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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18/13

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers representing Memphis and Springfield remained in Jupiter, while Palm Beach and Peoria again took the 31-mile bus ride to Port St. Lucie, with the New York Mets everyone’s opponent.

Well, not quite everyone. The remainder of the players split into two squads, creatively named Peoria 2 and Peoria 2 ½, and scrimmaged.

The spring of ties continued with both Memphis and Springfield ending up knotted. Palm Beach was victorious while Peoria 1 absorbed a defeat. Peoria 2 edged Peoria 2 ½. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition is now 5-8-5.

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. I also added selected velocity readings from scadder, who was at today’s games.

Monday’s Player of the Day: It is David Washington for the second consecutive day. Monday brought two singles, a home run and even a triple for the big man (listed at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds). Two runs scored and two RBI complete the strong performance for Peoria 2’s first baseman.

Monday’s Pitcher of the Day: 6-foot-3 Anderson Gerdel threw three perfect innings with two strikeouts for Peoria 2 ½. The 19-year-old logged a 1.23 ERA in the Gulf Coast League last summer.

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Memphis 4, Las Vegas 4

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Michael Wacha 3 1 0 1 4 Might he stay here unless he pitches “down” to Double-A? Jamie Romak 4 1 2 1 1
Michael Blazek 2 1 1 1 1 One unearned run. Just down from big-league camp Cody Stanley 2 1 1 1 A catcher triple!
Barret Browning 1 4 2 3 1 One unearned run Colin Walsh 3 1 1 .310 BA, 16 HR, 70 RBI in Midwest League in 2012
Kevin Siegrist 2 1 0 1 1 Interesting to see the lefty pitching late in games Starlin Rodriguez 4 1 1 1 2012 FSL mid-, post-season All-Star 2B batted .300

Springfield 2, Binghamton 2

Mets damage was caused by outfielder Alonzo Harris, who went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Erik Goeddel pitched three scoreless innings of one-hit relief for Binghamton.

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Scott McGregor 3 3 0 1 Jesus Montero 2 2 Catcher opened spring in MLB camp
Seth Blair 3 3 2 4 Potential sleeper alert for 2013 Tyler Rahmatulla 3 1 1 Looking to regain hitting mo after slow 2012 finish
Zack Russell 1.2 1 0 3 1 Career 5.6 walks per nine innings Ronny Gil 1 1 1 1 24 doubles in 2012 tied for 9th most in system
Dean Kiekhefer 2 1 0 1 Lefty is thin, but effective Stephen Piscotty 4 1
Adam Melker 1 1

Palm Beach 8, St. Lucie 4

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kyle Hald 2.1 5 4 3 2 A rough outing. Threw 136 2/3 innings last season. C.J. McElroy 4 2 3 2 1 Speed burner batted .271 last season for JC
Tim Cooney 3 2 0 1 4 Our top starting pitcher in NY-Penn League last year Breyvic Valera 3 2 2 1 2012 NY-Penn League All-Star 2B batted .316
Danny Miranda 1 0 1 Carson Kelly 3 1 1
Hector Hernandez 2 0 1 3 126 IP in 2012 was 10th in system Jeremy Schaffer 4 2 2 1 2 .842 OPS was 8th-best in organization last season
Ronnie Shaban 1 0 1 16 saves in 2012 was third-most in organization Jordan Walton 4 2 2 3 1 1 Good intro in NYPL, but struggled in MWL debut
Alex Mejia 1 1
Jacob Wilson 1 Reached after being hit by pitch
Matt Young 1

Savannah 4, Peoria 3

Peoria pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Tyrell Jenkins 2.1 4 1 3 1 Told me his goal is to make every start in 2013 Michael Swinson 4 3 1 Added two stolen bases – will this be his year?
Silfredo Garcia 2.2 3 3 2 4 Lowest opponent batting average in system in 2012 at .198 Rowan Wick 2 1 1 1 1 1 Another catcher triple! What is going on here?
Joey Cuda 2 0 1 2 8th-best WHIP in system last season at 1.24 Leandro Mateo 1 1 1
Yunior Castillo 2 0 1 Always-positive outlook – seems like a good teammate Lance Jeffries 1
Trevor Martin 1
Luis Perez 1
Jem Argenal 1

Peoria2 6, Peoria2-1/2 5

Peoria 2 stats

Peoria 2 pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria 2 hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Ben O’Shea 3 2 1 2 2 Soft-tosser, 79-84 fastball David Washington 5 2 4 2 1 1 Second straight Player of the Day award
Chris Thomas 2 3 1 1 2 1.69 ERA last season between GCL and NYPL Jhohan Acevedo 5 2 2 1 Batted .317 in 2012 Gulf Coast League
Jeff Rauh 2 4 0 3 2 unearned runs, hitting 91-93 mph on fastball Cesar Valera 5 1 2 Batted just .226 for Johnson City last season
Norge Paredes 2 2 0 2 2 1 unearned run Gary Apelian 4 2 1 2 1 Looking for a bounce-back 2012
Dutch Deol 1 1
Neal Pritchard 2 21 BB in 216 PAs last season

Peoria 2 ½ stats

Peoria 2 1/2 pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria 2 1/2 hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Max Foody 2.2 4 3 1 LHP sitting 88-90 mph, topped at 91 Jimmy Parque 2 1 Also hit by pitch – played in indy ball in 2012
Anderson Gerdel 3 0 0 0 2 18:3 strikeout to walk ratio in 22 GCL innings in 2012 Brett Wiley 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 3rd in 2012 GCL with .389 OBP at age 20
Garrett Wittels 2 1 1 2 3 Plus 1 unearned run against former position player Rafael Medina 4 2
Joshua Lopez 3 1 1 Catcher over from the 2012 DSL Cardinals

On Tuesday, the Marlins are the opponents yet again. Just to shake things up, the wild and crazy schedule brings the Fish to the Birds’ side of the complex – except for those go-against-the-flow Peoria 2 soldiers, who will march over to the Miami fields.

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4 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/18/13”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Non-player of the Day: Roberto De La Cruz. Roberto slammed 16 dingers at Johnson City in 2011, equivalent to 30+ HRs over a full season. After struggling with the bat in stepping up to the Midwest League in 2012, the product of San Pedro de Macaris is out the door just a year later. Others have gotten more extended opportunity to transition up to full season ball.

    Lofty expectations can be a problem. When De La Cruz was inked, self promoting Jeff Luhnow gushed he would begin pro ball at Johnson City. Since the Appalachian league is where a lot of US college juniors and seniors begin pro ball, it did not make a ton of sense that a 17 year old start out by competing in a foreign setting against much older lads. Jeff was proved mistaken. Roberto spent two summers in the Gulf Coast League, before ready to contribute to an Appalachian League champion.

    The recalls when Jeff in another unwise enthusiasm predicted newly drafted Pete Kozma could hit .340 in the Appalachian League straight out of Owasso High. He also compared Pete to slugging SS Nomar Garciaparra, before some wiser person talked Jeff off that ledge and the analogy was adjusted to a comp with former Cardinal signee and Pirate/Mariner Jack Wilson.
    One moral of these Jeff memories is it can be hard to live up to being a bonus baby when a team official is comparing you to an all star in Nomar or forecasting great but unlikely things like a Dominican kid jumping straight into the frying pan of the Appalachian League.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Over the past 4 decades, the Cards have NOT been able to sign and develop many successful short-stops. The few that come to mind are Gary Templeton, a first rounder out of a California HS. Also from southern California, Jack Wilson, 9th round 1998 and Brendan Ryan, 7th round 2003, by way of Idaho. Jack was from a juco, Brendan from Lewis and Clark, an NAIA college. There was a Tyson who played SS in the 70s before Templeton. That’s about it, as I recall, 4 home grown SSes out of 4 decades of scouting, signing and developing players.

      Against this bleak track record of cultivating SSes, Pete Kozma looks not bad. He popped up last September and improbably led a playoff team in RBIs down the stretch. He is very focused and determined. Pete plays with energy and hustle. He has arm chair detractors, but Pete is hardnosed and ignores them. Go Pete!

      • Brian Walton says:

        I hesitate to even comment, but I have to ask, which is it?

        “One moral of these Jeff memories is it can be hard to live up to being a bonus baby when a team official is comparing you to an all star in Nomar”

        or

        “He has arm chair detractors, but Pete is hardnosed and ignores them.”

        • JumboShrimp says:

          I do not see the two statements as contradictions.
          There are detractors, but Pete is scrappy and does not care what they say, he is taking care of business, driving in runs, making plays.
          Pete is no Nomar.
          Pete might evolve into a Jack Wilson. Maybe.

          Lets play ball!

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