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Cardinals news and notes: ZiPS, prospects, and arbitration

January 14 and 15, 2017

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Hello, Viva El Birdos. How about that weekend, right? What, with all of the baseball related things. Also, non-baseball related things. Those things also happened, but those are not the sorts of things which we are Viva El Birdos dot com tend to cover, and thus we will stick to the baseball related things. Looks at word count Okay I’ve stretched enough, I think, here is what happened over the weekend besides a weirdly disappointing lack of ice (what kind of monster would be disappointed by this, after all?) in the Greater St. Louis area.

ZiPS projections

Ben Markham crunched some numbers (and also analyzed them) on ZiPS projections, the latest projection system to become publicly available regarding the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals.

Arbitration

Here is my breaking news article about Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha, who are expected to become the first and second (in some order) Cardinal since Darren Oliver in 1999 to reach the arbitration hearing step of the salary arbitration process.

A prospect list recap

The red baron, fresh off his annual list of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system, wrote a recap of his list, including abridged lists and analysis of the list that he published, as well as a comparison between his list and that of fellow VEB prospect writer Josey Curtis.

That’s all I’ve got today. If you’re off work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, enjoy it, but also take a moment to reflect on why you have the day off. If you aren’t off work, you should still take a moment.