Exit Interview: Tony Cruz

2014 Major League Stats: .200/.270/.259, 1 HR in 50 G
2014 Minor League Stats: 1-for-5 in 2 G in AA
2015 Role: Backup catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals

If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I’m not Tony Cruz‘s biggest fan. The reasons why were illustrated a little bit this season when Yadier Molina went down for a significant chunk of time and Cruz got a bulk of time behind the plate.

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Exit Interview: Nick Greenwood

2014 Major League Stats: 4.75 ERA, 19 G, 36 IP, 1.14 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 3.02 ERA, 27 G, 50.2 IP, 1.03 WHIP
2015 Role: Reliever for Triple-A Memphis

Nick Greenwood was one of those players who I had high hopes for, but never seemed to be chosen to make the leap to the majors. Since he came over as the forgotten piece in the trade that sent Ryan Ludwick to San Diego and brought us Jake Westbrook, there has been more than once I spoke of his potential to be a quality left handed reliever for the Cardinals. He finally got an opportunity to break through this year.

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Exit Interview: Randal Grichuk

2014 Major League Stats: .245/.278/.400, 3 HR in 47 G
2014 Minor League Stats: .259/.311/.493, 25 HR in 108 G in AAA
2015 Role: Outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals

When Randal Grichuk arrived in the trade that send David Freese and Fernando Salas to the Angels, he was the overlooked player. By the end of the season, that would change for Cardinals fans as he claimed the reigns of the starting job in right field in September for a position that was much in need of some offense.

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Exit Interview: Joe Kelly

2014 Major League Stats: 4.20 ERA, 17 G, 96.1 IP, 1.35 WHIP for STL/BOS
2014 Minor League Stats: 2.61 ERA, 3 G, 10.1 IP, 1.36 WHIP in AAA
2015 Role: Starting Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox

Joe Kelly was one of everyone’s favorite Cardinals pitchers. The fun-loving character was a joy to have around, so it made sense when his trade, along with Allen Craig, in July rocked the team. One of my favorites for a few reasons. First, his ability to dance in and out of trouble, or whenever he felt like it, was unparalleled. Some may say it was luck, and it’s easy to dismiss it as so, but his mound presence didn’t change regardless of the situation. He always looked in control.

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Exit Interview: A.J. Pierzynski

2014 Major League Stats: ..251/.288/.337, 5 HR in 102 G for BOS/STL
2015 Role: Catcher in the Major Leagues

A.J. Pierzynski, the much maligned signing by John Mozeliak that I think all of us thought was going to be the team’s worst move of the season, turned out to be not so bad for the Cardinals. Perhaps some of the trash thrown at him by the Red Sox as he left town after being cut in July was just because he never really fit into the clubhouse clique there. However, he seemed to ingrain himself positively in this Cardinals team, perhaps best illustrated by his conversation with Kolten Wong during Game 2 of the NLCS right before Wong hit a walk off home run.

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