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Cardinals minor league talk on “The High Road”

Late last week, I joined host Allen Vaughan on his daily show, “The High Road” on Springfield’s Jock 98.7 FM. The station is well-known as the radio home of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. Vaughan is also one of the owners/founders of Springfield’s TAG Magazine, a great resource for folks in Southwest Missouri.

As you might expect, we spent most of the time talking about various prospects in the Cardinals minor system, including Shelby Miller, Zack Cox, Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez, Matt Adams and others, with some major league talk sprinkled in as well.

Link to audio: Brian Walton on “The High Road” (14:23)

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18 Responses to “Cardinals minor league talk on “The High Road””

  1. CariocaCardinal says:

    “On the High Road” I thought that was going to be a plea for the level of discussion on this blog post!

  2. Bw52 says:

    Brian-you said Cox won`t be a 3B in the big leagues unless he improve.Isn`t he showing improvement at AA.After all it is still only his 1st season.
    How close is Matt Adams to passing Mark Hamilton as Lefty 1B?Hamilton seems to have lost some of his pop.Although riding the AAA-STL express can`t be helping his consiastency.Adams just seems to hit and hit and hit.When does Adams have to be put on the 40 man roster?

    • Brian Walton says:

      I meant to be clear that Cox’ defense is the area most needing improvement. That is his make-or-break factor, IMO.

      Hamilton’s OPS is .907 with Memphis this year, second only to Andrew Brown on the Redbirds. He hasn’t performed well for StL this year, same as other inexperienced players like Carpenter, Brown and Kozma. However, Hamilton is showing improvement, as he went 7-for-21 (.333) in his last StL stint.

      Given Adams skipped Palm Beach this year and has missed time with injury, I wouldn’t have a problem if he stayed in the Texas League all season. Next year is going to be a problem, though, as neither he nor Hamilton are outfielders and they don’t use the DH much of the time in the PCL. Adams was just drafted in 2009 so there is no hurry to put him on the 40-man.

      Maybe if Selig calls a vote, the Cards would get behind the DH in the NL. 😉

  3. Bw52 says:

    In the battle between Hamilton and Adams wouldn`t Adams be the keeper.Younger,shows more power and average and has improved every season.If Hamilton showed some pop in STL it sure wouldn`t hurt.It just seems to me that Hamilton could be doing okay yet still be passed by Adams who is seeming to improve yearly.

  4. crdswmn says:

    Tight strike zone tonight. Lohse doesn’t stand a chance.

  5. LarryBird says:

    Izzy is the best thing going for us:)

  6. LarryBird says:

    I have never seen a Izzy Save go so smooth:(

  7. RCWarrior says:

    Izzy looked really good to me. Gee was pretty good tonight and Kyle had that one really bad inning. Gee has really been solid on my fantasy team this year by the way.

    Crdswmn….Brendan Ryan is having a really nice game tonight.

    What a blast by Berkman……man was that a big fly.

    The Mets announcers really do a nice job. I watched their feed tonight and the game was actually enjoyable. Unfortunately I didn’t get to hear the Cardinals bashing tonight by not listening to Al, Dan, or Ricky. Good hard fought game. Cards just not good enough tonight.

    on to tomorrow.

  8. crdswmn says:

    The handwriting was on the wall when TLR brought Valdes in. Our LHP is worthless. We have righties who can do better against lefties.

    Virtually no chance tomorrow against Dickey. Theriot slumping badly. So is Molina. We will be lucky to win one game in this series.

  9. Kansasbirdman says:

    It seems like every time the announcers go throught the stats about how the starting pitcher facing the cardinals has been struggling in his last few games (like Gee last night who was like 1-3 in his previous startsbefore the break) that pitcher then comes out and throws his best of the year. They must really have to get psyched and prepareto face our hitters is the only thing I can think of.

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