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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/21/13

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ two upper level minor league clubs traveled to Port St. Lucie to take on their New York Mets counterparts. (If you looked closely during the Cardinals-Mets telecast, you could see them playing on the fields beyond the wall in left.) Palm Beach and Peoria welcomed New York’s two Class-A clubs to the back fields in Jupiter.

With the exception of the Springfield 1-0 game, offense was king. Memphis pitching was hammered, Palm Beach lost and Peoria won its first game of the spring despite giving up eight runs. The 2-2 day puts the Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition at 8-13-6.

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.

Thursday’s Player of the Day: Though it would be easy and warranted after yet another home run and four RBI, David Washington has to step aside and pass the spotlight to a Peoria teammate today. Infielder Anthony Melchionda (pictured) had eight total bases via a double and two triples. The Cards’ 14th-round pick last June drove in four and scored a run.

Thursday’s Pitcher of the Day: Springfield’s Danny Miranda threw two perfect innings in the ninth and 10th with three strikeouts to close out his team’s narrow win.

The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out the newest spring training working rosters posted Thursday, the full minor league spring schedule and more.

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

Las Vegas 19, Memphis (4-3-1) 6

Every Memphis pitcher was scored upon, with the bulk of the damage done against the two lefties at the start of the game.

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Nick Additon 1.1 4 6 3 2 Would like to return to the Triple-A rotation Ryan Jackson 5 1 3 2 1 1 Playing every day seems to be what the Dr. ordered
Kevin Siegrist 1.1 4 6 2 Only gave up 1 R in 4 MLB IP before being sent down Brock Peterson 5 1 2 1 1 Minor league 1B/OF signee last August
Michael Blazek 1.2 4 2 2 2 Only gave up 1 R in 6 MLB IP before being sent down Chad Huffman 1 1 1 1 A solo blast
Barret Browning 2 2 2 1 2 Plus 2 unearned runs Colin Walsh 3 2 2 1 Tore up the Midwest League in 3rd shot in 2012
Anderson Gerdel 1 1 1 1 Had 1.23 ERA in 2012 Gulf Coast League – huge step up Chris Swauger 1
Mike O’Neill 1 1 1 1 Moved up to Springfield for final month last season

Springfield (2-3-3) 1 at Binghamton 0 (10 innings)

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Chris Corrigan 4 2 0 2 Threw perfect game for Palm Beach last August Tyler Rahmatulla 1 1 Came around to score the only run in 10th inning
Dean Kiekhefer 2 3 0 2 Solid outing for thin lefty Patrick Wisdom 3 1 Has played in seven StL games this spring
Zack Russell 1 0 0 0 0 Back on the right track Ronny Gil 1 1 Drove in the lone run
Danny Miranda 2 0 0 0 3 Pitcher of the Day Jesus Montero 2 1 Started the spring in big league camp
Nick Martini 2 1

St. Lucie 6 at Palm Beach (4-2-2) 4

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Tyler Melling 3 3 3 1 3 Had system-best 2.01 ERA in 13 Batavia starts in 2012 C.J. McElroy 4 2 1 Seems to be serving as lineup catalyst
Hector Hernandez 2 2 0 Looking to step up after an uneven 2012 in Midwest Lg. Carson Kelly 4 2
Yunior Castillo 2 1 0 1 Former SS has the velo and control is coming along Cesar Valera 4 2 2 Has just 28 doubles in 815 career plate appearances
Ronnie Shaban 1.1 5 3 2 2 Looks to have given up the lead and took a walk off defeat Adam Ehrlich 3 1 2 2 20 y/o catcher looks ready to move up from JC
Steven Ramos 3 1 Strong fielder in center
Matt Young 1 1
Breyvic Valera 1 1
Jacob Wilson 1 1 .785 OPS at Batavia in 2012
Jeremy Schaffer 1 1 Drove in 51 in 62 games for JC last summer

Peoria (1-7) 11, Savannah 8

On any other day, Michael Swinson’s performance would surely be Player of Day noteworthy. The speedy outfielder stole three bases and scored three times.

Peoria pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Robert Stock 2.1 4 1 2 1 A lot of baserunners but just one home David Washington 4 1 2 4 1 1 Yes, another home run!
Jhonny Polanco 2.1 3 3 2 3 20 y/o had 1.91 ERA as swing man in 2012 GCL Anthony Melchionda 5 1 3 4 1 2 This line cannot be ignored
Corey Baker 1.2 2 2 2 1 Plus 2 unearned runs Bruce Caldwell 1 2 2 1 1 Seven bases on just two hits!
Luis Perdomo 2 0 0 2 2 Cousin of the other Luis Perdomo (Springfield 2008) Adam Lewis 3 1 1 1 1 Catcher moved all around last season
Lance Jeffries 3 1 1 1 1
Michael Swinson 2 3 1 2 Also hit-by-pitch and 3 stolen bases

On Friday, the Cardinals have another camp day scheduled in which their clubs will face each other – Memphis versus Springfield and Palm Beach opposes Peoria.

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6 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/21/13”

  1. blingboy says:

    I only got to listen to a couple minutes of the game, Wiggy hit into a DP with RISP.

    We know how the Cards operate. They will keep trotting him out there no matter how bad he is.

  2. Bw52 says:

    Just can`t get excited about David Washington.More K`s than hits in 4 seasons.Hasn`t gotten past low A ball.A lefthanded Xavier Scruggs.Scruggs has made it to AA i think.When the kid shows some power numbers over a whole season and cuts the K`s in half then he becomes more than a very longshot roster filler .

    • Brian Walton says:

      That is the beauty of these reports, IMO. They are not top prospect reports. Anyone with a uniform can earn his day (or days) in the sun.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Scruggs got 3 years of college ball before turning pro. This is the equivalent of 4 pro short seasons, for guys who turn pro after high school as did Washington.
        When we compare Scruggs and Washington at the matching point in their careers, Batavia, Washington was much better than Scruggs.
        Washington has a better body for defending 1B, providing a big target for infielders than shorty Scruggs.
        Washington is a brighter prospect than minor league correspondent to the Cardinal Nation, Scruggsie.

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