St. Louis CardinalsManager: Mike Matheny
Stadium: Busch Stadium
2008 Record: 86-76 (4th in NL Cent)
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-- Tim Kurkjian
HITTER TO WATCH:
Colby Rasmus is a potential Rookie of the Year, a plus center fielder with a great swing and plenty of power potential down the road.
PITCHER TO WATCH:
Jason Motte is a converted catcher who throws 98 mph like he's playing catch, and even though his slider is below-average he has dominated hitters at every level since he took the mound.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.
Is Albert Pujols still the best first baseman in the National League or have others closed the gap? Will Ryan Ludwick have another big year and be among the top right fielders in the game? Register your vote.
Chris Carpenter looked remarkably healthy in the spring and is only four years removed from a Cy Young season, and three seasons from a 15-win, 3.09-ERA campaign. For the price, if he gives you even 15-20 starts, he's going to be one of the steals of the draft.
This one, choosing Todd Wellemeyer, is all about workload concerns. He threw 111 1/3 more innings in 2008 than he did the year before, and 44 2/3 than he had in any other season in his professional career. Besides, his numbers weren't Cy Young material anyway. Expect regression.
--Tristan H. Cockcroft
INJURY TO WATCH
Chris Carpenter. Carpenter's past two seasons can be summed up as follows: bone spur removal, Tommy John surgery, nerve problems in shoulder, nerve transposition surgery at the elbow. After more than two years, Carpenter can finally say that he feels good. And it shows. His performance this spring has been both impressive and inspiring. The Cardinals are optimistic, albeit cautiously so, but it does appear that Carpenter is headed for a stellar season.
-- Stephania Bell
PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS
No. 15 overall
No. 10 overall
No. 6 overall
No. 17 overall
No. 17 overall