Found February 28, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has seen all he needs to see from pitching prospect Michael Wacha. "I think that guy right now can pitch in the big leagues," Molina said. "That's the way I look at it. He's got great stuff. He has great presence on the mound. I feel that guy can pitch right now in the big leagues. He has great command, great attitude." This time last year the 21-year-old Wacha was pitching for Texas A&M. Now he's retiring big league hitters with ease, looking nothing like a pitcher entering his first big league camp with just 21 professional innings under his belt. Despite Molina's praise Wacha probably won't make the big league roster out of spring training. But that doesn't make what he's doing any less impressive. The Cardinals drafted the 6-foot-6 Wacha with the No. 19 overall pick in the first round of last summer's MLB Draft. And he's already looking like a steal. Wacha made ...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Why the St. Louis Cardinals should encourage Yadier Molina to play first base in World Baseball Classic

If you were lucky enough to be in attendance for the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon in Jupiter, Florida, you would have seen an odd sight. The best defensive catcher in baseball, Yadier Molina, started the game at first base. Molina has dabbled at first base on rare occasions in the past as a late inning replacement...

Wacha Wacha Wow

The St. Louis Cardinals have shown offensive prowess over the last week, racking up the run support and showing midseason form at the plate.  The offense was impressive, but may have been overshadowed by the presence of pitching prospect Michael Wacha. Wacha took the mound behind starter Lance Lynn on Wednesday against the Mets.  The young prospect was making his second appearance...

Bullpen should again be strength for Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. Mitchell Boggs has no problem saying it. He thinks the Cardinals bullpen could be good. Real good. And after he backed up his talk a year ago with a strong personal season, those doubting him might want to think again. Boggs made headlines last winter when he said he could compete with anybody in the game and predicted a big season from himself on the mound. He then...

St. Louis Cardinals: Injuries are already becoming a problem for Cardinals

For the second  consecutive day, the St. Louis Cardinals' offense pounded the baseball all over the yard in route to an easy 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Florida on Thursday afternoon. The offense has looked good thus far across the board and rookie Oscar Taveras was the story on Thursday. The high-profile prospect blasted a grand slam home run to help the...

St. Louis Cardinals: Can the Cardinals fill the holes in the starting rotation?

The St. Louis Cardinals have made some magical runs the last two baseball seasons.  One ending with a World Series Championship and the other, a disappointing National League Championship Series loss to the eventual World Series Champions, San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals are poised to make another run in 2013, but there are some questions in their starting rotation. The news...

When does rooting for prospects cross the line?

I don’t have a deep thought for the day. It is more of an honest question, posed directly to fans of teams other than the St. Louis Cardinals. Ideally, I’d like to hear from those who closely follow successful organizations that have also recently been among those ranked as having some of the best collections of prospects in the game. Q: When your team’s system was its fullest...

Cardinals announce 2013 broadcast schedule

ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals today announced their television schedule for the 2013 season. In their 20th season with the team, FOX Sports Midwest is scheduled to carry 150 games in its third full season as the exclusive local TV home of the Cardinals. Ten regular season games are currently scheduled to be carried as part of Major League Baseballs national television packages...

Spring Training: Up and Running St. Louis Cardinals

Oh my, how time does fly. It is that time of year again! Pitchers and catchers have reported, and now teams have started playing spring training games. If one is particularly caught in the moment, one might be worried that the Cardinals are 0-2 so far in spring training play. But since that’s only two games, and spring training results have little to no correlation to regular season...

Kelly pitches 2 hitless innings for Cards

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Kelly remembered his last game appearance, when there was a lot more had stake. Pitching for the first time since the NL championship series, Kelly opened his bid for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals' starting rotation with two hitless innings in Friday's 8-8 tie against the Houston Astros. "There were no people calling me names out there...

Cardinals 8, Marlins 2(8)

Carlos Beltran and Jake Westbrook limped to the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse moments apart Thursday, which made manager Mike Matheny glad it was still only February. Beltran bruised the little toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the Cardinals' 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Westbrook bruised his left leg below the knee on a grounder...

Player Profile #56: Allen Craig | 1B, OF | STL

In terms of raw talent, Allen Craig is an exciting player in fantasy. His biggest strength is his elite contact skills, though by “contact skills” I don’t just mean his ability to put the bat on the ball.There are many players who swing and miss less than Craig (his 6.9% swinging strike rate was just 53rd-best of the 193 players to register at least 400 PA last year), but not...

Wade Barrett Attends Premiere, Big Show & David Freese Together

- As noted earlier, Wade Barrett attended the premiere of “Dead Man Down” Tuesday night in Los Angeles. WWE Studios Twitter posted a photo from the event with the a caption that reads, “#BarrettBarrage hits Hollywood. @WadeBarrett at last night’s red carpet premiere of #DeadManDown. @WWE @WWEUniverse” - Big Show was in attendance at the Virginia Tech at Miami Hurricanes...

2013 Rankings and Projections: Catcher

Whoever is drafting Yadier Molina in Rd 4 deserves to be donkey punched into oblivion. Photo: shgmom56 It's true what they say, "If you draft a Catcher early, it means you like to take it in the butt." There is nothing wrong if you're the guy who drafts Buster Posey, but please spare us from the Bust Her Posey jokes. You're not fooling anyone. We know...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.