Exit Interview: Greg Garcia

2014 Major League Stats: .143/.333/.214, 0 HR, 1 RBI in 14 games
2014 Minor League Stats: .275/.358/.385, 8 HR, 41 RBI in 110 games in AA/AAA
2015 Role: Infielder for Triple-A Memphis

Greg Garcia didn’t have quite the season I expected for him in a second season with Memphis. Personally, I was hoping he would find his way to St. Louis last offseason, replacing Daniel Descalso off the bench. My hopes remain the same for this season, but with Mozeliak’s designs to bring back all his arbitration eligible players next year, the odds are looking slim. He did get a little bit of an opportunity with St. Louis, coming up two different times. I like to note that he was hit by pitch in walk off fashion on May 13th and then optioned to Memphis after the game. Upon his return on August 19th, we also won that game on a walk off hit by pitch, but not Garcia this time. Continue reading

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Should Jon Jay be the Cardinals CF?

Let me preface this post saying that I am a massive Jon Jay fan. If you asked me who my favorite Cardinal on the current roster was, it’s unanimously Jon Jay. With Allen Craig playing for the Red Sox now, he doesn’t even have a threat. I don’t even have to think about it. But I think it’s time for the Cardinals to trade Jon Jay while they can because his 2014 performance will not be duplicated. Here’s why.

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Exit Interview: Eric Fornataro

2014 Major League Stats: 4.66 ERA, 8 G, 9.2 IP, 1.24 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 2.57 ERA, 44 G, 56 IP, 1.18 WHIP in AAA
2015 Role: Reliever for Triple-A Memphis

Eric Fornataro had two cups of coffee in St. Louis this season, making his Major League debut on April 21st against the New York Mets, pitching a perfect 1-2-3 inning of relief work. He would go on to pitch two more before he started regularly putting guys on base and that led to his demotion in mid-May. His return in June against the Dodgers didn’t go well either.

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Exit Interview: Joey Butler

2014 Major League Stats: 0-for-5, 1 BB, 6 G
2014 Minor League Stats: .360/.481/.547, 4 HR, 20 RBI in 31 G in AAA
2015 Role: Playing in Japan or for a Triple-A team

When the Cardinals acquired Joey Butler last October, I pointed him out as a solid platoon outfielder for Jon Jay in center field. That seemed like a good option until the Cardinals acquired Peter Bourjos to do the exact same thing the very next month. The right handed Butler has some holes in his swing against right handed pitching, but his left handed pitching really well. So after a great start in Memphis, he got a brief stint with the Cardinals’ big league club. He went hitless in six plate appearances before the club elected to sell his contract to the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

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Exit Interview: Keith Butler

2014 Major League Stats: 2 G, 2.0 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 1 BB
2014 Minor League Stats: 0.84 ERA, 9 G, 10.2 IP, 0.94 WHIP in AAA
2015 Role: Rehabbing from Tommy John

Keith Butler was expected to be one of those guys that played a pivotal role as the 4th or 5th right handed reliever out of the bullpen this season for St. Louis, but that role never developed for him. He pitched well enough in Spring Training to earn a bullpen spot, but after getting blown out for five runs in his 2014 season debut, he only got one more opportunity before being demoted. He pitched well enough in Memphis though, posting an ERA and a WHIP below 1 until going down in with injury in May.

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