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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16/14

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.

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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
Justin Wright 2 1 1

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
Chris Thomas 1 1

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
Mike Aldrete 1 1 1
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.

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6 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/16/14”

  1. Lou Schuler says:

    Just saw Tommy Pham take an AB in today’s game against Boston. I didn’t know he was that big. Or I guess I should say he looks bigger than I expected.

    On TV, anyway, he looks like a power hitter.

    If only if he could stay healthy!

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