These 3 players weren’t expected to make any impact on the 2017 Cardinals but without these 3 the Cardinals likely would’ve finished under .500. These 3 players all started the season down with the Memphis Redbirds & battled their way up to the Cards. Tommy Pham has been in the Cardinals organization for 12 years as he was drafted in the 16th round of the 2006 Draft & he made his MLB Debut in 2012. Pham had been used as a depth option for the Cards since 2012 & battled for the 4th OF spot in Spring Training of 2017. He lost the battle to 1B/OF Jose Martinez. Pham then raked in Memphis hitting in the .280’s & having 4 homers in around 20 G’S. He was then recalled due to struggles in the Cardinals outfield & he never looked back ending the season as the everyday LF, hitting over .300, becoming a 20-20 man (20 HR’S & 20 SB’S), & finishing in 12th place for the NL MVP Voting.
Not many people heard of Paul DeJong at the time of his call-up although he showed very solid power in Memphis. He was called-up due to the struggles of SS Aledmys Diaz. DeJong has been in the Cards organization since 2015 when he was drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 Draft. He made his way up the Minor Leagues quickly showing solid defense along with well above average power. DeJong hit a HR in his 1st MLB At-Bat off of All-Star CL Greg Holland but struggled after that & got optioned. He was recalled a few weeks later & never looked back hitting the 2nd most HR’S for a Cardinals Rookie ever with 25 & finishing in 2nd place for the NL ROY Voting.
Luke Weaver was drafted in the 1st round (27th overall) in the 2014 Draft. He (as well as DeJong) made his way up the Cardinals Minor League System quickly dominating Minor League Hitting with an ERA of 3.54 from 2014-2016 (3.54 doesn’t look dominant but in 2014 when he was making his professional debut he had an ERA of 7.71 but the 2 years after that he had a 1.62 & 1.30 ERA). He then made his MLB Debut in 2016 & struggled pitching to an ERA of 5.70. He then started the season in Memphis & dominated with a 2.55 ERA. He came back up & completely dominated.
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Cardinals face of the franchise C Yadier Molina has had a very unexpected power season as he has 17 HR'S to this point after only hitting a combined 12 from 2015-2016. People were saying that at the time of the extension for Yadi which was a 3yr/$60 million deal on Opening Day that it was a bad move as he is aging. Now yes, Yadi is aging but he isn't showing any signs of that affecting his play. So, do you guys believe that Yadi can sustain this power surge for at least 1 of the 2 or both of the seasons left on his remaining contract? Leave your thoughts down below!
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Yadier Molina & the Cardinals head back to Busch Stadium to start a 3 game set against Andrew McCutchen & the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals 4 game winning streak got snapped in last nights game against the San Diego Padres although the Cardinals did win 3/4. The Pirates are currently on a 2 game losing streak after winning the first 2 games of the 4 game set against the Cubs but losing the last 2. The Cardinals will have Luke Weaver (4-1, 2.50 ERA) on the hill tonight who has been the most consistent & best starter in the Cards rotation the last few weeks. The Pirates will have Trevor Williams (6-7, 4.14 ERA) on the hill who has had a so-so season. In Game 2 the Cardinals have Carlos Martinez (11-10, 3.34 ERA) going up against Chad Kuhl (7-10, 4.32 ERA). For the final game of the series the Cardinals have Michael Wacha (11-7, 4.21 ERA) going up against Ivan Nova (11-12, 4.11 ERA). Hopefully the Cardinals can pull off a series win.
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The Cardinals have some very tough OF decisions to make this upcoming Offseason due to the amount of OF the Cardinals have on there radar in the Minors with the Cards right now. That includes Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham, Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, Jose Martinez, Harrison Bader, Tyler O'Neill, & Magneuris Sierra. All those players have proven themselves this season in either the Minors or the Majors to be very solid offensively and with the surplus of OF's in the organization there will likely be a lot of decision making in the Offseason. Many people have said the Cardinals should move Tommy Pham due to his breakout season & that his value is so high but I am not on their side on this. Pham has had a breakout season to this point after not even making the roster out of Spring Training & getting recalled on May 5th & has been up here since. Pham has played in 107 G'S, with 116 H'S, 19 HR'S, 61 RBI, & a .311 BA. I believe Pham is too valuable to trade as he has shown what he can do this season. Do you guys agree? Leave your thoughts down below!
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