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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20

On Tuesday, 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. Springfield and Palm Beach went home winners on the day.

Tuesday’s Player of the Day: Springfield outfielder Chris Edmondson singled, tripled and homered in three at-bats. Too bad he didn’t have a chance for the very rare spring cycle!

Tuesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Seth Maness, who spent some time with Palm Beach last season (as well as Batavia and Quad Cities), threw three perfect frames for the PB club. The right-hander fanned three.

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 Wednesday, the Cardinals two lower-level clubs, Palm Beach and Quad Cities, will bus over to the Mets’ facility at Port St. Lucie while Memphis and Springfield remain home at the Roger Dean Stadium complex to face New York’s Triple-A and Double-A clubs.

The Cardinals spring record against external minor league competition remains knotted at 6-6-2.

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 12, Memphis 11

Apparently the arrival of Allen Craig inspired all the hitters – along with the wind blowing out. Though his numbers weren’t part of the Vuch report, the outfielder went 0-for-4 with two at-bats each for Memphis and Springfield. He fanned looking both times against Brian Broderick and flied out to center and grounded out to second base vs. Nick Additon (hat tip to Tom Ackerman of KMOX).

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Brian Broderick 3 6 2 0 5 Also yielded an unearned tally
Tyler Lyons 3 7 5 2 2 Was Cards’ designated starter in 2011 AFL
Adam Reifer 2 2 3 Spring struggles continue
Willy Paulino 0.1 1 1 3 Big step up for 2011 Johnson City pitcher

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Mark Hamilton 5 1 2 1 Good to see 1B man back in action
Xavier Scruggs 5 1 2 1 1 Nice extra-base power from another 1B
Kolten Wong 4 1 3 1 All indications are of a complete player
Jermaine Curtis 1 1 1 Played some OF along with 2B last year
Nick Derba 1 1 1
Zack Cox 2 1 1 5 1 Grand slam!
Adam Melker 1 1
Chris Swauger 1 1

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Nick Additon 3 5 6 1 3 Tied for system lead with 26 starts in 2011
Seth Blair 3 1 2 2 3 Better, but a ways to go for 46th overall pick in 2010
Nick Greenwood 2 2 1 2 Began spring in major league camp
Justin Wright 2 3 2 3 2 Didn’t pitch in big league trip to Orlando Monday

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Chris Edmondson 3 3 1 1 Solo home run
Niko Vasquez 1 2 1 3 1 Three-run jack
Ronny Gil 2 2 Shortstop quietly hits
Nick Longmire 2 1 Dressed for Orlando StL game Monday
Starlin Rodriguez 4 2 2 1 1 Ditto. Trip must have been inspiring
Mike O’Neill 2 1 1
Jonathan Rodriguez 1 1
Alan Ahmady 1 1 1
Cody Stanley 1
Rainel Rosario 1 1

Palm Beach 3, Quad Cities (White) 2

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Carlos Martinez 4 2 0 1 4 Our 2nd-ranked Cardinals prospect
Seth Maness 3 0 0 0 3 Perfection = Pitcher of the Day
Todd McInnis 3 6 2 2 2011 NYPL All-Star with Maness

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Vance Albitz 2 2 1 Went from (Lincoln) Saltdogs to (Batavia) Muckdogs in 2011
Casey Rasmus 1 1 2 Made his one plate appearance count
Cesar Valera 1 Only extra-base hit for Palm Beach
Phil Cerreto 1
Garrett Wittels 1
Roberto Reyes 1
Gary Apelian 1

Quad Cities Red pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Victor De Leon 3 5 2 3 3 Coaches like his stuff
Nick Gillung 3 1 0 1 2 19th rounder in 2011 pitched for Johnson City
Ryan Sherriff 3 1 0 2 5 28th rdr in 2011 split between JC and Batavia
Dyllon Nuernberg 2 3 1 1

Quad Cities Red hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Breyvic Valera 5 2 1 Could 2B man become this year’s Oscar Taveras?
David Medina 3 2 1 2 Getting mentioned here often this week
Anthony Bryant 4 2 1 1
Lance Jeffries 1 1
Sam Tuivailala 1

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46 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20”

  1. blingboy says:

    Schmalbert goes Ofer 4, 3 Ks. kkkkk

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Lets get over Adams and Rosenthal too. Their times will come, years hence.

  3. blingboy says:

    Trivia. Among retired players who played their whole career with the Cards, Pepper Martin had the fifth most career homers with 59. Name the four players with more.

  4. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    The current situation I believe was “suggested” a while back………as a possibility……. it is actually far more complex than it appears………………. Adam was never a candidate to go up against Johnson in a much ballyhooed game……..with the entire country watching………. the sizing of Garcia is Matheny…..
    Now we need to figure out how we’re going to get 4 runs out of Johnson and their relief core…………its do-able…………… and here comes the question………is it try-able?

  5. crdswmn says:

    I had a great time at Roger Dean today. Cards won the game in the 9th inning and I got to meet Brian, who is a handsome devil :)

    (Sorry if I embarrassed you Brian)

    I will post pictures later.

  6. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    It appears that Matheny and Jamie have reached an understanding. ……… Cruz is making a statement. ……… And I am absolutely loving the absents of TLR…………….. If Matheny has the personnel in place to run a double steal………he runs it………… every scout in the league now has to say, ” Christ, if this guy has speed on third, he’s going to steal home”…………. that a huge plus……because now he doesn’t have to……. he will get the pitch outs….he will be drawing the infielders up every time……….. thats coaching,,,,,,, Tony was a coward…worrying that a failed play would reflect on his genius…always trying to come off the wall with something instead of playing the game………….. Billy Beane is a genius……look what he gets for Geo………Cards torch him…………..

    • blingboy says:

      Even a slow team should have some kind of a running game, because the loss of a runner now and then would be more than made up by the gain from having the opposing infield in less than optimum position to guard against the steal attempt, and by the distraction to the pitcher.

      The fact that plodding Albert was able to waltz down to second as often as he did, and that Greene was able to come up and take 11 in a row, proves that opponants were not at all worried about the Cards running on them.

      Just imagine how much more convincingly we would have won the WS if Tony was smarter. :)

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Good interview with Lilly……….. he wasn’t going to be trapped……..the shower of seeds hitting him cracked me up……………… Shelby just got the notice …………. he is now being groomed for the “barter market”…… prepared doesn’t mean they trade him …… ………..but don’t think for a second that that wasn’t scripted………. its a brave new world ……………… all interested party’s make a note of that one………

        • blingboy says:

          I missed it. Missed the first half of the game.

          ST is fun to watch. Guys running in the outfield. 3 number 13s on the field, the Nats SS and 2B and the batter, Cora. Love it.

          • crdswmn says:

            Lilliquist was hinting that Shelby had an attitude problem and had better shape up or be passed over for another pitcher.

            • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

              New regime CRD………….. you do the spanking in the coaches office………doing it in public, and you are conditioning the fans………while alerting the GM’s……………..his agent will be chatting with him…… this is not Mo talking over the wall as Tony makes waves…………Mo is in the dugout now………

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Yes Billy Beane is a genius. And Luhnow must be also since the Astros have a winning record right now. My God, It’s Spring training. Geo’s ERA coming in to the game was 1.42.

  7. blingboy says:

    Motte’s control is terrible, back to back walks. Unacceptable for a closer. I’m sure its all because Anderson is catching him.

  8. blingboy says:

    Descalso bobbled and dropped while making the pivot. Wouldn’t have been able to get the runner at first, but that is beside the point. Ragged D.

  9. CariocaCardinal says:

    Without triple bonus points for being a veteran, I don’t see how Cora makes this team over Carpenter.

  10. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    There is drama in Anaheim……….. 2 0n and no outs….Soccia tries a double steal on the first pitch with Albert taking…………………. AP was grinding on that because the runner was called out at third…….. he forces the AB and grounds out to short to collect the RBI………………. they showed the dugout which had a load of information ………………. Angels are a good team ………… AP needs his entire game there …. he is showing signs of stress ………….

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Sounds like good info………..for an Angels blog.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Westie could drive Angels fans bonkers.

        • Brian Walton says:

          I hope there is no truth to the rumor that WC is now being groomed for the “barter market”. ;-)

          • JumboShrimp says:

            With grooming, Westie might win “Best in Show.”

          • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

            6’3″ 195 …………..and he loses weight???……….. give it some thought…………thats no ordinary weight loss program……………. hes for sale …………..

            • CariocaCardinal says:

              Sell quickly, Westie’s stock is near its all time high as he has been on his best behavior recently. Ludicrous comments like this will make getting that bag of used baseballs difficult though.

              • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

                What do you know about the new low body fat “energy drink” workouts the kids are into up here…………..from down there ………………. …………….. why don’t you write about it………. why don’t you explain why the Cardinals are unhappy with it?

                • CariocaCardinal says:

                  Because I am an idiot – you told me so so it must be true. So i have to wait for you to enlighten me and the others here. Of course you seem incapable of doing it that, preferring to write in gibberish. But I have faith it will all be revealed in time (cough, cough). Maybe in your own blog or in your book. We are all holding our breath. Maybe it will all only come out when BDW reveals the latest version of his strategic plan to you and only you. ……or not!

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