It’s that time of the year again where I pick my top seven prospects of 2015. This isn’t easy but its fun to figure out. There is a lot of talent to sift through. After a long drawn out research on our minor league system, I now present to you all my top seven.
- Alex Reyes RHP-Reyes since has emerged as the preeminent power arm in the Cardinals system. He has two legitimate swing-and-miss pitches in a 93-95 mph fastball that can reach triple digits and an upper-70s curveball that combines power and depth. He has an easy delivery that bodes well for his long-term health.Still somewhat raw on the mound, Reyes has yet to show much consistency with his changeup, control and command. He has a sturdy frame that carries more than his listed 185 pounds, and he’ll have to watch his conditioning.
- Marco Gonzales LHP- Gonzales’ pitches play up because of his ability to locate with precision and to add and subtract velocity. He throws an 88-91 mph fastball with decent life and a mid-70s curveball with some depth. His ceiling may be limited to No. 3 starter, but he has a good chance of reaching it.
- Jack Flaherty RHP- Flaherty repeats his delivery with ease, allowing him to throw strikes and maintain his stuff deep into games. He could have been a sweet-swinging third baseman with gap power and quality defense, but the Cardinals like his chances of developing into a No. 2 or 3 starter.
- Edmundo Sosa ss-Sosa has an advanced gameplan at the plate for a teenager, focusing on making contact and drilling line drives to all fields. Once he learns to use his plus speed, he’ll be a basestealing threat. Power won’t be a big part of his game, though he has some strength and will sting the ball into the gaps on occasion.Sosa’s defensive tools aren’t spectacular, but he gets the job done at shortstop and should be able to stick there. He’s an instinctive defender with good hands and enough arm to make the throws required at the position.
- Nick Plummer OF-Signed for $2,124,400, Plummer has above-average hitting ability and power potential. He has a quick left-handed swing and a mature approach, stroking balls from gap to gap while showing advanced pitch recognition and plate discipline. He’s an average runner with some savvy on the bases.There’s a split camp on whether Plummer can stay in center field, because he lacks the typical speed for the position but overcomes that with good instincts. If he has to move, he’ll probably wind up in left field because of his lackluster arm.
- Magneuris Sierrra OF-He won the Gulf Coast League batting title with a .386 average and also led the Rookie-level circuit in on-base percentage (.434), runs (42), hits (78) and total bases (102).Sierra uses his strong forearms to whip the bat through the strike zone. His swing is flat and geared more toward line drives at this point, but he should produce at least gap power and could be a home run threat if he adds some strength and loft down the road. He uses the entire field and has better plate discipline and pitch recognition than most players his age.
- Luke Weaver RHP- Weaver has hit 97 mph in the past, Weaver usually works at 91-93 with his fastball. He commands it well and imparts good sink on it, but his best pitch is clearly his changeup, which is deceptive and features even more life. He has yet to show much aptitude for spinning a breaking ball, and there’s some thought that he might be better off trading in his slider for a cutter.
After securing a postseason berth for the fifth straight season, the St. Louis Cardinals are announcing ticket details for potential National League Championship Series (NLCS) games.
Tickets for potential NLCS games at Busch Stadium go on sale Thursday, October 1 at noon CT at cardinals.com/postseason, via phone at 314.345.9000 and at the Busch Stadium ticket windows on 8th Street.
Based on the final standings, the Cardinals could host up to four NLCS games between Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 25.
Ticketing details for possible World Series games will be announced next week.
For a full calendar of the 2015 MLB Postseason schedule, visit mlb.com/postseason.
St. Louis Cardinals Media Release
Earlier today Mike Matheny said that Stephen Piscotty has been released from the hospital following last night’s collision. Matheny also said “Stephen has been released now and everything came back clear,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told KMOX Radio about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday. “All the neurological tests came back negative, and they were very surprised just how well he was able to bounce back with such a tough injury. It was a scary moment for all the Cardinals fans, and you could see how it rattled the players.”
Matheny said Piscotty would stay in his room at the team hotel, to rest and continue the healing process Tuesday evening and overnight. The rest of the Cardinals had gathered at PNC Park for the second game of the series Tuesday night, but the game was rained out and will be part of a doubleheader Wednesday (Game 1: 12:35 p.m.; Game 2: 6:05 p.m., both on Fox Sports Midwest and KMOX).
“We’re going to have him just kind of rest tonight; we won’t be bringing him into the field,” Matheny told KMOX. “He’s going back to the hotel.”
Matheny said he talked to Piscotty on Tuesday and said Piscotty was upbeat.
“Even (Monday) night, he was in good spirits. A little bit sore, but all in all, I thought our medical team did a great job and so did the people here in Pittsburgh. He was well cared for right from the top. Fortunately, what looked like could be a very, very bad situation ended up being much better than what we had hoped. So glad that everything is okay.
This just in……The Cardinals just announced that all tests on Piscotty are negative but he will be held overnight for observation. I can now breathe easier. Piscotty, a rookie, has played in 61 games for the Cardinals this season. He is batting .313 with an .872 OPS. He has been a great addition to the team and I hope he will be up and running for the Post Season Playoffs
As Molina goes down for an undetermined amount of time another Cardinal makes his return this week. It has been a long road back for Wainwright. Wainwright threw a simulated game on Saturday and was awaiting approval from his doctors to be activated and rejoin his teammates, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Well, on Monday he got even closer to that goal.It looks like that Wainwright will be activated Tuesday and ready for action Wednesday. This series against the Pirates is the most crucial one of the season because if the Cardinals win two of those games they will clinch the NL Central. However, if they get swept, they’ll be tied for the lead in the division. I am hearing Wainwright may replace Carlos Martinez in the rotation, at this time I cannot confirm this.
I just got the tweet from Derrick Gould that “Molina will miss remainder of regular season, as Matheny says he still must rest and won’t see doctor again until next Sun/Mon”. This means is that Molina will miss at least the final week of regular season because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. That means Tony Cruz will start against the Pirates. He has a .487 OPS this season, but in eight games since Molina went down Cruz is hitting .273/.320/.455.
“It’s not like they’ve gone in a tailspin with him behind the plate since Molina has gone out.,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s not like they’ve gone in a tailspin with him behind the plate since Molina has gone out. They are a good team. Cruz has worked hard for this opportunity I’m sure. It’ll be a little different for us, we might have an opportunity to open some things up that normally we wouldn’t, as far as pitch calling and sequencing like that. He’s a capable guy, he’s a major league guy. He’s not the other guy but not many people are.“
Molina threw out 41 percent of runners this season, Cruz 28 percent in 18 attempts.
Okay Baseball Fans here is your one stop need to know news on the 2015 Post Season Schedule of dates, times, what channel and which radio station. Make sure to thank Mark Newman of MLB.com that put all this together for us and Lets Go Cardinals!!!!!
The 2015 postseason schedule will begin on Oct. 6, with the 111th Fall Classic to open on Oct. 27 in an American League ballpark, thanks to the AL’s 6-3 victory in the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile. The full postseason schedule can be found at MLB.com/postseason.
Following the scheduled regular-season finales on Sunday, Oct. 4, potentially necessary regular-season tiebreaker games would be telecast exclusively by ESPN the next day. Then the postseason will begin at 8:08 p.m. ET (first pitch) that Tuesday, with the AL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on ESPN. The National League equivalent is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET (first pitch) on Oct. 7, televised exclusively by TBS
Both AL Division Series will begin on Oct. 8. The first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two NL Division Series openers and a pair of ALDS Game 2s, will be held on Oct. 9. Overall, the Division Series are scheduled from Oct. 8-15, with a pair of potential Game 5s possible on Oct. 14 (ALDS) and Oct. 15 (NLDS). FOX, FS1 or MLB Network will air the first three ALDS games, and then FOX or FS1 the remaining two, if necessary. TBS will cover all NLDS games.
The AL Championship Series, beginning on Oct. 16, will be telecast by FOX or FS1. The NL Championship Series, set to start on Oct. 17, will be telecast by TBS. A potential Game 7 of the ALCS is scheduled for Oct. 24, while a Game 7 of the NLCS is scheduled for Oct. 25.
Last year marked the first time since 1990 that the World Series opened on a Tuesday, and that pattern will continue this fall. After Games 1-2 in the AL park, the World Series will shift to the ballpark of the NL champions on Oct. 30. A Game 7, if necessary, would be scheduled in the AL city for Nov. 4. The scheduled off-days during the World Series are Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 (if necessary).
The only World Series to reach November were played in 2001, ’09 and ’10. The ’01 and ’09 Fall Classics each ended on Nov. 4, and the Giants clinched on Nov. 1, 2010.
All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.
ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2015 MLB postseason games, including the Wild Card Games.