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HR Jhonny Peralta 21
RBI Matt Holliday 90
R Matt Carpenter 99
BA Matt Adams .288
SB Kolten Wong 20
W Adam Wainwright 20
ERA Pat Neshek 1.87
K Lance Lynn 181
SV Trevor Rosenthal 45
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Cards prospects make strides with offseason work
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(MLB.com) Experience gleaned from September callup experiences led both Xavier Scruggs and Sam Tuivailala to extend their 2014 seasons with an eye on improving their respective chances for a return to the Majors this year.

After closing the regular season with the Cardinals, Tuivailala reported almost immediately to the Arizona Fall League, where he made 12 more appearances. There, he worked extensively with Cardinals Minor League pitching instructor Jason Simontacchi to refine his curveball and changeup.

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With a fastball that already can touch 100 mph, improving the rest of his arsenal could help Tuivailala put himself in position to be a part of the big league bullpen this season. During that work, he scattered 10 hits, two earned runs, eight walks and 13 strikeouts over 14 AFL innings.

"I threw it there more than I did probably in the past two seasons," said Tuivailala about his curveball. "At first, it didn't really go ...     [ More ]
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Second baseman Wong would welcome chance to lead off; Lynn ...
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(Belleville News Democrat) Second baseman Kolten Wong frequently replays in his mind the magical memories of his postseason with the St. Louis Cardinals last fall.

Wong's dad, Kaha, prefers the real thing.

"My dad's always at home watching it," Wong said Monday at the Cardinals' annual Winter Warm-Up. "It's so funny. He's so stoked about it. It's a cool thing. I always catch him on YouTube. I say, 'Dad, you've watched this about 80 times. It's all right.'"

Wong batted just .241 in the ...    [ More ]
Wacha has MRI, reports 'everything looking good'
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(STLToday.com) If it's Sunday and he's in St. Louis, it's time for an MRI.

At least that's how it must feel for Cardinals starter Michael Wacha as he continued what became the defining appointments of his 2014 season. Every fortnight he would have another scan taken of his right shoulder and the stress reaction in his scapula examined for healing or additional strain. Eventually, the bone looked strong enough for him to start throwing, to pitch off a mound, and to be available in the postseason to ...    [ More ]
DeWitt: Cards will build youth ballfield in Taveras' hometown
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(STLToday.com) ST. LOUIS -- Calling a chance to let other kids in Oscar Taveras' hometown share the dream he had, the Cardinals will renovate and upgrade a youth baseball field in Taveras' hometown of Sosua, Dominican Republic, as a way to memorialize the young outfielder.

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. outlined Sunday afternoon the team's plans to mark the death of Taveras.

"They have an existing ball field but we really want to renovate it and make ...    [ More ]
Cards, Jay file salary figures that could bring agreement
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(STLToday.com) The Cardinals were able to reach contract agreements with four of their five arbitration-eligible players before Friday's deadline to submit a salary offer.

The clock struck with only Jon Jay remaining unsigned.

The Cardinals and Jay's agent each submitted salary figures Friday afternoon that will be used for an arbitration hearing next month, but only if the two sides do not come to an agreement before then. The Cardinals have not had an arbitration hearing in more than a ...    [ More ]
Cardinals avoid arbitration with Cruz, Bourjos
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(MLB.com) In addition to announcing a three-year extension for starting pitcher Lance Lynn, the Cardinals finalized one-year contracts for backup catcher Tony Cruz and center fielder Peter Bourjos on Thursday. All that activity leaves Jon Jay as the only unsigned arbitration-eligible player on the Cardinals' docket.

Bourjos' deal is worth $1.65 million, which reflects a salary bump of $450,000 from the deal he signed last year as a first-time arbitration-eligible player. Cruz will earn ...    [ More ]
Cards, Lynn agree to 3-year deal for $22 million
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(STLToday.com) Before Lance Lynn got far enough into the arbitration process and pursued a record-setting salary, the Cardinals and the strapping righthander agreed on a three-year deal.

The deal is worth $22 million, according to a source with knowledge of its structure. The second and third year of the deal include options based on games started that could push the value of the deal to $23.5 million.

The contract does not include an option.

That means that the Cardinals have ...    [ More ]
Jay cleared for increased activity, set to swing soon
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(STLToday.com) Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay spent a few days in St. Louis this week to have his surgically repaired wrist examined and the green light given to workouts that, he said, will make sure he's available when spring training starts next month.

"It's too early to tell when I'll be 100 percent, but it's a good thing there are seven weeks until spring," Jay said Tuesday. "That extra 10 days (before spring workouts start this year) is huge. I've already been working. I feel good. I have ...    [ More ]

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Prospect rankings: A new No. 1 for the Cardinals
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(STLToday.com) For almost a decade, the fine folks at Baseball America have asked me to help compile a list of the top prospects in the Cardinals organization and rank them for the longstanding magazine and its annual Prospect Handbook.

For the first time, there was some debate this year who was No. 1.

As much production as the Cardinals have received from their farm system - during Jeff Luhnow's tenure leading the draft no franchise graduated more picks to the majors; consecutive ...    [ More ]
La Russa is happy to do battle again
(STLToday.com) With spring training only weeks away, Tony La Russa's gut is a remake of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now."

He loves the smell of competition in the morning.

"Getting back in the game, having an investment with a team where you care about the record ... it's a good feeling," La Russa said. "It's funny, the morning we were going to announce officially that I was to be a member of the Diamondbacks, I woke up and my gut was churning. And it's been that way ever since. ...    [ More ]
FSM to televise 15 Cards spring training games
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(STLToday.com) Fox Sports Midwest is scheduled to show a record-tying 15 Cardinals spring training games this season, and it is likely ESPN and MLB Network also will have some Redbirds exhibition telecasts on their schedules when they are released. Here is the FSM schedule, with all telecasts set to start at noon (St. Louis time):

DATE . . . OPPONENT  . . . SITE

March 12 (Thurs.) ... Baltimore ... Home

March 13 (Fri.) ... Miami ... Road

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