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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19/14

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Wednesday, March 19. Under beautiful, sunny skies, the top four Cardinals minor league clubs made the short walk over to the Miami side of the complex to take on their Marlins counterparts.

Only Palm Beach prevailed in the 1-3 day. Though won-loss counts do not matter, since score is taken and for the record, I will point out that the Cardinals’ clubs are 8-7-2 versus external competition this spring.

In 2014, 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.

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted (TCN).

Wednesday’s hitter of the day: Palm Beach’s Mason Katz (pictured) had eight total bases, with a single, triple and home run. If the 2013 fourth-rounder can stay at second base, his bat will continue to play.

Wednesday’s pitcher of the day: Throwing 89-91 mph but with kind of a recoil motion that comes from near his head, Peoria’s Silfredo Garcia held the Marlins’ Class-A batters to just one baserunner in three innings while fanning four.

The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out my in-depth report of Wednesday’s action, directly from Jupiter. This includes information not reported elsewhere including batting orders, pitch counts, pitcher velocity readings and exclusive news.

Also on the site are the minor league spring training invitees, full minor league spring training game schedules and more. Seven-day free trials are always available.

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.

New Orleans 5, Memphis (2-2-1) 2

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Angel Castro 2 7 5 1 1 No way to perfume it Vance Albitz 2B 4 2 1 Super utility man
Zach Petrick #16 3 5 1 3 Many runners but no runs Matt Williams SS 4 2 1 1 Appearing here regularly this spring
Nick Greenwood 1 2 P’ed in MLB game Monday James Ramsey DH #8 4 1 1 Down from MLB camp
Justin Wright 1 1 Keeps getting job done
Jose Almarante 2 1 2 Finished with a flair

Jacksonville 7, Springfield (4-1) 2

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Joe Cuda 3 5 2 1 Not tall, solidly built Anthony Garcia LF 4 1 1 1 Looking for injury comeback year
Ryan Sherriff 2 4 2 1 Threw 86-88 mph Alex Mejia SS 3 1 1 1 Hard-hit double into LF corner
Aidan Lucas 1 Back from injury Bruce Caldwell 3B 3 1 1 1 RBI ground out did the job
Danny Miranda 1 2 Ditto
Thomas Lee 2 1 3 Led system in K/BB ratio

Palm Beach (3-2) 4 at Jupiter 2

Palm Beach pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Mike Mayers #21 4 4 3 5 Topped out at 94 mph Jordan Walton LF 3 2 1 1 1 Two triples for one team in one day!
Ronnie Shaban 1 1 18 saves for PB in 2013 Jeremy Schaffer EH 4 2 1 11 HR last season, but .214 BA
Victor DeLeon 1 1 A pitcher to watch Mason Katz 2B 4 1 3 1 1 1 Clear choice as Player of the Day
Kyle Barraclough 1 1 91-92, but down since inj.
Sam Tuivailala #36 1 1 3 Looks good, but 23 pitches
Robert Stock 1 4 2

Greensboro 5, Peoria (2-3) 2

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Silfredo Garcia 3 1 4 My Pitcher of the Day Rafael Medina 3B 3 1 1 1 Hit .282 in GCL last season
Will Anderson 2 5 4 2 Rough outing Malik Collymore 2B 3 1 2 1 2 Stealth pickup in 10th round 2013 draft
Mike Aldrete 1 Very efficient 6 P inning
Norge Paredes 1 1 Tall and thin
Steve Sabatino 1 2 1 1 1 Bingo not good here
Zach Loraine 1 1 Our top rookie RP in 2013

Thursday’s games: The Cardinals will have another camp day on Thursday, which is the best scenario to evaluate as many organizational prospects as possible.

Heads up for daily readers: The Cardinals minor league highlights for Thursday will not be posted (by any site) until Friday morning. I was at today’s games and posted my camp report for The Cardinal Nation subscribers here. Exclusive news, lineups, pitcher velocities and my notes are included.

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7 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/19/14”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Thanks so much for the updates Brian. I look forward to these every night.

    Is there any reason to have hope that Alex Mejia will develop into someone to be excited about? When he was first drafted I heard good things about him, and then he was injured and fell off the radar. Some seemed to think he wasn’t that good, or so I was told.

    Why did the Cardinals sign Angel Castro again?

    • Brian Walton says:

      I am glad you value these reports. I couldn’t do them without the Cardinals sharing the stats, but I also put more into it than just cutting and pasting the stats provided. The clicks seem to indicate others appreciate it as well.

      I haven’t given up on Mejia yet. I was kind of surprised how big he looks this spring. Perhaps I just didn’t pay much attention last year. P.S. His chances of starting at short this summer at Springfield (where the hitting is better than Palm Beach) probably took a hit with the Diaz signing.

      Castro threw very well in winter ball. Not so much since. He looks to be pitching his way off the 40-man roster.

      • crdswmn says:

        Well, someone will have to come off the 40 man if Neshek makes the team (unless they put Motte or Garcia on the 60 day DL), so it might as well be him.

        The stats are great, but your comments really add the most to it for me. Numbers tell a lot, but they don’t give the complete picture that a set of eyes does.

        • Brian Walton says:

          To bring your latter point home, look at Tuivailala today versus Aldrete. The former draws a lot of attention because he throws gas – and his stat line looks great. What you wouldn’t know unless you were there is that it took him 23 pitches just to get three outs. Aldrete, far less celebrated, achieved the same end result in just six pitches. (Not making any long term judgments here, as spring training is a time to work on things.)

  2. Brian Walton says:

    Heads up for daily readers: The Cardinals minor league highlights for Thursday will not be posted (by any site) until Friday morning. I was at today’s games and posted my camp report for The Cardinal Nation subscribers here. Exclusive news, lineups, pitcher velocities and my notes are included.

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