Quad Cities River Bandits

Once a year, along with the rest of the United Cardinal Bloggers, we get to put this list together as a review of the Cardinals’ farm system. So far, pretty much every year has been an improvement over the previous. This year is no exception. The Cardinals have multiple prospects on the national radar, and [...]

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I will have a full write-up on Miller’s performance yet in the next day or so, but wanted to get you some video of Cards prospect pitcher Shelby Miller that I took at this weekend’s game. I apologize for the shakiness at times, I took this on my phone and was holding it between the [...]

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Without a doubt this is a list in flux, and I presume that’s the case for more folks than just yours truly. Last season’s list bore little resemblance to what it would’ve been in mid-July of this season, and neither of those would match with the list below. Even my late posting of this list [...]

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The Cardinals’ top draft pick this season, Shelby Miller, is making his first start as a professional in the Cards minor league system tonight for the Quad Cities River Bandits versus the Beloit Snappers. Ok, so Miller will only throw one inning, but the buzz is loud.  The hype is fervent. Minor League radio broadcasts [...]

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Last night some friends and I took advantage of being close to the home of the Kane County Cougars, Elfstrom Stadium.  The team recently completed a renovation and expansion of their stadium and they did a nice job. The Cougars are the Class A Midwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. It was a great [...]

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[Ed. note - below is one of a series of one question interviews completed before we left for vacation. Please keep in mind as you read that we are still cutting our chops asking "hard hitting questions" so I hope you all find these interesting. Today's interviewee is John Vuch, Director of Minor League Operations [...]

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Dear Tony:  I have to pay for this domain name.  It was based upon a promise you made a little over a year ago to strategically get Albert Pujols more at-bats while still getting him into the cleanup spot.  I thought it so unique that I ran out and started this site.  Now you’re reneging [...]

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Save McClellan for next year

by on September 19, 2008 · 2 comments

I think it’s time to start thinking about shutting Kyle McClellan down (if he’s not unofficially done anyway) for the season, albeit what little is left of it. Kyle had another rough outing on Tuesday night, surrendering three runs in one-third of an inning. Unfortunately, this type of appearance has become all too common in [...]

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I received an e-mail over the weekend from Alex Eisenberg over at Baseball-Intellect.com, alerting me to his analysis of Nico Vasquez‘ swing and projections going forward. From Eisenberg’s article Scouting Cardinals Prospect Niko Vasquez: Vasquez is coordinated and fairly agile with a strong arm at the shortstop position, but questions about his overall foot speed [...]

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UCB: Top 7 Prospects

by on September 7, 2008 · 10 comments

I was asked to take part in a ‘United Cardinal Bloggers‘ project which tasked several of us Cardinal blog writers to list our top seven prospects in the organization.  That was the only instruction, there were no further restrictions.  As such, my list follows: 1.  OF Colby Rasmus – Obviously, any Cardinal prospect list has [...]

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