Spring training offers a preview of what the 2014 season holds for the teams around Major League Baseball. It also gives a glimpse of the future of the organizations as prospects take the field and show off their talents in front of the big league coaching staffs.
St. Louis Cardinals righthanded starting pitcher Shelby Miller had to beat out Joe Kelly for the fifth and final spot in the rotation through somewhat of a spring training-long duel between the two pitchers in 2013, and Kelly faces a similar challenge that could produce a similar result in 2014.
Hopes spring eternal in the weeks leading into the Spring Training, especially in regards to the futures of the organization’s top prospects. Here is a collaborate look at the Cardinal organization’s best headed into the spring.
After a quick start to the winter, the Cardinals addressed most of their needs early. However, one more move could be needed in order to make sure problems of the past don’t rise again.
Stopping the Boston momentum was the most important job the Cardinals had to do entering game two. And all things considered, there was no better man available to do the job than Michael Wacha.
While wins go to the team and are created by the players, there are games where a manager can set a scene so precisely; they deserve a share of the victory as well. And Mike Matheny deserves credit for setting the scene for the Game 4 victory.
Youth has been served this season for the Cardinals, as the prophecy of their top ranked minor league system was fulfilled. But moving forward, there are even more young Birds that have a chance to make a breakthrough impact next season.
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made his first and only trade of the season Friday when he got right-handed reliever John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cardinals have used 23 different pitchers this season as injuries plagued the staff early in the season and ineffectiveness has crept in the past month.
The St. Louis Cardinals called up their latest, greatest prospect Friday when they brought second baseman Kolten Wong to the major leagues.