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J. P. Hill

Lars Nootbaar is For Real. Stop Worrying About Him.

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I pick apart Nootbaar’s early-season slump and his mid-season surge to find reasons to temper the hype. And fail.

It’s confession time. I went into this article with an agenda.

That’s typically a no-no in analysis pieces. If you are motivated to look for something in a data set, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for. We call that confirmation bias.

As opinion-centered bloggers, that kind of subjectivity is all too common. I’m sure...

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Blake Newberry

What’s Next For Andre Pallante

An arsenal adjustment could work wonders for the right-hander who has plenty of potential to improve on a strong rookie campaign.

I’ve already looked at a few young players in some of my past articles, highlighting what Zack Thompson and Brendan Donovan can do to get even better results next year, but the next player I want to look at is Andre Pallante. And the reason is simple - he’s weird. Or, at least, the way he got his production last year was weird.

And I don’t mean that in a bad...

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Two weeks until Spring Training! - A Hunt and Peck

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And ten days until pitchers and catchers report!

Today was a beautiful day and though we still have a few more doldrums of winter to endure, it was a nice reminder that Spring Training is only two weeks away! Pitchers and catchers for the St. Louis Cardinals will report in just ten days and players will certainly trickle in before then. In fact, some people look to be leaving very soon:

Bags are packed. Truck is loaded.

We'll see you in Jupiter! |...

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Marlins Sign Johan Quezada To Minor League Deal

The Marlins have signed reliever Johan Quezada to a minor league deal, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. The right-hander will presumably receive an invitation to major league Spring Training.

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Walker, Winn are VEB’s top two prospects. Who will be voted #3?

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I’m pretty sure I know how this will go, but we will see.

The fans have voted! The Cardinals’ #1 prospect, to the surprise of nobody, was Jordan Walker. It seems I correctly assumed he would be voted the #1 pick and I did save myself a post by combining the #1 and #2 prospects. That will be the last time I do that, as I cannot possibly assume any further picks. Way too risky.

While the #2 prospect did end up going as expected, I...

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J. P. Hill

VEB Podcast: Gordon Graceffo & Kyle Reis

The VEB writers, joined by Kyle Reis of Birds on the Black, interview Cardinals’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Gordon Graceffo. 

The VEB Super Podcast Weekend continues with our featured presentation!

Minor League writer Blake Newberry and Kyle Reis, along with your intrepid host (me!), interview Caridnals’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year Gordon Graceffo!

Graceffo had a brilliant year in 2022, his first full season in the minors. He downright bullied Peoria, producing a 1.71 FIP...

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J. P. Hill

Super Podcast Weekend: Meet Me at Musial

I join Daniel Shoptaw on the Meet Me At Musial Podcast and we talk about ALL the things.

Happy Saturday, Cardinals fans!

It’s a Super Podcast Weekend here at Viva El Birdos! We have a ton of content for you to enjoy, all in the listening/watching variety.

Last night, Friday, I joined Daniel Shoptaw (@C70 on Twitter) on his long-running “Meet Me At Musial” podcast. Normally Allen Medlock (@amedlock1 on Twitter) is his co-host, but Allen is the head baseball coach at Nathan Hale HS in...

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Three Cardinals who could be affected most by rules changes

The goals are to speed up the pace of play, make the game more exciting and to showcase the athletic abilities of the league's stars. Not everyone will benefit, though, especially pitchers.

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12 players in St. Louis Cardinals organization are set to play in the World Baseball Classic - A Hunt and Peck

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and possibly more to come?

The 2023 World Baseball Classic begins March 8. The tournament will feature 20 countries playing around the world in four pools of five different teams. The pools are:

Pool A: Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, Cuba, Italy, Panama
Playing in: Taichung, Taiwan
On: March 8-12

Pool B: Japan, Korea, Australia, China, Czech Republic
Playing in: Tokyo, Japan
On: March 9-13

Pool C: United States, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Great Britain

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Vote on the Cardinals’ best prospect

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Who is the Cardinals’ best prospect? You decide!

Back when I covered Jose Fermin shortly after the Cardinals’ acquisition of him, I noticed that Covering the Corner, the Cleveland Guardian’s SB Nation blog, let the readers decide that site’s top 20 prospects. I thought - well that’s a good idea. I am very interested to see what a fan-driven vote for the Cardinals’ top 20 prospects would look like.

Honestly, I’m...

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Jordan Walker ranked fourth in MLB prospect rankings - A Hunt and Peck

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And how the other Cardinals prospects placed...

The prospect rankings have been trickling out and the Cardinals have consistently had four players rank in the top 100. We will continue writing complete coverage on these exciting young players, but I thought it might be nice to have just their rankings in the various lists in one spot, so I complied it. Big shoutout to my friend Dan for helping me find some of these!

Jordan Walker
Rankings:
4,...

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DevinCsigi

What to expect from Tyler O’Neill in 2023

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After his 2021 season where he posted a triple slash line .286/.352/.560 to go along with 34 home runs, big things were expected from Tyler O’Neill in 2022. Unfortunately, he did not build off of his 2021 and he instead took a rather large step back. He had a triple slash of .228/.308/.392 and whilst his expected numbers were better than those it is not enough to make you sit back and say he was an unlucky hitter in 2022. However, there were definitely some...

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Will a ban on the shift impact the St. Louis Cardinals? - A Hunt and Peck

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MLB’s got new rules

Like Dua Lipa Major League Baseball has got new rules and one of them is a ban on the shift. Specifically the rule is that two infielders must be on each side of second base when a pitch is released and all four infielders must be in front of the outfield grass. Left-handed hitters across the league rejoiced.

But what about the lefties for the St. Louis Cardinals? Bernie Miklasz wrote on Scoops with Danny Mac some of...

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J. P. Hill

So Much Rests on Flaherty’s Shoulders

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No one has more on the line in 2023 than Jack Flaherty. And no one can impact the Cardinals’ season more than Jack Flaherty.

No one has more on the line in 2023 than Jack Flaherty. And no one can impact the Cardinals’ season more than Jack Flaherty.

Last Saturday I sat down with the ZiPS projections to try to provide a better-than-gut-feeling indication of where the Cardinals sit relative to the rest of the National League and the NL Central....

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Dexter Fowler announces his retirement - A Hunt and Peck

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Happy retirement, Dex!

Dexter Fowler was just one of those players that exuded joy. His kind eyes, brilliant smile, and wholesome spirit were all part of a natural charisma that made him one of the best-liked players in game. He would probably admit that his Cardinals career did not go exactly as he hoped on the field, but his upbeat personality and positive energy was something that injected some life into the Cardinals. Naturally, he penned a very...

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Blake Newberry

Catching Up on Cardinals News: An Open Thread

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Broadcasters, bankruptcy, prospects, and awards were the highlights of the past week. Come catch up on all the news and discuss as you see fit.

Well, for starters, today is the last day in January, which means it’s the final day of the final month without baseball. It’s crazy to think that what has felt like such a long offseason has really only been less than 3 months. I’m certainly ready for baseball to come back.

With that in mind...

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Watch Scott Rolen tell his parents he made the Hall of Fame - A Hunt and Peck

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It is getting a little dusty in here.

After a years-long campaign, Scott Rolen has finally been voted into the Hall of Fame! With 76.3% of the votes, Rolen was the only member to be voted in by the writers this year. He, along with Fred McGriff who was voted in unanimously by the Contemporary Baseball Era Players Committee, will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend on July 23. Rolen’s Hall of Fame case has already been...

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Cards prospects to watch who could make 2023 MLB impact

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Jordan Walker is the obvious one, but there are others.

For the most part, the Cardinals have the roster figured out. They have their starting five with the next man up being Dakota Hudson. Willson Contreras is the starting catcher, being backed up by Andrew Knizner. They have two MVP candidates on the corners, a 3-4 WAR shortstop, and some sort of timeshare at 2B between Nolan Gorman and Brendan Donovan. Gorman will also be playing...

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Blake Newberry

What’s Next for Brendan Donovan

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Let’s take a look at what’s next for Brendan Donovan after the OBP-maven had an outstanding rookie year with a unique skill set.

Brendan Donovan is a unique player. You can tell that simply by watching him but it’s especially clear when you look at the numbers. The gold glove utility man is simply the king of plate discipline.

Elite discipline from the rook #Top10RightNow | @Cardinals pic.twitter.com/WzN1Q3x6o1

— MLB Now (@MLBNow) January 27,...

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J. P. Hill

Using ZiPS to Rank the National League Contenders

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ZiPS projections came out last week. Can we use them along with Depth Charts to project NL standings? Sure!

Happy Saturday, Viva El Birdos!

This coming week the calendar turns. We enter February. Do you know what happens in February? Baseball happens!

Pitchers and catchers are set to report to the Cardinals on February 15th. The full squad arrives on the 20th. Of course, those dates are deadlines; the last day to show up. Many players will be cycling...

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