Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals four minor league games on Sunday, March 16 against the New York Mets in Jupiter and Port St. Lucie. The Springfield squad won and Memphis tied in the first of five scheduled sets against New York this month.
Won-loss records do not matter, but as Mike Matheny reminded us recently, habits can be formed. Since scores are kept, for the record, the farm clubs are a combined 7-4-2 this spring.
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. Unfortunately, while all pitchers are accounted for, only top hitters’ data is shared, so I will not aggregate incomplete hitting stats across multiple days.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted (TCN).
Sunday’s hitter of the day: Springfield’s Anthony Garcia (pictured) drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 day that included a two-run long ball plus a walk. Ranked in the TCN’s top 10 in 2013, the outfielder dropped all the way out of the new top 40 after an injury-plagued summer. Maybe we were wrong to count him out.
Sunday’s pitcher of the day: Reliever Victor De Leon fanned two of three batters faced in a perfect inning for Palm Beach. The 22-year-old right-hander can throw in the mid-to-upper 90s, but needs to harness his control to get back on track after an uneven 2013 at State College.
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 (2-0-1) 4, Las Vegas 4
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Sam Gaviglio||26||2||2||1||3||1||Just down from MLB camp||Tommy Pham||DH||23||4||1||2||1||Third straight day in highlights|
|Jonathan Cornelius||2||4||2||5||Only 7.1 K / 9 IP last season||Adam Melker||EH||4||1||1||1||1||EH= extra hitter, HR to right field|
|Jose Almarante||2||2||1||4||Lost NRI due to visa delay||Rafael Ortega||CF||3||2||1||40-man player claimed from Texas|
Springfield (3-0) 5, Binghamton 4
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Kyle Helisek||2||3||1||2||LHP threw 129.1 IP at Peoria||Anthony Garcia||LF||3||1||2||3||1||1||1||2-run game-tying home run|
|Kyle Hald||2||2||1||Kenny Peoples-Walls||CF||33||3||1||2||Not letting defensive change affect bat|
|Thomas Lee||1||1||Lowest BB rate in system|
|Aidan Lucas||1||1||1||Coming back from injury|
|Ronnie Shaban||1||1||18 saves at Palm Beach|
|Dixon Llorens||1||1||Highest K rate in system|
|Robert Stock||1||2||1||1||1||3rd year as pitcher|
St. Lucie 3, Palm Beach (1-2) 2
|Palm Beach pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Palm Beach hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Nick Petree||34||2||1||1||2||1.62 ERA at State College||Ronald Castillo||RF||3||1||1||Hit .341 when healthy at State College|
|Chase Brookshire||2||2||3||Best reliever K/BB ratio 2013||Cesar Valera||EH||3||1||1||1||Extra hitter|
|Kyle Barraclough||1||3||2||1||Only threw 3.1 IP last season||Dante Rosenberg||C||2||1||1||1||Batted just .139 in limited 2013 action|
|Victor DeLeon||1||2||Second year as a reliever|
|Jhonny Polanco||1||2||10.7 K / 9 IP in 2013|
|Sam Tuivailala||36||1||1||Converted IF has potential|
Savannah 6, Peoria (1-2) 1
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Chris Perry||2||1||1||Split 2013 bet SC and Peoria||Oscar Mercado||SS||22||3||2||1||2nd-round draft pick in 2013|
|Kevin Herget||2||1||1||2||Only 1.4 BB / 9 IP in 2013||Richy Pedroza||2B||4||1||1||2||.769 OPS at Johnson City|
|Will Anderson||1||3||2||1||1||4.7 K/BB ratio last season|
|Steve Sabatino||1||1||2||2||1||12.7 K / 9 IP at Peoria|
|Kyle Grana||1||1||4.1K/BB ratio in 2013|
|Zach Loraine||1||1||TCN Rookie Reliever of Year|
Monday’s games: The Cardinals will have a camp day with Memphis and Springfield facing off and Palm Beach and Peoria doing the same. I will be there with eyewitness reports and features for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation. Check back here Monday night for the free daily stats recap as always.
Update: The top three clubs have been given the afternoon off with Peoria 1 and Peoria 2 facing off in the only Monday afternoon contest.