Wainwright, drafted 48th overall in the L.A.B.R. Mixed League Draft - which broadcast live on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio Tuesday night – told hosts Craig Mish and Cliff Floyd that he is excited about the Cardinals’ young pitching staff entering the 2014 season.
The ability of these [young] guys that we are replacing these superstars [Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook] with is uncanny. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen. Everybody we bring in from the bullpen is throwing 100 [mph]. All the guys that are auditioning for the starting role all throw 95, 96, 97 mph, except me. We’re very confident at what we have coming in. We are going to be in good shape for many years to come.
Longoria, drafted 21st overall in the same draft, explained to Mish and Floyd why runs batted in is the most important stat for a hitter.
I’d rather hit less home runs and drive in more runs. If I was around 25 (home runs) every year, but I was driving in over 100 every year, I would be happy. I feel like RBIs are the most important statistic in the game. If you are driving in two, three a game, and giving your team a chance to win every night, that is more important.