St. Louis has placed left fielder Matt Holliday on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps muscle suffered during Monday’s game.
Holliday has remained very valuable at age 35 despite his power disappearing by hitting .303 with a 39/33 K/BB ratio in 52 games for a career-high .417 on-base percentage that ranks fourth among NL hitters.
They’re already without first baseman Matt Adams, possibly for the remainder of the season, but the Cardinals are still relatively well equipped to handle Hollliday’s absence thanks to the presence of 23-year-old Randal Grichuk.
And of course having an MLB-best 38-20 record helps too.
This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.
The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.
As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.