Going Deep with St. Louis Cardinals Farm Boss

St. Louis Cardinals Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque talks about the 2015 minor league season in depth. Part one of a two-part interview.

Gary LaRocque is a true baseball lifer, with four decades of service to the professional game as a player, manager, scout, scouting director, farm director and in other jobs with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and since 2008, the St. Louis Cardinals.

LaRocque oversees the organization’s player development function, which includes coaches, managers, coordinators and all those responsible for teaching.

It was not surprising then that the Connecticut native has been very active in Cardinals instructional league camp, which has been underway since mid-September with over 40 of the system’s brightest prospects.

In part one of a two-part interview from Jupiter, Florida, LaRocque discusses the season overall for the system - playoffs and almost playoff berths, the addition of the 2015 draft class, a change in the instructional league and more. (In part two, he will dive down into individual standout players.)

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