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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals walked over to the Marlins’ side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex for five games, including both Quad Cities White and Red squads. After the 2-2-1 day, the Cardinals spring record against external minor league competition sits at 6-6-2.

Monday’s Player of the Day: Palm Beach’s Garrett Wittels hit his first professional home run (unofficial) after having none with Batavia last year. He also singled and plated two in just two at-bats.

Monday’s Pitcher of the Day: Logan Billbrough fanned five in two scoreless innings for Springfield.

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 Tuesday, the Cardinals will have yet another camp day in which their top two and lower two rosters oppose each other while the Marlins and Mets face off elsewhere.

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.

New Orleans 3, Memphis 0

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Michael Blazek 3.2 3 1 2 4 Ex-37th rdr made 2 Memphis starts in 2011
Kevin Thomas 3 3 1 0 2
Chase Reid 2 2 1 2 1

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Nick Derba 2 2 1
Tommy Pham 2 1 1 Trying to shake off recent injury years
Pete Kozma 3 1 Slated to be Memphis utiltyman in return

Jacksonville 6, Springfield 3

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Anthony Ferrara 4 5 2 0 1 Also allowed one unearned run
Ricky Martinez 2 2 0 Pitched in Batavia in 2011
Justin Edwards 2 3 2 1 1 Another unearned run on his watch
Logan Billbrough 2 1 0 5 Pitcher of the Day

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Mike O’Neill 1 1 1 1
Michael Swinson 1 1 1 1 Loads of potential
Juan Castillo 2 1 Four hits in last three days
Chris Edmondson 2 1
Niko Vasquez 3 1 Has been strong performer in past springs
Rainel Rosario 3 1
Ronny Gil 1

Palm Beach 5, Jupiter 2

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Tyrell Jenkins 3 4 0 1 3 Teenager impressed in big league camp
Zack Russell 2.2 2 1 3 2 Spent 2011 in Quad Cities rotation
Aidan Lucas 2 1 1 1 1
Yunier Castillo 1 0 0 0 0 Converted from shortstop during 2011

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
David Medina 4 1 2 1 1
Garrett Wittels 2 2 2 1 0 HR in first 182 plate appearances
Vance Albitz 2 1 Former indy ball signee late in 2011
Colin Walsh 2 1 1
Steven Ramos 2 1 1 1 1
Anthony Garcia 3 2 1 Outfielder began as a catcher

Quad Cities (Red) 5, Greensboro 5

Vuch explains about the circumstances behind this particular game.

“Good example of why wins and losses are not officially tracked in minor league spring training games.  Both teams “rolled” innings during this game (ended an inning prior to three outs being recorded in order to keep a pitcher from throwing too many pitches in a given inning), and after nine innings Quad Cities led, 5-4.  We had 10 innings of pitching available, while the Marlins had nine, so we pitched a bottom of the 10th immediately after the bottom of the 9th (despite there being no top of the 10th) and the Marlins scored their 5th run in that 10th inning.”

Quad Cities Red pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Hector Hernandez 4 2 0 1 5 Strong outing: one unearned run allowed
Kyle Hald 2.2 5 3 2
Heath Wyatt 2 0 1 2011 33rd rdr K’d 10.8/9IP for Johnson City
Brandon Creath 0.2 1 1 3

Quad Cities Red hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Jeremy Patton 3 2 1 .825 OPS for Batavia in 2011 debut
Tyler Rahmatulla 5 2 1 Our 37th-ranked Cardinals prospect
David Bergin 1
Adam Ehrlich 1 Catcher taken in 6th round in 2011
Virgil Hill 2 2
Nick Martini 2 2
Reggie Williams 1 1 1 Has to sit out first 50 reg season games

Quad Cities (White) 3, Jamestown 1

Quad Cities White pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Brad Watson 3 0 0 0 Spent all of 2011 with Gulf Coast League
Danny Miranda 2 1 0 2 Ex-Miami lefty saved 15 for Batavia in 2011
Kevin Jacob 2 1 0 4 31st rounder in 2011
Ethan Cole 2 3 1

Quad Cities White hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Jesus Montero 1 1 1
Kenny Peoples-Walls 3 1 1 18 y/o taken in 4th round of 2011 draft
Breyvic Valera 4 1 1
Charlie Tilson 4 1 1 OF taken 79th overall in 2011
Lance Jeffries 4 1
Gerwuins Velazco 2 1
David Washington 1 1
Sam Tuivailala 1 1 3rd rounder as high school SS in 2010

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16 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19”

  1. blingboy says:

    I wonder what kind of revenue the Cards get out of the deal with Fox South and Sportsouth to carry Cards games in the Memphis area and therabouts.

  2. blingboy says:

    Yesterday, former catcher Robert Stock pitched a couple innings in a minor league game. Today, Allen Craig will take ABs in a minors game.

    Mighty Trevor Rosenthal is on the pitching schedule for the big league game. He must be making an impression, and should be facing some good major league hitters again. Pretty impressive for a Quad Cities guy.

  3. crdswmn says:

    Has Lohse pitched once this ST without giving up a homerun?

    • Brian Walton says:

      I don’t think so, but he lowered his ERA today. Only 34 of his 69 pitches were strikes, but he gave up just three hits, two walks and that one run over five innings. I bet the Cards would take that any day, though they don’t get to play Houston all the time… ;-)

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Mechanic’s looked terrible …………. looks like spring training fatigue ………………. the use of Andersen as a DH means they are shopping him……….. he has a nice swing …….. he needs a position …….. Chambers looks to have given up ……………. Komatsu does so many things well……goodbye Matt Carpenter…………….. I have to believe Cards make some moves in the next 5 days ………….. Boggs? Anderson? Matt Carpenter? Chambers? …………… Mo has never been in this position..BD either….and he has to balance revenues complications all of a sudden…………

  4. crdswmn says:

    Hey Brian,

    My friend really wants Mark McGwire’s autograph tomorrow. Think there is any way we can get it and if so, what would you suggest we do?

  5. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    As Jumbo would say, ” good to have Fox Tennessee on board”…………………. 2 weeks to opening day…………….and timely too…………….. having the Cardinals on TV every night is bound to pack them in to see the Redbirds………….

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