Found February 10, 2013 on STLSportsMinute:
The St. Louis Cardinals are just days away from reporting to spring training, which means many of the Cardinals' best prospects will be fighting for position within the organization.  At times during these February days down under the Florida sun, careers can be defined and paths can be altered. Continuing our countdown of the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospects of 2013, we turn to one of the newest additions to organization who has already made a big splash in a very short period of time. No. 6 in our rankings is pitcher Michael Wacha. Michael Wacha, SP, 21 (will turn 22 July 1) 2012 Highest Level: AA Springfield 2012 AA Stats: 21 IP, 40K, 0.86 ERA, 0.57 WHIP 2013 Predicted Highest Level: AAA Memphis Michael Wacha enters our countdown of best St. Louis Cardinals prospects at #6. He is the lowest prospect from the 2012 draft to be on this list. Wacha comes to the Cardinals after a very successful college career at Texas A&M. In 2012, Wacha spent the first half of th...

3 reasons the St. Louis Cardinals should hand Shelby Miller a spot in the rotation

Last week, the St. Louis Cardinals found out that veteran ace Chris Carpenter would miss the entire 2013 season. Immediately, Cardinals' Nation began to speculate, hypothesize and predict who would take Carpenter's spot in the rotation. There are plenty of quality, young and talented candidates ready to step in and fill Carpenter's spot admirably. Trevor Rosenthal...

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It is almost a certainty that Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals will miss the upcoming 2013 MLB season, but now reports are stating he may be forced into retirement. John Mozeliak said Carpenter is still suffering from the same problem that kept him out a majority of the 2012 MLB season, but the former Cy Young winner is searching for multiple opinions.... Read more

30 Prospects in 30 Days: Oscar Taveras

How else to kick off our 30 Prospects in 30 Days series than with a profile of Oscar Taveras? Taveras, a twenty-year old outfielder in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, is arguably the best hitting prospect in the minors. Photo credit: Dustin Holmes Taveras is the prime jewel of the Cardinals’ farm system, which is at or near the top of basically every organization ranking...

Carpenter hasn't given up on pitching again

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David Freese and the time value of money

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Spring Training Starts Today

Winter isn't over.   We'll wait until Opening Day to bury the season. But Day 1 of pitchers and catchers reporting is a landmark date. One where we can finally start rinsing out the taste of that NLCS our of our mouths.  With the recent (sort-of) retirement of #2 Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals begin their 2013 story with a dearth of locked in starters and a plethora...

Felix Hernandez megadeal should actually help St. Louis Cardinals in Adam Wainwright negotiations

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Carpenter’s time may be done

You look at Chris Carpenter and one of the first thoughts that runs through your heads is, “Man, what might have been? If only he could‘ve stayed healthy.”   The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Carpenter will miss the entire 2013 season after a recurrence of a nerve injury that sidelined him for all but [...]

Cardinals, for all you do, this Bud is not for you

Since last week’s announcement that Chris Carpenter will not pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013, some have called for the club to bring in a veteran replacement. In my recent post, “Chris Carpenter overreaction reaction,” I discussed the overall landscape of the rotation as well as free agent Kyle Lohse specifically. One name considered by some to be a desirable trade...

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