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  • Nolan Arenado In Midseason Form

    St. Louis Cardinals third basemanNolan Arenado has looked great this spring and during the World Baseball Classic. Before heading out for the WBC, Arenado hit .571 with two home runs and three RBI for the Cards. Though he's yet to homer for Team USA, he has four RBI with a .333/.375/.533 slash line. Three of his five hits have gone for doubles. Team USA plays Team Venezuela Saturday night, so Arenado can continue his hot hitting for at least one more game in the WBC. The fifth-best third baseman on RotoBaller's rankings and 37th overall, it'll take a high-end pick to grab Arenado, but it will also be worth it. He's a solid contributor across the board but is still separated by about 15 spots compared to the top third baseman.

    Mar 17 · Source via Cardinals Nolan Arenado
  • Cardinals Reassign Tink Hence

    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Tink Hence has been reassigned to minor league camp. One of the top pitching prospects in the game, Hence made four appearances this spring and allowed one run with five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings. The 20-year-old has been moving up the system, but the Cardinals have been limited his innings thus far in his career and he is unlikely to see the big leagues in 2023. For now, dynasty managers should consider rostering with, but redraft managers can ignore the talented right-hander.

    Mar 17 · Source via Cardinals Tink Hence prospects
  • Paul Goldschmidt Hitting Over .400 This Spring

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is now playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but before he left, he was hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a double, a home run, one RBI, one run scored and a stolen base in five Grapefruit League contests. The 35-year-old slugger is a top-five fantasy first baseman heading into spring drafts. The seven-time All-Star was named the National League MVP last year after slashing .317/.404/.578 with a league-high .981 OPS, 35 home runs, 115 RBI, 106 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 651 plate appearances and 151 games played. Goldschmidt is still an excellent option at the position for fantasy managers, but we should expect some regression in 2023.

    Mar 14 · Source via Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt
  • Tigers Claim Freddy Pacheco Off Waivers From Cardinals

    The Detroit Tigers claimed right-handed reliever Freddy Pacheco off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Tarik Skubal (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list. Pacheco has been dealing with elbow tightness this spring, which caused the Cardinals to outright him. The 24-year-old Venezuelan looked good in 50 combined relief appearances between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in 2022, posting a 3.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 12 saves and 84 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched. He'll need to work his way back to full health, but he could eventually become an option for the Tigers' bullpen this year.

    Mar 14 · Source via Cardinals Tigers Freddy Pacheco Tarik Skubal
  • Jordan Walker Returns To Lineup Tuesday

    St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Jordan Walker (shoulder) is back in the Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against the Houston Astros and right-hander Brandon Bielak. Walker is starting in left field and hitting third in the batting order. Walker strained his right shoulder while sliding head-first in a spring game last Saturday, but the injury was never considered serious and he's back out there Tuesday. The 20-year-old, who is MLB's fourth-ranked prospect in 2023, has been turning heads in camp by hitting .424 (14-for-33) with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven runs and a stolen base in 11 Grapefruit League games to this point. He's an absolute must-have dynasty/keeper asset this year, and his raw power should make him relevant in mixed leagues as well.

    Mar 14 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Jordan Walker's Injury Isn't Serious

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jordan Walker (shoulder), MLB's fourth-ranked overall prospect, avoided a serious injury when he suffered a mild strained right shoulder while sliding in spring action on Saturday. Walker took batting practice in the cages on Sunday, and the team is confident he'll be ready to return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday after an off day on Monday. "I'm good. I actually just did some stretching and stuff and I feel fine," said Walker. The 20-year-old stands at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds and has plenty of raw power with the bat. He's one of the most intriguing and attractive young prospects for fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper leagues, and he also figures to attract attention for his power in mixed leagues in 2023.

    Mar 13 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Jordan Walker Will Hit On Sunday

    St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Jordan Walker (shoulder) said that he plans to hit on Sunday. "Yeah, I'm going to hit today. I'm not playing today, but I'm going to go to the cages to hit," Walker said. The 20-year-old suffered a strained right shoulder sliding into second base in the Grapefruit League game on Saturday, but he didn't need to undergo an MRI exam. He's expected to return to spring action after Monday's off day. Walker is the team's top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and he's surely played like it in camp. He's hitting .438 (14-for-32) with three home runs, three doubles, seven RBI, seven runs scored and a steal in 10 games. Walker should be considered a top-five dynasty prospect, and his raw power should play in redraft leagues as well once he reaches the majors in 2023.

    Mar 12 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Jordan Walker Day-To-Day With Shoulder Strain

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielderJordan Walker (shoulder) was removed from Saturday's game against the Astros due to a right shoulder strain. He is day-to-day and will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Walker was one of the best hitters of the spring thus far, leading MLB in most major offensive categories. The Cardinals' top prospect seemed to be playing his way onto the Opening Day roster with a .429 batting average, three home runs, and seven RBI. There's still time for him to recover before Opening Day, but Sunday should shed some more light on whether he's due to miss any time.

    Mar 11 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Masyn Winn Impressing In Camp

    St. Louis Cardinals shortstop prospect Masyn Winn has been turning heads in spring training so far. So far in Grapefruit League play, he's gone 7-for-18 (.389) with a homer, double, two RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases in seven games played. It's nice to see, but the 20-year-old has yet to play at the Triple-A level on the farm and is expected to begin the 2023 season in the minor leagues for more seasoning. According to MLB Pipeline, Winn is listed as St. Louis' No. 2 prospect behind third baseman Jordan Walker, who is also impressing this spring. Winn probably won't be worth drafting in redraft fantasy leagues this year, but he could have the full-time starting gig at the 6 in St. Louis by 2024.

    Mar 9 · Source via Cardinals Masyn Winn prospects
  • Big Hype Prospects: Walker, Baty, Volpe, Colas, Jameson

    The hype is real this week on Big Hype Prospects. Numerous notable youngsters are among the top performers in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Five BHPs In The News Jordan Walker, 20, OF, STL (AA) 536 PA, 19 HR, 22 SB, .306/.388/.510 Walker is fourth among qualified spring hitters with a 1.429 OPS across 28…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Mets Yankees White Sox Diamondbacks Rangers Reds Jordan Walker Brett Baty Anthony Volpe Oscar Colas Drey Jameson Cole Ragans Masyn Winn Christian Encarnacion-Strand prospects
  • Miles Mikolas To Start Wednesday For Team USA

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas is scheduled to start against Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday for Team USA. Mikolas was an All-Star for the second time in 2022, and he's allowed two hits and no runs while striking out five in five Grapefruit League innings so far in spring training. The 34-year-old is guaranteed a rotation spot with St. Louis Heading into the 2023 season after posting a 3.29 ERA (3.87 FIP), 1.03 WHIP and career-high 19 percent strikeout rate in 33 outings (32 starts) covering 202 1/3 innings. Mikolas doesn't walk many, but he also doesn't strike out a ton and isn't an overpowering pitcher, making him more of a fantasy streamer.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cardinals Miles Mikolas
  • Adam Wainwright To Start Game 1 For Team USA

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 of the World Baseball Classic for Team USA on Saturday night against Team Great Britain. Wainwright hasn't looked good in his first two Grapefruit League starts in spring training, topping out in the upper-80s with his fastball, allowing eight hits and four earned runs while walking one and striking out four in five innings of work. The 41-year-old was apparently dealing with some muscle issues in his back and legs, so it will be interesting to see if he looks any better this weekend against a team that Team USA should be able to beat easily. With his velocity dipping with age in recent seasons, Wainwright isn't very attractive to fantasy managers in what is expected to be the final season of his excellent career.

    Mar 8 · Source via Cardinals Adam Wainwright
  • The Cardinals' Backup Catcher Competition

    The Cardinals wasted little time finding a replacement for franchise icon Yadier Molina following his retirement, inking longtime division rival Willson Contreras to a five-year contract in free agency. That solidifies the lion’s share of catching time in the immediate future, but there’ll at least be some competition with regard to who’ll back Contreras up…

    Mar 7 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Tres Barrera Willson Contreras Ivan Herrera Andrew Knizner Yadier Molina
  • Jordan Walker Continues To Hit This Spring

    St.Louis Cardinals third base prospect Jordan Walker started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a single on Tuesday versus the Detroit Tigers. Walker, 20, is one of the games top prospects and his hot start to the spring is evidence of that. In his first 24 at-bats, he has hit .417 with five runs, three homers and 10 RBI. Walker is one of the best young sluggers in the game, but with third base taken up by Nolan Arenado, the Cardinals have been playing Walker in both left and right field this spring. Despite his age, Walker appears ready to make an impact in 2023. For now, his best bets for everyday at-bats would be platooning with Lars Nootbaar in right field and also entering the lineup as a designated hitter. Walker has light tower power and would have plenty of RBI opportunities in a stacked Cardinals lineup, if he does indeed break camp with the team. Walker should already have been rostered in dynasty leagues and managers in redrafts leagues will want to keep tabs on his roster status with his ability to be a difference maker in 2023.

    Mar 7 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Andrew Knizner Not Assured Backup Job

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol made it clear on Tuesday that the backup catching job behind starter Willson Contreras is wide open in spring training. Incumbent Andrew Knizner and newcomer Tres Barrera are in a battle for the job in camp, with Barrera impressing the coaching and pitching staffs with his work. Knizner has served as St. Louis' primary backup the last two seasons, but he hasn't impressed anyone with his bat. He hit .215/.301/.300 with a .601 OPS, four home runs, 25 RBI and 28 runs score in 293 plate appearances and 96 games in 2022.

    Mar 7 · Source via Cardinals Andrew Knizner
  • Masyn Winn Shows Patience On Monday

    Hitting first for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, shortstop prospect Masyn Winn went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a pair of walks. Winn has been off to a nice start this spring with six hits over his first 15 at-bats. He has also scored four runs to go along with a homer, two RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Behind third baseman Jordan Walker, Winn is the best prospect in the Cardinals system. Winn has always had elite defense, but he improved his patience at the plate and started elevating the ball more in 2022. This was evident with a .283 batting average to go along with 12 homers, 63 RBI and 43 stolen bases between High-A and Double-A. The Cardinals currently have infielder Tommy Edman slated to be the Opening Day shortstop with veteran Paul DeJong also on the roster and their current situation presents a hard situation for Winn to make the big-league squad. Managers in dynasty leagues should consider stashing the speedy shortstop, while redraft managers shouldn't expect much out of Winn for now with no clear path to playing time.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cardinals Masyn Winn prospects
  • Tink Hence K's Two In Relief

    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Tink Hence worked a scoreless frame in Monday's victory versus the Houston Astros. The right-hander allowed a free pass, but also struck out two on the afternoon. Hence, 20, has rapidly climbed Top-100 boards over the past year and for good reason. Hence was 0-1 with a shiny 1.38 ERA in 52 1/3 innings with 81 strikeouts and a clean 0.88 WHIP over 16 starts for Single-A Palm Beach. Currently sporting a fastball that can hit up to 99 MPH to go along with a nasty curveball and an above average changeup to polish things off, Hence has all the makings of a future top of the rotation option. Hence has been limited by the Cardinals and it will be interesting to see if they let training wheels off a little more this upcoming season, but managers in dynasty leagues should start to keep tabs on Hence. With Hence a few years away from reaching the big leagues, managers in redraft leagues can ignore him at the moment.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cardinals Tink Hence prospects
  • Jack Flaherty Starting Against Astros Monday

    St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty (calf, illness) is making the Grapefruit League start on Monday against the Houston Astros. Flaherty has been dealing with a minor calf issue and was scratched from his scheduled spring debut on Sunday with flu-like symptoms. The 27-year-old starter is expected to go around three innings in his first Grapefruit League appearance. Flaherty should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day, but fantasy managers probably aren't chomping at the bit to draft him in 2023 after made just nine appearances (eight starts) for the Red Birds in 2022 due to injuries. There's a good chance he'll face innings restrictions this year after throwing only 190 2/3 frames in the last three years combined.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cardinals Jack Flaherty
  • Dylan Carlson Serving As DH On Monday

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (arm) is serving as the designated hitter and is batting second in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros and right-handed starter Hunter Brown. Carlson is on a no-throw program through at least Monday after suffering from arm fatigue in spring training recently. The 24-year-old switch-hitter could be back patrolling the outfield in Grapefruit League games at some point this week, but the Cardinals won't push the issue. Although Carlson didn't deliver the breakout season many predicted in 2022, he should be an everyday player for the Cardinals in 2023 and has plenty of upside left for fantasy managers, but he'll need to be more consistent against left-handed pitching in order to take the next step.

    Mar 6 · Source via Cardinals Dylan Carlson
  • Dylan Carlson Won't Throw Until Monday

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said that outfielder Dylan Carlson (arm) is on a "no-throw" plan until at least Monday after injuring his arm in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday. Carlson can continue to hit, but the Cardinals want to rest his arm through the weekend. This doesn't appear to be a very serious injury, so Carlson shouldn't be in danger of missing Opening Day. Many folks were predicting a breakout campaign for Carlson in 2022, but it just didn't come to pass while he dealt with injuries and inconsistency. He finished with a .236/.316/.380 slash line, .695 OPS, eight home runs, 42 RBI, 56 runs scored and five stolen bases in 128 games. The 24-year-old will need to do better against left-handers if he wants to take the next step.

    Mar 5 · Source via Cardinals Dylan Carlson
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