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November 30, 2007

Cardinals Top Ten Prospects

by @ 2:24 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Baseball America unveiled their list of the top ten Cardinals prospects and topping the list was outfielder Colby Rasmus.  The 2005 first round draft pick tore up Double A and belted 29 homers with a .931 OPS.  He’ll start at Memphis, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulls a Hunter Pence and not only gets a call up, but gives the Cardinals a big boost when he gets into the lineup.

Chris Peres is the top pitching prospect and he comes in at number two.  He was completely dominating at Double A and he continued that into a stint with Memphis.  He has filthy stuff and he’s the heir apparant to Jason Isringhausen.  I’d like to see him break camp as the team’s set up man but that might be a little optimistic.

Catcher Bryan Anderson comes in at number three.  Anderson is blocked by Yadier Molina but you could see Anderson be used as his backup if something happens to Jason LaRue.  Also, Anderson is a solid contact hitter so you could see him used as a late inning defensive replacement when Molina has to go up against a left handed pitcher late in the game.

Left handed pitcher Jaime Garcia and right handed pitcher Adam Ottavino round out the top five.  Both should see time in the rotation at Double A and both are probably about a year away.  2007 first round draft pick Pete Kozma came in at number six and he should start the season at Quad Cities.

November 20, 2007

Cardinals Sign Backstop Jason LaRue to One Year Deal

by @ 4:34 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Yadier Molina now has his backup.  The Cardinals signed former Reds’ and Royals’ catcher Jason LaRue to a one year deal that really shores the Cardinals up at catcher.  In LaRue, you get a starter quality catcher who can fill in whenever Molina needs a spell or if there’s an injury.  LaRue consistently hit double digit homeruns as a starter for the Reds but the past couple of years, he’s been more of a backup.  The biggest concern is that LaRue’s worst season came last year with the Royals but hopefully with some better hitters around him he’ll flourish.

The Cardinals also signed a pair of pitchers to minor league deals.  Former prospect Dewon Brazleton and John Wasdin will both gets shots with the team this spring.

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