With their first pick of the 2020 First Year Player Draft the St. Louis Cardinals selected high school third baseman Jordan Walker. We had a bit of coverage on Walker already. Earlier on Tuesday the Cardinals announced a 2:45pm press conference.
#stlcards have announced a press conference with John Mozeliak at 2:45. News imminent.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) June 23, 2020
Inquiring minds were very curious as to the reason, especially with the recent announcement that Major League Players have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Our fears were quickly put to rest, though.
Jordan Walker has shown up in this Zoom meeting so I have a suspicion what the announcement is— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) June 23, 2020
Jordan Walker and his family toured the Cardinals HOF and museum today and he mentioned really enjoying the video presentation, including the David Freese home run in the 2011 World Series.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) June 23, 2020
Jordan Walker was nine (9) years old when that happened.
The Cardinals are still looking to sign Masyn Winn and Tink Hence.
what else is going on in baseball...
Also this year the MLB plan is to use the Minor League rule with the runner on second to expedite extra-inning games ending, since the spring will be short, the schedule will be tight and there’s a desire to avoid 15-inning games and longer.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 23, 2020
In statement, MLB says the owners unanimously voted to proceed with season under terms of March 26 agreement. They asked players to sign off on health and safety protocols and whether they can be in camp by July 1 for Spring Training 2.0.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) June 23, 2020
what the cardinals are up to...
Mo says the #stlcards have not had any players test positive for COVID-19 to date— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) June 23, 2020
#stlcards have “less than five” players outside the US they’ll have to get back in once things resume— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) June 23, 2020
Not much else on the restart front, except that the #stlcards are indeed operating under the assumption that the season will include a DH and start with expanded rosters - likely 30 players - and pare down to normal after two weeks— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) June 23, 2020
... #Cardinals, as previously mentioned, will house their 'taxi squad' at Class AA Springfield. There is going to be a limit of 60 players (40-man, taxi, unsure on IL), but club hopes to sprinkle some top prospects into taxi squad to get them work, seasoning w/ no MILB season.— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) June 23, 2020
Cardinals injury updates from Mo:— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) June 23, 2020
Mikolas should be good to go
Not wanting to rush into a declaration about Hicks' readiness just yet, which makes sense
Cecil had been working out in Jupiter, Mo isn't firm on where he is in his progress, team will learn more as camp gets going