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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals had another camp day in which their top two and lower two rosters opposed each other while the Marlins and Mets faced off elsewhere.

Sunday’s Player of the Day: Outfielder Rainel Rosario doubled twice and plated three Springfield teammates.

Sunday’s Pitcher of the Day: Pitching for Quad Cities, right-hander Joe Kelly dominated a young Palm Beach squad with four perfect innings.

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 too much into which rosters on which players are appearing as early spring assignments are especially fluid.

On Monday, the Cardinals will walk over to the Marlins’ side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex for five games, including both Quad Cities White and Red squads.

The Cardinals spring record against external minor league competition remains knotted at 4-4-1.

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.

Springfield 7, Memphis 5

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Maikel Cleto 1.2 3 4 5 1 Our 14th-ranked Cardinals prospect
Jess Todd 3 1 0 3 2008 organization Pitcher of the Year
Barrett Browning 2 1 0 1 2 LHP Rule 5 addition from Angels
Cory Rauschenberger 1.2 4 3 1 Formerly Cory Meachem

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Oscar Taveras 3 2 1 1 Want to see him on bases, in field
Zack Cox 1 1 1 1 Solo home run
Pete Kozma 3 1
Kolten Wong 2 1 1 2011 first-rounder
Roberto Espinoza 2 1
Chris Swauger 2 1
Nick Derba 1 1 1 1 1 Defensive standout made his 1 AB count
Xavier Scruggs 1 1 New blog entry at TheCardinalNation.com

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Shelby Miller 3 7 4 4
Deryk Hooker 3 1 0 1 #18 prospect last yr had injuries in 2011
Eric Fornataro 3 1 Led Palm Beach in innings pitched
Jesse Simpson 1 1 1

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Rainel Rosario 4 2 2 3 2 OF is our 30th-ranked Cardinals prospect
Juan Castillo 2 2 Catcher on the rebound
Ted Obregon 3 1 2
Mike O’Neill 1 1
Niko Vasquez 2 1 1 Former SS now at 3B
David Bergin 1 1 2011 30th rounder played at Johnson City

Quad Cities 4, Palm Beach 1

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Kevin Siegrist 4 3 1 3 5 Began spring in big league camp
Sam Gaviglio 3 2 4 Highest-drafted Cards P in 2011
Ryan Copeland 2 3 2 2 2
Drew Benes 2 2 2

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Colin Walsh 1 Helped team avoid being no-hit
Virgil Hill 2

Quad Cities pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Joe Kelly 4 0 0 0 3 Clear choice as Pitcher of the Day
Dean Kiekhefer 2 1 1 1 2
Robert Stock 2 0 0 3 2 Reader reports had him at 88-91 mph
Iden Nazario 2 1

Quad Cities hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Breyvic Valera 4 2 1 IF is our #39 prospect heading into 2012
Lance Jeffries 5 2 1 1 10th rounder in 2011 from Florissant, MO
Kenny Peoples-Walls 2 2 2 On base all four times
C.J. McElroy 3 2 1 2011 3rd rounder invited to early camp
Anthony Bryant 2 1 1
Luis Perez 1 C had nice 2011 in Gulf Coast League
Jesus Montero 1 Little brother of Seattle rookie C

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7 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Things have been looking pretty good this spring, overall.

    The biggest problems are ailments for Chris Carpenter and reserve OF Schumaker. Fortunately, we have depth. Lance Lynn is ready to fill-in for Carp, until he can ease into pitching. Komatsu and Chambers can fill-in for Skip.

    Little Sanchez has been impressive. The bullpen could turn out to be Motte, McClellan, Salas, Sanchez, and Boggs, from the right side.

    Freese and Molina have been looking good with the stick. Descalso played 3B in college and fields well there, but his bat is light for 3B, so he played 2B in the minors. Last summer, TLR used him at SS for a while. He’s versatile in the field and can hit ok for average.

    I’d like to see a bench of C Anderson; if Descalso; OF Chambers or Komatsu; 3B M Carpenter; and CF Robinson. We will see what Mo and Mike decide.

  2. blingboy says:

    It is hard to get a good picture of how guys are doing without seeing the games. Watching the video delay of todays game, the bottom of the ninth is a good example.

    I think it was Heyward laid down a bunt that MCarp was slow to get to, so he has to barehand it and sails it over Adams’ head. No error was charged, but there it was. A 3B has to make that play in the bottom of the ninth in a close game.

    Then there is Jackson after the errant thrown ball down the right field line. Jackson? Hustle.

    Later a routine fly to LF with speedy Heyward on 3rd and less than two outs. Heyward takes off for home and Chambers sails it over the cutoff man, an unimpressive throw, way to late at the plate. The tying run at second, in the form of some bonehead, doesn’t advance to third on the missed cutoff, but still, a poor play in the clutch defensive situation by Chambers.

    Later Chambers threw one in to MCarp with a chance to get a runner and it wasn’t much of a throw and even less of a catch as the ball dribbled away and the runner safe.

    Salas didn’t get any help but kept his cool and got the save 4-3. Stress, aggravation, clutch. Nice job.

    So right there are a lot of useful tidbits about a number of young guys who will/might factor in at some point. This stuff is happening everyday down there, and my impression of Matheny is he doesn’t miss any of it.

    Perhaps observing all those spring trainings is why TLR wasn’t jumping for joy when Mo shoved rookies at him.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Not to pile on, but Adams had some alligator arms on that wild throw by Carpenter. Having said that, kids are going to play roughly some times. Not unique to St. Louis. Probably trying to do too much.

      • blingboy says:

        The cream rises, though. There are only two prospect-level NRI position players left, Jackson and Adams. And the only NRI SP is Rosenthal. They wouldn’t have survived playing roughly like the 40-man prospects can.

        I am especially surprised about Rosenthal still being there given his low-A experience level. Holding his own I guess.

  3. blingboy says:

    Pete Parise got released. Up or out I guess. Any insights?

    I see where Tony is not using Buzz Bissinger for his new book, due out this fall.

    • Brian Walton says:

      I wrote a bit about the four pitchers released today in my Orlando report on the main site (subscriber article).

      TLR already announced he and Hummel were doing the book during the Kiel Opera House show in January. Apparently it is official now. It looks to be a different kind of book, but I also recall that he and Bissinger had a fall out that seemed to be related to the Beck rally in Washington in 2010.

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