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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23

On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches for their five spring clubs, including both Quad Cities teams, walked over to the Miami Marlins’ side of Roger Dean Stadium complex for 1:00 P.M. games.

Quad Cities White won, Springfield tied and the other three clubs absorbed a loss. The Cardinals spring record against external minor league competition is now 7-9-3. I posted camp information from Friday and thoughts on the main site for subscribers.

Friday’s Player of the Day: Quad Cities Red’s David Bergin was on base four times in five plate appearances with a walk, single and a pair of home runs. The outfielder plated three. (The photo is of a Bergin starting his home run swing, but it was off Drew Benes on Thursday, giving him three long balls in two days.)

Friday’s Pitcher of the Day: Memphis’ Jess Todd fanned six in 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. The right-hander has had some ups and downs in his career and perhaps 2012 will be another peak.

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 spring assignments are especially fluid.

On Saturday, Memphis and Springfield travel to Port St. Lucie while the Mets’ two Class-A clubs will bus to Jupiter.

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 1

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Jess Todd 3.2 2 0 3 6 Was once a very successful SP – 2008 P of Year
Nick Greenwood 2 2 2 1 1 Lefty stretched out a bit
R.J. Swindle 1 0 0 0 0 Good insurance policy but that may be it
Adam Reifer 2 1 0 0 1 One unearned run – his best outing of the spring

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Steven Hill 2 2 1 Interesting to see if StL keeps all catchers
Ryan Jackson 1 Was batting second in Pop Warner’s order
Jose Garcia 1 Was second in system with .320 BA in 11

Springfield 2, Jacksonville 2

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Joe Kelly 4 5 2 1 6 Our 18th-ranked Cardinals prospect for 2012
Kevin Thomas 4 2 0 0 4 His 18 wild pitches led the system in 2011
Scott Schneider 1 1 0 0 3 Has fanned 279 in 325 2/3 career innings

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kolten Wong 2 2 1 Continues a strong spring
Nick Longmire 1 1
Jonathan Rodriguez 1 2 .389 OBP last season was #5 in MWL
Cody Stanley 1 1
Ronny Gil 1 Rewarded by suiting up for Thu MLB game
Ted Obregon 2 1 1

Jupiter 8, Palm Beach 7

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Shelby Miller 4 4 2 1 3 He should be dominating A-ball hitters
Justin Edwards 2 1 0 0 1 Lefty has career 3.21 ERA
Ricky Martinez 2 6 4 1 0 Rough outing
Aidan Lucas 1 1 0 0 1

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Luis Mateo 4 3 Wants to put behind .179 with PB last year
Roberto Reyes 4 2 2 Hit just .237 with Batavia in 2011
Cesar Valera 4 1 1
Jonathan Keener 1 1 1 Catcher battling for playing time
Packy Elkins 2 11th in the system in walks in 11 (59)
David Medina 2 1 A spring regular here
Phil Cerreto 1 1 1
Romulo Ruiz 1 1 1 1 Struggled in brief Quad Cities trial in 2011

Quad Cities (Red) 7, Greensboro 5

Quad Cities Red pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Adam Ottavino 1.2 2 2 1 1 One unearned run, too – in MLB camp not long ago
Danny Miranda 2.1 1 0 0 1 Also one unearned run for Batavia’s 2011 closer
Kevin Jacob 1.2 2 0 2 3 One unearned run – noticing a trend?
Willy Paulino 2 2 0 0 1

Quad Cities Red hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Vance Albitz 4 1 3 1
David Bergin 4 3 3 2 1 Had just 1 HR in 67 Johnson City ABs in 11
Nick Martini 5 2 1
Colin Walsh 3 1 2 1 1 Batted just .239 at Quad Cities in 2011
Garrett Wittels 3 1
Jeremy Patton 2 2 .825 OPS 2nd among Batavia regulars in 11
Steven Ramos 2 1
Casey Rasmus 2 1 1
Breyvic Valera 4 1 1 Our #39 Cardinals prospect for 2011

Jamestown 5, Quad Cities (White) 0

Quad Cities White pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Sam Freeman 2 2 0 0 1 May be lead lefty in Memphis bullpen
Chase Reid 2 3 1 0 4 Fanned 51 in 54 2/3 IP in 2011
Dyllon Nuernberg 2 4 1
Brandon Creath 2 4 3 4
Ethan Cole 2 0 3 Had 9:1 K:BB ratio in 10 2/3 IP for Batavia in 2011

Quad Cities White hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Adam Ehrlich 1 1 Cards’ 6th-round pick in 2011
Sam Tuivailala 4 1
Kenny Peoples-Walls 4 1
Neal Pritchard 1 Free agent signee last June

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7 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/23”

  1. crdswmn says:

    I’m sitting at the Palm Beach airport waiting to fly back to Misery. I won’t be home til after 8 tonight so don’t knock yourselves out to talk about stuff while I’m stuck on airplanes and shuttles. (Like anyone ever listens to me) 🙂

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    The first 6 minor leaguers let go this spring were pitchers, perhaps indicative that we had an abundance.

  3. blingboy says:

    Greene is shaping up to be this year’s Theriot. Wonder how long MOtheny will persist with the madness.

    DD could hardly win the ‘competition’ any more convincingly. Like Ozzie and Royce. But I admit that DD is darn usefull as an infield utility. He is smart to position himself as a top of order candidate with taking all the walks and showing a prodigeous OBP. If he can carry that into the season, he gets a lot more interesting. Not that it matters if the other guy is the darling.

    Chris will be 37 in a month and that arm has a lot of innings on it. Hope we haven’t seen the last of him. I wouldn’t be shocked, though. Hoping for a good outcome.

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