Creator of Birds on the Black. 


Founder and President of the Kolten Wong Fan Club, because he's #good. Creator of Bird Seeds, including the (not) critically acclaimed series, "About Last Night." Tweeter of baseball sarcasm. John Mozeliak once accused me of wanting to DFA the entire roster. I mean... John. Buddy. Pal.

Tara Wellman 

Alex Crisafulli is a contributor for Birds on the Black. Alex also currently writes for the Cardinals blog STL Bullpen and has previously written at Viva El Birdos and Banished to the Pen. He is from Central Illinois, and currently lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, two kids, and Ozzie Smith baseball cards.

Alex Crisafulli

MBA student that has been in college for far too long. Cardinals fan until the day I'm buried in the ground. Doer of creativity through the graphics interchange format. Still not sure how I got the invite to BotB. Basically a protégé of @cardinalsgifs.

Nicholas Childress

I have a fantastic wife named Teri and the 2 best kids in the world, Molly and Sean. When I'm not watching, tweeting, or writing about the Cards I teach high school economics. We live in Katy, Tx, a suburb of Houston, but plan to get to Oregon just as soon as humanly possible

Chuck Brownson

Lucky guy.  Husband to a fantastic wife, father to one underwhelming son, stepdad to two girls, and dad to 4 amazing fur kids.  Geophysicist (seriously), foodie, application ecosystem nerd, and former mediocre athlete in three real sports plus golf.

When I’m not stressing myself by watching sportsball, I relax by cooking, reading, binge watching bad tv shows, and throwing things at the tv.

I’ve worked from home for the last 10+ years, and there is a 71% chance I’m not wearing company approved work attire.


Host of Prospects After Dark. Writes about the minors. Odd shaped head. Obsessed with Mike Shildt. Ranks prospects, hates the comparison part. 

Kyle Reis

Writes things sometimes. Speaks things sometimes.


An introverted maker of music you probably don’t like, pretty much eat chicken with every meal while drinking rally beers. I keep score and do the recaps you’ve probably never read for @birdsontheblack

Stew Stilez

Erik has been a Cardinal fan since he moved to St. Louis as an 8-year old boy. He became addicted to "Whitey's Rabbits" and had his heart ripped out by Frank Viola and a man-eating tarp machine.


He's written for Viva El Birdos, Beyond the Boxscore, FanGraphs and ESPN's Stats and Info blog. He started the now-defunct blog Future Redbirds, being one of the founding members of the Hyperventilating Prospect Geek Fraternity (#hpgf). In other words, he was the proto-Kyle.


By day he works as a digital marketer and website designer. He lives in Iowa with his wife and four kids. It annoys him that he's bordering Minnesota.

Erik Manning

Father. Teacher. Coach. Lover of baseball, hockey, college football, books, and food.

Ben Cerutti