Cardinals 2012 spring interview: John Vuch

Our annual St. Louis Cardinals spring training interview series continues with an in-depth discussion with farm director John Vuch.

One of the busiest men in St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training camp is their leader, farm director John Vuch. While there are plenty of coaches on hand to lead the day's drills and games, Vuch is ultimately responsible for everything that occurs regarding the system.

From his golf cart surveying four minor league games on the George Kissell Quad of the Roger Dean Stadium facility one day last week, Vuch granted the following extensive interview.

He discussed topics including standout players in camp, role and position changes, job competitions and status of rehabbing players in part one. Specific players mentioned include Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong, Starlin Rodriguez, Breyvic Valera and many others.

In the second clip, the farm director explains the team's off-season strength and conditioning program, Robert Stock's move to pitching, the improving strength across the organization, coaching changes, Mark Hamilton versus Matt Adams at first base and more.

Part one: (12:00)

Part two: (13:08)

(Because the interview was conducted outside, there is some wind noise in the background at times. I apologize for that, but it was unavoidable. You get the interview whenever you can and Vuch was most gracious with his time.)

Earlier interviews in this series:
Erik Komatsu
Trevor Rosenthal

What's coming next? Other exclusive interviews ahead in this series include Matt Adams, Tommy Pham, Moises Rodriguez, Derrick May and Chris Maloney.

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