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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals took on the New York Mets in a home-and-away series. Memphis and Springfield traveled to Port St. Lucie while the Mets’ two Class-A clubs bussed to Jupiter.

As the result of the 2-1-1 day, the Cardinals evened their spring record against external minor league competition at 4-4-1.

Player of the Day for Saturday: Infielder Tyler Rahmatulla tripled, scored twice and plated two in Quad Cities’ win.

Pitcher of the Day for Saturday: Lefty John Gast, in St. Louis camp this time last spring, threw three shutout innings for Memphis in an eventual tie game.

As he has been doing the last few seasons, Cardinals farm director John Vuch is sharing game stats with this site and several others with interest in Cardinals prospects. As always, the raw numbers are his, but the comments mine.

Don’t read much into which rosters on which players are appearing as early spring assignments are especially fluid.

Sunday is a camp day for the Cardinals as the Marlins and Mets face off against each other. Though camp days average only every third day, the schedule has St. Louis with three camp days in their next five.

The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out the full minor league schedule and spring training working rosters. The entire system view by level and position is available via the Roster Matrix, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Memphis (1-0-1) 1 at Buffalo 1
The Redbirds’ offense was held hitless through five innings, but pulled across one run to earn a tie.

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
John Gast 3 2 0 2 3 Last spring’s MLB camp phenom.
Dan Calhoun 1 1 1 1
Chris Corrigan 1.2 1 0 3 3 Not many bats on the ball.
Richard Castillo 2 0 1 2 Seems like the 22 y/o is much older.
Keith Butler 2 1 0 2 1 The Cardinal Nation ’11 top reliever.

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kyle Conley 1 Can hit for power if he stays healthy.
Jose Garcia 2 1 2 Five hits in two days for middle infielder.
Xavier Scruggs 1
Chris Swauger 1
Alan Ahmady 1 Can play all over the diamond.

Binghamton 9, Springfield (0-2) 3

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Jonathan Cornelius 2 3 2 1
Jorge Rondon 1 2 0 1 One unearned run.
Shooter Hunt 2 6 4 1 1 Rule 5 addition takes loss.
Jose Pasen 2 2 1 2
Willy Paulino 2 2 1 4

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Adam Melker 3 2 1 No career HRs in 479 plate appearances.
Starlin Rodriguez 4 2 Early minor league camp invitee.
Jonathan Rodriguez 1 2
Chris Edmondson 1 1
Juan Castillo 1 On rebound after time in penalty box.
Ted Obregon 1 1

Palm Beach (1-1) 7, St. Lucie 6

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Brandon Dickson 3 0 0 0 1 Triple-A SP stepping down in level.
Adam Reifer 1.1 3 2 2 3 Not yet fully back from knee surgery.
Ramon Ulacio 0.2 2 1 4 1
Stalyn Lopez 1 6 3 Rough day could have been worse.
Jean Mijares 1 1 LHR missed all of ’11 after taken in ’10 Rule 5.

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Romulo Ruiz 1 1
Cesar Valera 1 1
Roberto Reyes 1 1
Virgil Hill 2 1
Luis Mateo 2 1
Garrett Wittels 2 1

Quad Cities Red & White (2-1) 9, Savannah 5

Quad Cities pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Eduardo Hiraldo 2 1 2 3 3
Sean Watson 2 2 1 2 3 Two runs, one unearned.
Bob Revesz 2 2 1 Missed entire ’11 season.
Tyler Melling 2 1 0
Cody Springer 2 1 0 2 Newest free agent signee.

Quad Cities hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Jeremy Patton 2 2 1
Nick Martini 4 2 2 ’11 7th rounder had quiet Batavia debut.
Tyler Rahmatulla 4 2 2 2 1 27 2Bs led ’11 Appy League.
Matt Williams 1 1 1
Anthony Garcia 1 1 2 Our #22-ranked Cardinals prospect.
David Bergin 1 1
Neal Pritchard 1 1

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4 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/17”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Greetings from Boynton Beach FL.

    Have a Stan Musial story to tell. I was at a festival at Morikami Park in Boca Raton today and was at a booth purchasing a Japanese parasol. The man who ran the booth saw my Cardinals hat and told me that he was a Cardinals fan. He is originally from Cincinnati. He said he loved the Cardinals because of Stan Musial. He told me a story about going to see the Cardinals play in Cincinnati with his Dad. During the game there were a couple of bus drivers who had driven their buses out in right field and were sitting in chairs watching the game. When Musial came up to bat, the PA announcer came on and instructed the two men in RF to please move their chairs several feet to the right. They complied. Musial stepped up to the plate and on the first pitch, hit a ball out to right field exactly in the spot where the two men had been before they moved. He said it was the damndest thing he ever saw and he never forgot it.

  2. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    “You see some young guys come in here and act too comfortable and act like they own the place. Trevor has worked his tail off every single day.

    The manager said he would be “comfortable” if Descalso had to play shortstop for a week or so. “He’s got the arm strength,” said Matheny. “He’s got the range.

    “He’s just an overall infielder. Everything he does is right.”

    Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/craig-still-hoping-to-play-spring-training-games/article_bb263adc-7971-59bc-9473-89f5c3c7fe9e.html#ixzz1pa1JviyR

    Pretty much answers any lingering questions……………………… about direction….and Greene’s future….. the overconfident young pitchers……basking in their assured futures?????? who might that be? loafing around the complex????????????

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