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Breaking Rank

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

Departing from tradition and torching a reputation with one shocking pick, the Cardinals seized on Texas fireballer Shelby Miller with the 19th overall a pick. A club perceived as having a preference for college players used its first pick on a high school pitcher for the first time since 1991. And, a club famous for being obedient to the slotting system expressed a willingness to bend the policy for Miller.

Majors | #2009#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals

Job Opening

Derrick Goold -Premium Content

The Cardinals' sudden release of veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy was the boldest, and perhaps most aggressive, sign yet as to how much the club plans to lean on its farm system in 2009. Kennedy's release, entering the final year of his contract, left the everyday role open with no clear replacement.

Majors | #2009#Organization Reports#St. Louis Cardinals