A 2015 guide to the St. Louis Cardinals farm system

This was one of my first posts for CardinalsFarm way back in February of 2013 and I thought it would be a great time to bring it back for 2015 since my readership has increased tremendously.The Cardinals have built one of the best minor league systems in Major League Baseball. Several of the top prospects have the ability to be stars at the highest level. Did you know that the idea...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Handy Guide To New Cardinals Jersey Numbers In 2015

Lot’s of movement on the uniform front this off-season for the Cardinals. Mike Matheny alone has gone from 22 to 44 to 26. So here’s what we know so far and here’s what is still to be determined… Confirmed: Number 22: Jason Heyward (Formerly Matheny) Number 26: Mike Matheny (Formerly Rosenthal) Number 18: Carlos Martinez (Formerly Taveras) Number 44: Trevor Rosenthal (Formerly...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #180: Trevor Rosenthal | RP | STL

Unlike other positions, where players are scrutinized and ranked with the utmost care, relief pitchers tend to be plopped into groups of players with similar value. In general, the groups (or tiers) are based off how many strengths pitchers have in one of three general areas: Saves/Holds ERA/WHIP Strikeouts Relievers that perform well in all three are elite (Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Always the loyal soldier, Rosenthal stays quiet but hasn't lost his desire to start

ST. LOUIS -- Someday, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal would like to start. He knows he won't have a chance in 2015, and he's OK with that. The way the Cardinals are set up, Rosenthal might not have a chance in 2016, and he'd probably be OK with that, too. Rosenthal doesn't much like talking publicly about his desire to start. When I asked him last season, he hemmed and hawed and...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Roundtable Review: A look at future St. Louis Cardinals trades

The roundtable question this week paralleled the poll question and wanted to know who was the next St. Louis Cardinal player to likely be traded. Unlike with the poll question, our responses can get pretty specific with the roundtable. Here were the responses to this week’s roundtable question:MichajoPeralta and Rosenthal. Both have high value right now, but Peralta is past his...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Saturday Silliness

I was sitting here in my living room thinking about the Cards bullpen, and the Royals ‘pen, and it got me thinking, we’ve got two hard throwers in the back of our ‘pen with Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal , what if we signed Wade Davis and made our own bullpen Cerberus? Now I know the team has other priorities like [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards Conclave Round Table: The Bullpen

For my turn on the round table, I asked the following:   Let’s go with the bullpen question…Assemble your bullpen for next year. Also, to make it fun, assume Pat Neshek signs elsewhere, what external candidate do you replace him with? Andrew Miller ? Other possibilities?   Also, here  are Trevor Rosenthal ‘s month by month splits. While he ended on a [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Yup, Mike Matheny saved his closer for a save situation

The San Francisco Giants won the NL pennant on Thursday night, and Mike Matheny once again managed to the save stat and not the in-game situation. Matheny, when asked about not using closer T. Rosenthal in 9th: "We can't bring him in, in a tie-game situation. We're on the road.” — Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) October 17, 2014 Tie game, bottom of the ninth, one run ends your season…so...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Season ends in dramatic fashion

Playoff games have a funny way of turning around in a heartbeat. For the San Francisco Giants Thursday night, that turnaround came off late-inning home runs by Michael Morse and Travis Ishikawa to vault them to a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in game five of the NLCS. With the victory, the Giants clinched the National League Pennant and advanced to the World Series against...
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Trevor Rosenthal and the Catchers: A Mostly Pointless Exercise

In Sunday’s NLCS Game 2, the Cardinals had to replace an injured Yadier Molina with a bad Tony Cruz, and while the Cardinals went on to still win the game in dramatic fashion, oblique injuries are a real problem, which means Molina will at least be compromised if he’s even able to play, and that’s […]
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Math on Letting Lance Lynn Hit

There were a bunch of turning points in Game 2 of the NLCS, including three late-game home runs that allowed the Cardinals to walk-off as winners. Yadier Molina‘s exit, due to a strained oblique, also looked like a big moment, especially when backup catcher Tony Cruz couldn’t handle Trevor Rosenthal‘s game-tying wild pitch in the […]
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards continue to defy logic, narrative — and continue to win

  The narrative is so tempting. Catcher Yadier Molina is a decent bet to miss the rest of the postseason. Closer Trevor Rosenthal is a roller coaster in the ninth inning. Right-hander Adam Wainwright is a major question instead of a lockdown ace. Concern, panic, doom — take your pick. Or not. The Cardinals won Game 2 of the National League Championship Series after losing Molina...
Via Fox Sports
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

5 Super Bold Predictions: SF vs STL NLCS

The Cardinals and Giants (finally) begin the NLCS tonight in St. Louis. Before GM 1 of the NLDS, we made 5 super-bold predictions for the NLDS and ended up nailing 2 of five (Kershaw did get rocked, the FS1 broadcast of GM 1 was the highest rated in the network’s history), missing on 2 (Bourjos did not hit a HR, Rosenthal had 4 strikeouts instead of 7) and realizing far too late...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals’ late round draft success paying huge dividends this postseason

It is no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system has contributed to the team’s success these past few years, or even this year as the starting nine in Game 4 versus the Dodgers had only one player signed via free-agency, Jhonny Peralta. Six of the nine were Cardinal draftees, and two (Holliday and Grichuk) were acquired using Cardinal draft picks or minor league...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals survive, edge LA Dodgers 10-9

If you watched this game from start to finish, you learned a valuable lesson: nothing in baseball is guaranteed. Nothing. Trevor Rosenthal struck out Yasiel Puig to strand a runner on third in the ninth inning and preserve a 10-9 victory for the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night in game one of their NLDS matchup. The game was originally primed as a pitcher’s...
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Trevor Rosenthal Wasn’t Popular On Twitter Last Night

What type of athlete would you be? Would you log on to Twitter and read your @ replies? Or just ignore them all together? I’d like to think I could ignore them, but I couldn’t. I’d probably even search for my own name and reply to people that didn’t even @ me. I’m not proud of it. But let’s get real, Twitter’s like touching a injury… it hurts more when you do it,...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Analyzing Sam Tuivailala’s Debut

The Cardinals are no strangers to converting strong-armed position players to the mound when their bats can’t keep up with their arms. The most storied case, of course, is Jason Motte. Motte went from a 19th-round catcher with a cannon arm with a career .188 batting average to dominant closer who ended the 2011 World Series. David Carpenter is another former catcher from the Cardinals’...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Blowing up: Bad day for closers

When scanning boxscores every day, you'll see a blown save from a closer on most days, but not every day. This morning ... ugh.  Angels' closer Huston Street was bad, giving up four hits and two runs without retiring a batter in a painful loss to the Rangers. That was no fun for a team in the playoff hunt. Cardinals' closer Trevor Rosenthal was pretty bad as well, walking three...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

For Trevor Stung

Hello, I’m Keith Morrison of Dateline. Today’s story is about a young closer who had the life that we all dream about -- money, girls, Tony La Russa's private phone number to find out if a product used animal testing. What Trevor Rosenthal didn't have, his shut 'em down stuff. We pick up the story right after Rosenthal took the mound on April 7th. He was in for his third...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Matheny stands by his man Rosenthal despite occasional struggles

ST. LOUIS -- If you think the Cardinals are considering moving Trevor Rosenthal out of his ninth-inning role, think again. "Not happening," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said with conviction and no hesitation Sunday afternoon following his team's 7-6 victory over the Padres. "He's our closer." Matheny stood by his man even after he had pulled him with one out in the ninth and the...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Friday: August 15, 2014

The picks went off nearly flawlessly yesterday with a 9-1 record. The only incorrect pick was picking San Diego over the Cardinals. Trevor Rosenthal almost gave that game away too for the Cardinals as he allowed five base runners in the ninth but only one run. How is that possible? Heh. If the Padres had secured that comeback, it would have been a perfect day.We have a new commissioner...
Via The Flagrant Fan
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The $50 million question: Will Rosenthal ever get the chance to start?

ST. LOUIS -- OK, Trevor Rosenthal. Let's just say if the decision were yours, what would it be: Starting or closing? "I'd have to think about it," he answers how he answers many questions, that is, with a slight grin. Well, there was a time not that long ago when you would have chosen starting without any hesitation. Does that mean you're coming around to the idea of working out...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday's win full of key developments as race heats up in NL Central

ST. LOUIS -- Come the end of September, be sure to remember what happened Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals' 3-2 victory over the Brewers very likely will be viewed as the day that changed the race in the NL Central. Not because new starter John Lackey went seven strong innings, or because new catcher A.J. Pierzynski came through with a key hit, or because rookie right...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Efficiency Of Rosenthal

There were so many people worried about Trevor Rosenthal earlier this season. He was a walking medical emergency on the mound. Walking batters. Creating big counts. Throwing a ton of innings. Rosenthal didn’t settle down until two men were on base and the count was full on batter #3. Some guys just can’t make it easy. That’s [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll Results: Which Cardinals’ reliever do you trust the most?

This poll question has probably generated the most shocking response in my opinion. When I was originally typing the poll question post, I wanted to leave out Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal because I figured they would run away with the results and thus they would be skewed. Boy was I wrong…. Take Our Poll I am shocked that only 7% of Cards fans trust their closer. He has...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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