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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25

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

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ top four clubs once again found the Mets as their primary opponent with Memphis and Springfield entertaining their New York opponents in Jupiter, while Palm Beach and Quad Cities 1 again took the short drive to the Mets’ home in Port St. Lucie.

Quad Cities 2 welcomed the World Free Agent Spring Training club.  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.

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

Jarred Bogany (Names Around Town Photography)Team summary: Memphis and Springfield fell while Palm Beach worked a tie and both Quad Cities clubs outscored their competition.

Combined records: The Cardinals records on the day were 2-2-1. Spring totals are now 12-22-4 overall and 7-18-2 versus external competition.

My Pitcher of the Day: Randy Santos of Quad Cities 2 spun three shutout innings, striking out four.

My Hitter of the Day: Quad Cities 1’s Jarred Bogany (pictured) singled, doubled, drove in two and scored.

Friday’s schedule: Once again, the Cardinals have no external opponents to play. As such, we are pretty much guaranteed to have a 2-2 day as Memphis will take on Springfield and Palm Beach will face Quad Cities.

Memphis (1-6-1) lost to New Orleans, 8-1

Memphis Pitching

Brandon Dickson – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – opposite field solo HR
Brad Furnish – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K’s – Rough outing for the lefty.
Oneli Perez – 2.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K’s – Could be on the bump with more outings like this.
Pete Parise – 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER – May not get to close to start this year depending on who else makes the team.

Memphis Hitting

Bryan Anderson – 2-for-3, solo HR – Will presumably see more time for Memphis if Pags starts with St. Louis due to Yadier Molina’s injury.
Shane Robinson and Daniel Descalso – singled and walked – Not much else to say about a team that has not been winning so far this spring.

Springfield (3-3-2) lost to Binghamton, 3-2

Springfield Pitching

David Kopp – 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – Continuing his comeback from imjury.
Brian Broderick – 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER
Richard Castillo – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s
Chuckie Fick – 2 perfect innings, 2 K’s – Almost the Pitcher of the Day.

Springfield Hitting

Aaron Luna – 2-for-3 – Has been hitting all spring.
Andrew Brown – double – Ditto. His offense may be ready for Memphis, but third base experiment is still early.
Antonio DeJesus – single, HBP, scored – Good to see him here. Is a .252 career hitter, but batted just .229 with Springfield last season.
Tommy Pham – RBI single in his only AB – Another hot bat.

Palm Beach (2-5-1) tied with St. Lucie, 4-4

Palm Beach Pitching

Jared Bradford – 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s – Had a 14-to-2 strikeout to walk ratio last season between Gulf Coast League and Palm Beach.
Scott Schneider – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K’s – Our 2009 Batavia Starting Pitcher of the Year. His 0.91 WHIP last season was second-best in the entire system.
Yoffri Martinez – 1 IP, 0 R
Houston Summers – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 unearned run, 1 BB – Knuckleballer has a much better outing.
Jose Rada – one perfect inning – Led the Appalachian League with 23 appearances in 2009 and posted a nice 1.76 ERA, too.
Joel Pichardo – one perfect inning with a strikeout

Palm Beach Hitting

D’Marcus Ingram – 2-for-5, run, stolen base – His 25 swipes in 32 attempts last season ranked fourth in the organization.
Frederick Parejo – 3-run HR – 19-year-old has just three home runs in 666 professional at-bats during the regular season.
Alex Castellanos – RBI double, scored
Oliver Marmol – single, HBP in two plate appearances
Rich Racobaldo – single, walk, stolen base

Quad Cities 1 (4-4) defeated Savannah, 8-6

Quad Cities 1 Pitching

Deryk Hooker – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s – Another solid outing. The first time around, Hooker reached Quad Cities for four starts in 2008 and was very strong (1.61 ERA).  Still just 20 years old.
Zach Russell – 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K’s – In 61 career innings, he has 61 walks and 67 strikeouts, but no free passes on this day.
Jesse Simpson – two perfect innings, 2 K’s – His 1.01 WHIP in 2009 ranked seventh in the system.
Aaron Terry – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER
Jorge Rondon – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
David Carpenter 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K’s – His 12 saves last season with Quad Cities was the sixth-most in the organization.

Quad Cities 1 Hitting

Jarred Bogany – 2-for-3, double, two RBIs, run – Only a .250 hitter in his first two seasons, but seems to be hot this spring.
Luis Mateo – 2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs – 19-year-old 2B quietly posted a .912 OPS in 93 at-bats with Johnson City last season.
C.J. Beatty – 2-for-2, run, RBI – Can’t do much better than that!
Travis Tartamella – doubled in his only AB
Jonathan Rodriguez – doubled
Michael Swinson and Devin Shepherd – both singled, walked, scored

Quad Cities #2 (2-4) defeated WFAST, 7-3 (six innings)

Quad Cities #2 Pitching

Randy Santos – 3 IP, 1 H, no runs, 1 BB, 4 K’s – A stellar performance. His 15 wild pitches led the Appalachian League last season, so he needs a good backstop.
Nick McCully – 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Brett Zawacki – one perfect inning – Great to see him out there after a pair of knee surgeries last summer.

Quad Cities #2 Hitting

Travis Mitchell – two hits
Romulo Ruiz – walked twice, scored twice – A much better player than his career line of .167/.229/.269 would indicate.
Rainel Rosario – singled, scored twice, RBI
Cesar Valera – 2-run triple, walk, scored
David Washington – single, two walks in three plate appearances – Looking to rebound from a rough introduction in the Gulf Coast League in 2009 (.165 in 85 at-bats).
Hector Alvarez – 3-run HR

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