An Interview with Adron Chambers

Here is a pretty cool early Christmas Gift for my readership. This is a pretty good  interview between YouTube Video Reporter Tyler Boronski and ex-Cardinal outfielder. The interview itself was taken during the 2016 season while Adron was playing for the independent Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. It was taken place on the road at New Britain Stadium in New Britain. I also recommend checking out Tyler’s YouTube Channel “Tbautos512″

 

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Cardinals Focused on Donaldson

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With the Rays and Giants agreeing to a deal that will send Evan Longoria to San Francisco. Young infielder Christian Arroyo headlines the return, with veteran outfielder Denard Span going along with him to offset some of Longoria’s salary. Pitchers Stephen Woods and Matt Krook are also bound for the Tampa Bay organization. Well the Cardinals perhaps have some cause to believe the Blue Jays are willing to consider moving star third baseman Josh Donaldsonper Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He suggests there’s some indication from the Jays side that the team isn’t dead-set against a move if it brought back MLB pieces as well as prospect value. To an extent, the Toronto organization has something of the opposite problem that the Cards do: the former needs multiple assets while the latter is loaded with solid players but would like a few premium pieces. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs had posited this sort of scenario a few weeks back.

Carlos Martinez Helps Leukemia Patient

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I just got this news this morning and was very moved to share this even though I am a cancer patient myself. This piece of news need all the attention it needs. God Bless you Carlos Martinez……

Camille Fernandez, 17, is being treated for Leukemia at Mercy St. Louis Hospital in Creve Coeur.

Fernandez arrived Sunday night and will soon begin chemotherapy with the goal of a bone marrow transplant in the near future.

Martinez and his Tsunami Waves foundation first met Fernandez a few weeks ago at a medical clinic the pitcher and former Cardinal great Albert Pujols were hosting.

Tsunami Waves Director Marisa Diaz said they were advised by doctors that Fernandez would not live long without a bone marrow transplant and the surgery could not be performed in the Dominican Republic.

“I told Carlos we had to do anything we can to help her and here we are a few weeks later,” Diaz said sitting next to Fernandez and Martinez in the lobby of Mercy St. Louis Hospital.

“Maria asked if we can help the family and I said, ‘Yes, of course.’ We are here to help a lot of people and a lot of families.” Martinez said. “When I saw the situation I just said, ‘Yes, of course. Let’s go, let’s do that because they need it, they need a lot of help.'”

According to the foundation, a number of St. Louis “Angels” pulled together to bring Fernandez and her family to Mercy. The family was transported to St. Louis thanks to Wings of Hope. Fernandez will be cared for by Dr. Rob Hansen of Mercy who was part of the medical clinic in the Dominican Republic where the foundation first met Fernandez. The foundation said other St. Louis doctors will also assist.

Diaz said the first step is to get through chemotherapy. If that goes well, Fernandez will have a bone marrow transplant. Fernandez’s sister was also flown to St. Louis because she’s a perfect match to be the donor.

Tsunami Waves posted information on its website on how you can help the Fernandez family:

“Here’s how you can get involved, we will be looking for donations of Men’s L- XL and Ladies M-L new or gently used winter clothing and donations of gift cards would be a blessing. If you would like to make a monetary donation to help with her medical expenses, you can do this on our website; www.tsunamiwavesfoundation.org. The St. Louis Cardinals have offered to be a central drop off location for donations at their administrative office at 700 Clark St, St. Louis, MO 63102″

Source: Ryan Dean

Cardinals Rule 5 Draft

In the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Cardinals took two outfielders, Angel Moreno (Tampa Bay) and Jean Selmo (Arizona). They lost infielder Jacob Wilson, who was left available on the Class AA roster and taken by the Washington Nationals.

The Cardinals did not lose a player in the major-league portion of the Rule 5 draft, and they did not select one.

They went into the draft believing they had a full 40-man roster.

(Luke Gregerson had not yet been added as their 40th by the start of the draft, and trades involving Sandy Alcantara, Magneuris Sierra and Stephen Piscotty are set to be completed Thursday afternoon or later.)

 

Angel Moreno: Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 for $188,000. Moreno’s value will primarily be dictated on the progression of his hit tool, but he displays a solid approach along with moderate barrel control. The defense is merely solid, but he will be able to stick in CF. The risk is high due to his age and lack of experience against stronger competition.

Average bat speed; loose wrists; moderate barrel control; minimal load; does not use bottom half; swing is balanced and quiet; ability to recognize spin is present; chases too many pitches out of the zone currently; showing ability to foul off bad pitches; needs to lay off more of these.

Below-average raw power; swing is linear and not conducive for in-game power; gap-to-gap hitter.

4.33 home to first; shows more speed in OF; agile; lacks a high-end second gear.

Efficient routes and reads; first step is accurate and instinctive; lacks high-end agility and speed.

Average arm strength; lacks carry from middle depth in CF; accurate throws.

Source: Derrick Goold

Cardinals Want a Third Baseman Now!

MLB Netrwork was reporting The Cardinals are not going anywhere soon. They are actually staying in Orlando until they leave with a third baseman .

  • Orioles VP of baseball ops Dan Duquette made clear today that he does not foresee striking a deal involving third baseman Manny Machado that is contingent upon extension negotiations, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post was among those to report on Twitter. In other words, it seems any acquiring team would be gaining just one year of control over over Machado. Sherman also hears that the odds are in favor of a deal at this point, tweeting that the White Sox and Cardinals are the “most aggressive” teams in pursuit of the young superstar.
  • While evidently maintaining interest in Machado and pursuing other fronts, the Cardinals are also still “pushing” the Blue Jays to offer up their own star third baseman, Josh Donaldson, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). At this point, though, there’s no reason to believe that Toronto will budge from its stance on Donaldson — namely, that it’s not interested in moving him for anything approaching a reasonable return.
  • For weeks, there have been the rumors of Alex Colome heading to the St. Louis Cardinals and once the Tampa Bay Rays made it known that they are will to trade some of their higher priced veterans, including Evan Longoria the wheels started to turn faster with the tires burning some rubber.

    Almost immediately, rumors circulated that the Cardinals were interested in Longoria and could possibly seek to acquire not only Colome, but would consider adding Longoria in the same transaction.

    With the Cardinals acquiring Marcell Ozuna on Wednesday from the Miami Marlins, speculation on my part is that a potential Colome/Longoria deal could be in the works. St. Louis has all the moving and missing pieces that the Rays need – right-handed hitting outfielders and a right-handed hitting catcher

Source: MLBTradeRumors/ Althea Pashman with Fansided

 

 

Piscotty Deal is Done!!

The Athletics have officially acquired outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals. Minor league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock will head back to St. Louis in the swap.

Piscotty, who seemed like a shoo-in to leave the Cardinals via trade entering the offseason, became especially superfluous to the Redbirds when they swung a blockbuster to acquire fellow outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday. That deal left the Cardinals with three highly qualified starting outfielders in Ozuna, Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham, thus leading to the end of Piscotty’s tenure with the club.

Now 26, Piscotty joined the St. Louis organization as a first-round pick in 2012 and flashed moments of brilliance during his short major league stint there. Between his debut in 2015 and the end of the ’16 campign, the right-handed hitter slashed a terrific .282/.348/.467 with 29 home runs and a 3.9 fWAR in 905 plate appearances. The auspicious start to Piscotty’s career was enough to convince the Cardinals to award him a six-year extension worth a guaranteed $33.5MM prior to last season.

Unfortunately for St. Louis, early returns on the newly extended Piscotty weren’t positive in 2017. While Piscotty managed to significantly increase his walk rate to 13 percent (up from around 8 percent from 2015-16), his offensive production took an overall dive as he batted a disappointing .235/.342/.367 with nine homers and a subpar .132 ISO (down 53 points from the previous two seasons).

The Athletics will now hope for a bounce-back from Piscotty, a Northern California native and Stanford alumnus. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the Cards hoped a Piscotty trade would give him a chance to be closer to his mother, who’s battling ALS, and they were able to make good on that.

As Piscotty deals with a tragic situation off the field, he may be in line for a revival on it; his age, 2015-16 output and batted-ball misfortune are all encouraging signs. Piscotty finished 2017 with a .319 wOBA, but the number should have been closer to a solid .340, according to Statcast.

If Piscotty does return to something resembling his best form in Oakland, he’ll be an effective, affordable and young piece for the low-payroll club. The A’s saw other position player building blocks in first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman come to the fore in 2017, and, barring trades, have established hitters on hand in DH Khris Davis, corner outfielder Matt Joyce, second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien. Piscotty, who’s likely to play opposite Joyce in one of the corners next year, is now in line to join a growing group of talent on a rebuilding club.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, who has long reported upon the A’s interest in Piscotty, reported yesterday that the deal was nearing completion and today that a framework was in place (Twitter link). Jon Heyman of FanRag tweeted the deal was in place, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported it was moving forward this morning, and MLB.com’s Jane Lee tweeted the swap was official.

Max Schrock: Athletic, utility infielder who grinds out at-bats, plays average defense, and has an advanced feel for the game. Makes consistent contact and has a compact stroke with bat control that plays vs. advanced pitching. Does not have loud, splashy tools, but competes and gets the most out of his ability. Don’t project him to develop much more power, but will get stronger and can see him having consistent gap pop in the future. Game clock and arm accuracy play up the fringe-average arm strength; athleticism will allow him to move around defensively; won’t kill you at shortstop. Like the energy – ingredients there to be a role player at the major league level – see him getting enough at-bats to be considered a “regular.” Over-achiever, baseball player

Yairo Munoz: Munoz struggled to adjust to the pitching at Double-A last season, finishing the campaign with just a .240/.286/.367 batting line over 102 games. That has changed in his second season at the level, as the 22-year-old has slashed .316/.348/.532 with six home runs and 12 stolen bases over 47 contests, all the while maintaining a reasonable strikeout rate. He will attempt to keep things rolling at Triple-A

Source: MLBTradeRumors and CBSSports

Is Piscotty Going to the Athletics?

Slusser has added a few more conceivable players in conversations in an updated version of her story. It seems that the sides could be contemplating some of the A’s relief arms.

The dominoes from the Cardinals’ reported acquisition of Marcell Ozunaare beginning to fall, it seems. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics’ long-standing interest in Cards outfielder Stephen Piscotty could conceivably come to fruition with a deal before the Winter Meetings end.

Oakland is not willing to part with its best young assets, according to the report, but Slusser says the discussions have revolved around some of the A’s available 40-man assets. One name under consideration, she notes, is infielder Yairo Munoz, a 23-year-old who reached the top level of the minors in 2017.

Piscotty, who’ll soon turn 27, thrived in his first two seasons in the majors, posting a cumulative .282/.348/.467 slash and hitting 29 home runs in his first 905 MLB plate appearances. He ended up striking a six-year, $33.5MM extension at the start of the 2017 campaign.

Things haven’t progressed as hoped since that time, however. Piscotty missed some time due to injury and ended the year with 401 plate appearances of .235/.342/.367 output through 401 trips to the plate. On the positive side, Piscotty did neary double his walk rate to 13.0% even as his power dipped.

Piscotty continues to grade as a solid defender but subpar baserunner. If he can regain his form at the dish, there’s good reason to think he could be a quality regular in the corner — which is just what the A’s are in search of.

Source: Jeff Todd