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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/13

On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals had a camp day, with Memphis taking on Springfield and Palm Beach opposing Peoria on the back fields of Roger Dean. There was also an intersquad game.

Triple-A Memphis defeated Double-A Springfield while major leaguer Ty Wigginton helped Class-A Peoria tie A-Advanced Palm Beach. It was a rough day for pitching, as 14 of the 21 hurlers reported gave up at least one run. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition remains 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.

Friday’s Pitcher of the Day: Michael Wacha (pictured) continues to build his case to start at Memphis. On this day, Double-A hitters managed just one hit and one walk in five scoreless frames. The big right-hander fanned four.

Friday’s Player of the Day: Since being sent down from major league camp, shortstop Ryan Jackson is 7-for-11 (.636), including four doubles and a home run. On Friday specifically, Jackson had three doubles and drew one walk in five plate appearances. He scored one run.

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Memphis (5-3-1) 6, Springfield (2-4-3) 2

Memphis results

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Michael Wacha 5 1 0 1 4 Has yet to give up a run in any camp this spring Ryan Jackson 4 1 3 3 1 En fuego!
Eric Fornataro 2 2 2 1 2 Second outing since coming down from St. Louis Chad Huffman 5 3 1 2 Signed as a minor league free agent
Jorge Rondon 2 1 0 2 The good, consistent Rondon showed up today Xavier Scruggs 4 2 2 1 1 Looking to move up and take Adams’ old job
Joey Cuda 1 0 1 Jermaine Curtis 3 2 1 1 My projected 3B starter at Memphis
Starlin Rodriguez 4 2 2 1 Should be the 2B starter at Springfield
Chris Edmondson 4 1 2 1 2
Jake Lemmerman 2 1 1 1 Back into action after minor injury
Vance Albitz 2 1
Travis Tartamella 2 1

Springfield results

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Seth Blair 3 8 3 1 2 Slight step backward, but pitching up level James Ramsey 4 2 2 1 Nice outing for 2012 1st-round pick from Fla. State
Ramon Delgado 2 3 1 1 Working back into shape after missing most of last 2 yrs Jonathan Keener 2 1 1
Keith Butler 1.2 4 2 1 25 saves with Springfield in 2012 led the system Jonathan Rodriguez 1 Former 3B now playing at first base
Jose Almarante 2 2 0 2 Matt Williams 1 1

Palm Beach (4-2-3) 6, Peoria (1-7-1) 6

Batting just .100 this spring for St. Louis, struggling Ty Wigginton was allowed to take as many at-bats as he wanted. With the WBC contingent back and the Cardinals playing their regulars more frequently as the regular season approaches, Wigginton used the minor league camp day to get in extra work.

Palm Beach did fight back at the end to tie.

Palm Beach results

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kyle Hald 4 6 3 1 1 Gets an asterisk for having to face MLB player Wigginton Carson Kelly 3 1 2 Our 10th-ranked Cardinals prospect
Joe Scanio 2 3 0 1 2 Plus one unearned run Matt Young 4 2 2 1 Batted .246 in 2012 pro introduction at Batavia
Brandon Creath 2 4 2 4 1 Had six saves between Batavia and Quad Cities in 2012 Jordan Walton 4 1 2 Hit .297 at Batavia before brief struggle at QC
Alex Mejia 4 2 2 Coming back from season-ending knee injury
Steve Bean 3 1
Ildemaro Vargas 3 1 1 1 .322 BA last season was 3rd-highest in Appy Lg.
Jeremy Schaffer 1 1 1
C.J. McElroy 1

Peoria results

Peoria pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Josh Lucas 3 4 0 Very efficient outing Ty Wigginton 10 4 3 13 plate appearances
Silfredo Garcia 3.2 3 1 3 2 2.44 ERA ini 2012 bet. JC/GCL was 2nd-best in system Ronald Castillo 3 2 3 2 .295 BA ranked 10th in the 2012 Appy League
Mike Aldrete 1.1 0 1 Continues strong spring Jem Argenal 2 2 2 Batted .242 in second GCL season in 2012
Thomas Lee 0.1 6 5 1 Ouch! Charlie Tilson 3 1
Anthony Melchionda 3 1 Yesterday’s Player of the Day
David Popkins 2 1 1 1 Split 2012 between GCL and Batavia, batting .288
Luis Perez 2 1 1 1 Led 2012 GCL with .517 slugging percentage
Trevor Martin 2 1 1
Rowan Wick 2 2 1 1

Intersquad team1 10, Intersquad team2 5

The pitching line for Intersquad team 2 is incomplete, as three runs worth of pitching is missing.

Intersquad team 1 results

Intersquad 1 pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Intersquad 1 hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Juan Bautista 3 3 1 1 2 Plus two unearned runs Cesar Valera 5 2 4 1 Legitimate Player of the Day contender
Chris Thomas 2 1 1 2 Rafael Medina 5 2 4 1 1 Ditto – batted .261 in GCL last summer
Sam Tuivailala 2 2 1 2 2 Still just months into move from infield to pitching Leandro Mateo 3 2 2 1 1 Batted .406 in 17 games with Johnson City
Luis Cruz 4 1 2 1 1 1 .389 OBP last season was 8th-best in the system
Jhohan Acevedo 5 1 2
Jacob Wilson 3 1 1 1 Hit .275 in pro introduction at Batavia in 2012
Ronnierd Garcia 3 1
Anthony Bryant 3 1 1

Intersquad team 2 results

Intersquad 2 pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Intersquad 2 hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Ben O’Shea 2.1 9 4 2 Plus one earned run Yoenny Gonzalez 4 1 2 1 1 Triple reminds us of his speed
Cory Jones 1.1 3 1 1 1 Made 5 starts for JC with 7.27 ERA in 2012 Jimmy Parque 4 1 2 1 1 Solo home run for 2012 indy ball player
Stalyn Lopez 1.2 5 1 3 4 Walked 33 in 42 2/3 IP with Johnson City Brett Wiley 1 1 1
Danny Stienstra 1

On Saturday, the Cardinals’ top four clubs will walk over to the Marlins’ side of the Jupiter complex. If past custom is followed, the fifth clubs from each organization will meet on one of the Cardinals’ diamonds.

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16 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/13”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Wonderful to see Old Wiggy playing for Peoria. Lets pray he makes that team.

    Good to see Cory Jones back in action.

    Mejia had a knee injury last summer, IIRC.

    En Fuego is a nice phrase. Must be great for Jackson to get out of the ML circus and be able to get back to baseball. He might win the starting job at 3B for Memphis, if they give Greg Garcia the main role at SS.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Thanks for the reminder on Mejia. Fixed above.

      Jermaine Curtis has earned the right to start at 3B for Memphis, but you never know. At worst, Jackson could back up all four infield positions and still get a lot of playing time.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        The 2008 scouting story on Curtis was he did not have the arm to play 3B. Maybe this was wrong or his arm has improved. Or the Cards hoped to shift him to 2B, but they have given up on this. He seems a utility guy now. Might make sense to play Jackson at 3B, like we played Kozma at 2B last year.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Nothing regarding Jackson seems to be clear anymore.

          • JumboShrimp says:

            Jackson’s standing is murkier, but some of this may be artifice. By the time the Cards get done spinning the Post Gazette folks into a mindless tizzy, few can know which end is up. If the spin were genuine, then Jackson can focus on his game and hope to be wanted by another team. I suspect its mind games, to clear the way for Kozma. Jackson can spend 2013 getting more at bats at Memphis so he can be a rookie candidate for 2014. From the point of view of the team, more AAA at bats are a good thing and better prepare many for ML service. We did not need Jackson this year, so he got buried.

            Punto had an injury detail to AA during 2011 and tipped Jackson to play balls more aggressively, because runners tend to be faster in the majors. If there is a defensive criticism, it could be slowness or perceived lack of aggression. Kozma is a hustler of whom this would not be said.

  2. crdswmn says:

    Oh joy, Jason Motte is having elbow problems. Thank God for Trevor Rosenthal.

  3. Bw52 says:

    I would think Boggs will be on a short leash. I bet Rosenthal gets a couple of chances to close in the nest week or so.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Boggs is established in the majors and will be April’s closer.

    Fortunately we have some live arms for depth. Kelly was a reliever in college. The Motte injury chain reaction could give the final starting slot to Miller and move Kelly to the pen. The amazing Wacha might become first in line at Memphis in the event of a ML opening at starter.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Ronny and Aura were not on the unemployment line for long!

  6. crdswmn says:

    I’m so bored I’m flipping out. la la la la laaaaaaa…………..

    SLU lost and I don’t care about the tournament anymore (well, unless Kansas gets beat tonight). I’m frustrated by the lack of news on Waino, and I want ST to be over.

    It’s spring break all this upcoming week, and I am going to be even more bored. Everyone is so engrossed in the NCAA they are not talking about baseball. I don’t even have a good book to get into.


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