Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals first minor league games of 2014. The top two clubs won, with two losses and a tie as all five teams saw action. That includes the two Class A teams that are traditionally split out to take on their Miami Marlins counterparts.
This spring, Cardinals baseball operations assistant Tony Ferreira will be sharing highlights from minor league spring training contests. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine. Actually, the data comes from players and managers charting, so some inconsistencies are possible.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted.
Thursday’s hitter of the day: 2014 will be the make-or-break year for talented, but oft-injured Tommy Pham (pictured). The Memphis outfielder got off to a nice spring start with a home run among his two hits. (As a reminder of how long Pham has been around, I took this photo in 2008!)
Thursday’s pitcher of the day: Kurt Heyer was a late addition to a major league camp, but had a nice showing while there, getting out of inherited jams in his two innings pitched in two games. On Thursday, Springfield’s starter allowed just two baserunners in two scoreless frames.
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 (1-0) 5 at New Orleans 4
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Boone Whiting||#30||2||4||1||1||Only threw 1 inning in MLB camp||Mike O’Neill||#24||3||1||2||1||1||.424 on-base percentage last season|
|Angel Castro||2||3||1||1||Free agent had rough time with StL||Tommy Pham||#23||4||2||2||1||1||Never any doubt about ability – needs health|
|Dean Kiekhefer||2||3||1||1||Lefty pitched in 2013 Arizona Fall Lg||Curt Smith||4||2||1||1B back after having 1st signed w/Cards in 2008|
|Jose Almarante||1||2||Had an NRI but arrived too late|
|Justin Wright||1||1||9.8 K per 9 IP for Springfield|
|Heath Wyatt||1||1||Submariner had 7 holds in AA|
Springfield (1-0) 2 at Jacksonville 1
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Kurt Heyer||2||1||1||2||Had a nice showing in MLB camp||Charlie Tilson||#13||4||2||1||Joined high-A Palm Beach for final month in 2013|
|Thomas Lee||2||2||1||3||Lowest walk rate in system in 2013||Jacob Wilson||#28||4||3||1||Played in 2013 Arizona Fall League|
|Robert Stock||2||2||3||2||Former catcher in 3rd year pitching||David Washington||4||2||1||Big first baseman repeated NYPL last summer|
|Dixon Llorens||1||1||1||2||Led system in strikeout rate in 2013||Colin Walsh||4||3||1||1||Strong 2012, but progress slowed in 2013|
|Aidan Lucas||1||1||Shaking off injury-related rust|
|Ronnie Shaban||1||2||1||1||18 saves for Palm Beach in 2013|
Jupiter 4, Palm Beach (0-1) 0
|Palm Beach pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Palm Beach hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Mike Mayers||#21||2||3||1||3||1||Third-rounder in 2013 from Ole Miss||Ronald Castillo||2||1||Hit well when not injured at State College last summer|
|Jimmy Reed||2||1||1||Sharp 2.05 ERA at State College||Juan Herrera||#27||2||1||Defensive whiz joined Cards in Scrabble trade w/ Indians|
|Kyle Barraclough||1||1||1||2||Coming back from injuries||Rowan Wick||1||1||1||Former catcher now power-hitting outfielder|
|Sam Tuivailala||#36||1||Made MLB spring game cameo|
|Victor DeLeon||1||2||2||1||Ranked in the top 40 in 2013|
|Jhonny Polanco||1||1||10.7 K/9 IP with State College|
Savannah1 10, Peoria1 (0-1) 3
|Peoria 1 pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria 1 hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Rob Kaminsky||#5||2||2||1||1||1||Former New Jersey prep LHP||Jimmy Bosco||3||1||1||1||2||.300 hitter at State College in 2013|
|Will Anderson||2||3||3||1||1||Just 1.3 BB / 9 IP last season||Luis Cruz||4||2||1||Catcher was 2014 STEP camper|
|Arturo Reyes||1||2||2nd Gonzaga P draft pick in 2013||Matt Young||3||1||1||1||.248 average for State College in 2013|
|Steve Sabatino||1||3||1||Rafael Medina||3||2||1||1||1||Batted .282 in 2013 Gulf Coast League|
|Zach Loraine||1||1||TCN’s 2013 top rookie reliever|
|Mike Aldrete||1||1||2||1||Son of the MLB bench coach|
Peoria2 (0-0-1) 3 at Savannah2 3 (tie)
|Peoria 2 pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria 2 hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||Notes|
|Dewin Perez||2||1||3||Colombian LHP rec’d $450K in 2011||Brett Wiley||4||2||1||1||Sitting out first 50 games of 2014|
|Steven Farinaro||2||1||1||1||Got $750K bonus to skip UCLA||Jesus Ustariz||2||2||2||Rule 5 addition from Tigers|
|Dailyn Martinez||1||1||Jhohan Acevedo||2||1||2||1||Fractured wrist last spring|
|Max Foody||1||2||Lefty has struggled with injuries|
|Kyle Grana||1||2||2013 non-drafted free agent|
Friday’s games: The Cardinals will have a camp day, with Memphis expected to take on Springfield and Palm Beach and Peoria facing off. Update: There were no intrasquad games on Friday, after all, though they will be held on all remaining camp days this spring.
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