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Brian Walton's news and commentary on the St. Louis Cardinals (TM) and their minor league system

Archive for March, 2009

Cards minors spring game reports – March 31

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Tuesday, March 31.

Cards release seven more minor leaguers

The St. Louis Cardinals made seven minor league player releases on Tuesday morning.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 30

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Monday, March 30.

Cardinals in NL Tout Wars fantasy drafts

How St. Louis Cardinals players were treated in the Tout Wars industry drafts in New York over the weekend.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 29

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Sunday, March 29.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 28

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Saturday, March 28.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 27

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Friday, March 27.

Cardinals minors working rosters – March 27

The St. Louis Cardinals’ 2009 full season minor league rosters are beginning to take shape.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 26

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Thursday, March 26.

Cardinals cut nine minor leaguers

In their second round of cuts this spring, the St. Louis Cardinals have released nine minor league players.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 25

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Wednesday, March 25.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 24

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Tuesday, March 24.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 23

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Monday, March 23.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 22

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Sunday, March 22.

Cardinals minors spring training groups

Camp-opening group assignments for St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers in spring training.

Cardinals pitcher hitting ninth – a good thing?

Tony La Russa has made a change to the bottom of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup again, though it is not cut and dried.

Cardinals minor league franchise census since 1974

The eighth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises offers a summary of all locations by season over the last 35 years.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 20

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Friday, March 20.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 19

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Thursday, March 19.

Cardinals in the Gulf Coast, Arizona and Pioneer Rookie Leagues

The seventh in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their complex rookie league club, currently the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Cardinals minor matters – March 19

Bits of news from around the baseball world on former St. Louis Cardinals players.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 18

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Wednesday, March 18.

Cardinals’ financial onion peeled back

St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. offers up more information on the team’s past and present financial picture.

Ballpark Village site to get softball field

The St. Louis Cardinals announced temporary plans for the old Busch Stadium site.

Franklin’s blown saves – joke or no joke?

2008 St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin defends his record. He probably should have just kept quiet.

Ludwick backs off 50-homer talk and other Cardinals strugglers

Lifters Ryan Ludwick and Colby Rasmus are not the only St. Louis Cardinals players looking to improve.

Cardinals in Triple-A – 1977 to present

The sixth in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Triple-A entries, currently the Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.

Khalil Greene’s springs point to regular season success

During spring training, new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene has been either really good or really bad. It seems to transfer to his regular seasons, as well.

Duncan a student of swing doctor McGwire

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan is hitting the ball like in the old days. Several of his doctors should probably be credited, including one without a medical degree – Mark McGwire.

Rasmus still has time, but needs Skip’s help

Skip Schumaker’s tentative move to second base has everything to do with outfielder Colby Rasmus making the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mudslingers again take aim at Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is unquestionably the top name in baseball still untainted by proof of steroids use. That just makes him a bigger target for unsubstantiated allegations.

Cardinals in Double-A – 1966 to present

The fifth in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Double-A entry, currently the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League.

Molina’s bigger moment

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina powered his Puerto Rican team to a big World Baseball Classic victory Monday night. He cares. Why don’t you?

September: Time for Cardinals streaks

Reviewing winning and losing streaks registered by recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball clubs

Rasmus microfocus feels excessive

Every move St. Louis Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus makes this spring is being analyzed and over analyzed.

The seventh man in the Cardinals bullpen

When Dennys Reyes was added to the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen, who lost his roster spot as a result?

Reyes exhausts Cards’ dry powder

The St. Louis Cardinals’ signing of reliever Dennys Reyes may signal the end of any more spending until at least mid-season.

Cardinals in the Florida State League – 1966 to present

The fourth of six in-depth looks at St. Louis Cardinals minor league franchises continues with their Class A-Advanced Florida State League entry, currently the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Pedro for Cardinals closer?

A rumor has surfaced that the St. Louis Cardinals might be considering an offer to veteran Pedro Martinez to be their 2009 closer. That seems a bad idea for many reasons.

Cards lefties should be looking over their shoulders

Dissatisfied with their left-handed relievers, the St. Louis Cardinals are apparently shopping again.

Kansas City’s own Skip skips camp

The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t the only club trying to convert an outfielder to second base this spring. In fact, they weren’t even the first to consider the idea for 2009.

Walton on Wednesday Fantasy Focus show

Brian Walton joins host Jeff Erickson on Fantasy Focus on Blog Talk Radio Wednesday at Noon Eastern time.

Cardinals results against left- (and right-) handed starters

How have the St. Louis Cardinals fared against left-handed starting pitchers and at what frequency?

Trends in Cardinals left-handed and switch hitters

2009 signals a change in the traditional make up of the St. Louis Cardinals roster with the potential for the fewest number and left-handed and switch-hitters since 1999.

Cardinals minor matters – March 1

Short bursts of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from all over the web.