On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals had yet another camp day in which their top two and lower two rosters opposed each other while the Marlins and Mets faced off elsewhere. In addition, in large part due to Wednesday’s cancellations due to wet grounds, three was even more action than usual. A third game plus a simulated game on the fourth diamond of the quad were added. There, pitchers threw to batters in the cage but no fielding or baserunning occurred.
Memphis and two of the three Quad Cities teams went home winners on the day. I was at the games and posted more information and thoughts on the main site for subscribers.
Thursday’s Player of the Day: Centerfielder Tommy Pham had a great day with the bat, with a single, double and home run, but the excitement was tempered somewhat when he was shaken up making a catch in the field in the final inning.
Thursday’s Pitcher of the Day: Memphis’ Scott Gorgen, coming off 2011 Tommy John surgery, was dominant over his three shutout innings. Once a staple in our top prospect list, Gorgen looked sharp in what I think is his second official spring outing.
St. Louis outfielder Allen Craig receives an honorable mention. The rehabber hit a home run, singled and walked twice in five at-bats for Memphis. He did not fare nearly as well with Springfield, however. For them, he fanned three times as he led off in the home and away parts of the first five frames. Gorgen retired him three times. (I posted a photo of Craig’s home run swing on TheCardinalNation.com that all can see.)
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 Friday, the Cardinals’ five clubs, including both Quad Cities teams, will walk over to the Marlins’ side of Roger Dean Stadium complex for 1:00 P.M. games.
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.
Memphis 8, Springfield 5
|Scott Gorgen||3||0||0||1||4||Hit 93 on the gun and looked very good|
|Barrett Browning||2||0||0||0||4||Rule 5 addition looks to be a nice pen lefty|
|Jesse Simpson||1.2||4||5||2||2||1.54 ERA with PB, but 5.56 with Springfield in 11|
|Dean Kiekhefer||2||0||0||0||1||Great 2H11 for QC including four saves in playoffs|
|Tommy Pham||3||1||1||Triple short of the cycle|
|Xavier Scruggs||2||1||21 HRs was 4th in the FSL in 2011|
|Steven Hill||1||Veteran C will be RBI man for Memphis|
|Zack Cox||1||1||Could benefit from M Carpenter’s big camp|
|Ryan Jackson||1||1||Should be Redbirds everyday SS|
|Chris Swauger||1||1||Unheralded outfielder could surprise|
|Jermaine Curtis||1||1||2Bman can also play some outfield|
|Shooter Hunt||1.2||2||1||2||2||Didn’t see the big velo numbers expected from him|
|Keith Butler||1.2||4||2||0||2||2nd in Cards system with 17 saves in 2011|
|Yunier Castillo||1.2||2||1||2||When will I stop calling him a converted SS?|
|Greg Garcia||1||1||1||Sixth in OBP in entire system last year|
|Adam Melker||3||1||1||A name that has been here a lot this spring|
|Nick Longmire||1||1||1||Looking to accellerate after so-so 2011|
Quad Cities (Red) 4, Palm Beach 3
|Palm Beach pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes|
|Jonathan Cornelius||3||2||1||1||4||Also yielded an unearned run|
|Jose Pasen||3||2||0||1||4th-fewest baserunners/9 IP in 2011 Appy League|
|Robert Stock||2||1||1||1||3||Better results pitching from full windup|
|Palm Beach hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Cesar Valera||4||2||1||Slick fielder batted just .213 in NYPL in 11|
|Starlin Rodriguez||4||1||Will likely play where Wong isn’t|
|Geoff Klein||2||1||Big C has also played some 1B|
|Quad Cities Red pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes|
|Boone Whiting||1||0||0||1||3||Few bats on the ball|
|Dail Villanueva||3.2||3||1||2||4||Listed at 6-2, 170, but looked bigger than that|
|Stalyn Lopez||3||0||0||1||1||Impressive outing – watch this right-hander|
|Quad Cities Red hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Nick Martini||5||1||4||1||1||7th-rdr batted disappointing .167 for Batavia|
|Gerwuins Velazco||4||1||1||Intriguing candidate for catching innings|
|Tyler Rahmatulla||1||1||1||27 doubles in 11 set Appy League record|
Quad Cities (White – split squad) 8, Quad Cities (White – split squad) 7
|Quad Cities winners pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes|
|Brandon Dickson||4||2||0||1||4||Pitcher with MLB experience should dominate|
|Maikel Cleto||0.2||2||1||2||1||So should he, but he didn’t|
|Drew Benes||1.2||4||3||1||1||Good bloodlines|
|Adam Bileckyj||1.2||3||3||1||2||Former free agent signee|
|Quad Cities winners hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Romulo Ruiz||4||2||1||1||Was on base three times|
|Breyvic Valera||1||.311 BA in 2011 was 5th-best in system|
|Roberto Reyes||1||22 y/o batted .237 for Batavia last year|
|Quad Cities losers pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes|
|John Gast||4.1||3||2||3||5||Lefty good, but not dominating like last spring|
|Ramon Ulacio||1.1||2||4||4||2.93 ERA ranked in 2011 GCL top 10|
|Cody Springer||1.1||3||2||4||Recent free agent signee|
|Quad Cities losers hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Charlie Tilson||4||3||2||1||Playing like the top draft pick he is|
|Luis Perez||3||2||2||Standout catcher in 2011 GCL|
|Kenny Peoples-Walls||2||1||1||MLB Urban Youth Academy grad|
|David Bergin||1||1||Hit .284 for JC in 2011|
|Neal Pritchard||1||2||Free agent signee in 2011|
I’ve been busy logging interviews and taking dozens of player photos in Florida. I will be rolling them out for subscribers to the main site, TheCardinalNation.com, over the upcoming days.