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.
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 (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|
|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|
|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|
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|
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|
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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