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.
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|
|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|
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.