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.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Matthew Martin Carpenter born on November 26, 1985, is an American Professional Baseball Third Baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball. The Cardinals selected him in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Texas Christian University (TCU). The team called him up to the majors for the first time on June 3, 2011, and he made his MLB debut the following night at Busch Stadium. He has been their primary leadoff hitter since early in the 2013 season. Carpenter has also appeared at first base second base right field and left field. A three time second-team All Mountain West Conference selectee, he broke TCU's school record for games played and at bats and is second in hits doubles and walks. He was the Cardinals organization Player of the Year in 2010. A two-time MLB All Star Game selection, he became the first Silver Slugger Award winner at second base in Cardinals franchise history after leading the major leagues in hits runs scored and doubles in 2013.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Carlos Martinez born September 21, 1991, is a Dominican Professional Baseball Pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was originally sign to the Boston Red Socks as an international free agent in 2009. MLB voided his contract due to discrepancies over his name and date of birth after revelations that he was also known as Carlos Matias. He was eventually cleared of wrong doing, as it was found that the inconsistencies arose due to poor record-keeping. St. Louis Cardinals signed him in 2010, and he made his MLB debut May 3, 2013. The Cardinals called up Martínez to the Major League club, the number-three prospect in their organization, on May 3, 2013. He made his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park that night. In one inning pitched the seventh he gave up a single then induced a double play he started on a ground ball hit back to him and then secured the third out with another ground ball. Cardinals recalled Martinez on August 8 after stretching out his innings workload with Memphis to bring his endurance back to being sufficient to handle the rigors of starting pitching.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Yadier Molina was born on July 13, 1982, in the Puerto Rico. He is currently a professional Baseball Catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Yadier is currently a two time World Series Champion with the Cardinals, he is considered an essential figure in the Cardinals success. In his career he has been awarded seven consecutive selections for the All Star Game, eight consecutive Rawlings Golden Glove Awards, and one Silver Slugger award. Molina coming from a baseball family, he grew up in Puerto Rico. His father was an amateur second baseman in Puerto Rico, and his two older brothers were also Major League Catchers. Molina was the Cardinals Fourth Round pick in the 2000 MLB draft, he made his MLB Debut four years later. Molina is considered a light hitter until he started stepping up his offense and raised his career batting average from .248 in 2007 to a .290 in 2014. He became just the third Major league catcher to win two world series before age 25.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Micheal was born on July 1, 1991. He first played in minor leagues for Texas A&M Aggies. After playing for one year in the minor leagues he was chosen first round pick in 2012 by the Angels. During this he was immediately put in a trade with free agent Albert Pujols. The Cardinals made a trade with Angles, Albert for Wacha with the hopes that he would eventually become one of the starting Pitchers for the St. Louis Cardinals with his size and competitive nature which drew favorable comparisons with right-handers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals activated Wacha on May 30, 2013, to make his major league debut against Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. In his first at bat in the majors Wacha singled to right-center field. Wacha's main featuring pitch is a sinking fastball traveling at an average of 92 MPH and 95 MPH. With Wacha's high arm angle and release point create a substantial downward action on his fastball. Wacha's second pitch choice is a changeup, features deep fading movement to right handed hitters.
Monday, January 25, 2016
My blog this week is going to be about Matthew Holiday. He currently is left outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. Matt Holiday was born in Stillwater, Ok on 1/15/1980. His annual salary is over $15 million dollars a year, he made his debut on April 16, 2004. He was drafted in 1998 to the Colorado Rockies during the 7th round, 210th pick overall. His distinctions include six All-Star selections, four Silver Slugger Awards, a National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award (NLCS MVP), and a Darryl Kile Good Guy Award. In 2014, he became just the fifth player in MLB history to amass nine consecutive seasons of at least 20 home runs, 30 doubles, 75 RBI and 80 runs scored each season.
Friday, January 22, 2016
St.Louis Cardinals Pitcher Adam Wainwright was born on August 30, 1981. He currently is an American Major League Baseball Ace pitcher for the cardinals he started his career in baseball by being the 29th pick in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft. His performance in the minor leagues put him in a position for being braves top starting pitcher. The braves traded him in 2003 to the cardinals where he started as a relief pitcher and closer. Wainwright made his debut in September 2005 Against the New York Mets.