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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20/13

Wednesday brought the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers yet another camp day, as the organization’s four top clubs faced off against one another while the Marlins and Mets engaged elsewhere.

As one might expect, the two highest level clubs in each pairing were victorious, Memphis and Palm Beach, though Springfield and Peoria kept the games competitive. The Peoria defense had a bad day as four of the seven Palm Beach runs were unearned. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition remains 6-11-6.

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.

Wednesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Fresh from his third consecutive major league spring training camp, left-hander John Gast made the Springfield hitters pay. The former Florida State star tossed three perfect innings, including a pair of strikeouts.

Wednesday’s Player of the Day: Oft-injured centerfielder Tommy Pham made his two at-bats count, with a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run for Memphis. The talent remains there if the 25-year-old can stay on the field.

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Memphis 4, Springfield 2

Memphis stats

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
John Gast 3 0 0 0 2 Clearly not discouraged after being sent down from StL Tommy Pham 2 1 1 3 1 Sacrifice fly and a two-run jack
Eduardo Sanchez 1.2 4 0 1 3 Must have thrown a lot of pitches Ryan Jackson 2 1 Just down from MLB camp – regular play should help
Deryk Hooker 2 3 0 1 Jonathan Rodriguez 4 1 2 1 If he can cut down on the strikeouts…
Victor Marte 2 2 0 Allowed 6 R/3 ER in 4 1/3 IP with StL this spring Jermaine Curtis 3 1 2 1 1 Should be ready to stick at Memphis this year
Dixon Llorens 1 3 2 1 Pitching above his current grade Travis Tartamella 1 1 1
Cody Stanley 2 1 Ready to move up from Palm Beach in 2012?
Chad Huffman 1

Springfield stats

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Scott Gorgen 2 2 0 1 Gunning to make Memphis club as starter or reliever Matt Williams 3 2 2 On base four times – career .348 OBP
Kevin Thomas 2 2 2 2 1 Too many “2”s in that line Nick Martini 3 1 2 4th-toughest to strike out in 2012 Midwest League
Iden Nazario 1.2 2 1 1 2 Casey Rasmus 2 1 2 The catcher added a stolen base
Travis Miller 2 2 1 1 1 37 BB in 63 1/3 career IP Stephen Piscotty 5 2 Not much extra-base power yet this spring
Justin Wright 2 1 0 1 5th in system with 50 appearances for Springfield in 2012 Luis Mateo 1
Danny Stienstra 1
Nick Longmire 1
Tyler Rahmatulla 1

Palm Beach 7, Peoria 5

Palm Beach stats

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Sam Gaviglio 4 2 0 4 Walks are unusual – only 30 BB in 137 career IP C.J. McElroy 5 2 2 1 1 CF is starting to make noise this spring
Jonathan Cornelius 2.2 5 3 2 Fanned 10.2 batters per 9 IP in Midwest League in 2012 Jeremy Schaffer 4 3 1 Starred for JC in 2012 – how big a leap in 2013?
Willy Paulino 1.1 4 2 2 Matt Young 1 1 1 20th round pick in 2012 draft
Heath Wyatt 1.2 2 0 2 2 3rd in Midwest League with 20 saves last season Ildemaro Vargas 1 1 1 Not known for bat, but making semi-reg lines here
Charlie Tilson 1 1 Will he play alongside McElroy or one level down?
Ronnierd Garcia 2 1
Cesar Valera 2 1 See Vargas description above
Jordan Walton 1
Carson Kelly 1 Has the power, but batted just .225 last season

Peoria stats

Peoria pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kyle Helisek 4 4 2 1 Plus one unearned run Michael Swinson 5 2 4 1 Plus a stolen base – another good outing
Joey Donofrio 2 2 0 Plus one unearned run David Popkins 1 1 1 1
Josh Renfro 2 2 0 Plus two unearned runs – how about some defense! Anthony Bryant 3 1 1 2 Perhaps 2013 is when he finally settles in
Jacob Booden 2 0 0 0 4 Fanned side in 2nd IP. Hitting 92-94 mph Anthony Melchionda 4 1 1 Utilityman moved around system in 2012
Chris Perry 2 3 1 2 1 22 y/o did not pitch after 17th-round selection in 2012 Lance Jeffries 1 1 2 A 1.000 OBP day
Leandro Mateo 1 1
Gary Apelian 2 1
Rowan Wick 3 1 Canadian catcher was 9th-round pick in 2012
Luis Perez 1

On Thursday, the Cardinals two upper level clubs will travel to Port St. Lucie to take on the Mets. Palm Beach and Peoria will welcome New York’s two Class-A clubs to Jupiter.

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One Response to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/20/13”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Swinson and Bryant have similarities. Low profile amateurs out of high schools, swing left, run well, good athletes, suited to cover OF ground. Bryant turned down a track scholarship to USC to sign with the Cards. Swinson works hard, but was injured for some of last year. These guys just need to continue working hard at their craft and they could blossom.

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