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Memphis Redbirds leaving Omaha and Iowa behind in 2014

Memphis Redbirds fans disappointed about the club continually chasing the Omaha Storm Chasers will have an answer starting next season.

The Pacific Coast League American North Division winners in 2011 and 2012 and first place club in 2013 will no longer be in the same division as the Redbirds.

The Kansas City Royals affiliate will remain in the American North while the St. Louis Cardinals top farm club is relocating to the South – along with the Brewers minor league entry in Nashville. The Iowa Cubs will remain behind in the North with Omaha. Memphis and Nashville join American South holdovers New Orleans and Round Rock.

To win the conference title, however, the South winner will still have to get past the best in the North in a best-of-five series. Another five-game set follows between the American and Pacific conference champs, just as today. The PCL winner then plays a single contest against the International League champion for Triple-A supremacy bragging rights.

According to reports, the move of the Tucson franchise to El Paso next season is driving the changes, yet that club will remain in the same division, anyway.

Current 2014
American North Iowa Colorado Springs American Northern
Memphis Iowa
Nashville Oklahoma City
Omaha Omaha
American South Albuquerque Memphis American Southern
New Orleans Nashville
Oklahoma City New Orleans
Round Rock Round Rock
Pacific North Colorado Springs Fresno Pacific Northern
Reno Reno
Salt Lake Sacramento
Tacoma Tacoma
Pacific South Fresno Albuquerque Pacific Sourthern
Las Vegas El Paso
Sacramento Las Vegas
Tucson Salt Lake

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16 Responses to “Memphis Redbirds leaving Omaha and Iowa behind in 2014”

  1. blingboy says:

    Last night’s game was my first chance to watch Wang. The speed element makes quite a difference. If he doesn’t beat out the grounder to 3rd its the 3rd out and the rally doesn’t happen. The SBs were weapon we can use. Keeping him in the lineup will be a challenge.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Agreed. And Freese had a big hit late. He even went the other way.

      • blingboy says:

        I noticed that too. Also, for what its worth, Jay’s homer went over the wall on the LF side of dead center. I don’t think of him as having opposite field power.

        And Adams has beaten the shift a couple times now lately.

        Maybe there is some good work going on with Mabry and Benjie.

        Wang got over anxious his final AB, lunged at the first one and topped it. Maybe he should be under a take the first one rule for a while. Kind of force him to take deep breaths.

  2. blingboy says:

    Two weeks ago marked the one year anniversary of Kevin Siegrist getting promoted from A ball in the Florida State League to AA.

    Where would we be right now without Siegrist and Maness (whose one year anniversary exiting A ball happened in May).

    The point being that in thinking about who might emerge on the scene next year, there is no point only looking at the higher levels, or even at the NRIs next spring. Maness was an invite this past spring, but Siegrist was totally off the radar.

    • Brian Walton says:

      One slight correction. Siegrist was also invited to major league camp and pitched well in four games before being sent down. There were many lefties still ahead of him in the pecking order at that point.

      As fate would have it, I have interviews with both Maness and Siegrist queued up, but several more from Springfield are ahead of them.

      • blingboy says:

        The audio on my computer has been going bad ever since I got back from vacation. The speaker and jack both. so I have a big pile of interviews to catch up on.

        My daughter left her mac here when she went off to school, but its a mac so I have no clue. My grandson said he’d give me a hand with it when he gets a chance. sigh.

        Apparently, its a big decision now days whether to take your mac or your PC away to school with you. As understand it, one of them is a notebook and the other a laptop, which matters, one has a newer operating system, and one of them is ‘running chrome’. There are also issues relating to what works best with the ethernet and wi-fi at Mizzou. That explains it. Also, one has to plug into a wall jack to get on-line in the dorm. (She didn’t know she was signing up for the ‘third world experience’). sigh.

  3. Bw52 says:

    Could Stephan Piscotty be next years semi-sleeper? Although he was a high pick he has risen rapidly up to AA in his 2nd season and he is holding his own showing some power and a pretty good contact level.Could contend for RH bat and reserve OF spot.Unless the organization decides they want him playing every day at AAA .

    • blingboy says:

      I am also wondering what the org will do with Piscotty. O’neill also.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Yes, I think Piscotty could play his way into a shot during next season. I would project him to start at Memphis. He still needs improvement against RHPs. He is currently my top position prospect in the system after Oscar and Kolten. An interview with him is coming up, too. O’Neill interview was posted last week…

  4. Bw52 says:

    Piscotty playing OF full time now.No 3B.O`Neill seems like a on base machine with a bit of speed.Jon Jay version 2.The guy just hits and hits.

    The other two guys drafted as 3B in the 1st and 2nd round are Patrick Wisdom who was promoted to High A a few weeks ago……………….showed power at A ball but low average and lot of K`.Still young he will turn 22 this month.

    Carson Kelly who just turned 19 is at short season A ball after having a tough start in regular A ball.
    Kelly line for season so far both leagues combined
    347 AB
    88 Hits
    19 2B
    1 3B
    4 HR
    38 RBI
    28 BB
    51 K
    .315 OBP
    .343 SLG
    .251 BA

  5. Bw52 says:

    Brian your thoughts on Piscotty,Patrick Wisdom,Carson Kelly and Danny Stienstra? Ceilings? Can Wisdom,Kelly and Stienstra stay at 3B and have you heard any rumblings from the organization about them and the seasons they are having?

  6. blingboy says:

    It looks like 3B will be a tough way to get to STL for a while. I’m wondering if any of the above have UT potential.

    • Bw52 says:

      The AAA 3B is Jermaine Curtis…………..a little speed………gap bat.
      AA is veteran 30 year Ruben Gotay.not a prospect.
      Hi-A.Wisdom.power bat at low A.lots of Ks.Stienstra-gap type decent average
      A and Short season low A is Carson Kelly.
      Maybe Curtis can be a utility type.I think all the others are 3B-1B types.

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