Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Randal Alexander Grichuk born August 13, 1991 is an American professional baseball center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball MLB. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted him in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas. He played five seasons in the Angels' minor leagues system losing time to injury but also developing home-run hitting ability throughout. The Angels traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in November 2013, and he made his major league debut on April 28, 2014. Setting a new career high with six runs batted in on July 18, Grichuk also homered twice in a 12–2 win over the Mets. On August 5 against the Cincinnati Reds, he doubled in the sixth inning and hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 13th at Great American Ball Park in a 4–3 game. After straining his right elbow, the Cardinals placed Grichuk on the disabled list on August 17. The Cardinals reactivated him less than one month later. On September 10, he played center field against the Chicago Cubs but was not permitted to throw as his elbow had still not fully recovered.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Kolten Kaha Wong born October 10, 1990 is an American professional baseball second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball MLB. He made his MLB debut in 2013 . He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. From Hilo, Hawaii, Wong starred in baseball at Kamehameha Hawaii High School and for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Cardinals selected Wong in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft, and promoted him to the major leagues two years later. He has become the Cardinals starting second baseman, and was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May 2014. He is currently signed through 2020 with a team option for 2021.On March 2, 2016, Wong agreed to a five-year extension with the Cardinals worth $25.5 million, with $12.5 million team option for 2021.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Michael Raymond Leake born November 12, 1987 is an American professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball MLB. He previously played in MLB for the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants and played college baseball for Arizona State University. Leake was born in San Diego, California and grew up in Valley Center, California, the son of Chris and Sarah Leake. Both his brother and his father call him Mikey. Leake grew up as a Seattle Mariners fan and idolized Vladimir Guerrero and Nolan Ryan among others. He started playing baseball at age 5 by tagging along with his older brother everywhere to the point where Ryan complained about Mike to his parents. Chris and Sarah Leake convinced Ryan to put up with Mike and teach him how to carry himself both on and off the field.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Stephen Piscotty, born January 4, 1991, is a professional baseball right outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of major league Baseball. He played college baseball for the Stanford Cardinal of Stanford University and was the St. Louis Cardinals first round selection in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut on July 21, 2015, and was the Cardinals organization Player of the Year that season. The St. Louis Cardinals promoted Piscotty to their major league roster on July 21, 2015. He made his major league debut that night as the starting left fielder against the Chicago White Sox in an 8–5 win, and singled off Carlos Rodon in his second at bat for his first hit. His sacrifice fly scored Peter Kozma on July 25 and was the only run of the game and game-winner in a 1–0 win over the Atlanta Braves for his first RBI. His first home run came at Busch Stadium on August 16 in a 6–4 loss to the Miami Marlins, and he hit his first triple the next day in a 2–1 win over the San Francisco Giants Piscotty set a career-high five RBI on August 23 against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park including his first career multi-home run game, while adding a triple.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Michael Lance Lynn (born May 12, 1987) is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Cardinals selected him in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft from the University of Mississippi. He made his MLB debut on June 2, 2011, was a member of the Cardinals' World Series championship team that year and a National League All-Star in 2012. The Cardinals have made the playoffs in each of Lynn's major league seasons, and he has participated each time. On May 27, 2014, Lynn pitched his first career complete game and shutout, earned his 500th career strikeout three weeks later, and 50th career win April 15, 2015. Through 2015 he was the Cardinals' all-time franchise leader in career strikeouts per 9 innings pitched with 8.7. After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Lynn is expected to miss the entire 2016 season. He is currently signed through 2017. Currently Lance Lynn is in process of recovery but he will be out for the remaining 2016 season.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Michael Scott Matheny (born September 22, 1970) is an American former professional baseball catcher and the current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB) a position he has held since 2012. A product of the University of Michigan, Matheny was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth round of the 1991 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut for the Brewers in 1994 and retired in 2006 with the San Francisco Giants. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Cardinals during his thirteen year catching career. After his playing career, Matheny coached Little League Baseball. The Cardinals hired him to manage following the 2011 season in spite of having no previous professional experience. Matheny grew up in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, just minutes from the city of Columbus. He graduated from Reynoldsburg High School, where he captained the baseball and football teams. Receiving little attention from nearby Ohio State University, University of Michigan coach Bud Middaugh offered him a scholarship to attend UM.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Matthew James Adams, born on August 31, 1988, is an American Professional Baseball First Baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. Matt Adams grew up in Philipsburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Matt Adams in the 23rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. At each level he played in the minor leagues Adams displayed unbelievable hitting ability. His first full-season assignment came in 2010 with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League. In 2011, Adams was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year and the Texas League Most Valuable Player (MVP) after hitting .300, a .357 on-base percentage (OBP) and .566 SLG with 32 HR and 101 RBI in 115 games. He set club records in home runs and RBI including eclipsing the mark of 29 HR Colby Rasmus set in 2007. After the season Adams played in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and he was selected to represent the Cardinals in the AFL Rising Stars Game.