Mar 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Oscar Taveras (87) rounds third base and scores a run in the fourth inning during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday Morning St. Louis Cardinals Links

Here’s some St. Louis Cardinals reads for your Wednesday morning.

At Fox Sports Midwest, Stan McNeal writes that the surplus of outfielders is a good problem to have. The names that McNeal mentions are Oscar Taveras, Stephen Piscotty, James Ramsey, Randal Grichuk and Charlie Tilson. Most of these guys will be assigned to either Memphis or Springfield.

At the major league level, it’s a good problem unless one’s name is Shane Robinson come the trading deadline. I fully expect Oscar Taveras to be called up by June. The question is: is Jon Jay capable of spelling Matt Holliday in left field?

At ESPN Insider, Keith Law unveiled his farm system rankings yesterday and Cardinals were ranked in 12th place. What Law had to say about the Cardinals:

The Cardinals have produced so much homegrown talent over the past five years that it’s hard to believe they’re still above the median, but with potential superstar Oscar Taveras on top, a half-dozen more prospects who project as regulars or better, and lots of pitching and bench depth, they’re poised to keep stocking the major league team for several more years. One system weakness, though, as you might have heard: shortstop.

The ESPN Top 100 Prospects will be released this morning.

Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz wants to know who will be hitting 2nd this season. If I had to guess, it would be Kolten Wong.

First round pick Marco Gonzales recently shared his story at a CHAMP breakfast. Gonzales approaches the game with a “Little League mentality.” Gonzales wears #7 in honor of his good friend Nick Gaucher, who passed away from cancer. The coolest part of playing pro ball?

“Having a Cardinals jersey on,” Gonzales said. “Being in an environment you’ve always heard about, and having those dreams come true. It’s such a whirlwind; it’s such a cool experience.”

Scott Wuerz wonders what if the Cardinals had kept Joe Torre on as manager?

Ozzie Smith never thought of himself as a Hall of Famer.

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  • Garret

    Until Kolten Wong shows he’s capable of hitting at the major league level I think he belongs down at the bottom of the order. Same with Bourjos. Which even if both of those guys start hitting I don’t think that’s a bad idea. The top of the order doesn’t really need help getting on base and scoring runs. It’s the bottom where the Cards need to make things happen and a little bit of a running game wouldn’t hurt. With Wong or Taveras on and Matt Carpenter up, who can shoot doubles into the gap like crazy, that speed might be really nice. I’d go 1. Carpenter 2. Peralta 3. Craig 4. Holliday 5. Molina 6. Adams 7. Bourjos 8. Wong to kick things off. Which that’d a doomed prediction anyway because you know Holliday will be batting third. Depending how Peralta, Adams, Bourjos and Wong perform you just shuffle em all around throughout the year. But I certainly wouldn’t start with Wong in the 2 hole. Besides, hitting 7 and 8 is not an insult or demotion on this Cardinals roster. EVERY spot in the lineup is an RBI spot.

    • Garret

      Shows you what I know. Miklasz points out Peralta is -17 as a baserunner. Yikes. Haha. However, Bernie suggests moving Carpenter into the 2 hole to give him more RBI opportunities. I don’t see why we can’t just let him succeed at the top of the order like last year, and present more opportunities for him by putting our speedy guys at the bottom of the order–at least to start. If Wong or Bourjos is batting .285-.300 two months into the season, you shake things up a bit