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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27/13

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor leaguers and the Miami Marlins were opponents yet again. The Fish migrated to the Birds’ side of the complex – except for the Peoria 2 soldiers, now called Extended Spring Training Cardinals, who marched over to the Miami fields.

The Cardinals enjoyed their first sweep of the spring, with five wins. Their spring record against external minor league competition is 21-18-6.

In an interesting twist, right-handed prospect Michael Wacha did not pitch in the Triple-A game, instead throwing for Peoria. The Memphis Redbirds will play the second series of the regular season against the same club – the New Orleans Zephyrs. Avoiding familiarity makes sense, though Wacha overmatched the A-Advanced hitters.

Infielder Ruben Gotay has arrived in camp and is playing, reports Kary Booher of the Springfield News-Leader. The 30-year-old journeyman was signed to step in at third base for Springfield. His best minor league year was with Triple-A Memphis in 2010.

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.

Wednesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Lefty Tim Cooney (pictured), pitching for Palm Beach, allowed just two hits over five scoreless innings while fanning seven. The 2012 third-rounder from Wake Forest was The Cardinal Nation’s top starting pitcher at Batavia last summer.

Wednesday’s Player of the Day: Kolten Wong is hitting like he wants to get back to St. Louis very soon. In the last two days, the second baseman has gone 6-for-6 with a double, a home run, six runs scored and four RBI. Two consecutive Player of the Day nods followed.

Among the minor leaguers getting television time in the major league game on Wednesday were Adam Melker, Matt Williams, Jimmy Parque, Luis Mateo and Tyler Rahmatulla.

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Memphis (9-4-1) 8, New Orleans 6

(two NO runs unaccounted for)

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Seth Blair 4 4 3 3 3 A nice opportunity to pitch up in level Kolten Wong 4 4 4 2 1 Second straight top player nod for our #6 StL prospect
Eric Fornataro 1 1 40-man roster player trying to get into StL mix Chad Huffman 5 2 2 2 1 .803 OPS with Cleveland’s Triple-A club last summer
Keith Butler 1 2 1 1 2 2012 Springfield closer will be tested in Triple-A Jamie Romak 4 2 .809 OPS in 64 games with Springfield in 2012
Jose Almarante 1 1 1 Justin Christian 5 1 2 1 2 Career .521 OPS in 76 MLB games
Justin Wright 1 1 2 50 appearances last season ranked 5th in system Adam Ehrlich 1 1
Jonathan Keener 1 1
Geoff Klein 1
Brock Peterson 1 1
Jermaine Curtis 1 Sacrifice fly

Springfield (5-6-3) 7, Jacksonville 5

The Jacksonville pitchers had trouble throwing strikes and the Cardinals hitters were patient.

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Scott McGregor 5 8 3 4 1 Too many baserunners, though only three scored Starlin Rodriguez 5 1 2 1 2012 Florida State League All-Star ready to step up
Kevin Siegrist 2 1 0 Began spring in big-league camp Tommy Pham 1 1 1 1 Pham and Lemmerman played for StL Tuesday
Deryk Hooker 1 0 0 0 Pitcher of the Day last time out Jake Lemmerman 1 1 1 1
Michael Blazek 1 2 2 1 3 Chris Edmondson 1 1 1 1
Travis Tartamella 1 1
Neal Pritchard 1 1
Mike O’Neill 1 2 .458 OBP last season led entire system

Palm Beach (8-3-3) 3, Jupiter 1

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Tim Cooney 5 2 0 7 My Pitcher of the Day James Ramsey 4 2 1 Taken 23rd overall in 2012 draft from Florida State
Heath Wyatt 1 0 0 0 1 20 saves last year was 3rd-most in Midwest League Danny Stienstra 3 2 Can play first, second and third base
Corey Baker 1 1 1 208 batters faced in 2012 without allowing a home run Juan Castillo 2 1 1 24 y/o catcher has been in system since 2007
Lee Stoppelman 1 0 0 0 1 Has had strong first camp as professional Stephen Piscotty 4 1
Brandon Creath 0.2 2 1 2 1 Jonathan Rodriguez 1 1 1 1
Cody Stanley 1 1
Colin Walsh 1

Peoria (4-9-1) 9, Greensboro 2

Peoria pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Michael Wacha 5 1 0 0 5 Would be too easy to name Pitcher of the Day Charlie Tilson 5 1 4 2 1 Very good showing for 2nd-round draft pick in 2011
Josh Lucas 2.2 5 2 1 1 David Washington 5 2 2 2 1 Having a very nice spring – wondering about strikeouts
Zach Petrick 1.1 1 1 2.17 ERA in relief for JC as rookie in 2012 Breyvic Valera 5 2 2 1 All-Star season in the 2012 NY-Penn League
Josh Renfro 1 1 1 19 straight scoreless GCL outings last summer Jacob Wilson 5 1 1
Dixon Llorens 1 0 0 0 2 Perfect inning for submariner Ildemaro Vargas 5 1 2 2 1 Sleeper alert for 2013
Jeremy Schaffer 2 1 1
Alex Mejia 1 1 1
Nick Martini 1

Extended spring training (2-3 also as Peoria 2) 4, Marlins #5 team 1

(one Marlins run unaccounted for)

Extended pitching IP H ER BB K Notes Extended hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kyle Hald 5 4 7 On any other day, he would have been top pitcher Brett Wiley 3 1 2 1 1 22 y/o was in the top 10 in 2012 GCL in BA and OBP
Silfredo Garcia 3 1 1 5 Had lowest opp. batting average in system (.198) in 2012 Jose Gomez 2 2 Catcher has just .218 career average in three seasons
Anderson Gerdel 1 1 Bruce Caldwell 1 1 1 1.000 OBP on the day!
Sam Tuivailala 1 1 Converted infielder will hone his pitching skills in EST Matt Young 3 1 2 1 20th rounder had .709 OPS at Batavia in 2012
Ronald Castillo 2 1 1 Also stole a base
David Popkins 2 1 2
Carson Kelly 1
C.J. McElroy 1

Thursday will mark the fifth of six scheduled camp days this spring. Memphis and Springfield will meet as will Palm Beach and Peoria on the Cardinals side of the Roger Dean complex. First, the 2012 Springfield club is scheduled to receive their Texas League championship rings during a Thursday pre-game program in the main Roger Dean Stadium. Congratulations to manager Mike Shildt, the coaches and players!

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4 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/27/13”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Still another pictured lefty with Cooney.

    If Wacha were with the Reds, he might have done a Leake and gone from amateur to the majors in one astounding bound.
    Its hard to remember a Cards pitching prospect as impressive as Wacha, in the early going. If Wacha is not a phenom, then no one is.
    Wacha may not whiff as many as Doc Gooden or young Kerry Wood or some others, but he sure seems effective.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Tilson has been hitting very well. He will in effect be trying to go from high school to Peoria and may reach his destination.

  3. Brian D says:

    Alex Mejia; I thought he was hanging up his spikes after the ACL injury last year. What is his story?

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