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A recap of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from the period of February 1-7, 2016.

A Cardinals starter has a new family member and the team adds minor league pitching depth.

The stork visits Molinas

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Word came via a tweet from Bengie Molina on Saturday, Feb. 6 that St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and his wife, Wanda, welcomed a new baby into the family.  The baby, a son named Daniel, is the third child of Molina and his wife.

No other details of the birth are available.

The Molinas have two other children, a 7 year old son, Yanuell, and a daughter, 5 year old Arianna.

Minor league pitcher Wheatley signed

The Cardinals this past week signed lefty pitcher Bob Wheatley to a minor league contract.  The 25 year old was the 24th round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 draft.  The Jays released Wheatley in October after a season and a half in Toronto’s lower level minor league system.

Wheatley posted a 4.99 ERA over 23 appearances with the Vancouver Canadians.  The 6 foot 5, 215-pound hurler is a native of Los Angeles.

Cardinals Analysis Around the Web

MLB reporter Jenifer Langosch writes about the Cardinals’ signing of Korean pitcher Seung-hwan Oh and how it relates to their scouting efforts in Asia.  Langosch notes that the Cardinals first observed Oh in March 2009 at an international showcase in San Diego.  The team’s Director of Player Personnel, Matt Slater, took note of Oh and continued to watch him over the next five years.

It was in late 2015 that the payoff came.  Oh became available as a free agent and the Cardinals pursued him, as he fit a need at the time.  Oh had a desire to play for St. Louis, and his salary expectations fit the organization.

The Cardinals expect having Oh will further their exploration into the Asian market.  The team now feels they have a sense of the market and have built a scouting and evaluation system that they are comfortable with.  The expectation is that moving forward the Cardinals will have the resources to pursue additional talent in that market.

 

Langosch also writes about the Cardinals’ outfield outlook for 2016.  In the wake of the loss of Jason Heyward, and the departures of both Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos, Langosch gives an analysis of the current state of the team’s outfield.

With veteran Matt Holliday as the anchor, the Cardinals turn their hopes on two young outfielders, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty to assume the everyday role in center field and right field.

The Cardinals are gambling - both on Grichuk’s health, and the abilities of both he and Piscotty to continue their stellar performances from 2015 into 2016.  As back up, the Cardinals have Tommy Pham, also a health concern, and two minor league outfielders on the 40-man roster, Anthony Garcia and Charlie Tilson.  The Cardinals also have Brandon Moss, slated to play mostly at first base, who can provide additional outfield depth.

 

The Post Dispatch’s Derrick Goold looks at the Cardinals’ rotation and how it stacks up in relation to a recent analysis of starting pitchers’ “stuff” by Eno Sarris at Fangraphs.  Goold notes that according to Sarris’ “arsenal score,” the Cardinals have two starting pitchers whose “stuff” ranks in the top 21 of MLB pitchers; Carlos Martinez, at no. 14, and Jaime Garcia, at 21.  Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright was unranked due to his missing most of 2015 with an Achilles tendon injury. Michael Wacha ranks no. 67, and injured pitcher Lance Lynn came in at 146.  New acquisition Mike Leake did not make the list.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

Cardinals sign free agent LHP Bob Wheatley to a minor league contract.

Injury Report

There is no injury news to report.

Looking Ahead

Spring Training is coming quickly, with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report in nine days to the Spring Training facility in Jupiter, FL.  For position players, the reporting day is Tuesday, Feb. 23, though many players arrive before that date.

Spring Training games begin on March 2 and continue through March 31.  The full Spring Training Schedule can be found here. A list of all television broadcasts, Cards and opponents, can be viewed here. Full spring training uniform numbers explained here.

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