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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25

On Sunday, the Cardinals once again had a camp day, during which their top two and next two teams played each other. In addition, the Quad Cities White squad had a 4 ½ inning scrimmage against themselves.

Springfield defeated Memphis while Palm Beach and Quad Cities Red tied. The Cardinals spring record against external minor league competition remains 9-11-3.

Sunday’s Player of the Day: Quad Cities Red’s Roberto Reyes made the most of his two at-bats, with a triple and a home run. The outfielder drove in a pair and scored both times.

Sunday’s Pitcher of the Day: Springfield’s Tyler Lyons spun five shutout innings against Memphis on just two hits and a walk. The lefty from Oklahoma State University fanned five on the day.

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

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 3, Memphis 0

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Nick Additon 5 5 2 2 2 5th in organization last year with 128 strikeouts
Brian Broderick 5 1 0 2 Made Washington opening day roster in 2011
Barrett Browning 1 1 1 2 1

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Xavier Scruggs 4 2 Look for new blog entry on Tuesday
Chris Swauger 1 All-star in Panama winter ball
Amaury Cazana 1 World traveler
Ryan Jackson 1 Our 13th-ranked Cardinals prospect

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Tyler Lyons 5 2 0 1 5 Threw a no-hitter for Palm Beach on 8/8
Jorge Rondon 2 0 0 0 2 Logged a 9.16 ERA in 37 G for Springfield in 11
Keith Butler 2 2 0 2nd in system with 17 saves last season
Chris Corrigan 2 1 0 2 Fanned 29, walked 21 in 41 1/3 IP for PB in 11

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Rainel Rosario 5 3 1 Led Palm Beach with 123 hits in 2011
Cody Stanley 4 2 1 Starting C in 2011 MWL All-Star Game
Oscar Taveras 1 1 1 1 Now and forever known as “Minor League Guy”
Ronny Gil 1 1

Palm Beach 4, Quad Cities Red 4

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Seth Blair 4 1 0 3 3 46th overall pick in 2010 improving each time out
Todd McInnis 2 4 1 1 New York-Penn League all-star in 2011
Ryan Sherriff 1.2 2 1 1
Robert Stock 1.1 3 2 1 Still has some kinks to work out

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Breyvic Valera 4 2 1 1 Batted .397 in 19 games with Johnson City
Casey Rasmus 3 1 2 Younger brother of ex-Cardinals outfielder
David Bergin 1 1 1
Cesar Valera 1 1
Gary Apelian 2 1 .502 SLG last season was 8th in system
Virgil Hill 1 1 1 Father was boxing champion
Garrett Wittels 1 1 1

Quad Cities Red pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Seth Maness 4 3 1 0 5 Just missed Pitcher of the Day honors
Iden Nazario 1.2 2 1 1 1
Shooter Hunt 1.2 4 2 2 1 One unearned run – Rule 5′s tough spring continues
Jesse Simpson 2 0 0 0 2 Strong with PB last year, but struggled in Double-A

Quad Cities Red hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Roberto Reyes 2 2 1 1 Seven total bases on the day
Romulo Ruiz 2 1
Chris Edmondson 4 2 1 22 doubles tied for 2nd-most in system in 11
Packy Elkins 3 1 1 5th in system with 59 walks in 2011
Vance Albitz 1

Quad Cities White intersquad 3-1

Quad Cities White winners pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Dean Kiekhefer 2 3 1 1 Should be ready to move up from Quad Cities
Yunior Castillo 2 1 4 Very nice outing for ex-SS in 1st camp as pitcher

Quad Cities White winners hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Gary Apelian 1 1 1 Also played in Palm Beach game
Kenny Peoples-Walls 3 1 1 4th round pick in 2011 draft is 18 years old
Jonathan Keener 1 Batted .250 in 92 ABs for JC in rookie year
Nick Martini 2 1 Former Kansas State star
Luis Mateo 2 1

Quad Cities White losers pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Victor DeLeon 3 1 1 3 2 One unearned run
Corey Baker 2 4 1 Five wins led 2011 Batavia Muckdogs

Quad Cities White losers hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Matt Williams 2 1 1 20-for-22 in stolen bases for JC last year
Reggie Williams 1 Six triples in 2010 tied for 2nd in system
Neal Pritchard 2 1
Charlie Tilson 2 1 1 19-year-old was 2nd round draft pick in 11

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30 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    Brendan Ryan turns 30 today…

  2. blingboy says:

    MCarp is at 1B today. I’m liking his chances. Maybe Robinson, too.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    The Mets have Brad Thompson and Miguel Batista. Fun.

    Today, the joke was on the Cards, since Batista won. Batista’s a good pitcher, even though he got blamed last spring.

    Westbrook tried to stretch out and eat 7 innings, but it was not to be.

    Another double by Bryan Anderson.

    Pop quiz: which of our pitchers is undefeated in the majors, despite an ERA above 9?

    • blingboy says:

      That would be Marte. Does 31 saves for Memphis last year get him a job in the Cards’ pen?

    • Brian Walton says:

      Only in Lake Jumbo-begon – where all the players are above average – could anyone with a straight face call Batista a good pitcher . ;-)

      He did lower his spring ERA from over seven to 5.59 with his performance today, so that is something. He was released by the Cardinals because they had better pitchers to be on their team. On the other hand, the 2012 Mets have the makings of a last-place team in a more-competitive NL East.

      • crdswmn says:

        Come on Brian, you should have said that in iambic pentameter—-in keeping with the subject matter.

        Oh in the land of Jumbo fair
        Batista pitches well
        It matters not what face he keeps
        Cause he’ll just split the hair.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Batista: 243 ML starts, more than 1,900 innings, a pro pitcher for more than two decades. Had an ERA under 3 with the Mets last year.

        Batista is a warrior! Born in the city of Santo Domingo, like Albert!

        • JumboShrimp says:

          If MLB stats are to be believed, Miguel started 4 games for the Mets last season and in one of these threw a complete game shut-out! Awesome, 40 years old, still flinging shutouts! Who would have thunk it? What a great game!

          No wonder we lost yesterday’s exhibition game to the Metropolitans. Their bankrupt owners are employing Batista. Miguel is up on the hill firing bee-bees. He could have retired to his rocking chair, but no, ever the warrior, Miguel soldiers on and prevails over Matheny’s Birds.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            Bernie Madoff really did a number on the Mets! The owners are having to shell out $163MM in ill-gotten gains through Bernie, leading the Mets to now employ cut rate players. Miguel Batista is a superstar in relation to ex-Card Brad Thompson who dished up a 3 run jack to Jon Jay two days ago.

            Great news: the Mets are diving even deeper, giving auditions to Cards castoff Kip Wells. https://twitter.com/#!/JonHeymanCBS/status/184340292793667584
            Man I hated the Kipster, the season we had to endure with him, while he was pulling down $4MM. Was it just 2007? Anthony Reyes, the Kipster, and Brad Thompson, in one rotation, while Carpenter was OOC. Whew. It was rough.

            • blingboy says:

              There is a school of thought holding that Reyes’s career was ruined due to mishandling by the Cards org. The details escape me, but having to due with the differences between TLR/DD and the player development side which had Dunc all worked up a while back, I believe.

              The rook taking the mound at Comerica Park and putting down 17 Tigers in a row in game 1 is one of my favorite things.

              That whole thing would make a good book some day.

              • Brian Walton says:

                As I recall, there was an issue over two-seam vs. four-seam fastball. I have no idea if that contributed in any way to the elbow problems that ended his career.

              • JumboShrimp says:

                Cards fans were vulnerable to way over-rating Anthony Reyes. He suffered elbow woes at USC, so fell from round 1 to 15 in the draft. He was available as a bargain, because not sound. Then during 2004/5, fans got hopeful about Reyes, because they wanted to have hope, no bad thing. The farm system was relatively barren, Reyes looked like its best.
                Dave Duncan realized Reyes did not have enough repertoire of pitches to be a big winner in the majors. His best pitch was a changeup. The fast ball was not special. There was not a good breaking ball. Reyes was capable of a good game, such as beating the Tigers during Game 1 in 2006, because they had had a week off waiting for the Cards to qualify.
                It is now more widely understood among sports fans that a two seam fastball with sink is more effective than a four seamer that goes a few mph faster. But back circa 2006, there were Cards fans who did not know this and who cried that Dave Duncan did not know anything about pitching. VEB and Future Redbirds were two web sites where such naive views about pitching used to be popular.
                Since then, Anthony Reyes has had zero success. His trade value was squat (Luis Perdomo), so its not like other teams thought highly of him. And Adam Wainwright, who was ranked behind Reyes, emerged as a Cy Young candidate and has had much success throwing a sinker. And thus some Cards fans have gotten smarter and realized they did not know as much about pitching as did Dave Duncan.

              • blingboy says:

                Brian, Jumbo, thanks for the refresher. For me, the stirrups, the high leg kick and shutting down the Tigers is one of my favorite Cards memories. Wainy closing it out with the save in the final game is another, often seen in Cards highlight spots.

                We’ll have to see what kind of memories and heros get added to the pile this season.

      • blingboy says:

        Unless I am sadly mistaken, Jumbo hails from Garrison Keillor’s neck of the woods.

        A couple winters ago I watched Ken Burnes ‘Baseball’ miniseries and recognized the voice of Keillor doing one of the characters. Can’t remember which.

        At any rate, I enjoyed the reference to one of my favorites. crdswmn’s clever quatrain as well.

  4. crdswmn says:

    Adron Chambers to Memphis.

    Jenifer Langosh is guessing that Carpenter and Komatsu will get the 2 bench spots.

    • blingboy says:

      She is on the Cruz bandwagon, I see. I’ll go with Anderson. I like Robinson, too. Maybe Marte, the AAA closer experience, you know.

      Don’t like Valez.

      Too bad Jake got touched up in the 7th. Looked good until then. He might be the best #5 man in baseball this year.

      • crdswmn says:

        I like Anderson, but I also like Cruz and I think the fact that he is a right handed bat and has better defense will tip the scales in his favor.

        I don’t know enough about Marte to have an opinion. I don’t care for Velez either and I don’t think he will get a spot.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          There appears to be a movement toward 3 catchers. Is that smart? Who knows. They are working at appearances too. Maybe they move Anderson?

          • Brian Walton says:

            Three catchers would be a direct change from what Matheny said just a few days ago.

            With Koyie Hill gone, the loser of the Anderson-Cruz battle will start for Memphis.

            • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

              There are a number of combinations where Cruz can be used and or Molina and left on the field to avoid that risk that Tony would never take……………….. do they have someone that could back up a catastrophe? If they keep Anderson………..its square one……….I like his swing……not his utility….. if he stays as the backup………..how could they possibly justify that move………. if he blows a few games with the “Emotional’s” thats Garcia and Lohse……….. they are going to do what with him? They have shown his bat…………. many teams would like to work with him I’d guess………….. Cruz has been adequate and avoids the obvious ………….. why take the chance……..how long do you think it would take the scouts to solve so many calls coming from the dugout? ……………. or shaken off pitches????????? Can’t believe he isn’t for sale…………….. I still can’t forget the game last year when he is working with a struggling Carpenter…………. first inning 4th batter………. he calls for the change-up……….and Carp doesn’t throw one……….. that was the last straw if I’m not mistaken………

    • T8Ball says:

      I’ve been saying Carpenter and Komatsu. Though, they may rush Allen Craig to at least get his RH bat on the bench. Even if he can’t run or man the field, his bat may be needed. I’m on the Cruz bandwagon, never really cared for Anderson, especially after his 2010 stint. He can’t handle a major league staff and gives up too many PBs. Though Moztheny might keep him around. Moztheny is hell bent on Tyler Greene so, maybe they’ll go with the pitching staff and dump Anderson back to Memphis.

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