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Cardinals intend to start Oscar Taveras in Triple-A

Mar 15, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

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With guys like Oscar Taveras, Michael Wacha and Matt Adams set to start out on the farm, one wonders if a collection of Cardinals’ minor leaguers might be better than the Astros this year.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak made it clear today that Taveras, likely the best pure hitting prospect in baseball, would open the season in Triple-A rather than claim a spot on the St. Louis bench, adding that it had more to do with getting him regular at-bats than it did starting his free agent and arbitration clocks.

Taveras is hitting .302/.348/.535 with two homers and nine RBI in 43 at-bats this spring, but it would make little sense for the Cardinals to carry him on Opening Day. Carlos Beltran should sit once a week, but Matt Holliday is a full-time player and since Taveras and Jon Jay are both left-handed hitters, there’s no way to divvy up the center field job at the moment. The Cardinals also have Shane Robinson tearing it up this spring; he’ll likely be the fourth outfielder.

Taveras, Adams and second baseman Kolten Wong will likely form the backbone of a strong Memphis lineup this season. Shelby Miller is likely to lead the rotation initially, though he still hasn’t been eliminated from contention for a spot on the major league roster. As for Wacha, it’s not yet known whether he’s Double- or Triple-A bound. The 2012 first-round pick has quickly established himself as one of the game’s elite pitching prospects this spring.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    The Cardinals are a pleasure to watch and also to follow. They are one of MLB’s model franchises.

    • gibbyfan - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      So right. I have always found something magical about the team. But these days the game is a little off kilter with the mega dollar teams competing against those with not so much. America loves an underdog though and it has become even more pleasurable to watch a team win with good management rather than just boatloads of money —I think the cardinals do tha very well. It was especially nice to see them one game short of the WS while the LA teams were watching the playoffs from home despite foolishly overpaying for everything in sigh (including Albert). Hope it happens again and I think there is a good chance it will.

      • gopherz - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        the CARDS are going no WHERE they SUCK?

    • gopherz - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      I GUESS BASEBALL WILL MAKE ANOTHER WILD CARD SPOT AND GIVE THEM A SOFT LAST 3 WEEKS SO THEY CAN GET IN LIKE 2012??

      • bluesfan58 - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Whether your team has a “soft” schedule at the end, the beginning, or in the middle, isn’t it your full season’s won-loss record that determines whether you make the playoffs or not? Maybe I missed something in the rules about only the last 3 weeks of the season actually counting…

  2. okwhitefalcon - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    An interview with Mozeliak discussing these topics and more on 590 The Fan from this morning.

    [audio src="http://www.insidestlaudio.com/ITD_Audio/031513-2Mozeliak.mp3" /]

    Matt Adams hasn’t been reassigned, as Mo said last week “He has nothing to prove in AAA”.

    Oh ya, he went yard again today – just another day at the office for The Whammer.

  3. spudchukar - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    It is good to be a Cards fan, and while Taveras has proven his mettle, AAA is the place for him. Unfortunately for him he, and Adams for that thought, neither can play short stop.

  4. kelshannon19 - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    You just HAD to throw the Astros under the bus didn’t you?

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