This isn't the link roundup, it's just a link roundup. A little diversion on a Wednesday morning.
Not many have been hyperventilating over Zach Petrick yet. Brendan Meyer over at stltoday.com tells us why we might want to keep a paper bag handy.
As a starter in college, Petrick featured a fastball that sat at 90 mph, but now it reaches 93-94 mph consistently. His secondary pitches are improving with every outing, and his confidence is as strong as ever.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, Petrick slipped their way. Coaches see him more as a reliever in the short term, but as his secondary pitches continue to progress, a starting role is not out of the question.
Jeffrey Kittel's blog about St. Louis baseball in the 19th century, This Game Of Games, has moved to new digs. It's now at http://www.thisgameofgames.com/ . Jeff always has interesting info about baseball's earliest of early days.
Grant at Baseball Nation is running a series of articles about organizational droughts. He defines this as how long it has been since each organization has drafted a player that has produced 4+ bWAR for that team (or 5+ bWAR for pitchers).
- P - John Denny (5.2, 1978) Which was the stinger to the pitching article.
- 1B- Albert Pujols (5.4, 2011) duh
- 2B- Tom Herr (5.6, 1985)
- SS- Brendan Ryan (4.5, 2009) BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOG
- 3B- Placido Polanco (4.5, 2001) Yep. Really.
- C - Yadier Molina (6.9, 2012)
- LF- Albert Pujols (8.6, 2003)
- CF- Ray Lankford (6.2, 1998) DanUp rejoyce!
- RF- still to come
Daniel Solzman from Redbird Rants interviews Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz and talks a little draft.
That's it for now. Stay tuned for the red baron, coming up next!