The United Cardinals Bloggers’ project for September is to write about who we think are the Cards’ top 5 prospects. Three of these prospects are already in the show, and two of those three are due to injuries to players on the parent club.
- Alex Reyes – Reyes is a great pitching talent. He has a 100 MPH fastball and great location. If Jaime Garcia gets released like he should be, Reyes will be a great addition to the rotation. But Alex needs to stay away from the reefer, mon.
- Carson Kelly – Kelly is being touted as Yadier Molina’s successor. He has been brought up to the majors this season to be the third string catcher for the occasional start when Yadi needs a rest, like for yesterday’s game. The hope is the more Carson sees at the major league level, the more impetus it gives him to keep working hard so that he can come up to the show and stay there.
- Luke Weaver – Weaver has been a great fill in pitcher, but I think he needs another year in the minors before he’s brought up to the majors on a permanent basis. He has good pitches, but he needs some confidence building. He has appeared nervous on the mound. He didn’t look so good in his start against Colorado yesterday.
- Magneuris Sierra – Magneuris is speedy on the base paths and on the field. he doesn’t have home run power, but should have good run production. He still needs a couple of years in the minors for some seasoning. He will be a good centerfielder a couple of years down the line.
- Harrison Bader – Harrison zoomed through the minor league system, and is now in Memphis. Harrison can play all three outfield positions; however, he is an average hitter. Harrison will compete with Magneuris for the centerfield position in a couple of years.
This sure has been a crazy season for the Cards. We are now in the last 2 weeks of the regular season and if things keep going well, the Cards should earn one of the wild card play-in slots. The Cards won 4 games in a row, but given the way this season has gone, I don’t know whether to start getting excited or not. Just when I think the Cards are on a roll, a bad game happens and they break my heart all over again. In addition, every time the Cards play a game that would put them 10 games over .500, they lose, like yesterday. It’s like they just can’t get over that hump. The emotions of Cards fans are like this song by the Foundations from 1968:
Why do you build me up (build me up), buttercup baby, just to let me down (let me down),
And mess me around and then worse of all (worse of all),
You never call, baby, like you say you will (say you will),
But I love you still.
I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darling, you know that I have from the start,
So build me up, buttercup, don’t break my heart.
Here’s the video for your viewing and listening pleasure – you can thank me or curse me for the earworm later:
Sorry I haven’t written much later. I haven’t had a lot to say in long form. I’ve been doing a lot of talking on Twitter lately, so follow me on there if you miss what I have to say. If things pick up, I’ll hopefully be posting more. Thanks for reading and see you next time!