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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/03

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

“All good things must come to an end…”

Saturday provides the final day of spring play for St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers before they hop Sunday and Monday flights to their initial 2010 regular season assignments (except for the Palm Beach team and extended spring training players who remain in Jupiter, Florida).

In this, the last game report of the spring, Cardinals director of minor league operations John Vuch shares daily highlights as he has all along. Special thanks are in order to him for all the work on our behalf. The raw data that follows is his, with the comments mine.

Once the regular season begins, check out our daily Cardinals Major League and Minor League Notebooks at TheCardinalNation.com, each returning for the new year.

Team summary: Memphis took another defeat while Springfield won against their Marlins counterparts. It is also fair to note a number of Triple-A players are in Minneapolis with the major league club. Quad Cities reversed the tables on Palm Beach after losing to them on Friday.

Combined records: The Cardinals records on the day were 2-2 once again. Final spring totals are 29-35-8 (.453) overall and 19-25-4 (.432) versus external competition.

Casey Mulligan (Names Around Town Photography)My Pitcher of the Day: Reliever Casey Mulligan of Palm Beach (pictured) completed his fourth consecutive scoreless outing of one inning each.

My Hitter of the Day:  Nine total bases for the repeat top hitter of the day, Palm Beach’s Xavier Scruggs. A double, triple, home run and two RBI on top of three hits on Friday is a big week for some.

Sunday’s schedule: Players will be boarding planes for Memphis, Springfield and Quad Cities for open house, meet the fans and similar events early in the week. While some versions of rosters are starting to appear, represented as season opening done-deals, don’t necessarily accept them as final because they are probably not. There may be changes between now and Thursday, when the minor league seasons open. Even so, later on Saturday, I will be posting the most recent working rosters on the main site for subscribers.

Memphis (4-9-3) lost to New Orleans, 6-4

Memphis Pitching

Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K’s – I hope the 2009 Pitcher of the Year in the system gets this out of his system in Florida.
Eduardo Sanchez – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB – Pitching every other day. Third straight scoreless outing after a rough game last Saturday.
Adam Reifer – 1 IP, 1 K – Also getting into a regular groove.
Pete Parise and Blake King – each threw a perfect inning with 1 K

Memphis Hitting

Ruben Gotay – 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI – His importance as insurance to the organization increased when Julio Lugo was dealt to Baltimore.
Jon Jay and Kevin Howard – RBI singles
Tyler Greene – doubled – Interesting that Donovan Solano went to Minneapolis and Greene did not.

Springfield (7-6-3) defeated Jacksonville, 7-4

Springfield Pitching

Nick Additon – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s – Has a career ERA of 2.79 in three pro seasons.
David Kopp – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K’s – Second-rounder in 2007 working to remain healthy and demonstrate his potential.
Ryan Kulik – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K’s
Chuckie Fick – 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R
Thomas Eager – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Cards’ fifth-rounder in 2007 moved to relief last season. Tied for the Florida State League lead in holds with ten and was second with 52 appearances.

Springfield Hitting

Adron Chambers – 3 hits, including an RBI triple and scored 3 runs – Chambers’ 16 triples last season not only led the Cardinals system, it was tops in all of the minor leagues… and the major leagues, too! You can look it up!
Daryl Jones – home run and sacrifice fly
Andrew Brown – two hits, including a long 2-run HR – Getting hot again as camp closes.
Pete Kozma – doubled and tripled – Had 20 doubles and three triples among his 111 hits between Palm Beach and Quad Cities last season.

Quad Cities (6-9) defeated Palm Beach (8-7-1),

Palm Beach Pitching

Brian Broderick – 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Richard Castillo – 4 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K – Tough outing for our #18-ranked Cardinals prospect.
Casey Mulligan – 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K’s – Four consecutive scoreless outings after a rough opener on the 20th allows me to tag a reliever as Pitcher of the Day..

Palm Beach Hitting

I swear this list is the same characters from the day before, including…

Xavier Scruggs – 3-for-4 with double, triple, HR and 2 RBIs – Second consecutive Player of the Day nod.
Luis DeLaCruz – 2-for-3 with a double
Osvaldo Morales – 2-for-4 with a double – Tied for third among Cardinals minor league hitters with 15 home runs last season and his 82 RBI was #2 in the system.
Rich Racobaldo – 2-for-4 with an RBI
Matt Carpenter – hit a solo HR – Had only two home runs in his 251 first professional at-bats.
Jose Garcia – doubled and walked – His 27 steals in 2009 was second in the system.
Tommy Pham – 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored – My unofficial Spring MVP.

Quad Cities Pitching

Eric Fornataro – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s – Sixth-rounder in 2008 has career 3.03 ERA, including an 0-5, 5.24 introduction to Quad Cities last summer. Looks to improve on the latter numbers.
Chris Notti – 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB
Chris Corrigan – 1 IP, 2 K’s – Poised to improve upon 28-to-22 strikeout-to-walk ratio with Batavia last season.
LaCurtis Mayes – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K’s

Quad Cities Hitting

Frederick Parejo – doubled, homered and had 4 RBIs – Has a real case to the Player of the Day. Has just 62 career RBI in 666 at-bats.
Ryde Rodriguez – singled, homered and had 2 RBIs – Supposed power prospect has five home runs in 523 professional at-bats, all in 2009.
Devin Shepherd – 3-for-4 with two doubles – Did not play in 2009 and his only six extra base hits in 2008 were doubles.
Matt Adams and Robert Stock – each hit solo HR’s – Adams hit ten home runs in 245 at-bats in his first pro season last year while Stock had seven, all at Johnson City in 170 total ABs.
Ryan Jackson – doubled

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