Fox’s power rankings are up and let’s say there is no love for our World Champs. Honestly, I don’t think they are the best team in baseball going into spring training, but I feel 13 is quite harsh considering their track record. Plus, I think Dayn Perry might be the worst writer on any of the major websites.
Spring training is only a couple days away, and Stltoday has a look at the 21 players new to the Cardinals camp. Cabrera seems like a LaRussa type player, in 03 he appeared at 7 positions. I would think Marrero could have a shot because he could be your third catcher. Not sure if he has the speed he once had. As far as the pitchers go, I really am not sure if I see an outsider stepping up. Hawksworth could get a look as a starter, but I don’t see this team going with three youngsters in the rotation. A lot of people like Cavazos as a power arm out of the bullpen. FutureRedbirds.com has another name for a sleeper out of spring training, Kenny Maiques. He is another prospect from a solid baseball program who has played in big games at Long Beach State.
Top college pitching prospect David Price got his year off to a good start beating Number 1 ranked Rice. He performance was solid but not spectacular, but that is what you can expect in February. His fastball sat 92-95. Wouldn’t he look good in Cardinal red? I am hoping to make a trip to Nashville in April to see him play and maybe catch a Nashville Sounds game. Getting to see Price and Yovani Gallardo in the same weekend would be a nice road trip.
Speaking of road trips, checking the West Tennessee schedule, they will be hosting the Jacksonville Suns for five games April 21-25. Jacksonville is the Double A affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers and should be where local talent Blake Dewitt will start the season.
Dewitt’s high school teammate, Jacob Priday, helped the Missouri baseball team get off and running. The Tigers have started 3-0 for the first time since 99 with a sweep of Florida International. For the weekend Priday was 4-11 with 4 RBIs.
More on Tuesday.