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.
The entire system view by level and position is available via the Roster Matrix, free, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.
Memphis (5-3-1) 6, Springfield (2-4-3) 2
|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|
|Jake Lemmerman||2||1||1||1||Back into action after minor injury|
|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|
|Ildemaro Vargas||3||1||1||1||.322 BA last season was 3rd-highest in Appy Lg.|
|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|
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|
|Jacob Wilson||3||1||1||1||Hit .275 in pro introduction at Batavia in 2012|
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|
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.
Subscribers to the main site, TheCardinalNation.com, should continue to check out my extensive spring training content over the upcoming days.