On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ two upper level minor league clubs traveled to Port St. Lucie to take on their New York Mets counterparts. Palm Beach and Peoria welcomed New York’s two Class-A clubs to the back fields in Jupiter.
Memphis and Palm Beach, were victorious and Springfield and Peoria fell. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition is 16-18-6.
Among the Mets’ major leaguers to bat regularly in the Memphis game were designated hitter David Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy. The SNY telecast of the major league game switched over for each of Wright’s four at-bats. He was held hitless. In addition, Mets pitchers Jon Niese, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee were slated to work on their hitting in the minor league games.
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.
Tuesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Palm Beach hurler Steven Sabatino (pictured) gave up just a walk in two scoreless innings of work and fanned one. The 23-year-old lefty threw only 7 1/3 innings for Johnson City after being drafted in the 26th round of last June’s draft from Notre Dame.
Tuesday’s Player of the Day: Just down from St. Louis, Kolten Wong had a perfect day for Memphis. The second baseman went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI.
Nick Greenwood joined Mitch Harris to become the second non-camp invited pitcher to appear in a St. Louis game this spring. The lefty played along with three others in the major league game in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday, allowing two runs in 1 1/3 frames. Other minor leaguers to face New York were Tommy Pham, Jake Lemmerman and Carson Kelly. The latter stroked a double to right-center and scored on a Greg Garcia RBI single while looking very much at home on the big-league field.
The entire system view by level and position as last season ended is available via the Roster Matrix, free, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.
Memphis (8-4-1) 6, Las Vegas 5 (7 ½ innings)
|Memphis pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Seth Maness||4||3||2||1||1||Reigning system Pitcher of the Year||Kolten Wong||2||2||2||2||1||Player of the Day just down from St. Louis|
|Eduardo Sanchez||1.2||3||1||1||1||Plus two unearned runs||Jermaine Curtis||4||1||2||1||Led 2012 Texas League witn .414 OBP|
|Victor Marte||2||1||1||Had uneven spring with St. Louis – 6.23 ERA||J.R. Towles||2||1||1||1||2||Veteran catching depth for Memphis|
|Sam Freeman||0.2||1||2||Very encouraging outing for recently injured lefty||Jamie Romak||2||1||1||2||Had 23 home runs for NW Arkansas in 2011|
|Alex Mejia||1||1||1||Cousin of Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada|
Binghamton 5, Springfield (4-6-3) 2
|Springfield pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Nick Additon||4.1||5||1||1||1||Lefty should be back in Memphis rotation||Vance Albitz||3||2||Utilityman having nice spring with the bat|
|Kevin Thomas||1||1||0||1||Chris Edmondson||3||1||66 RBI at Palm Beach last season was 6th in org|
|Jacob Booden||1.2||1||0||1||29 Ks in 28 1/3 IP with Johnson City as 2012 rookie||Xavier Scruggs||2||1||1||1||1||1||26 doubles in 2012 tied for 6th-most in system|
|Iden Nazario||0.2||3||3||2||Plus one unearned run. Had 2.73 ERA at PB last summer||Adam Melker||2||1||1|
|Starlin Rodriguez||1||1||1||One of only nine hitters in system to bat .300 last year|
Palm Beach (7-3-3) 5, St. Lucie 3
|Palm Beach pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Palm Beach hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Jonathan Cornelius||2.2||2||1||1||1||10.17 strikeouts per nine innings at JC in 2012||Tyler Rahmatulla||2||1||1||2||1||1||Two-run long ball|
|Steven Sabatino||2||0||1||1||Pitcher of the Day||Anthony Garcia||2||1||1||Our 9th-ranked Cardinals prospect has had quiet spring|
|Willy Paulino||2||1||2||3||22 wild pitches last season led Midwest League||Juan Castillo||2||1|
|Juan Bautista||2||2||0||1||Matt Williams||2||1||1||1||2012 MWL shortstop ready for next level|
|Stephen Piscotty||3||1||1||1||Contining the extra-base hit surge|
|Cody Stanley||3||1||Played in the 2012 Arizona Fall League|
|James Ramsey||3||1||1||1||2012 first-round draft pick began at Palm Beach|
|Geoff Klein||1||1||1||Played winter ball in Australia|
Savannah 9, Peoria (3-9-1) 2
|Peoria pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Chris Corrigan||4||6||6||1||4||4.02 ERA for Palm Beach plus brief Springfield trial||Charlie Tilson||4||1||2||1||Still has just 27 official professional at-bats|
|Steven Gallardo||2||4||1||1||1||19th rounder in 2012 draft had 4.50 ERA at JC||Jacob Wilson||2||1||1||10th rounder in 2012 batted .275 at Batavia|
|Jhonny Polanco||2||2||1||2||20 y/o Nicaraguan had 1.91 ERA in 2012 GCL||Casey Rasmus||3||1||1||1||The spring of catcher triples continues…|
|Dixon Llorens||1||1||15.5 strikeouts per nine IP last season = system’s best||Michael Swinson||3||1||1||1||Demonstrating all-around game this spring|
|Patrick Wisdom||3||1||1||1||Sure-handed third baseman showing bat proficiency|
On Wednesday, the Marlins are the Cardinals’ opponents yet again. The Fish will migrate to the Birds’ side of the complex – except for the Peoria 2 soldiers, who will march over to the Miami fields.
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