Notes from Jupiter
In today’s Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers, Tigers radio analyst Jim Price was very complimentary of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos. Price, who played on the 1968 World Series championship team, said during the telecast that Bourjos might be the fastest player that he’s seen play in center field. Price played on a Tigers team with Mickey Stanley, who won 4 Gold Gloves in center field.
Feb 28, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos (8) at bat against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Comments like these on Bourjos show why the St. Louis Cardinals made the move to send over David Freese and Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Being able to acquire Randal Grichuk in the trade is just the icing on the cake for the Cardinals!
Other notes from Jupiter:
Grichuck could very well join the conversation for bench player when the Cardinals break camp and head north to St. Louis.
"“He’s showing a reason a lot of people have been excited about him,” Matheny said after the 5-4 loss to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. He added: “Watching how he moves, how he works, the way he carries himself, consistently taking nice approaches, at-bats — he’s a baseball player. He’s got some real talent.”"
He is already a part of the growing Cardinals logjam in the outfield. Whether he starts the season with the Cardinals or with Memphis will depend largely on what Mike Matheny and John Mozeliak see in him during the spring.
Oscar Taveras is not quite ready for playing in spring games.
Carlos Beltran has some big holes to fill in the line up. Who will replace him: Jhonny Peralta or Bourjos?
Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is handling the hype well, writes Bernie Miklasz.
Kolten Wong is having a very slow start in Grapefruit action.