Veteran college manager and minor league coach Joe Kruzel is back for a second season leading the St. Louis Cardinals Class-A Midwest League club, the Peoria Chiefs. Heading into Tuesday’s action, the team has an 8-10 record.
The stats reinforce the early-season inconsistency.
Starting pitching has been excellent and even with spotty relief, the team ERA is 2.75. The staff is second in the MWL in strikeouts, but third in home runs allowed. On the offensive side, the team is tied for seventh in runs scored, is tied for first in triples and third in steals, but also third in strikeouts.
In the following interview, the skipper discusses his team to date, including a number of the expected and unexpected standouts. One is outfielder Magneuris Sierra, the reigning Player of the Year in the Cardinals system.
”He may be one of the best centerfielders in the league, defensively.” – Joe Kruzel on Magneuris Sierra
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