Interview: Cardinals Farm Director John Vuch

Brian Walton's one-on-one interview with the leader of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system plus bonus Winter Warm-Up presentation audio.

John Vuch continues to be a very busy man these days as he prepares for the 2012 season, his second since being named the farm director of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 14th farm director in the history of the organization has new managers at five levels, a new pitching coordinator and a new major league manager and position coach with whom to align. In all fairness, all of those individuals were already employed by the Cardinals, so the transition should be smoother.

This past weekend during Winter Warm-Up, Vuch was kind enough to sit down with me in a one-on-one session to answer a number of questions about 2012 plans and players. A number of these queries were suggested by readers on our Insiders message board. If you haven't already checked out our subscriber-only forum, please do.

Among the topics Vuch discussed are the players who competed in the Arizona Fall League, the thinking behind the new coaching assignments, the Rule 5 additions, the new early camp for selected minor leaguers, projected roles and levels for key prospects, potential position changes, injury status of a number of players and much more.


Bonus: As part of Winter Warm-Up, Vuch also hosted a session for the general public. Because I conducted my interview afterward, I did not duplicate any of the topics already discussed in the big group.

While some of the audience questions were fairly basic for many of the readers here, there are some interesting subjects covered during the hour-long session, as well. The full audio is included for your listening convenience.

General session part 1: (30:03)
General session part 2: (30:35)

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