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05-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Best Rivalry In Baseball (Right Now)
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Matthew Trueblood

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Jake!
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Ian Frazer

05-01

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Painting the Black: Truth-Testing TRAA
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R.J. Anderson

04-23

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BP Chicago
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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Prospectus Feature: How To Design A Modern Box Score
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Jesse Krailler

04-14

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Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-03

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Every Team's Moneyball: St. Louis Cardinals: The Player Development Appliance
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Ken Funck

04-03

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Rubbing Mud: Four Good Young PItchers, Four Unusual Situations
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Matthew Trueblood

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: Cardinals Like Their Rotation, Intent On Improving Their Rotation At Great Cost
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Chris Mosch

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: Grilli, Pierz In
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R.J. Anderson

12-29

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Fantasy Team Preview: St. Louis Cardinals
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Matt Collins

11-24

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2015 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Heyward Movement
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Sam Miller, Jeff Moore, Ben Carsley and Wilson Karaman

11-13

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Justin Masterson
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Mark Anderson

10-27

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Daisy Cutter: Oscar Taveras' Wondrous Career
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Sahadev Sharma

10-20

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Teams Should Make The World Series; A Defense of Bud Selig
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Sam Miller

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: A Three-Act Tragedy, A Three-Act Triumph: NLCS Game 5
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Skewed Left: The Molina Mind-bender
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Zachary Levine

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Five Preview
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Mike Gianella

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: No Pitching and No Defense Make St. Louis (Almost) Go Home: NLCS Game 4
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R.J. Anderson

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Karmic Kickback: NLCS Game 3
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Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths
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Russell A. Carleton

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: It's a Very Very Mad World
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R.J. Anderson

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday Previews
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Sam Miller and R.J. Anderson

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Series Preview: Giants vs. Cardinals
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R.J. Anderson

10-09

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Prospectus Feature: Check Out This Obnoxious Cardinals Fan
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Brian Gunn

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Cardinals' Flickering Magic Lantern
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Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Monday Previews
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Mike Gianella and Zachary Levine

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

09-12

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Notes About Baseball: Talking About Money
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Rocco DeMaro

08-20

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Transaction Analysis: Red Sox Place Their Betts
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R.J. Anderson

08-02

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Trade Deadline
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Sam Miller and Tim Collins

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Trade from the Depths
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Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella and Jason Parks

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Vouch for Masterson
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R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

07-30

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Moonshot: Separating the Phenoms Who'll Make It From Those Who Won't
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Robert Arthur

07-15

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Transaction Analysis: The Man Who Would Replace Yadier
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R.J. Anderson

06-26

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BP Top 50
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Chris Mellen, Jeff Moore and Nick J. Faleris

06-25

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Top GM Candidates
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BP Staff

06-24

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The Call-Up: Marco Gonzales
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Jeff Moore and J.P. Breen

06-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Profiling Alex Reyes
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Craig Goldstein

05-15

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What Scouts Are Saying: May 15, 2014
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Baseball Prospectus

04-29

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The Call-Up: Randal Grichuk
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Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
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Ken Funck and Harry Pavlidis

03-19

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Painting the Black: Up and Adams
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R.J. Anderson

03-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 407: 2014 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cardinals Keep Carpenter, Cost Certainty
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Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson

03-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why The Cardinal Way is the Most Important Book in Baseball
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Russell A. Carleton

03-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why The Cardinal Way is the Most Important Book in Baseball
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Russell A. Carleton

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While the boxers were holding their punches this weekend, the Cardinals and Pirates slugged each other into exhaustion.

Since the start of the 2011 season, the St. Louis Cardinals have won two NL Central titles, but reached the playoffs all four seasons (and they’re off to a blazing start that gives them a very good chance of extending that streak). It’s not quite fair to say that they’ve dominated the division—their two wins have been narrow, by five combined games, whereas they lagged well behind the Brewers and Reds in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Still, there’s no question the Cardinals are the dominant power of the group.

To wit, they have steamrolled three of their four (and for two seasons, four of their five) divisional foes in head-to-head matchups over the last four-plus seasons. Here are the records of those encounters:

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May 4, 2015 9:26 am

What You Need to Know: Jake!

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Ian Frazer

The incredible rise of Jake Marisnick, the Cardinals long and difficult sweep, Addison Russell's first bomp, and the best defensive play of the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
Is this the season that the #process finally pays off for the Astros? The odds still aren’t fantastic—40.6 percent adjusted odds to make the playoffs, as of Sunday—but they’re sure as heck better than they were at the beginning of the season, and they’ve shot up 25 percentage points since last Saturday.


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Lance Lynn has one of the lowest Takeoff Rates in baseball. Credit him, not just his catcher.

For as unpredictable as April was—the Mets and Astros are in first place! A.J. Pierzynski is out-hitting Mike Trout! Devon Travis is the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year!—it's refreshing and, in a sense, validating that some things we held as near-facts remained true. Take Lance Lynn.

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April 23, 2015 6:00 am

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Matthew Trueblood

What separates the Cardinals and the Cubs? So far this year, it's been catching baseballs.

This piece originally appeared on BP Wrigleyville, Baseball Prospectus' local site for all your Cubs needs. And be sure to visit BP Boston and BP Bronx for Red Sox and Yankees analysis as well.

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs are the two most serious contenders for the NL Central title. If that wasn’t apparent coming into the season, the Pirates’ early unsteadiness should throw it into relief. While the Cardinals are the heavy favorites—as of Monday morning, the Playoff Odds report gives them a 59.3-percent chance to win the division, more than double that of the Cubs—the Cubs have a lot going for them, too. Their long-awaited offensive metamorphosis is matriculating from tantalizing possibility to tangible reality: they have the second-best OBP, second-best walk rate, and tied for the most pitches seen per plate appearance in the NL. They also have more pitching depth than any Cubs team in recent memory, though that depth has been tested by an early spate of injuries.

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How do you fit an entire baseball game in a small rectangle?

Jesse Krailler runs Modern Box Score, which is experimenting with a new way of visualizing everything that happened in a baseball game. We're big fans of it, so we asked him to take us through the designs he discarded and the decisions he made.

Data visualization is hot right now. Very hot. DataVis, as the cool kids call it, is so hot that there seems to be a conference on the subject in a major city once I week. I am in an airport, returning from one such conference. That fact is only relevant to this story, because this week’s conference was the second I’ve had the pleasure of attending in person, and the first is where this whole thing got started.

In the fall of 2013, I attended a large Data Visualization conference that had a small afternoon session on sports visualizations. Most of the presenters were discussing work they had done with sports primarily popular in Europe – namely soccer and rugby. The only U.S.-based presenters had done their work in either basketball or football. With baseball having, by far, the most publicly available historic data, I was surprised that it didn’t even make an appearance in this session.

One of the presentations I watched that day was an attempt to illustrate the individual performance of soccer players over the course of a game. The developers were using a series of glyphs representing players to show things like time of possession, shots and fouls. There's little variety to events that happen in a soccer match, so the amount of information to glean from the visualization wasn’t huge.

I got back to my room that night with these presentations stuck in my head. Baseball, I thought, is desperately lacking for interesting visualizations. I’m willing to bet that 95 percent of baseball analytics articles contain, at most, heat maps and/or scatter plots. Most of them are just text and tables. While these articles contain great analysis and insights, many don’t keep my attention. I like pictures. Pretty ones, at that.

Between major-league games (almost all in my city of residence, Cincinnati) and minor league games within driving distance, I usually get to watch 5-15 games live each season. Contrary to my anti-hoarding approach to life, I have a file drawer full of scorecards from games that I’ve attended. What I like about these scorecards, and the reason I save them, is that they give me enough information to recreate the game in my head. When I become senile, my only earthly possessions will be these scorecards, and I will play these games over and over in my mind’s eye. I’ll pretend that I remember being there, but I can’t possibly, and it won’t matter because I have all the information I need to keep that illusion alive.

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April 14, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?

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Russell A. Carleton

The fallout from Joe Maddon's lineup choice.

Every season has its Sabermetric bellwether issue. Trout vs. Cabrera. The infield shift. Catcher framing. Joey Votto in the two-hole. But before all that, there was Tony La Russa hitting the pitcher in the eighth spot in the lineup. La Russa, when he managed the Cardinals, was known to be willing to experiment a bit to gain an edge. Then again, during his A’s days, La Russa was credited with “inventing” the modern bullpen and Dennis Eckersley. In 1993, he even tried a pitching strategy which had three groups of three pitchers each that worked a three-day rotation. The experiment lasted a week, but he gave it a shot. But now, the La Russa gambit of hitting the pitcher eighth is back.

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How the Cardinals churn prospect after prospect into pro.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the final two teams! Sunday's Opening Night teams, the player development appliance of the Cardinals, and the job security of Cubs' executives.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Mets | Yankees

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Four young pitcher whose teams made four interesting choices with them: Carlos Martinez, Alex Meyer, Tanner Roark and Danny Salazar.

This is a story about a surfer who became a pop star, and a pop star who became a clairvoyant.

Jack Johnson was born in Hawaii, the son of a professional surfer, and he might have been one himself if, at 17, he hadn’t lost a bunch of blood and teeth in a serious accident during competition. Maybe it was then that he gained supernatural powers of divination. Maybe it was some other, much later occasion. I wouldn’t dare to speculate. Somewhere along the way, though, Johnson became an unwitting portal through which the universe spoke of the future fall of men. Consider the following insipid ditty from Johnson’s third album:

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The Cardinals are rumored to be in on a bunch of big names, while James Shields is rumored to be in on a big contract offer.

Cardinals exploring market for front-of-the-rotation starter
The Cardinals boast one of the stronger starting rotations in the senior circuit, albeit one that comes with some question marks. Adam Wainwright is recovering from elbow surgery in October and Michael Wacha pitched just 107 innings last season due to a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder. Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales are both vying for the final spot in the rotation and could have bright futures ahead of them but neither has much major-league rotation experience.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Cardinals do like their current rotation but are “exploring trades for Cole Hamels and David Price and the possibility of signing Max Scherzer.” Each of the three high-end starters would come at a hefty price, with Scherzer reportedly seeking a $200 million contract and the Phillies previously demanding an elite prospect plus more in a return package for Hamels. With just one year remaining on his contract, Price would be the cheapest of the three to acquire and Derrick Goold, the Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, told The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Thursday that the Cardinals have the most interest in Price.


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December 29, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Grilli, Pierz In

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R.J. Anderson

Delmon Young re-ups, Tim Stauffer goes north, Jordan Walden extends, and the Braves add a good reliever and a bad catcher.

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December 29, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

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Matt Collins

The Redbirds roster is loaded—as usual.

It’s getting to be boring to see how well this organization is run, and how much talent they put on their roster year after year. It appears that 2015 will include another playoff run for the Cardinals, with plenty of young talent and solid veteran play to at least keep them in contention through the year. It hasn’t been an overly loud offseason for this team, but they did add a couple of bats in Jason Heyward and Mark Reynolds. It’ll be largely the same group that took the field a year ago, and at this point it’s hard to envision them not only being one of the best squads in the game, but one of the deepest rosters out there for fantasy purposes.

A note for our readers. While informative, since we are still months away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, these previews are far from definitive or complete. Free agent signings, trades, and other offseason news will change the landscape for most if not all teams. For any moves that take place after a team preview is written, please look to our Transaction Analysis coverage for instant reactions, and then check back on the Team Previews for more detailed updates (including lineups, rotations, bullpens, etc.) as we get closer to Opening Day.

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November 24, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: St. Louis Cardinals Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

The Cardinals have recently produced both role players and impact talent from their system, a trend that looks to continue.

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