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.
The entire system view by level and position is available via the Roster Matrix, free, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.
Memphis 4, Springfield 2
|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?|
|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|
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?|
|Cesar Valera||2||1||See Vargas description above|
|Carson Kelly||1||Has the power, but batted just .225 last season|
|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|
|Rowan Wick||3||1||Canadian catcher was 9th-round pick in 2012|
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.
Subscribers to the main site, TheCardinalNation.com, should continue to check out my extensive spring training content over the upcoming days.