On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor leaguers had a camp day, their fifth of six scheduled this spring. Memphis faced Springfield, while Palm Beach and Peoria squared off. The extended spring training players were split into Red and White squads.
It was a day of upsets as both of the underdogs – Springfield and Peoria – won. The EST Reds took down the Whites. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition remains 21-18-6.
The 2012 Springfield club received their Texas League championship rings during a Thursday pre-game program in the main Roger Dean Stadium. Congratulations to manager Mike Shildt, the coaches, players and S-Cards staff!
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.
Thursday’s Player of the Day: Peoria’s Patrick Wisdom (pictured) is this year’s leader in number of St. Louis games played by a non-camp invitee with nine. On this day, the third baseman led Peoria with the bat, going 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
Thursday’s Pitcher of the Day: Several of the EST pitchers may have a legitimate beef, but with just a couple of days in camp, I am inclined to go with pitchers throwing for full-season clubs. Peoria’s Kurt Heyer yielded just three hits in 4 1/3 one-run innings. Six of the right-hander’s 13 outs were accrued via the strikeout.
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.
Springfield (6-6-3) 7, Memphis (9-5-1) 2
|Memphis pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Scott Gorgen||2||4||3||1||2||9th in system with 129.1 IP last season coming off TJS||Chad Huffman||3||2||Veteran hitter for Triple-A club|
|Dean Kiekhefer||1.2||2||2||1||1||Busy RP – 46 games pitched last inning T8th in system||Adam Ehrlich||3||2||20 y/o catcher opened in big-league camp|
|Thomas Lee||1||3||2||1||9.99 strikeouts per 9 innings last season gets attention||Brett Wiley||3||1||1||21 y/o ranked in top 10 in 2012 GCL in BA and OBP|
|Joey Donofrio||1||2||0||1||Only unscathed Memphis hurler on the day||Steven Ramos||1|
|Brock Peterson||1||Sacrifice fly|
|Springfield pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Tyler Lyons||4||5||0||1||5||Plus one unearned run – 9 wins last year T6th in system||Adam Melker||4||1||3||1||.755 OPS for Springfield last summer|
|Jorge Rondon||1||0||0||0||0||On 40-man, but needs consistency with his heat||Jake Lemmerman||4||1||2||2||1||Two run blast from ex-Dodger draftee|
|Barret Browning||1||0||0||0||2||Results like in 2012 PCL All-Star year in last few outings||Audry Perez||3||2||2||1||If he continues, will the C get a look at Memphis in 2013?|
|Zack Russell||0.2||1||1||2||In a bit of a rough patch lately||Chris Edmondson||3||1||2||1||2||66 RBI last season for Springfield was #6 in system|
Peoria (5-9-1) 6, Palm Beach (8-4-3) 3
Either Peoria scored seven or somebody here took one too many earned runs, but I don’t know which or who.
Palm Beach stats
|Palm Beach pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Palm Beach hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Travis Miller||2.2||4||1||3||3||2.36 ERA in MWL, but struggled in Palm Beach initially||Cody Stanley||3||2||2||1||OK, the catcher triple epidemic is downright weird!|
|Danny Miranda||1.2||5||3||Rough outing for lefty who had 3.44 ERA in A-ball in 2012||Stephen Piscotty||3||1|
|Mike Aldrete||2||1||0||2||1||Matt Williams||3||1||Led the system with 89 runs scored at QC last year|
|Mitch Harris||1.2||4||3||Many pulling for ex-Navy man, but he may not be ready||Danny Stienstra||3||1||1||1|
|Stalyn Lopez||1||1||0||1||1||Made 10 starts for JC last year incl. 1 complete game||Nick Longmire||3||1||1||OF looking for consistency after down 2012|
|Peoria pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Kurt Heyer||4.1||3||1||6||Pitcher of the Day after last start, too – sleeper alert!||Charlie Tilson||5||2||20 y/o on a nice surge as camp nears end|
|Ronnie Shaban||1||0||0||0||0||Perfect inning for 33rd-round draft pick in 2012||Breyvic Valera||3||1||2||1||2||Would definitely seem ready for full-season ball|
|Joe Scanio||1.2||3||0||Plus two unearned runs||Patrick Wisdom||5||2||2||2||1||Player of the Day – .837 OPS was 8th in org in 2012|
|Jacob Wilson||4||2||Batted .275 in rookie 2012 in NYPL|
|Nick Martini||4||3||128 hits last season tied for sixth-most in the system|
Extended Spring Training Red 8, EST White 0
Half of the runs the White team yielded were unearned. Eight different players scored exactly one run.
EST Red stats
|EST Red pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||EST Red hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Hansel De Los Santos||3||2||0||0||5||4/57 ERA in 8 GCL starts at 21 last summer||Bruce Caldwell||3||1||1||2||1||21 y/o batted .304 with .881 OPS at JC last summer|
|Boone Whiting||4||1||1||7||Have to assume AA pitcher was down here to get work||Jordan Walton||4||1||2||1||1||Batted .297 in NYPL, but rough MWL intro in 18 games|
|Norge Paredes||1||1||3rd-lowest BAA for 2012 GCL reliever at .176||Carson Kelly||2||1||1||1||2||.600 OBP makes for a good day’s work|
EST White stats
|EST White pitching||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||EST White hitting||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Dail Villanueva||4||3||0||3||4||Plus two unearned runs||Leandro Mateo||3||2||2||Most of his team’s offense on the afternoon|
|Josh Renfro||1||3||2||1||Plus one unearned run||Jacoby Almaraz||3||1|
|Ben O’Shea||2||2||0||Plus one unearned run – 3.12 ERA 6th in system in 2012||Jose Godoy||2||1|
On Friday, the Cardinals will face the Mets clubs for the final time this spring. The Cards’ two upper level clubs will travel to Port St. Lucie. Palm Beach and Peoria will welcome New York’s two Class-A clubs to Jupiter.
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