Spring Training Report #1: Catching Up with the Cards
- Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny has announced that Adam Wainwright will be the Opening Day Starter, exciting fans even further about the return of a true Cardinals ace. Wainwright, who missed the vast majority of 2015, will hopefully be a major factor in the 2016 rotation.
— MLB Mostly (@MLBmostly) February 22, 2016
- On February 23, a very small, yet momentous, moment occurred in Matheny’s clubhouse when Yadier Molina began catching again. While he only took pickoff throws from pitchers, it was a major step for Molina and had Cardinals fans excited about the possibility of seeing a healthy Molina sooner rather than later. Also on this day, Cardinals hitters began facing live pitching in bullpen sessions.
It wasn't behind the plate, but Yadier Molina did do some catching today — taking pickoff throws from pitchers. #stlcards
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) February 23, 2016
- On February 24 the legend himself, Ozzie Smith, arrived in Jupiter, Florida to help out the infielders and give general words of wisdom to the whole squad. Smith’s impact as definitely felt, as Kolten Wong was making sure to be on top of his game on that day. During the course of his time in Jupiter, Smith complemented Cardinals infield coach Jose Oquendo by saying that Oquendo always has things covered and does his job well with the infielders.
Every coach should jot this down
Ozzie Smith-"The biggest thing that can help someone become great is consistency" pic.twitter.com/PqXFNlitYr
— Kyle McClellan (@KyleMcClellan46) February 24, 2016
- On February 28, Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak and Manager Mike Matheny complemented 2014 1st Round Pick Luke Weaver, who is turning some heads so far this Spring Training. Keep an eye on Weaver, as it will be very interesting to see how he performs once spring games get going. If he can have a big spring, it will only improve the Cardinals’ pitching depth. You can never have enough pitching….
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) February 28, 2016
- Finally, the Cardinals agreed to a contract extension with second baseman Kolten Wong on March 2, signing him for 5 years at $25 million. The contract also includes a clup option for six years. Fans were elated to hear that Wong would be returning to St. Louis and staying with the club for many years to come. Also on March 2, the Cardinals posted a 12 RUN 8th inning to beat Florida Atlantic University in their first official Spring Training game. While the team had many fans scared in the beginning, the wild finish was definitely fun to watch.
#STLCards score 12 runs on 8 hits in bottom of 8th and beat Florida Atlantic University 13-6 in today's exhibition game in Jupiter, Florida
— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) March 2, 2016
I hope this piece has everyone caught up on the latest events of Spring Training. Keep it with CardsBlog.com for continued updates on what’s happening in Jupiter throughout the month.