Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
Taveras has every chance to be next in line, the kind of talent that doesn’t come around all too often. Always young for his level, he has hit everywhere he’s gone and in 2012, the power most felt he had started to show up consistently in games. He has a ton of bat speed and rarely strikes out. His improvement in terms of plate discipline has made him an even more dangerous hitter, one who looks like a sure-fire middle-of-the-order run producer. With that offensive profile and his strong arm, he looks like a future right fielder, but he played a lot of center field in 2012 and could see time there as well, at least in the short run.
Barring an inordinate number of injuries, I think the earliest we’ll see Taveras is in September as a call-up. He is clearly a special player and the last thing the front office wants to do is rush a potential superstar and screw up his progression. Because of their lack of depth up the middle, I think it’s more likely that we’ll see a guy like Kolten Wong up in the big leagues before Taveras.
LOHSE UPDATE: Well, there is none. But, Joe Strauss did tweet this morning that he thinks that Kyle Lohse to the Milwaukee Brewers could make sense, considering they’re going into the season with such young starting pitching and could be in need of a veteran leader.
You have to think Lohse is starting to worry at least a little bit. Pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks and he still doesn’t have a place to pitch in 2013. Considering he would be staying in the division, the Brewers definitely don’t seem like a long shot. Having said that, I don’t know if they’re willing to expand their payroll and give up a draft pick, considering how they have been forced to cut costs as of late.
MUSIAL TRIBUTE: I attended Sunday night’s St. Louis Blue’s overtime-victory over the Minnesota Wild, where Stan was honored before the game. It was a surreal moment when everybody in the Scottrade Center gave a standing ovation to the pictures of Stan being shown on the center screen and when Stan’s grandson walked out to participate in the ceremonial puck drop.