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St Louis Cardinals Prospect Matt Adams Hopes To Make The Team This Spring

Coming off his third monster season in the past three years, St Louis Cardinals first base prospect Matt Adams (KEY ROOKIE: 2010 Bowman Chrome) has his sights set on making the big league club out of spring training. The 23 year old batted .300 with 23 Doubles, 32 Home Runs and 101 RBI’s for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals in 2011. In 2010 he hit .310 with 41 Doubles, 22 Home Runs and 88 RBI’s for the Quad Cities River Bandits. Adams who was a 23rd round pick of Cardinals out of Slippery Rock University stands to gain the most should Albert Pujols leave via free agency. In the story link below, Adams talks about his goals for 2012, skipping the High-A level entirely, being blocked by Pujols, and working to re-energize his body in the offseason.

Major talent: Matt Adams returns to work — CentreDaily.com

Stefanie Brown Becomes Youngest GM In Minor League Baseball And Fourth Female GM In Midwest League History

The Quad Cities River Bandits made a historical hire, naming Stefanie Brown as their new general manager. Brown becomes only the fourth female GM in the 65 year history of the Midwest League and at Age 28 becomes the youngest general manager in full season minor league baseball. Brown has worked for the River Bandits, the St Louis Cardinals Low-A affiliate, since 2007. In the story Brown talks about taking the franchise over, her love of Iowa, and looking forward to adding to the fan experience going forward.

Bandits hire first female GM in franchise history — QCTimes.com

Our Interview With St Louis Cardinals Pitching Prospect Jordan Swagerty

Baseball has been very good to Jordan Swagerty. Among the highlights of the 22 year old righthander’s baseball career to this point is a stint with the US Junior National Team, two trips to the College World Series with Arizona State, a second round pick in the 2010 draft, and now Swagerty has developed into one of the St Louis Cardinals top pitching prospects. In his first season as a pro Swagerty went a combined 5-3 with 8 saves and a 1.83ERA between the Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits, the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals, and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. On the path that he is going, it is likely that you could see Swagerty in Busch Stadium at some point in 2012. We hope you enjoy our Q&A with Jordan Swagerty.

TPA: What was it like playing on a pair of loaded teams at Arizona State? Do you still keep in touch with your teammates as you all progress through the professional ranks?
Jordan Swagerty It was a great experience to play with those guys at ASU. You could trust any player in any situation which led to us winning a lot of games. Many good friendships were formed and I still keep in touch with many of them, like Jason Kipnis and Mike Leake.

TPA: What lessons from your two trips to the College World Series have you taken with you as a pro? What was the overall experience in Omaha like for you?
Jordan Swagerty I learned many different lessons in the CWS. It helps you learn to perform with everyone watching since it is on TV. It was great competition. My freshman year we played well and ended up in third place. Next time we were two and done unfortunately. Also it’s fun to play in a packed stadium like you get in professional baseball. Omaha is a great town! The people of Omaha are so supportive of the World Series which makes it a lot of fun.

TPA: Tell us about your experience playing for Team USA. What was it like playing at the International Level? What are some of your best memories of the experience.
Jordan Swagerty Team USA was fun getting to play against teams from all over the world. I played on the USA Baseball Junior National team and we won a bronze medal in the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships in Mexico. Getting to play in another country is something I will never forget. The fields are different, the fans don’t speak English and there is another country on the field against you. We played against Canada, Chinese Taipei, Aruba, and Cuba. A great memory for me was getting to catch most of the games even though I am a pitcher now. I actually went as a 2-way guy and ended up catching all but one of the games, even though they had Kyle Skipworth who was a first round draft pick the next year.

TPA: You began your pro career as a starter at Quad Cities and had a great deal of success, got a few more successful starts in Palm Beach before having transitioned to the bullpen before getting promoted to the Springfield bullpen. Which role do you enjoy most and what are the key differences in approach you take with each role, and how tough was it to make the transition from college closer to pro starter and then back to reliever again.
Jordan Swagerty It has been a fun ride so far getting to play in three different leagues and many different ballparks. Starting was a good experience for the fact that I got to work on all my pitches but getting back to the pen is nice. I feel very comfortable in that role. It wasn’t a big surprise and I knew it was coming because of the number of innings I was pitching as a starter. I think as a starter you have to be prepared for a full day of work and as a reliever you have to be ready everyday and pay attention to the game for when you get out there.

TPA: What has been the biggest differences you’ve noticed between Low-A, High-A and now Double-A as you’ve moved up the ladder this year and what adjustments have you had to make.
Jordan Swagerty The major adjustments that have to be made as you move up is controlling pitches in and out of the zone and knowing different situations to throw pitches in. The differences I have seen are how good the hitters are. They really take advantages of bad pitches. I’m still looking to improve. For instance, I tend to pitch around the zone, but when I get a 0-2, 1-2 count, pitchers’ count, I need to miss off the plate more, get the hitters leaning.

TPA: Who has been the most influential person to you thus far in the Cardinals organization? What’s been the best guidance or advice they have given you?
Jordan Swagerty Dennis Martinez my pitching coach in Palm Beach really helped me through the experiences he had in the big leagues. His main thing he preached to me is going right after hitters, get ahead and never give in.

TPA: What’s been your best memory so far as a pro, both from something on the field, as well as something crazy you have had happen while in the minor leagues.
Jordan Swagerty Best memory for me has been getting the call-up to AA in my first year. It really wasn’t expected. Something crazy has been the 15 hour bus ride through the night to get back to Springfield. We had a night game in Corpus Cristi and left at 11pm and got in 3 hours before game time the next day.

TPA: Last year when you were drafted the Panini Company put out a baseball card of you with Magic Johnson’s autograph on your card instead of yours. What did you think of that whole deal, and what has it been like signing hundreds of stickers and baseball cards since you’ve turned pro?
Jordan Swagerty That was definitely unexpected but there could be worse guys to be mixed up with, let alone a NBA Hall of Famer. I have a couple of those cards at home that my parents saved for me. Signing has been fun. It takes a while to sign and is a little bit hard on the wrist but over all a great experience and something that I don’t think I will ever get used to.

TPA: What led you to join the world of Twitter? What’s the experience been like so far? You can follow Jordan on twitter @JordanSwagerty
Jordan Swagerty Many of my friends had joined Twitter so I saw them tweeting all the time and didn’t want to be left out. I think it is a great way for fans to keep up and know what we are up to at the field and with the team. It has been nice to get tweets from fans and hear their voice as well.

St Louis Cardinals Prospect Matt Adams Talks About His Monster Season At Double-A Springfield

I’m not sure the name of the scout who directed the St Louis Cardinals to draft Matt Adams with the 699th overall pick of the 2009 out of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, but whoever that scout was needs a raise. The 22 year old first base prospect has established himself as the Cardinals top power hitting prospects. If there is anyone who had the most to gain should Albert Pujols decide to leave St. Louis, it would have to be Adams. In a breakout 2011 season, Adams has destroyed Double-A Texas League pitching hitting .314 with 22 Doubles, 27 Home Runs, and 89RBI’s for Springfield. This follows a .310, 41 Double, 22 Home Run, 88 RBI effort in his first full season as a pro with the Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits in 2010. In the story Adams talks about continuing to bring it every game down the stretch, skipping High-A, staying patient while he awaits a promotion to Triple-A, his future should Pujols stay in St Louis, and refining his discipline at the plate. It’s a very good read.

Power surge: Adams shining in Class AA Altoona Mirror