Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Saturday, March 15 against the Miami Marlins in Jupiter. All Cardinals squads won, though there were only four games instead of the usual five. The reason is that the Marlins sent some of their minor leaguers to Panama for the “Legends Series” against the New York Yankees.
This spring, Cardinals baseball operations assistant Tony Ferreira is sharing highlights from minor league spring training contests. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted.
Saturday’s hitter of the day: Carson Kelly (pictured) went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI. His bat should be ready for the Midwest League. The open question is his catching.
Saturday’s pitcher of the day: Nick Greenwood did not score an invitation to major league camp, but was a valuable swingman for Memphis in 2013. On Saturday, the left-hander fanned three in two perfect innings.
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 (2-0) 4 vs. New Orleans 1
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Anthony Ferrara||2||1||1||1||Lefty pitched in 2013 AFL||Aledmys Diaz||4||1||2||1||1||Shoulder soreness|
|Seth Blair||#37||2||1||1||Results lagging potential||Oscar Taveras||#1||2||1||Down from MLB camp|
|Nick Greenwood||2||3||My Pitcher of the Day||Tommy Pham||#23||2||2||1||2 games, 2 standout results|
|Logan Billbrough||1||1||6.2 K/BB ratio last season||Chris Swauger||2||1||1||1||1||3-run HR to deep right|
|Eric Fornataro||#39||1||1||Righty opened in MLB camp|
Springfield (2-0) 5 vs. Jacksonville 4
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Ryan Sherriff||2||1||Our top PB starter in 2012-13||Breyvic Valera||#31||5||2||3||1||Good average but low power|
|Joe Cuda||2||2||1||1||4.4 K/BB ratio last season||Starlin Rodriguez||3||1||3||Prospect stock slipped in 2013|
|Corey Baker||2||4||1||1||Alex Mejia||4||2||1||Underrated shortstop|
|Iden Nazario||1||2||Name is pronounced “Eden”|
|Joe Donofrio||1||2||5.0 K/BB ratio at Peoria in ’13|
Palm Beach (1-1) 7 vs. Jupiter 6
|Palm Beach pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Palm Beach hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Alex Reyes||#7||2||4||3||High potental but rough day||Carson Kelly||#9||4||2||3||3||1||1||1||Solo HR to deep left|
|Blake McKnight||2||5||2||1||1.10 WHIP 2nd best in system||Jordan Walton||3||2||1||Can play in OF and 1B|
|Jeff Rauh||1||1||Nick Martini||1||1||1||2||1||HR to right-center|
|Brady Adamek||1||1||1||Non-drafted FA signed last Jan||Jake Stone||2||1||1||1||1||HR to right field|
|Nick Lomascolo||1||2||2||Appy Lg Pitcher of Wk 9/3/13|
|Arturo Reyes||1||1||2.08 ERA at State College|
Peoria (1-1) 6 vs. Greensboro 2
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Silfredo Garcia||2||4||18 starts for Peoria in ’13||Jimmy Bosco||5||1||2||1||Should be ready for Peoria|
|Steven Gallardo||1||1||1||Matt Young||4||2||1||1|
|Michael Holback||1||25th rounder in 2013||Rafael Medina||3||1||1||1||HR to deep left field|
|Brandon Lee||1||1||Non drafted FA sign June ’13||Jonathan Keener||2||1||1||2||1||HR to left-center|
|Josh Lucas||1||1||Missed all of 2012|
|Jonathan Escudero||1||1||1||11.5 K per 9 IP last season|
|Anderson Gerdel||1||2||Just 1.9 BB/9 IP in 2013|
Sunday’s games: The Cardinals will face the Mets, with Memphis and Springfield at home and Palm Beach and Peoria taking the bus to Port St. Lucie.