The biggest St. Louis Cardinals news this week came and went between VEB Monitors, which really did a number on our link-dumping abilities; by the time I had a chance to collate Shelby Miller injury stories, Shelby Miller was not injured. Such is life. In the meantime: Some links about Taiwanese sluggers (one of whom is a shortstop, kind of!) and
(If you have a link you think would be of interest to VEB readers—yours or someone else's—and you're not selling anything, feel free to send me an e-mail. If you're a VEB regular who thinks collating a semi-regular link-dump sounds like a good time, also feel free to send me an e-mail.)
Baseball Nation: Dylan Bundy, TINSTAAPP, and rational exuberance
Rob Neyer talks realistic expectations for pitching prospects, just in time for us to think some more about Shelby Miller's shoulder's day off.
FanGraphs: Ngayaw Ake and Three Sluggers from Team Chinese Taipei
Well, yes, I do want to hear about the best sluggers in Taiwan. Warning: Ngayaw Ake is the next bat-flipping, power-hitting utility infielder I will just-kidding-but-seriously suggest the Cardinals pursue.
Also, given their respective baseball fortunes, I think Taiwan should insist Team China calls itself "Chinese Mainland China" for the duration of the World Baseball Classic.
Cardinals.com: Michael Wacha creating plenty of buzz
Michael Wacha is a just-about-perfect Spring Training phenom candidate; he was outstanding last year in a small sample size, he's close to the majors, and there are three other young pitchers we should probably be talking about first.
47 55 moves that I [Grant Brisbee] can't bring myself to care about
Included: Pretty much the whole Cardinals offseason. Which might also apply if that I were Viva El Birdos in aggregate.