Wednesday With Walton September 4, 2019
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Make sure you go to decarbonation nation dot com to get an update on what's happening with your saint louis cardinals but also he dives into the minor league system better than anybody in the country so so if you want to find out daily updates on what's happening and i mean daily three hundred sixty five days a year on your minor leaguers head to the cardinal nation dot com brian brian is always good morning to you. How are things going great and i just wanna say <hes> have a great team of people carnation including reporters in each of the minor league affiliates that's and that's part of the reason that we can provide this coverage because we've got people in state college and johnson shooting in the backfield and jupiter etcetera that are all working together to deliver this coverage coverage. I liked it. I'm able to cheat off your website so say i want to say thank you on a public forum that i do cheat a lot off your website so thank you eighty four to an extent right of course <hes> you know we we have lots of subscribers from people in the in the mainstream media like yourself in others <hes> lots of players families and then you know there's a there's a group of hardcore fans out there who are really you know. Pay attention to what's happening. What you saw regan's is of course your sister. General manager used to run the international program. He would you know kidding me sometimes and say hey. Nobody wants to know about this. New kid we sixteen year old. We signed in. Certainly i'd straight absolutely people were asking about him so he told me the story. What's what's what's the skype out. Everybody wants to know about every player in the cardinal system. Is we all know people love. Cardinal baseball doesn't matter if you're sixteen or thirty six they wanna find out about these guys before we jump into the minor leagues points been a hell of a run here with saint louis cardinals eighteen games above five hundred and <hes> you know mike show well and i had faith in mike since day one when he took over for mike metheny and he's got them playing as a team he he's gotta coming to a head here in twenty four regular season games remaining. It's all come to you. You know to fruition. This is what mike shelters about. He gambles and a lot of those things. <hes> you know pay off and he he builds a family atmosphere with his team and it's it's really paid off with the major league club. You know i didn't watch impressed me. The most is that my show has stayed the course you know he had a couple of situations nations like the carpenters for example where you know he could have reacted strongly but he might have caused damage with kids relationships with his players and he ended up you know financing that pretty well and of course he also had the benefit of of tommy edmund stepping up and playing well but you know he's kept allegiance every team you can see that the guys are playing hard for him and like you said there seemed to be having fun i looked at tommy edmund and those plays it he made last night behind jack flaherty and i thought that was was the difference in the game the over the shoulder catch in foul territory then he came in on a ball and a barehanded play doer di made that play and then there was a routine grounder into shift after after that he was a part of all three outs and i thought that was the key in the game him making those three plays and you know i know the cardinals feel. They probably his best position. Defensively is second but maybe give our listeners brian an idea about what he did defensively in the minor leagues well. He it was primarily a shortstop coming edmund and the cardinals had him playing some second base they actually employ third and as we've seen his arm is plenty strong enough to play for basis basis well <hes> this whole idea to play the outfield is really a thing that happened in the major leagues but you know he's got a very credible job out there as well and you know for coming having to come in and contribute like he has earned the trust of mike show because you know we've seen some other cases with rookies where they haven't got a chance to play but edmund edmund you know really earned his way into that. You know regular rotation and you know he has become a regular on this team. <hes> the other defensive play by the way that you know we saw also john harrison baiter make a very good strong catch coming in and you know we should not look the fact that harrison later came back from the minor leagues and has done everything everything expected of them and more although he didn't necessarily do it as well last night he's shown better disciplined at the plate you know he's drawn more walking striking out and of course that defense which you know edmund invader both are key cards in a in a very very strong cardinals defense. Let's talk about your minor league player and pitcher pitcher of the month and the minor leagues the final minor league <hes> month of this regular season. Who did it go to for the car. Donation dot com are clear the most for august as adults garcia and then of course it has a reputation either being red hot or ice cold and in august. He had the highest old p._s. Yes in the system at eleven sixty hit eight home runs in the month more than any player in the cardinals minor league system drove in twenty one in twenty five games <hes> but on the downside garcia has this this past season. His strikeout rate went from twenty three percent last year to thirty he percents this year and you know thirty percent strikeout rate is just you know. It's gonna. It's gonna kill him now. He he on the positive side he drove in ninety six hundred thirty two months months from memphis but he was willing to see entire year yeah five hundred twenty nine plate appearances so you know while that's the best home run r._b._i. Total that any cardinal tangents snick stabber noah in two thousand eleven. You know that that <hes> in the building consistent contact i think is the reason that goes garcia got passed over for promotion to saint louis in september. I'm curious o'brien. We'll get to the pitcher of the month in a moment but his speed would that help this club in september if need be and if so why not i just call them up for that. I think rennie rose arena is is <hes> better runner than garcia. Course you still four fourteen basis for memphis but he got caught ten time. I'm so he's not exactly you know. He's not exactly a successful based dealer so i mean they make their decision that randy guy that they called up rather in our sent. You know i think based on everything. I think that was the best decision pitcher of the month. Well again publicly-owned you. You could have put his you know could have felt negative when he got back to memphis after his trial. You know you've got a couple of starts. From saint louis got knocked around but instead he went down and really had a fantastic <hes> month of august in memphis. We're talking about a zero point nine three three e._r._a. Thirty nine strikeouts in twenty nine innings. You know he's just fantastic month for daniel and the only negative who is he walked four batters in each last two starts at thirteen walks overall for the months but you know we saying he still has a little trouble getting over that hump with saint louis respect. He earned his way back up definitely <hes> with his performance for memphis in august and he was pitcher of the month. Wanna remind everybody we do this. Every wednesday with brian wall all the cardinal nation dot com mondays with moe benfrid fridays daily podcast interviews at scoops with danny mac dot com and this can be downloaded downloaded to your favorite supported devices. The call ups have been made randy. Rose arena was called up <hes> within the last twenty four hours or the call ups were made <hes> <hes> on september first. How about the call upset were made and some that weren't who are your surprises non surprises. What was your take on. What the cardinals have done well. I had projected that they would call up as many as thirty seven players. It looks like they're at thirty five right now. <hes> the injury is the situation action changed with the injury of leaders that occurred right on the cusp of the first because they had to add joe hudson. Who's essentially the fourth catcher or the third catcher leaders. I can't play and so he took a forty man roster spot that they created by basically ending lane comments the season putting on sixty injured list but you know we were all watching watching to see if a starting pitcher jake woodford might get a chance to join the roster and get called up. He's going to have to be protected anyway this winter but you know what i allowed six runs in his last outing and he's just been pretty inconsistent this year you know his e._r._a. Is over four and if you look at feeling independent pitching which is a sabermetrics measure his his fifth is over five and a half so you know jake stone has more work to do. I i think one of the disappointing things is that his walk doc rate in his home run rate both went up this year in his in his second shot at aaa so you know jake for more work to do before he can compete for a rotation spot and saint louis definitely although he will go on the forty man this winter almost certainly going to ask you that i mean they're going to have to add him to the forty man or they risk losing him so that's that's why i was surprised. He wasn't called up. Yeah me too me too but again. I think maybe that deal with hudson using their last forty minutes. Spot might have been the been the death knell offer woodford chances the other guy who did not get called up. There five guys obviously thirty five or up so that means. There's five on the forty man roster. Didn't you got alex rasa of course who's injured often number. You know the words where he ran out of runway. Well they kind of knew that already how much time you had but apparently he didn't catch well enough in his <hes> <hes> relief work at palm beach and springfield that they felt like they would call him up so this season is done ramon orients whose middle infielder really add wound associate with him in the pecking order of the reas hit very well so soon forgot who got the call up instead. I get that we talked about it going scar c._n._n. And the other was justin awesome williams and justin williams of course left hand hitting outfielder that came from tampa bay a year ago and williams in his thirty six games in memphis drove in twenty six and ten forty five so williams was was hitting very well <hes> as well frankly home for southfield and i thought williams might ashok just because he has a left handed bat and know the other call ups <hes> did but they ultimately decided that he would be packed up for the second year in row to be called called up as well in terms of all star representation for the <hes> the cardinals well one name comes to mind that's still in carlson doing call and had yeah fantastic here and he was not only a texas league all star <hes> in the second half as well as the first half but he also was named the texas asleep player of the year and that's you know that's a major honor in a you know a big feather in his cap. That's the positive the negative side of the coin is that in the the final all-stars postseason all stars they call them for the pacific coast league memphis redbirds were passed over as well as palm beach and peoria but neither of those none of those three clubs had league all stars at various levels in the second half and this is the first time in at least the last decade okay that the cardinals organization had just one <hes> player at the full season level is an all-star so you know that would certainly <hes> a disappointing showing overall <hes> last year they had disciplined perspective each of the last two years they had six so you know going from six to two one is obviously is a major step down and uh-huh reflects <hes> well frankly taxation stuff season across the cardinals minor league system. We'll get to that in just a moment across the minor league system and one of the positives gives was johnson city. Yeah johnson said he was the <hes> the one team of the nine cardinals minor league affiliates that made the playoffs <hes> they won their a division with a thirty five and thirty three records so it was a division where the teams were doing a lot of beating up on each other and they won their first round <hes> and now they're one in one in their postseason so here on wednesday night the the winner of that game is is gonna be the appalachian league champion so carlos you'll ever shot at having a league champion so yeah got nine affiliates in the minor leagues in of the cardinals. How did they fare brian. I mean i. I know it was a down year. It's about development but you want. Winning seem to be part of that as well. How did they fare well. You know it's an interesting because the cardinals probably at the top of the system are in as good shape as ever because you know we talk about the carlson's and the gorman's the montero's <hes> you know the players you know getting national recognition and still have them but the you know the overall talent seems to have been down such that none of the four full season teams had a winning record in fact only three of the nine affiliates across the cardinal system has had had a winning record and the last time that that <hes> you know they've had that situation we're only three teams in in the system had winning records was back in two two thousand thirteen so <hes> down year the overall win percentage of the system for sixty four and that's the worst since two thousand three and <hes> just to put that in perspective. I took a quick look at the major league standings that happens to be the exact winning percentage of the cincinnati reds. They were sixty four seventy four so basically the cardinals system has had the whole play like you know one. The same percentage of games as the two thousand eighteen rats have so far. Here's cylinder man proud i would sponsor up scoops with danny mac dot com homebase in saint louis founded in nineteen ninety seven sixteen locations. You'll receive the perfect haircut complimentary implementary beverage relaxing shampoo pot tavlin amend complimentary shoeshine all for just twenty two dollars and for an extra five dollars get stress relieving scalp massage hair saloon from sixteen locations. There's one near you hair saloon for man. Put you on the spot twenty twenty four regular season games to go. You got two left with the giants at home. Then you go three at pittsburgh off day three against <hes> the rockies walkies never easy place to play add cornfield then the scheduled turns up a notch or two and you still have seven left with the chicago cubs. You got washington mixed in there. Aaron milwaukee team made it into postseason play the major league club. Oh i think they do. I think they do and there's no reason to believe why they can't win the division. You know every every time we turn around the chicago. Cubs seemed to stumble. <hes> you know yu darvish as some type of <hes> elbow injury that they're not really think too much about you know they. You know they've had a lot of issues that are closer craig kimbrel who they <hes> you know god was premier closer. Last year has had trouble closing games so you know i don't think yeah granted the chicago. Cubs have been the best team in the division for the last few years but if you look they're winning. Percentage is the worst since two thousand fourteen the year before they sort of unseated the cardinals at the top of the division so you know i don't think the chicago cubs after be seared as much as and some folks and you know i think the milwaukee brewers. Are you know starting to fall back and you know obviously those games. They still gonna have to win those games but i think we saw is mccarter brewers. You know when they're at their best they can. They can handle milwaukee. I final question for you brian. What do you have going on at the cardinal nation dot com well. We're running our final weekly reports from our minor nearly <hes> reporters so they're summing up the the last week of the season next. We've had our award winners as well that we've announced <hes> for ah for the season. We'll have a few more features on players. Are you ready for the boys of summer. 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