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Cardinals Organization Report

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For an organization that has taken its bruising for its talent on hand, its lack of minor league depth and its player development department restructuring, the Cardinals sure flexed their prospect muscles in the playoffs. The Cardinals leaned on three rookie relievers to handle the heft of bullpen innings in their National League Division Series win against the Padres.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals

Detour To Stardom

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On the day Rick Ankiel solved the riddle that was his star-crossed talent for pitching by borrowing an outfielder's glove, the lefthander was scheduled to start a back-lot game at Cardinals spring training. A persistent storm threatened to rain out the entire day of workouts for the club. Pitchers had to throw, puddles or not, and contingency plans were quickly being penciled in the coaches' office. Having been thinking about it since his last turn on the mound went horribly haywire, Ankiel already decided how he would make up the washed-out innings. He wasn't going to. Not that day. Not any day. Ankiel was done pitching.

Majors | #2006#Season Preview

Cardinals Organization Report

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JUPITER, Fla.—If the guys who had spent some of last season with Triple-A Memphis seemed unstirred by the diving, lunging, sprinting, sprawling catches Skip Schumaker made during spring training games, forgive them. They've seen them all before. Capable of playing all three outfield positions, Schumaker has his eyes set on another one—the fourth spot in the Cardinals' outfield. He knows his talent formula of good speed, trustworthy glove and sparse pop equals a route to the majors via its bench, where he saw time in 2005.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals