Found January 08, 2014 on
by Jared Simmons, @McGeeTriples
The 2009 Amateur Draft will forever be remembered as one of the greatest in the history of the St. Louis Cardinals’ proud franchise. The Cardinals scored early and often throughout the draft. Hitting it big with their first round pick (Shelby Miller), third round pick (Joe Kelly), they scored again in the thirteenth (Matt Carpenter), 21st (Trevor Rosenthal), and yet again in the 23rd round (Matt Adams). Today, the Cardinals are the model franchise in all of Major League Baseball and appear poised to embark on a sustained run of success for years to come. You need look no further than the 2009 draft to understand why.
Shelby Miller is a front of the rotation starting pitcher who finished 3rd in the rookie of the year voting for the National League in 2013, Joe Kelly was the most reliable starting pitcher down the stretch for an eventual pennant winner, Trevor Rosenthal became a shutdown closer who made opposing hitters look like they had been dipped in molasses, and Matt Adams showed impressive power by belting 17 home runs while being limited to only 319 plate appearances.
The 2013 season is a testament to the greatness of the Cardinals’ 2009 draft, and the players selected shine like a beacon of light guiding they way to the team’s future. Perhaps, no other player underscores the importance of this draft more than Matt Carpenter. Selected in the 13th round out of Texas Christian University, Carpenter, a gangly third baseman had a lot to prove. According to scouts, Carpenter was a tall, wiry coach’s son who would never hit for enough power to impact the game at the highest level.
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Jon Jay, last year’s starting centerfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, suddenly finds himself without a starting position. But that’s not to say he doesn’t play a potentially important role on the team. In 2011, Jay played in 159 games, producing a slash line of .297/.344/.424. In 2012, he played in 117 games with a slash of .305/.373/.400. And last year, he played in...
Prior to Monday, the Cardinals were already stacked with outfield prospects in the upper minors. Then came the addition of Rafael Ortega, via the waiver wire from the Texas Rangers. Since the Cardinals claimed Ortega, he must be placed on the 40-man roster and now occupies the 39th spot. This move is interesting to me and brings about more questions than answers.
Here is what I have...
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has received considerable praise in recent months. After all, he leads a very successful franchise that includes a top-rated farm system.
One of the underrated contributors to the Cardinals success, in my opinion, is the team moving quickly to ensure core contributors are signed to long-term contracts well before they reach free agency...
ST. LOUIS -- By all accounts, Matt Carpenter had a career-year in 2013. He was first-time All-Star, led the National League in hits (199), runs (126) and doubles (55) and finished fourth in the NL MVP voting. His final batting line of .318/.392/.481 wasn't too shabby, either. His easy-going demeanor and relentless hustle easily made him a fan favorite.
So as St. Louis got a heavy...
Thursday October 10th 1996.
The Cardinals had dropped GM1 of the NLCS to the Braves the night before to John Smoltz at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium and were facing Greg Maddux. No biggie. He had just won the previous 4 Cy Young Awards in the NL.
The Birds tagged him for 3 runs through 3 and knocked him out of the game with a Grand Slam from Gary Gaetti in the 7th...
NLCS MVP Michael Wacha and Rookie of the Year finalist Shelby Miller scheduled to appear.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (January 6, 2014) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the schedule for the team’s 2014 Cardinals Caravan which will make 19 stops in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Tennessee from January 17 – 20th.
The Cardinals will embark on five separate caravans and visit...
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Brian Walton’s introduction: Now and then, one of our regular readers asks to use this forum to air an idea. Sometimes I agree, even if I don’t support the thought. This is one such case. I offer my comments at the bottom.
There has been some angst over the looming outfield logjam in Memphis, as well as some question about room to move up pitchers. Perhaps the St...
The deal for the City of Memphis to purchase AutoZone Park and for the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Triple-A Redbirds has passed its final major hurdle.