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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24

Highlights from Wednesday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ five clubs made the shortest of walking road trips over to the Florida Marlins’ side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

As always, Cardinals director of minor league operations John Vuch shares game highlights. The raw data is his, with the comments mine.

Team summary: Only Quad Cities 1 was able to collect a victory, while Springfield tied. The other three clubs, Memphis, Palm Beach and Quad Cities 2 were defeated on the scoreboard.

Combined records: The Cardinals records on the day were 1-3-1. Spring totals are now 10-20-3 overall and 6-16-1 versus external competition.

Kevin Howard (Brian Walton photo)My Pitcher of the Day: Springfield’s Scott Gorgen fanned five in two scoreless innings of work.

My Hitter of the Day: Memphis’ Kevin Howard (pictured) collected eight total bases, three RBI and scored twice.

Thursday’s schedule: Once again, the Mets are the primary opponent with Memphis and Springfield entertaining their New York opponents in Jupiter, while Palm Beach and Quad Cities 1 again take the short drive to the Mets’ home in Port St. Lucie.

Quad Cities 2 will take on World Free Agent Spring Training.  WFAST is a 17-day spring camp for free agents, offering instruction from independent league coaches and of course, game competition for young men looking for professional contracts. The Cardinals minor leaguers play a game against WFAST each spring.

Memphis (1-5-1) lost to New Orleans, 9-8

Memphis Pitching

Lance Lynn – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s – Uncharacteristic tough outing for the reigning Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Charlie Zink – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 4 BB – Can anyone catch his knuckleball?
Tyler Norrick – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K – Quietly effective
Josh Kinney and Fernando Salas – one perfect inning with two K’s each – Two guys we may see in St. Louis before too long.

Memphis Hitting

Kevin Howard – three hits – single, triple and homer – 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored – Just the Player of the Day!
Donovan Solano – three hits including a double, run, RBI – Provided a pleasant surprise in limited action in big league camp – 11-for-19 (.571), though ten were singles.
Shane Robinson – two hits, an RBI and run scored – Another nice limited-time showing with St. Louis – 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and three RBI.
Mike Folli – tripled
Daniel Descalso – double, walk in two plate appearances
Matt Pagnozzi, Tyler Henley and Mark Shorey – singled and scored

Springfield (3-2-2) tied Jacksonville, 4-4

Springfield Pitching

Nick Additon – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Ryan Kulik – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Scott Gorgen – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s – Pitcher of the Day
Thomas Eager – 1 IP, 1 H, no runs – Cards’ 2007 fifth-rounder had a very quiet 2009.
Eduardo Sanchez – 1 IP, no hits, no runs, 2 BB – Needs to find that elusive control.

Springfield Hitting

Steven Hill – double, triple, RBI and scored – Hill can hit anywhere. Where to play him?
Aaron Luna – three hits – single, double and triple – OBP is always fine, but an improved average could be a difference-maker.
Daryl Jones – 2-for-4, run – Needs to continue the bounceback.
Colt Sedbrook – single, walk

Palm Beach (2-5) lost to Jupiter, 6-4

Palm Beach Pitching

Justin Smith – 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER
Pedro Rodriguez – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Matt Frevert – 2.2 IP, 1 H, no runs, 0 BB, 3 K’s – Very nice line that was next on my list for Pitcher of the Day. Was ranked in the top ten in the system in strikeout to walk ratio last season at 4.40.
Andrew Moss – 1 IP, 2 H, no runs
Ramon Delgado – 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Sixth in the system with 53 game appearances in 2009.
Michael Thompson – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s

Palm Beach Hitting

Oliver Marmol – 2-for-3, HBP, 2 runs – Sixth-rounder in 2007 has a career .200 batting average.
Domnit Bolivar – 2-for-4 with a double
Rich Racobaldo – 2-run HR

Quad Cities 1 (3-4) defeated Greensboro, 4-2

Quad Cities 1 Pitching

Eric Fornataro – 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K’s
Anthony Ferrara – two scoreless innings, no hits, 2 BB’s, 1 K
Joe Kelly – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Another very strong line from a player getting a lot of kudos in camp. Last season, retired 138 opposing hitters without yielding a home run.
Daniel Calhoun – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s – Also a strong performance. His 0.95 WHIP last season was fourth-best in the entire system.

Quad Cities 1 Hitting

Jarred Bogany – 3-for-4, run
Ted Obregon – 2-for-2, game-winning 3-run double
Robert Stock – single, run
Travis Mitchell – single, walk and scored two runs – Local St. Louis product making noise.

Quad Cities #2 (2-6) lost to Marlins 5th club, 6-1

Quad Cities #2 Pitching

Angel DeJesus – two perfect innings
Tyler Lavigne – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Kyle Heim – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB
Keith Butler – 1.1 IP, 1 K – Did not allow a home run to any of 122 batters faced last season.
David Kington – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K
Chris Corrigan – one perfect inning

Quad Cities #2 Hitting

Cesar Valera – 2-for-3
Hector Alvarez – single, walk, run
Anthony Garcia – RBI single – 18th-rounder in 2009 recently turned 18. Being a Puerto Rican catcher is especially good in this system.

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