The Cardinals announced today that Brian Fuentes would be making the trip to St. Louis ahead of schedule, skipping his intended appearance tonight for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. Fuentes, 36, was signed by the Cardinals on July 15th with the hopes that he can be the pitcher he was when he was one of the top closer candidates on the free agent market in years’ past.
Fuentes was downright horrible this season with Oakland. He had a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings along with a 1.60 WHIP. He was Designated For Assignment (DFA) by the Athletics on July 3rd and received his release on July 11th.
He signed a minor league deal just four days later. He pitched two appearances for the Cardinals’ Gulf Coast League Rookie level team, going two innings while allowing a hit and striking out one. He then pitched an inning for Springfield, striking out two. The team was under a deadline to move him to the majors as he could opt out of the contract on July 31st if he wasn’t with the big league club. Continue reading
For some reason the post didn’t post as scheduled on Monday. However, here it is! Read everything like it happened on Monday.
Yeah, it’s been awhile. A little over a month since the last post here. I’ll be honest. Life gets busy and there’s just not enough time to watch Cardinals’ games as I would like. Especially since I found a job and writing for Redbird Dugout cannot be considered my full-time job anymore. So what’s this “Monday Musial” thing? It’s something inspired (read stolen) from ESPN’s NASCAR writer Marty Smith.
He does a column entitled “The Six” every week where he talks about items of interest to people who message him. While I may not have the time to write nearly daily as I have in the past, I need to make an effort to keep the blog alive or let it die a quiet death. So I decided that this is a format that I like, so I gave it a little Cardinals’ flavor, and hopefully once a week I’ll opine about what’s going on in Cardinals’ Nation that interests me and makes me want to share my opinion. Continue reading
Today is one of the most exciting days for MLB prospect nerds around World…the start of the MLB Draft! This is going to be a very interesting year to pay closer attention to the draft as their is new CBA rules in place that impacts how teams approach their draft strategy. The key here is the hard slotting system for the combination of the first ten rounds and the penalties if teams go over that or don’t sign a player. I won’t get into the new CBA here as there are many sites that have great detail about it. I want to focus on our St. Louis Cardinal’s draft strategy and key individuals that we should be targeting with our early picks. Let’s jump right in…
The Cardinals had a nice run with Jeff Luhnow running the draft over the last number of years. Luhnow with the Astros now gets to have something he never had in his time in St. Louis: Making the #1 overall pick. All reports are indicating Mark Appel (RHP Stanford) are going to be the pick after a tug of war over him and Byron Buxton (OF GA HS) over the last few weeks. So this means the Cardinals have a new face running the draft and potentially a different strategy. Dan Krantrovitz is our new Director of Scouting. From all interviews with him and Mo that address the draft strategy it appears the overall framework of the strategy will be very similiar to what we had grown accustom to under Luhnow. The one difference is it appears we might be looking for more upside more often and slightly less emphasis on the “safe” college pick which happened at times. Obviously we will find out over the next few days and the CBA will impact how much we can do this. My take is we will see more HS players taken in the first few picks but plenty of slot or underslot college picks to compensate the hard slot system. Continue reading
Chuckie Fick will get his first taste of big league action. Reported last night that he was on his way to join the major league squad, the news of who would be making the return trip came out later. The 26-year-old Fick is on his way up while Fernando Salas will be heading back to Memphis.
Fick was a 15th round pick of the 2007 MLB Draft for the Cardinals. He had a stellar year in Memphis in 2011, posting a 2.30 ERA over 70 1/3 innings. This year he has been markedly worse, but still capable with his 3.86 ERA in 21 innings so far in the young season. However, the Cardinals’ bullpen has been hit hard by injury and ineffectiveness that has resulted in the need to call up some of their minor league pitchers.
Fick joins Eduardo Sanchez and Brandon Dickson as callups from Memphis for the St. Louis bullpen so far this season. He was already a member of the 40 man roster for the Cardinals, so there were no changes to the 40 man roster to make room for him. Continue reading
Yesterday came news on two guys that the Cardinals could really use right now, but both find themselves on the Disabled List.
First and foremost, Jon Jay. Over at Cardinals.com, it was mentioned that Jay participated on Friday in his first workout since being placed on the disabled list on May 16th. He hit off a tee and did some soft toss. According to Jay, he is hoping to rejoin the team on the road trip that begins this week. And according to Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak, he should be ready within a couple days of becoming eligible to come off the DL, which would be Wednesday. So hopefully next weekend we will have our starting center fielder back.
Jay, 27, is one of the top-5 center fielders in baseball when he’s healthy. He was hitting .343 with a .395 OBP when he went down with his injury, a sprained right shoulder. Continue reading