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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28/13

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.

Among the minor leaguers getting television time in the major league game on Thursday were outfielder Tommy Pham plus infielders Tyler Rahmatulla and Vance Albitz.

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Springfield (6-6-3) 7, Memphis (9-5-1) 2

Memphis stats

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
Starlin Rodriguez 1 2
Jermaine Curtis 1

Springfield stats

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
Luis Mateo 2 1 1
Travis Tartamella 1 1 1
Neal Pritchard 2 1

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 stats

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
Gerwuins Velazco 2 1
Ildemaro Vargas 1 1 1
Michael Swinson 3 1 1 1

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
Jonathan Keener 2 1 1
Rafael Medina 3 1 1 1
C.J. McElroy 1 1 1
Cesar Valera 1 1
Ronald Castillo 1 1

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
Chris Thomas 1 2 2 2

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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34 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28/13”

  1. blingboy says:

    I hear Lance looked like an 18 game winner today.

    So I propose a poll. Who will lead the staff in Wins this season?

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Miller, Wainwright, and Lynn are the top contenders for Ws. (I dont trust Garcia to toss more than 110 innings and it would be surprising if Westbrook won more than 14.)

  2. crdswmn says:

    I was surprised tonight when a friend who doesn’t like sports at all, asked if I wanted to go to a Mizzou baseball game on Saturday. I said yes, I never turn down baseball, so we are going. This will be my first college baseball experience.

    • crdswmn says:

      The game was delayed 5 hours due to rain. It started at 6pm. By the 7th inning it was a blowout, 8-0 LSU and we left because it was chilly.

      I saw both Ryan Eades and Jacoby Jones. Eades was still pitching when we left. He gave up 8 hits but no runs. There was no radar, so I don’t know how hard Eades threw but it seemed pretty hard to me. The Mizzou pitchers were not very good, they were on their 4 or 5th when we left. One thing I noticed, and I don’t know if this is typical for college ball, but both pitchers threw predominantly fastballs. I saw very little breaking stuff.

      Jones had one hit as of the time we left. I didn’t seem him field much, he plays 2B and most of the Mizzou hitters were hitting stuff to the left side. LSU had this little guy, Ibarra, and man he was whacking the ball. Two HRs that were well over the fence. They also had a LF, Raph Rhymes, who hit pretty well.

      There was a scout there with a radar gun, who I imagine was scouting Eades. Don’t know who he was scouting for, but he was sitting next to two guys with Royals jackets on, who he talked to on occasion. Doesn’t mean he knew them of course. My friend told me I should go ask him how hard Eades was throwing, but I declined.

      Mizzou’s SS, a kid named Dylan Everett, made a fantastic play on a ground ball. He didn’t hit, but he was fielding the ball well.

      We will probably go back later in the season, when it is warmer.

  3. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    They say they are going to put Lohse at the end of the rotation…………….. which sets him up to open in St. Louis…………. go figure………………

  4. crdswmn says:

    I’m batting a thousand in predicting the roster (sans the DL moves). 😉

    Realistically though, I think it was pretty easy to predict. Except for those who insisted Taveras would make it.

  5. blingboy says:

    What is the scenario that keeps Jackson on the roster when Freese comes back?

    We’re going to have loogy problems.

  6. blingboy says:

    Did anyone notice that the Associated Press article about today’s game on the main site reads like it was written by the Met’s beat writer. The Cards were mentioned too, like the Washington Generals get mentioned.

    I figure the headline is Brian’s. If so, I’d be interested in what the AP guy used.

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