Luhnow on the Cardinals System: Part One

The St. Louis Cardinals farm director covers a variety of subjects in the first of four interviews. Segment one includes Jeff Luhnow's take on the Arizona Fall League prospects, winter ball and the 2009 season for the system.

At the Arizona Fall League with a contingent that included Assistant GM John Abbamondi, Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch and organization minor league pitching instructor Brent Strom, St. Louis Cardinals Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jeff Luhnow was busy scouting prospects from his own and other systems.

Luhnow was kind enough to take out 45 minutes from game action to grant an exclusive, in-depth interview which will be rolled out in four segments.

Part one includes Luhnow's take on the Arizona Fall League and snapshots of the Cardinals prospects competing there. Specifically, he discusses Mike Parisi's new pitch, Bryan Anderson's recent bout with the flu, Daryl Jones' advice to bunt more and what was behind the decision to pull Lance Lynn from the AFL.

Luhnow offers his support of the "Junior Fall League" for A-level players in Arizona next year and reinforces the push of position players across the system to play winter ball for further development. We discussed next the competitiveness of the system in 2009, especially at the high end and at the lower level clubs and his hope for a repeat in 2010.


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