Springfield skipper Shildt speaks

The St. Louis Cardinals Double-A manager discusses player development and his 2013 club.

When his predecessor Pop Warner was moved up to Triple-A Memphis before the 2012 season, it created an opportunity for Mike Shildt to take over as skipper of Double-A Springfield. All the 45-year-old did was lead his club to the 2012 Texas League title, his third in the last three seasons.

In his second campaign, the S-Cards are in the fight for the second-half division title after falling short before the break. As Shildt will remind us in the following interview, the primary objective is player development with winning a desirable result.

(In the above photo, Shildt (center facing camera) is conducting a George Kissell staple, the yellow pad review - with a twist. In the new version, the players themselves participate directly, discussing their learnings from the previous game.)

In addition to a general view of his club, Shildt discusses the progress shown this season by a number of pitchers and position players alike. He also acknowledges his appreciation for being selected to manage in the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase.


Coming soon

Other Springfield interviews ahead will be with outfielders Stephen Piscotty and James Ramsey, catcher Casey Rasmus, and pitchers Lee Stoppelman and Zach Petrick. Memphis, Peoria and St. Louis subjects will follow, as well.

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