Mar 6, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow (right) laughs with television analyst Peter Gammons (center) and Astros manager A.J. Hinch (left) prior to a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Marlin Maniac: The hacking scandal the Cards are alleged to be involved in, what’s the latest there and what has the club been saying? Has it affected the players?
Jacob Misener: It seems like it was confined to a few employees and none of the high-ranking executives were involved. There’s been rumors that it was due to some former Cardinals staff who went with Jeff Luhnow to Houston not changing passwords, but until the investigation concludes, I don’t think we’ll know much for certain.
As for the team, it hasn’t slowed them at all. They still hold a commanding lead in the division and they keep on doing their thing.
MM: The Cardinals are off to another hot start, overcoming a bunch of injuries. Has depth always been the strongest part of a Cardinals roster?
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JM: Depth is definitely an annual strength for St. Louis. More importantly, they always have some young kid they promote and he fills in flawlessly.
JM: Personally, I don’t see it. I don’t see St. Louis trading for someone like Howard when Adams should be ready to roll in 2016. Then, what do you do with him?
Mark Reynolds has been more than serviceable which is nice to see given the struggles he’s had in the past. They’ll probably add some depth pieces, maybe a back-end starter, but nothing more than that in my opinion.
MM: How did the Cardinals do in the draft? What is the state of the Cardinals farm system?
JM: If you ask me, there’s no better front office in the game. You can draw a direct line from the Astros’ success to the strength of the Cardinals’ organization given Luhnow was a former front office member in St. Louis and that strength remains today.
St. Louis continued to add impact pieces and, given the team’s recent performance in terms of player development, by 2017, we’ll probably see some early-round picks playing at the big league level.
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