Exit Interview: Marco Gonzales

2014 Major League Stats: 4.15 ERA, 10 G, 34.2 IP, 1.53 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 2.43 ERA, 21 G, 122 IP, 1.12 WHIP
2015 Role: Reliever for St. Louis

Marco Gonzales made it two years in a row that the Cardinals’ first round pick made their Major League debut the very next year. Gonzales, 22, happened to get an opportunity to make that debut at home in Colorado against the Rockies. His Dad, who is a minor league coach for Colorado, got flown in by the Rockies to see his son’s debut.

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Aldrete headed to Oakland

St. Louis Cardinals’ bench coach Mike Aldrete will be headed to the Oakland Athletics to serve as their new bench coach under his old skipper Bob Melvin. The position opened up when former A’s bench coach Chip Hale took the managerial job for Tony La Russa in Arizona.

This is a move home for Aldrete as he has deep roots in northern California. He graduated from Stanford, played for both the Giants and the A’s during his career, was born there and he currently lives there during the off season.

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Oscar Taveras, 1992-2014

A baseball team is a family. We learned this through the reaction in July to the trade of Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. It perhaps hits a team like the Cardinals a little harder than most because of the “build from within” philosophy as these players all developed through the minor leagues together. Now we’re reminded of that again. Except this time he won’t be coming around every so often with the visiting team.

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Exit Interview: Shane Robinson

2014 Major League Stats: .150/.227/.200, 0 HR, 4 RBI in 47 G
2014 Minor League Stats: .304/.380/.398, 2 HR, 16 RBI in 53 G in AAA
2015 Role: Bench for St. Louis

When Shane Robinson was demoted in July, I said to myself, “There’s no reason Shane sees St. Louis again before September.” Then he was up in August again, called up after the John Lackey trade to balance out the roster with the loss of Allen Craig. He would play for a month, not meeting much more success than he had in his previous stints in the majors before his season was cut short while sliding into second base on a steal attempt on August 25th. He partially dislocated his shoulder and later had surgery to repair it.

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Exit Interview: Justin Masterson

2014 Major League Stats: 5.88 ERA, 28 G, 128.2 IP, 1.63 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 5.40 ERA, 2 G, 11.2 IP, 1.46 WHIP in AAA
2015 Role: Starting Pitcher in the Majors

You can chalk Justin Masterson up on the list of failed John Mozeliak trades. Received in July for outfield prospect James Ramsey, Masterson was just coming off a knee injury and a rough first half in Cleveland. The idea was that the Cardinals had identified a few things that Masterson could fix and that they could turn him into a innings eater for them down the stretch. That idea turned out to be wrong as he started six games for the Cardinals with a 7.90 ERA before being removed from the rotation.

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