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How the St. Louis Cardinals will become a top 5 farm system

Rookie Marco Gonzales delivers a changeup at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on June 25, 2014. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/Denver Post. Despite graduations from impact prospects including Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams, and Trevor Rosenthal, the St. Louis Cardinals entered the 2014 season still possessing a highly-regarded farm system. Minor League Baseball’s...
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Poll: Which former Cardinal will be missed the most?

The 2014-2015 offseason has not had as much turnover as other years. The Cardinals lost no “major” players to free-agency and there was only one trade made, although it would be considered a major trade. The point is, there was not one player lost that was a true difference maker, but there were a few players who were contributors that will no longer be with the club.This week’s...
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Jason Heyward: The key to the Cardinals offense

Picture yourself walking through a library. You suddenly see a book cover that grabs your attention. You notice the author is someone you really admire. They have written great books in the past. Sure, their last novel was a misfire, but they are still young and capable of producing greatness with their next opportunity. It’s really hard to walk away from this particular book because...
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Buffa’s Bullets: Kershaw Shows Class Towards Cardinals

What are your feelings on bullet rounds, readers? What is a bullet round? Let me explain.Back in the day, before I spread my material across a few websites and built a following on Twitter, I wrote weekly bullet rounds to a small group on my email list. Every week, I would pummel a 2,000 word rant about sports to about 20 people and unclog the head. It was therapeutic for me and...
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A look at the five biggest stories from this past week at CardinalsFarm

It was a big week here at CardinalsFarm.com as I reached out to Dan Buffa, a fellow Cardinals writer, and asked if he wanted to join our team. Dan did not take much time in making his decision and joined on Tuesday night. His first article was up on Wednesday and he since has written another one. Dan’s addition to the team has re-energized myself and I get the feeling it has also...
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Cardinals: Sam Tuivailala gives bullpen a high octane wild card

The St. Louis Cardinals have made some sexy moves this offseason, most notably the acquisition of Jason Heyward (of course, a position player).  But his former teammate Jordan Walden came over in the trade to solidify the back-end of the bullpen as well, and it is a move that should not be overlooked. Speaking of being overlooked, nor should another very promising prospect that...
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The St. Louis Cardinals All-Organization Team: The Bench

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be selecting the Cardinals organizational All-Star team. The team will be structured like a 25-man roster. For each position, I will isolate the player who made the most starts for each team at that position and will select the one winner. For this post, I will be constructing the bench to our All-Organization Team. Our bench will consist of...
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St. Louis Cardinals Baby Birds: A look at 3 hitters looking for a bounce back season

A new season provides a fresh start for players who may have struggled the season before. While the previous season’s numbers will always be on the baseball card, the new season starts fresh with zeros across the board. I have identified five players who would probably tell you their 2014 season was not what they would have hoped. Now, I am not calling these players busts or saying...
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Poll Results: Who will be the next St. Louis Cardinal to enter the MLB Hall of Fame?

If you take a look back at the past inductions into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, you will see the last Cardinal to enter the Hall was Whitey Herzog in 2010 and he was sent to Cooperstown by the Veterans Committee. The last Cardinal elected by the Baseball Writers Associatin of America was Bruce Sutter in 2006 and he barely made it receiving just 76.90% of the votes where...
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Give Kolten Wong Some Time To Grow

Kolten Wong carried plenty of demons into the 2014 season. Everybody around the globe remembered his exit in 2013. Getting picked off first to end a World Series game at Busch Stadium. The tears in Wong’s eyes as he confronted the media after the game and the honesty he provided to the reporters. When I saw him at the Winter Warmup a year ago, he was ready to put that all behind...
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CardinalsFarm FarmCast #2: A look at various Cardinals topics and an interview with Scott Schook

Yes, it has been a while since I podcasted. As I mentioned in the show, I have had a lot going on over the last month from moving into a new house to getting the flu. It was nice to find time to talk about Cardinal baseball.In Episode #2, I talked a little bit about the hunt for a starting pitcher and how the market has changed since the Max Scherzer signing. I also looked at Baseball...
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What Makes a Champion? A statistical glance at success

As the 2014-15 offseason draws nearer to its close and the sun begins to shine on Florida and Arizona, teams make the final adjustments to their rosters in hopes of building a winner that will hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy in October. Teams trade exciting young talent for superstar hitters. Owners shell out millions upon millions of dollars to lock up an ace pitcher. Front offices...
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John Mozeliak and the art of standing still

As the anticipation of Super Bowl XLIX continues to rise, baseball fans are reminded that the month of February is looming. That means one thing, pitchers and catchers are soon to report to their respective Spring Training facilities. Out of all the things to get excited for in life, this really should not be exciting in the grand scheme of things. But the reality is the dawn of...
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Jaime Garcia: Secret Weapon or Ultimate Liability

I picture myself as Jaime Garcia some days. I wake up and wonder what I should think about all this offseason starting pitching trade talk swirling around my team, the St. Louis Cardinals. I wonder if I should be worried or possibly find  a pitching mound and kneel down and pull a Tebow. What is my spot on this team in 2015? Where do I belong? What do fans think? What does my general...
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St. Louis Cardinals lineup proposal for 2015

Now that we are through the Winter Warm-up and it has been a few weeks since the St. Louis Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak have made a significant move, its time to start looking forward to spring training and the 2015 season. When Mozeliak was busy making moves, most notably, adding Jason Heyward to an offense that struggled to score runs in 2014, there was a lot of...
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St. Louis Cardinals quick hits, randoms, and news and notes

While you are sitting at home watching the State of the Union, I am sitting at my kitchen table pounding away at the keys on my work issued laptop. Ok so you might not be glued to the President’s speech, you might be staring out the window waiting for Spring Training. Good news! You have less than a month!One of my most favorite types of articles to write is a random post filled...
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Introducing CardinalsFarm’s new MLB Columnist, Dan Buffa

As owner/editor of this website, I am always looking for ways to improve the site. I chat with my good friend and fellow writer Corey Rudd on a weekly basis looking for ways to make this thing better. I have toyed with the idea of bringing Dan Buffa on for a few months. I have been reading Dan’s work for a while now at his various stops from his personal site, Dose of Buffa to...
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Poll: Who will be the next player to enter Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as a Cardinal?

The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame has been a hot topic over the last couple of weeks as the 2015 class was announced on January 6th. The 2015 class includes pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz, while Craig Biggio was the lone offensive representative. Around Cardinal Nation, the question has been whether Jim Edmonds is worthy of a call from Hall of Fame director...
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An Interview with St. Louis Cardinals Pitching Prospect Nick Petree

After being selected in the 9th round of the MLB Draft and a successful stint in short-season State College in 2013, Nick Petree followed up in 2014 by playing across 3 levels in the Cardinals organization. Petree only made one start – on the last day of the season – in Double-A Springfield, but went a combined 8-5 in 21 starts in Peoria and Palm Beach. He logged 124.1 innings...
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St. Louis Cardinals: Winter League Update

While the majority of the Cardinals major and minor league players are at home prepping for the upcoming 2015 season, many players are still playing in various winter leagues. While not all winter leagues are equal to the level of play the player may be used to, they provide a great outlet for hitters to get more at bats or pitchers a way to get more innings.Before we get into individual...
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Bourjos, Cruz ink one-year deals

Following the contract extension for Lance Lynn, the Cardinals took care of two more of their arbitration-eligible players. Center fielder Peter Bourjos and catcher Tony Cruz agreed to one-year deals on Thursday.Bourjos was acquired along with outfielder Randal Grichuk from the Los Angeles Angels last offseason in exchange for third baseman David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando...
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Cardinals, Lynn agree to three-year deal

While the Cardinals have traded several young starting pitchers over the last eight months, today they locked up one of their own through his arbitration years. St. Louis and Lance Lynn agreed to a three-year deal worth $22 million that will cover Lynn’s three years of arbitration eligibility. The deal, first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, includes $1.5 million in incentives...
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The St. Louis Cardinals All-Organization Team: Starting Pitchers

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be selecting the Cardinals organizational All-Star team. The team will be structured like a 25-man roster. For each position, I will isolate the player who made the most starts for each team at that position and will select the one winner. In this post, I am going to give you the five starting pitchers on our All-Organization Team. Again, I...
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Thoughts on Baseball America’s top 10 Cardinals prospect list

Earlier today, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released what is anticipated to be Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects for the Cardinals, which BA will officially release tomorrow Jan. 14. As to be expected with any sort of list, there is surprise and conjecture, but here is Goold’s list and some initial thoughts:  Marco Gonzales, LHP Alexander Reyes, RHP Stephen...
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Jason Heyward – what happens when the ball is in play?

The following is a very data-heavy look at Jason Heyward‘s batted ball history, his splits, and what, if anything, can be gleaned from it. If you dismiss or are simply uninterested in these in-depth dives into trends, ratios, expectations, etc., I’m not offended if you wish to pass over this piece. This is simply my inner baseball nerd taking over. Why? I’ve seen quite a bit...
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