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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25/13

Monday marked the St. Louis Cardinals’ fourth of six scheduled camp days this spring. Memphis and Springfield met as did Palm Beach and Peoria on the Cardinals side of the Roger Dean complex. The remaining players in camp formed into two squads for an additional intersquad game.

The higher level clubs, Memphis and Palm Beach, were victorious as was Intersquad team 2. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition remains 14-16-6.

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.

Monday’s Player of the Day: Palm Beach first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez (pictured) had a 2-for-3 afternoon that included a home run and three RBI.

Monday’s Pitcher of the Day: Max Foody, pitching for Intersquad 2, threw three scoreless innings on one hit and one walk. The left-hander fanned three. Foody was the Cardinals’ 12th-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Four players will not appear below as they took the bus ride to Ft. Myers and appeared for St. Louis on Monday – Ildemaro Vargas, Charlie Tilson, Jermaine Curtis and Adam Melker. Major league lefty Randy Choate also pitched to a number of batters to try to sharpen his game, but his stats were excluded. All runs appear to be accounted for with other hurlers.

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Memphis (7-4-1) 6, Springfield (4-5-3) 3

Memphis stats

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Anthony Ferrara 4.2 3 2 1 2 .241 BA against in 2012 was 4th-lowest in system Kolten Wong 3 1 2 1 Should start 90 percent of Memphis games at 2B
Ramon Delgado 1 0 0 0 Only 10 IP over last two seasons due to injury Justin Christian 4 2 Made a bid for StL as non-roster invitee
Jose Almarante 1 0 0 0 Moved from starting in 2011 to relief in 2012 Chad Huffman 3 2 1 2 1 Career .826 OPS in seven minor league seasons
Keith Butler 1 2 1 2 25 saves last season was #1 in the organization J.R. Towles 2 1 1 3 1 Just a hit short of Player of the Day
Ryan Jackson 3 1 1 1 Continues to appear every day since arriving from StL
Brock Peterson 1 1
Jamie Romak 1 2 Career .345 OBP in 10 minor league seasons
Steven Ramos 1

Springfield stats

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
John Gast 4 3 0 1 1 13 wins last season was second-most in the system Jake Lemmerman 2 1 2 Back from injury and hitting
Jorge Rondon 1 3 5 3 2 Always up and down it seems Xavier Scruggs 3 1 1 2 1 Continues hot stretch to four days, including 3 HRs
Eric Fornataro 1 2 1 1 1 Added to 40-man roster in off-season Luis Mateo 2 1 1
Dean Kiekhefer 1 0 0 1 46 games appeared tied for 8th-most in org in 2012 Geoff Klein 1 1 1 1 Very productive at-bat
Mike O’Neill 1 1 Note career .443 OBP in three pro seasons
Chris Edmondson 1

Palm Beach (6-3-3) 6, Peoria (3-8-1) 4

Palm Beach stats

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Hector Hernandez 4 4 1 Started 24 games in Midwest League last season Colin Walsh 3 1 1 1 Will play both second base and outfield this season
Danny Miranda 2 4 0 1 Stephen Piscotty 3 1 2 2 1 Great to see the extra-base hit
Zack Russell 2 2 1 1 Plus one unearned run Jonathan Rodriguez 3 1 2 3 1 Player of the Day performance
Mike Aldrete 1 2 1 Hd been stingy with runs this spring Danny Stienstra 3 2 2 12 doubles in 297 career plate appearances
Tyler Rahmatulla 3 1
Matt Williams 1 1
Juan Castillo 1 1
Cody Stanley 1 2 1 1

Peoria stats

Peoria pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Joey Cuda 3 5 2 3 1.24 WHIP last season was 8th-lowest in the system Michael Swinson 3 1 3 Career .229 batting average in five seasons
Robert Stock 2 2 2 1 2 Between catching and pitching, last 4 years in MWL Gerwuins Velazco 2 2 Batted .343 in 112 plate appearances at JC in 2012
Ronnie Shaban 2 3 2 1 1 16 saves with Johnson City in 2012 was 3rd most in org. Casey Rasmus 2 1
Joe Scanio 1 1 0 Jeremy Schaffer 3 1 Also hit by pitch
Breyvic Valera 3 1 1 1 1
Jimmy Parque 1 1 1 1 1 Pinch-hit solo home run

Intersquad team2 4, Intersquad team1 2

Intersquad team 1 stats

Intersquad 1 pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Intersquad 1 hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Sam Gaviglio 5 4 0 5 Plus three unearned runs Kenny Peoples-Walls 3 1 2 1 .252 batting average in two GCL seasons
Thomas Lee 2 4 1 1 1 6.3 strike to walk ratio ranked 8th in the system in 2012 Luis Perez 3 1 2 1 Former C, now 2B has .303 career average
Jeffrey Rauh 2 1 0 1 Non-drafted free agent had 5.12 ERA for JC in 2012 Adam Lewis 3 2 On and off the DL multiple times last season
Ronnierd Garcia 3 1

Intersquad team 2 stats

Intersquad 2 pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Intersquad 2 hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Chris Perry 3 4 2 2 Did not pitch after being drafted in 17th round Bruce Caldwell 4 2 1 .861 OPS between JC and Batavia as rookie in 2012
Max Foody 3 1 0 1 3 My Pitcher of the Day Adam Ehrlich 1 1 1 Also a sacrifice fly in his two place appearances
Chris Thomas 2 2 0 2 Just turned 25 and pitched in GCL last summer Matthew Young 1 1
Carson Kelly 3 1 1
Ronald Castillo 3 1 1 1 1 1 Batted .295 at Johnson City last season
Cesar Valera 1 1
C.J. McElroy 1
Jordan Walton 1

On Tuesday, 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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7 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/25/13”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    The Brewers have signed both Kyle Lohse and Yuniesky Betancourt!!

  2. blingboy says:

    Jackson played 3 innings, presumably with a section of bench glued to his butt, and still went 1 for 1. I missed the part where he got doubled off, hope he didn’t screw up.

    It was telling that when he and Garcia both went into the game in the 7th, Garcia played SS and Jackson 2B. Of course, Kozma had been shifted to 2nd, and he’s landed on his feet.

    • crdswmn says:

      Did you read the PD article “Cardinals are following the Musial model”? There was a telling sentence in there;

      ” At least one other player was removed from the active roster for off-field issues that were never publicly disclosed.”

      I immediately thought of Jackson. If it was him, whatever he did must have been bad.

      • blingboy says:

        If so, I don’t mind the tough love routine. I have no reason to believe the Cards won’t give a young player with promise a second chance. Of course, if the player has a problem of some sort he may burn through the chances like some others have done.

        Anyway, he’s 1 for 1 after having been hot in minor league camp. Hoping he makes the most of whatever chances he gets.

      • blingboy says:

        Thanks for mentioning the article, I had missed it due to work schedule. A great read.

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