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Three Cardinals Receive Mention in AFL Top Tools

As the 2014 Arizona Fall League comes to a close, several very interesting summary articles are appearing. One originated with on Friday.

Written by Jonathan Mayo, the piece offers two views of the best tools among players in the AFL this season in a dozen categories. The primary orientation is Mayo’s, augmented by his discussions with scouts. The other perspective is offered by 50 of the league’s players themselves – those who responded to a survey.

Three of the eight Cardinals participating in the prospect showcase were mentioned. While I encourage you to read the entire article, here is a summary extraction as related to the Cards.

  • C.J. McElroy was given an 80 grade in speed on the 20-80 scouting scale.
  • Sam Tuivailala’s fastball was assigned an 80 grade by scouts. The reliever was also one of three mentioned in the player vote for best fastball.
  • Tyrell Jenkins’ slider was among those pitches that drew mention from scouts for the best breaking ball.

For More: Make sure you are following over the upcoming days for interviews with all eight Cardinals who are competing in the 2014 AFL as well as a general overview from pitching coach Jason Simontacchi. The latter is already posted for members as is my interview with Jenkins.

The Cardinals and their Peoria Javelinas squad will represent the West Division in Saturday’s AFL Championship Game from Salt River. The contest will be telecast live at 2 p.m. CT on MLB Network and streamed by

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17 Responses to “Three Cardinals Receive Mention in AFL Top Tools”

  1. blingboy says:

    I happened to see this in Goold’s column:

    “Mozeliak allowed that Carpenter could move to right field or first base if the Cardinals saw their chance to add a bat at third, . . . “

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Good to see the three men receive favorable notice. All were premium draft picks from high schools, so they entail more projection and require more training.
    The Cards were doubtful about Tuivailala’s hitting so shifted him to the mound.
    McElroy too is making a large transition to learn switch-hitting. Its a sensible decision, because he is too light a hitter to rise high with a right swing. The added dimension of switching gives him a needed extra attribute.
    Tyrell has had workload/health issues. Years ago, the way the Cards ran their minors, they would have overworked and by now destroyed a talent like Jennkins. Its still unclear how good he can become, but Tyrell is still able to pitch and attracting favorable notice. So the organization has preserved him and there is still hopeful potential.

  3. crdswmn says:

    So our new bench coach got fired as a manager in the Dominican Winter League because his team was sucking.

    That bodes well.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Melky Cabrera or Colby Rasmus? Which would you prefer to sign?

  5. Bw52 says:

    Here`s a name for RH backup behind Adams and OF time.Corey Hart.Wonder if he would be interested in a reasonable price deal with incentives.He missed all 2013 and had a poor season in 2014 coming back from injury.Opinions?

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