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