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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22

Highlights from Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Memphis and Springfield clubs were to entertain their New York Mets opponents at home in Jupiter, while Palm Beach and Quad Cities took a short trip to the Mets’ home in Port St. Lucie.

Cardinals director of minor league operations John Vuch continues to share game highlights. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments mine.

Team summary: Well, the Jupiter games could not be played due to rain, despite the major league club getting their game in against Boston. Palm Beach (win) and Quad Cities (loss) split over on the Mets’ fields.

Combined records: 1-1 on the day, 8-15-2 on the spring.

Kevin Siegrist (Brian Walton photo)My Pitcher of the Day: Kevin Siegrist of Quad Cities (pictured) with three shutout innings. Palm Beach’s Scott McGregor also had a good case.

My Co-Hitters of the Day: Quad Cities Michael Swinson tied with teammate Matt Adams. Swinson drew a walk to go along with his three hits while one of Adams’ three safeties was a double.

Tuesday’s schedule: As the Mets and Marlins will likely face off against each other, the Cardinals have no other organization in the area to play other than themselves. At least that is the case for the top four clubs as Quad Cities 2 will face external competition in Gildea’s Raiders. Gildea’s is a traveling team that regularly makes the rounds of Florida spring camps. They have visited the Cardinals yearly for at least the last decade.

Memphis (1-3-1) was rained out

Springfield (2-2-1) was rained out

Palm Beach (2-4) defeated St. Lucie, 7-4

Palm Beach Pitching

Shelby Miller – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s – The Cardinals first-rounder makes his first appearance in a spring game in minor league camp. Others have suggested Miller may start the season in extended spring training and join Palm Beach when it warms up. That doesn’t compute to me since EST and Palm Beach start at about the same time and play in the same place!
Scott McGregor – three shutout innings, allowing two hits
Aaron Terry – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Jose Rada – 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER – 21-year-old Venezuelan led the 2009 Appalachian League with 23 appearances while posting a tidy 1.76 ERA. Fanned 30 and walked eight in 30 2/3 innings.
David Carpenter – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s

Palm Beach Hitting

Osvaldo Morales – walked, 2-run HR – 22-year-old was tied for third in the system with 15 home runs in 2009 and his 82 RBI was second-highest. Did most of his damage with Quad Cities.
Domnit Bolivar – 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs – Starting fifth year in the system and has yet to turn 21.
Hector Alvarez – 2-for-3, 2 runs – Only has 18 regular-season runs scored and a .201 career average in 60 career games.
David Washington – doubled, RBI
Devin Goodwin – RBI single in only AB
Ryde Rodriguez – singled

Quad Cities #1 (2-4) lost to Augusta, 7-4

Quad Cities #1 Pitching

Kevin Siegrist – 3 scoreless innings with one hit and 2 K’s – See above. Has a career ERA of 3.07 in two seasons.
Mike Blazek – 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Justin Edwards – 2 IP, one hit, no runs, 1 BB – Posted 3.25 ERA in 15 games, including eight tandem starts for Batavia in 2009.
Michael Thompson – 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER
Chris Corrigan – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – 3.80 ERA in 16 games / 7 tandem starts for 2009 Muckdogs.
Nick McCully – one perfect inning – 21-year-old placed in Quad Cities after being taken in the ninth round and struggled to a 7.20 ERA in first 20 professional innings.

Quad Cities #1 Hitting

Michael Swinson – 3-for-4 with a walk, run and RBI – Can play defense too with only one error and five outfield assists in 2009.
Matt Adams – 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, run – His .355 average between Johnson City and Batavia led the entire system in 2009.
Ryan Jackson – 2-for-3
Romulo Ruiz – 2-for-4
Jonathan Rodriguez – a 2-strike RBI single, run – 17th round pick is an official sleeper after finishing first in the system with a .421 OBP last season and third in OPS (.858) between Gulf Coast League and Johnson City. Now 20 years old.
Kevin Moscatel – RBI single

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