Cardinals' Knizner among AFL's breakout prospects

November 20, 2017

There is plenty of crossover between Rosenbaum’s list and this one, and there certainly will be some from the alphabetical list below who will end up on Callis’ group as well. Albert Abreu, RHP, Yankees’ No. 7 prospect: If he’s in New York’s top 10, he obviously wasn’t completely off the radar, and he was a big part of the Brian McCann deal. But after just 53 1/3 innings in…

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Carpenter, Rolen highlight Cards on HOF ballot

November 20, 2017

2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot Eligible voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will have until the end of the year to cast a ballot, and the result of that voting will be announced during an MLB Network special on Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. CT and also will be on MLB.com. To be elected to the Hall of Fame, a candidate must receive at least 75 percent…

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Wainwright wins first Silver Slugger Award

November 9, 2017

Seemingly snubbed from the list of winners a year ago, Wainwright was named by Louisville Slugger on Thursday as the top hitting pitcher in the NL for 2017. The annual award is given to the top offensive player at each position in each league, with winners selected through voting done by Major League managers and coaches. Wainwright joins Bob Forsch (1980, ’87) and Jason Marquis (2005) as the only Cardinals…

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Cardinals release former closer Rosenthal

November 6, 2017

This was to be Rosenthal’s final year of arbitration eligibility before becoming a free agent. Instead, he enters the pool of available relievers. • Hot Stove Tracker “We knew we weren’t going to tender him come the tender time, and we decided it made the most sense to do it sooner and let everybody sort of figure out what the options are,” general manager Michael Girsch said. One of those…

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Cards have needs as free agency opens

November 6, 2017

ST. LOUIS — The end of the World Series ushered in the start of the Hot Stove season, which, for non-playoff clubs like the Cardinals, has been eagerly anticipated. The Cardinals aren’t likely to address all of their roster deficiencies via free agency, but with that market officially opening for business Monday, here’s a refresher on where the Cardinals’ needs lie as they begin exploring possible fits: Free agents: LHP…

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Alcantara hits triple digits in Fall Stars turn

November 5, 2017

Perhaps surprisingly, the Fall Stars Game marked Alcantara’s all-star game debut. “It’s a reward,” Alcantara said. “It’s the best opportunity for me because I’ve never been to an all-star game. This is my first one, I’m here.” The 6-foot-4 right-hander, who made his Major League debut on Sept. 3, relieved West Division starter Mitch Keller (Pirates No. 2 prospect) to open the third and scattered two hits in his two…

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Cardinals prospects propel Surprise to victory

November 3, 2017

The Rafters broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run by Monte Harrison, the Brewers’ No. 14 prospect, but Surprise quickly responded in the bottom of the frame. The Twins’ Sean Miller hit an RBI single to tie things up and get the momentum going. With the bases loaded, Mercado, the Cardinals’ No. 18 prospect, drove in two with a double to…

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Missouri to face Missouri State at Busch

November 3, 2017

ST. LOUIS — Busch Stadium will get a tune-up two days before the Cardinals’ 2018 home opener when it hosts a game between the University of Missouri and Missouri State University. First pitch for the April 3 matchup between the two NCAA Division I baseball programs is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. This will mark the sixth time Mizzou has played at Busch Stadium, with their most recent appearance coming…

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Cards' 3 questions to answer this offseason

November 2, 2017

Free agents: Lefty Zach Duke and righties Lance Lynn, Juan Nicasio and Seung Hwan Oh. Arbitration-eligible players: Righties Trevor Rosenthal and Michael Wacha, outfielder Randal Grichuk and lefty Tyler Lyons. Where will the Cardinals find their needed impact bat?It’s never a simple task to go out and add a middle-of-the-order hitter, but that’s where the Cardinals will start this offseason. The free-agent market doesn’t offer many ideal fits, which makes…

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