Feldman: Cards young pitching gives them leverage

Feldman: Cards young pitching gives them leverage

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Joe Kelly #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on November 3, 2012 at 8:48 PM

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- It's something teams do every offseason.  Evaluate needs.  Look around at opportunities for improvement.  Hope those opportunities meet their needs.
 
And repeat.
 
A lot of times, though, the opportunities available are completely dependent on your ownership's pockets (ability to spend on free agents) and the depth of your minor league system (ability to trade for talent).
 
The fact the Cardinals have the deepest system in recent memory gives them a leg up on most other teams.  Not everyone has guys like Trevor Rosenthal, Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller ready to provide an impact.  Not every team has guys like Carlos Martinez and Michael Waccha about a year or so away from that same thing.
 
Not everyone has Oscar Taveras, Kolten Wong and Matt Adams swinging bats like they do in the minors.
 
Folks, there's not enough room on a 25-man roster for everyone.  Not when you combine them with those already in St. Louis.  Some undoubtedly will have to be moved at some point.
 
Remember back in 2009?  In a couple months the Cards moved Chris Perez, Jess Todd, Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen and Shane Peterson just to get Mark DeRosa and Matt Holliday.
 
That was after they built up the system and protected those prospects like gold from 2005-2008.  Well, after those moves they've gone back to protecting their prospects like gold again.  From 20010-2012 it's been restocking, restocking and more restocking.
 
I kind of get the feeling we're due for another 2009 again at some point.  Not all of these prospects are going to turn into stars.  Some will.  But some, unquestionably, won't.
 
Think back to '09.  Of those five names I mentioned only Perez turned into something substantial.  Jess Todd is actually back on the Redbirds - the Memphis Redbirds.  Clayton Mortensen and Shane Peterson never became impactful big leaguers.  And Brett Wallace is still looking for traction in Houston.
 
The odds of Rosenthal, Miller, Kelly, Adams, Wong and Taveras all turning into impactful big leaguers is slim.  The job of GM John Mozeliak is determining which of them are legit prospects and which of them are just fool's gold.
 
It may not be this year but at some point I could easily see a big wave of these prospects getting dealt.  Who they are, what they get in return and how it all turns out remains to be seen.

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