Analyzing the preliminary roster of the Memphis Redbirds

The Memphis Redbirds have finalized their preliminary Opening Day roster for the 2015 season. After playing in an exhibition with the St. Louis Cardinals last Friday night, a couple of changes have been made to the 2015 version of the Cardinals’ AAA club. Like I did with the Peoria roster, I will give you the roster and some thoughts after.Green Color = a correct predictionBlue...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: The downfall of too much depth in the minor league system

Just looking up and down the St Louis, Memphis and Springfield rosters there seems to be a certain numbers of players that don’t fit in anywhere and could find it difficult to continue in the organization. This list includes some of the players recently brought in to get a shot at sticking somewhere on a roster: Villanueva, Socolovich, Hatley, Anna, Kelly and Ohlman.There are also...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicting the opening day roster of the Memphis Redbirds

In part two of my roster prediction series, I will look at the 2015 Memphis Redbirds Opening Day roster. If you missed my St. Louis Cardinals prediction you can view it HERE. As you can see I decided to add Jaime Garcia to the starting rotation, Carlos Martinez to the bullpen, Randal Grichuk and Pete Kozma to the bench. I feel pretty strongly about the hitters there, not so sure...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Minors Report: Washington homers, Hald tosses three scoreless innings

On Sunday, the Cardinals minor leaguers played against each other, as they frequently do in spring, in two games with the Springfield and Memphis squads facing off and the Palm Beach and Peoria teams dueling. Here are the key highlights from the Cardinals.MemphisDavid Washington (1B) - 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBIAnthony Garcia (RF) – 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBIBoone Whiting - 2 IP...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Sunday, March 22. In a scheduled camp day, two games were played on the George Kissell Quad in Jupiter, Florida. Again, the higher level clubs took the wins, with Memphis shutting out Springfield and Palm Beach edging Peoria. The Memphis staff has not allowed a run since Friday. Once again this...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking at possible MLB debuts for Cardinals minor leaguers in 2015

Around this time each year, I try to predict the minor league players who could make their Major League debuts in that season. These are players who have never played an inning at the major league level. To determine how many players will make their debuts, I looked at the last 5 seasons. From 2010 to 2014 the Cardinals had 49 players make their debuts, or roughly 10 per season....
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

A look at the starting pitching depth for the Memphis Redbirds

As we sit through another agonizingly slow and cruel winter, we find ourselves perilously close to one of the most exciting days of the year – the day pitchers and catchers report. Our St. Louis Cardinals report 3 weeks from today… it has felt so far, yet we’re closing in. Much of the excitement in the spring has to do with the back of the rotation, bullpen, and bench competitions...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

What to expect from the St. Louis Cardinals at the Rule 5 Draft

There is a select group of people who get excited about Major League Baseball’s annual Rule 5 Draft. Luckily (or maybe unlucky) for you, I am one of those types. The Rule 5 Draft is held every year during MLB’s Winter Meetings and gives certain minor league players a new opportunity with a new club. Here are the conditions of the Rule 5 Draft which will be held today.A team...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospect Countdown: Prospects 45-41

We kicked off our 2015 top prospect countdown on Wednesday with prospects 50-46. Today we round out the top 40-ish with a group of 5 pitchers and a solid mix of young and old-ish. Lee Stoppelman, 24 Stoppelman has taken quite the tumble since his 2014 post season ranking of 15. As quickly as he came onto the scene in 2012 and 2013, he disappeared from it in 2014. When this season...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Memphis snatches Game 2 from Omaha to even the series

  Game 2 Memphis 4 Omaha 3   Game Highlights After an Eric Fornataro blown save in the seventh, Memphis regained the lead in the ninth. They scored the game-winning run off a wild pitch to take a 4-3 lead. Jorge Rondon gutted through two walks and a hit to close the game out and knot the series at one. Scott Moore drilled a two-run homer in the first frame to give Memphis an early...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Peoria’s playoff hopes diminish while Palm Beach’s season ends with a loss; the High Minors get swept on Sunday

The High Minors went 0-4 on Sunday. Memphis fell to New Orleans 4-1 in seven innings. Tulsa walked off Memphis in 10 innings. Palm Beach fell to St. Lucie finish their 2014 season. Peoria was eliminated from playoff contention with a 9-2 loss to Kane County.     Memphis 1 New Orleans 4 F/7   Game Highlights Audry Perez provided the lone one in Memphis’ loss to New Orleans with...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyrell Jenkins and Rob Kaminsky display their dominant stuff as the High Minors go 3-3 on Tuesday

The High Minors went 3-3 on Tuesday. Memphis bested Fresno for the third-straight game. Springfield fell to Arkansas 5-4. Both Palm Beach and Peoria split their respective double-headers.     Fresno 6 Memphis 9   Game Highlights Memphis scored seven unanswered runs to topple Fresno 9-6. Audry Perez hit the go-ahead two-run blast in the seventh inning; it was his fifth of the year...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Kaminsky dazzles on the hill yet again while Randal Grichuk smokes his 24th homer for Memphis

The High Minors went 4-0 on Thursday. Memphis bested Sacramento 7-1. Springfield edged NW Arkansas 8-5 in 12 innings. Palm Beach beat Jupiter 5-3. Peoria took care of Wisconsin 3-1.     Sacramento 1 Memphis 7   Game Highlights Memphis jumped all over Sacramento, beating them 7-1. Randal Grichuk launched his 24th homerun for Memphis, a solo shot in the fifth. Luis Mateo hit his...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyler Lyons makes history for the Redbirds; The High Minors go 2-2 on Sunday

The High Minors went 2-2 on Sunday. Memphis swept their double-header with Round Rock. Springfield was shutout 4-0 by Arkansas. Palm Beach got walked-off in a 5-4 loss. Peoria’s game was suspended in the top of the tenth inning at 1-1 and will be resumed on August 7.     GM 1 Memphis 2 Round Rock 5 F/7   Game Highlights Jermaine Curtis hit the game-winning RBI single in the...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Zach Petrick and Boone Whiting dazzle on the mound for Memphis

It was a great Saturday for the Memphis Redbirds. Zach Petrick and Boone Whiting each tossed a seven-inning shutout as they swept Colorado Springs in their double-header. Springfield and Palm Beach were both shutout. Peoria notched an extra-inning victory over South Bend 2-1.   GM 1 Colorado Springs 0 Memphis 1 F/7   Game Highlights Zach Petrick tossed a seven-inning complete game...
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July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Wisdom drills his 11th homer for Springfield; Memphis shuts down division rival Nashville

Memphis notched a shutout victory over division rival Nashville 1-0. Springfield and Palm Beach both lost their Thursday games 5-4. Peoria won their series with Clinton after a 5-3 victory.   Nashville 0 Memphis 1   Game Highlights Boone Whiting was flawless in Memphis’ 1-0 shutout of Nashville. He tossed five shutout innings allowing only two hits, three walks, and fanned seven...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

LeBron James Chooses… The St. Louis Cardinals

Ok, not really. But dang, wouldn’t that be awesome if he pulled an MJ and ended up in the Cardinals organization? At this point in the speculation, I wouldn’t totally rule it out, no matter how small the chances. I can already hear the payroll truthers now… ‘how we gon’ afford Boone Whiting in 2021 when he’s arbitration eligible if we’re paying James more than he...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Great Pitching Fuels the High Minors to a 4-0 Sweep on Saturday

Randal Grichuk launched his 14th homer of the season to help Boone Whiting and Memphis get the win. Kyle Hald was flawless in Springfield’s 2-1 win over San Antonio. Tyrell Jenkins did not allow an earned run in seven innings pitched as Palm Beach beat Bradenton 4-1. Michael Schulze was the hero in Peoria as they scored two in the ninth with two outs to walk-off Burlington.  ...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Juan Herrera and Rob Kaminsky fuel Peoria; Bruce Caldwell drills another homer for Palm Beach

Memphis finally played a game not affected by rain, but lost 9-4 to Nashville. Springfield dropped both games of their double-header. Palm Beach lost to Fort Myers 10-6. Peoria crushed Quad Cities thanks to the combination of Juan Herrera’s hitting and Rob Kaminsky’s pitching.   Memphis 4 Nashville 9   Game Highlights This was the first game Memphis had played in three days...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Ringo launches his fourth homer in Peoria’s dramatic win; Palm Beach loses a heartbreaker

Memphis and Springfield were both rained out. Palm Beach’s bullpen spoiled Nick Petree’s stellar start in a 3-2 heart-breaking loss. Peoria won a close one in dramatic fashion 5-4.     Palm Beach 2 Fort Myers 3   Game Highlights An absolute heartbreaker for Palm Beach as the bullpen blew two leads, spoiling Nick Petree’s stellar start. Petree tossed five shutout innings...
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June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Pacific Coast League April Edition

Early in the season, there’s always an explosion of promotions and roster jockeying among teams, so it’s difficult to generate a list of players who we as a site are excited about following.  The most notable of these promotions was Jon Singleton, who was absolutely murdering baseballs in AAA and thus will not be featured on this list, but rest assured he would’ve been. ...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the farm: Pacific Coast League April Edition

Early in the season, there’s always an explosion of promotions and roster jockeying among teams, so it’s difficult to generate a list of players who we as a site are excited about following.  The most notable of these promotions was Jon Singleton, who was absolutely murdering baseballs in AAA and thus will not be featured on this list, but rest assured he would’ve been. ...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A couple of shortstop prospects homer in Friday night minor league action

The Baby Birds split the four games on the schedule for Friday night. Memphis loses in Nashville and Peoria loses in Fort Wayne. Springfield and Palm Beach were both home winners on Friday. It was a big night for shortstop prospects as Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz each homered. Garcia hit his fourth, which ties him for the organizational lead, and Diaz hit his second for Springfield...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Springfield blown out, Palm Beach loses a marathon on Sunday

It was a rough Sunday down on the farm as all three teams in action lost. Palm Beach lost a 14 inning heartbreaker while Springfield was blown out by Corpus Christi. Memphis’ bullpen again struggled in their loss to Iowa. All four teams will be in action (hopefully) on Monday. Here are the results from Sunday’s action: Iowa 6 Memphis 3 Game Highlights The Redbirds lost their...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Randal Grichuk homers in Redbirds debut, Mason Katz drives in three

Opening Day saw its ups and down in the Cardinals minor league system. The Memphis Redbirds, led by that awesome outfield of Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras, and Stephen Piscotty, looked very impressive. The Peoria Chiefs rallied from behind to put away Wisconsin, while Palm Beach struggled. Here are the highlights from Opening Day action: Memphis 10 Iowa 2 The Memphis Redbirds got...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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