The Minor League season kicks off today, and we have you covered with three episodes of Prospect To Be Named Later in the last week. They are, as follows:
Ep. 10 – Prospects 20-11
Kyle and I discussed a really interesting group of prospects that make up the middle third of our list. One player opened the season on the big league roster, another is the Opening Day starter at Double-A Springfield, and yet another is one of the most talented players the Cardinals have drafted in some time. Oh, and don’t forget an 18-year-old who had as impressive a .240 batting average as humanly possible.
Ep. 11 – The Top Ten
Here they are. The best the organization has to offer. The players who comprise the Top Ten are pretty much the same across all Cardinals prospects list, but we ended up with some aggressive rankings, including Andrew Knizner cracking the Top 5. Jordan Hicks, the hardest throwing pitcher in the majors, came in at number seven, which says as much about the Cardinals depth as anything.
Ep. 12 – The One With Johnny Rodriguez
Since we launched the podcast last July, I wanted to have interviews with minor league players and coaches. As much minor league baseball as Kyle and I watch, hearing from the players themselves (or in his case, the Springfield Cardinals’ manager). Johnny provides an interesting, and funny, perspective. He touched on Ryan Helsley, Andrew Knizner, Edmundo Sosa, and the new approach to pitching that comes from “Mad Dog” (Mike Maddux). He spoke at length about the new minor league pace of play rules, a topic that turned humorous at times but, as Johnny pointed out, will effect pitcher’s ERA’s and could wind up costing pitchers opportunities to succeed at a higher level.
Thanks for listening!