include uniform numbers, but players are listed based...
In round two of our prospect rankings, we find three more pitchers, another catcher, and our first infielder. This group has a great mix of experienced veterans and young players with some extreme potential.
Here are prospects 41-45, hope you enjoy!
#45 – Fernando Baez
Baez is a converted catcher/infielder who can throw gas, but may have no idea where it is going. The 22-year-old...
With about a month until the big leaguers report to Spring Training and a month and a half until the Baby Birds report, now is the best time to begin our top prospect countdown. I had a goal of ranking 50 prospects for this list. I knew it would be a challenge getting from about 20-50, as the top 20 was the easiest part. Here is how I came to my rankings:
I first created rankings...
A good way to sense if someone you know has a confirmed case of St. Louis Cardinals Spring Baseball Fever is if they are counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter, Florida.
While many of the players will be there well in advance, the mandatory arrival date for batteries is Wednesday, February 12.
Some fans have a particularly-acute strain of the fever,...
ST. LOUIS -- As Matt Holliday enters Year Five of his seven-year, $120 million deal, no longer does anyone (rationally) criticize the deal.
Sure, you still hold your breath whenever a fly ball is hit to left. Choice words might be muttered when he grounds into another double play, and hands may well be slammed to the coffee table when he doesn't come through with the game on...
You've heard about Oscar Taveras.
And if you haven't, I have no idea what you're doing on this website during the doldrums of the off-season. Even the Google News and #STLCards Twitter feeds are dead. So we're grasping at anything to write about at the moment.
And about the only intrigue that's left for the Cardinals Spring Training is Oscar. Oh, Oscar...
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' most versatile infielder is under contract for the 2014 season.
Daniel Descalso, who is one of only two major leaguers to have made more than 90 appearances at third base, second base and shortstop over the past three seasons, and the Cardinals agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the club announced Wednesday.
Descalso was the last of three Cardinals...
ST. LOUIS -- Nearly nine months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Cardinals reliever Jason Motte doesn't know when he'll return to the mound.
"It won't be a normal spring training," he says, and that's about all the specifics he knows regarding his comeback.
Motte headed to Camp Jupiter last week to begin a throwing program that, barring setbacks, would...
The Cardinals and infielder Daniel Descalso avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.29 million, one-year contract, the midpoint between the $1.65 million he had asked for and the $930,000 St. Louis had offered.
St. Louis settled with all three arbitration-eligible players, agreeing earlier this month with outfielders Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay.
The 27-year-old set career bests with...
The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 'theme night' schedule last week.
What is a theme night? Here, take a look.
Beyond the normal 'Mizzou Night' or 'Jewish Community Day', the Cardinals have been adding in dates that aren't just the typical 'pander to a particular group and get them to sell tickets for games that aren't traditionally...
The Brewers continued their slide in the standings in 2013. After winning the division in 2011, they fell to 3rd in 2012 before finishing 4th in 2011. The only thing keeping them out of the NL Central basement was the woeful Cubs.Here's a look at what they did this offseason to try to prevent further slippage:Key LossesNorichika Aoki, Corey HartKey AcquisitionsMatt Garza...
Final results from five St. Louis Cardinals prospects that competed in the 2013-14 Dominican Winter League.
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Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A schedules for the St. Louis Cardinals prospects during 2014 spring training in Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, Florida.