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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16/13

On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers had another camp day. When the Mets and Marlins face each other, the Cardinals have no one to play other then themselves. Springfield faced Memphis on Field 2 while Peoria 1 took on Palm Beach over on Field 5. The remainder of the Peoria players worked out on Field 3.

Memphis and Palm Beach, the two higher-level clubs, were victorious. The Cardinals’ spring record against themselves is obviously at .500 while their mark against external minor league competition remains 3-5-1.

As he has been doing the last few seasons, Cardinals farm director John Vuch is sharing game stats. As always, the raw numbers are his, but the comments and players of the day are mine.

Saturday’s Player of the Day: This was easy. 2012 second-rounder Carson Kelly launched a Kyle Helisek offering far over the left-field fence for a three-run home run – into the wind, no less. As a 17/18-year-old at Johnson City last year, the third baseman hit nine long balls in 213 at-bats. (This photo is of his home run swing on Saturday.)

Saturday’s Pitcher of the Day: Pitching way above level against Double-A Springfield for the day, Lee Stoppelman again impressed. The lefty who was with short-season Batavia after being drafted in the 24th round in 2012 allowed just one baserunner in two innings while fanning four.

The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out the Saturday’s starting lineups, pitcher velocity readings and other insider news from a writer who was at these games. Spring training working rosters and the full minor league spring schedule are also available to subscribers.

The entire system view by level and position is available via the Roster Matrix, free, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Memphis 3, Springfield 1 (6 ½ innings)

Memphis stats

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Nick Additon 3 1 0 4 Pitched in winter ball in Mexico this off-season. Tommy Pham 3 1 1 1 Making bid in what could be final year in system
Nick Greenwood 2 2 1 2 A lot of LHP competition at Memphis Cody Stanley 2 1 1 Played in Arizona Fall League in 2012
Lee Stoppelman 2 1 0 3 2012 draftee handled big step up in competition well Xavier Scruggs 3 1 1 1 Had a popular blog at The Cardinal Nation in 2012
Jamie Romak 3 0 1 2 1 Free agent re-signed with Cardinals
Colin Walsh 1 0 1 2 Had .413 OBP last season
Chris Edmondson 3 0 1 Also hit by a pitch
Vance Albitz 2 0 1 1 Getting a lot of time at SS with MIF’s with StL

Springfield stats

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Sam Gaviglio 2.1 5 2 2 2 Rough day at the office Patrick Wisdom 3 0 1 1 1 Mom was among game attendees
Tyler Melling 2.1 2 1 3 5 Few bats on the ball, but also missing zone at times Stephen Piscotty 3 0 2 Outfield or third base, he can hit
Matt Williams 2 1 1 Under-the-radar shortstop

Palm Beach 4, Peoria 2 (5 ½ innings)

Palm Beach stats

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Mitch Harris 2 2 0 2 2 unearned R after 2 errors – velocity up over 1st outing Adam Ehrlich 2 2 1 The Cardinal Nation’s 34th-ranked prospect for 2013
Steve Sabatino 2 1 2 Gave up Tilson’s triple – also picked off a runner Carson Kelly 2 1 1 3 1 Player of the Day is TCN’s 10th-ranked StL prospect
Mike Aldrete 2 1 1 Surprising velocity for generously-listed 5-10, 165 pdr. Ildemaro Vargas 3 1 1 Unheralded middle infielder
Steve Bean 1 1 Texas high schooler taken 59th overall in 2012 draft

Peoria stats

Peoria pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kyle Helisek 3 3 3 1 1 Victim of Kelly’s long ball Charlie Tilson 3 1 1 1 Long triple into LF corner into the wind – impressive
Joe Scanio 2 1 1 1 1 Lance Jeffries 3 1 1 1
Luis Perez 2 1 Former C was 2B in Gulf Coast League in 2012
Rowan Wick 2 1 1 Outfielder lost the ball in the sun in deep CF

On Sunday, the Cardinals will have five games against the Marlins. All will be on the Miami side of the complex except for Peoria 2’s game, which will be on St. Louis’ diamonds, all at Roger Dean.

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12 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16/13”

  1. blingboy says:

    Haven’t seen Lemmerman’s name.

  2. crdswmn says:

    So, this is the burning question I have. If there are going to be 5 bench players, then there can only be 12 pitchers, 5 starters and 7 bullpen guys. We know Motte, Boggs, Mujica, Scrabble and Choate are a lock. That’s 5. Mozeliak has indicated that Rosenthal is likely for the pen, so that makes 6. If Salas gets the 7th spot, then that means one of either Kelly or Miller is headed for Memphis.

    If Miller wins the 5th starter, would sending Kelly to Memphis make a whole lot of sense? Salas has had a pretty good spring, even though he has been inconsistent, so it seems unlikely they would send him down. Sending Miller down would make the most sense, but if he out pitches Kelly they will have a hard time justifying it to the fans, most of whom are screaming for Miller anyway. Not that I think fan preference should make a difference, but if Miller pitches better……

    Anyway, I like Shelby and think he has a promising future as a starter, but I would hate to see Kelly demoted to Memphis after all that he did last year. Such a dilemma.

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