St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435 St. Louis Cardinals 2015-01-31T07:08:54Z St. Louis Cardinals Piscotty moves up in Top 100 Prospects rankings Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty is ranked at No. 90 on the 2015 MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list, which was unveiled Friday. Piscotty ranked 98th on last year's list. He spent the 2014 season with Triple-A Memphis, where he hit .288/.355/.406 in 136 games. He played in the Triple-A All-Star Game and ranked in the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League in hits (144) and doubles (32). Cardinals still the team to beat in NL Central While the Cubs have made more flashy moves this offseason, and the rest of the division is loaded, St. Louis is primed for another NL Central title. Cardinals counting on Heyward to fill outfield hole This is the fourth of a seven-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into next season. Up next: outfielders. Cards prospects make strides with offseason work Experience gleaned from September callup experiences led both Xavier Scruggs and Sam Tuivailala to extend their 2014 seasons with an eye on improving their respective chances for a return to the Majors this year. Matheny's book seeks to affect change in youth sports Taking the concepts he presented to parents of youth baseball players back in 2008, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has written a 200-page book that he hopes can encourage change at the youth sports level. Busch Stadium set to host U.S. Women's soccer Busch Stadium will play host to the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in its first domestic game of 2015, when the American club takes on the New Zealand National Soccer Team on April 4. Out of options, Kozma, Freeman could stick in St. Louis For the first time in several seasons, the Cardinals will open Spring Training with the added roster complexity of having players out of Minor League options. In this case, there will be two, Sam Freeman and Pete Kozma, neither of whom will enter Spring Training with assurances of a place on the Major League roster. Cardinals eye consistency from double-play duo Over the last two seasons, the Cardinals have had unbalanced production from their two middle infield spots. Their hope for the year ahead is that the two parts can lead to a greater cumulative sum. Eckstein helps raise money for kidney transplant center Former Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein turned 40 on Tuesday, and he spent the day celebrating the gift of life. Eckstein comes from a family riddled with kidney failure. On Tuesday, Eckstein helped raise $40,000 to assist in the building of the new Transplant House at Florida Hospital. Mueller comes home for newest coaching opportunity Though a first-time participant at the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up event over the weekend, the setting was plenty familiar for Bill Mueller. For this was less about introductions and more about a homecoming for the newest member of manager Mike Matheny's staff. Wong wants to build on breakout postseason While his father continues to relive some of the biggest moments of Kolten Wong's young career, Wong is seeking the opportunity to repeat it. His burst of postseason power left the Cardinals curious to see if their second baseman will show more regular-season pop in his second full season. Rosenthal seeks efficiency in second year closing for Cards Trevor Rosenthal may be donning a new number (44) next season, but for the first time in some time, he won't also be taking on a new role. Grieving Martinez ready to compete for Cardinals Returning to St. Louis for the first time since his close friend and teammate Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident in October, Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez presented himself ready to compete for a rotation spot but also still healing from his loss. Cardinals seek improved offense after dip in 2014 Mike Matheny has many options to assemble a winning lineup in 2015, and the Cardinals manager hopes his club can regain some of its power after finishing last in the National League in home runs last season. Siegrist 'probably 100 percent' on road back to Cards Kevin Siegrist, whose 2014 season was marred by arm injuries, is progressing through an accelerated offseason throwing program that has already had him throwing long toss, playing catch on flat ground and has his first mound session scheduled for the coming week. Wainwright, Wacha emphasize progress following injuries Should the Cardinals refrain from adding to their rotation before the start of the season, it would serve as affirmation of their confidence in healthy seasons ahead for Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha. On Sunday, both pitchers were bullish about the forecast of staying on the field. Cards reveal plans to honor Taveras in 2015 On the 18th day of the new year, the Cardinals dedicated time during the second day of their three-day Winter Warm-Up event to remember outfielder Oscar Taveras and announce how the organization plans to honor him this season. Jupiter crew works the grounds year-round Pitchers and catchers may be reporting to Spring Training on Feb. 19, but the grounds crew at the busiest complex in the Grapefruit League has been aggressively grooming the fields for months. Belisle, Reynolds excited to be part of Cards' 'great era' The Cardinals' two prominent free-agent signees -- Matt Belisle and Mark Reynolds -- received their first public welcomes to St. Louis at Saturday's Winter Warm-Up, and it was the anticipation of such a setting that lured them here in the first place. Cards 'not actively shopping' for front-line starter Though reports continue to speculate of the Cardinals' interest in acquiring a top starting pitcher before Spring Training, general manager John Mozeliak stated at Saturday's Winter Warm-Up that the organization is "not actively shopping" in that portion of the market. Heyward willing to listen to potential extension offers Though the Cardinals have not yet broached the subject of an extension with newcomer Jason Heyward, the outfielder said on Saturday that he would not be opposed to in-season negotiations if the organization chooses to pursue a longer deal. Bourjos cleared to start swinging before Spring Training During a stopover in St. Louis for Winter Warm-Up activites, Peter Bourjos had a follow-up visit with team orthopedist Dr. David King, who performed right hip surgery the outfielder in late October. At this most recent visit, Bourjos received the green light to resume swinging. Candidates for Cardinals Hall of Fame unveiled at Winter Warm-Up Though fan voting won't commence until next month, the Cards used Saturday's Winter Warm-Up platform to announce the eight modern-era candidates eligible for induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this summer. Heyward meets, greets Cards fans at Ballpark Village After two months of debating where he'd fit in the lineup and whether he'll sign a long-term deal with St. Louis, Cardinals fans enjoyed their first opportunity to welcome new outfielder Jason Heyward to town. Jay, Cards exchange arbitration figures Thus far unable to come to an agreement on Jon Jay's 2015 salary, the Cardinals and Jay got a better understanding of one another's expectations by exchanging salary figures on Friday. Jay, arbitration eligible for the second time, filed for $5 million, while the Cardinals submitted a $4.1 million figure. Cardinals avoid arbitration with Cruz, Bourjos In addition to announcing a three-year extension for starting pitcher Lance Lynn, the Cardinals finalized one-year contracts for backup catcher Tony Cruz and center fielder Peter Bourjos on Thursday. All that activity leaves Jon Jay as the only unsigned arbitration-eligible player on the Cardinals' docket. Lynn agrees to 3-year contract with Cardinals Seeking to avoid an arbitration hearing and get cost certainty for both parties in future years, right-hander Lance Lynn and the Cardinals agreed to a three-year contract on Thursday. The value of the contract is $22 million, plus appearance incentives. Carpenter, Adams rocks for Cards at the corners This is the second of a seven-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into next season. Last week, we took a look at the catching position. Up next: corner infielders. Regional Daily News 2015-01-31T12:08:54Z http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435