Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Thursday, March 20. Under another afternoon of beautiful, sunny skies, all five Cardinals minor league clubs made the walk back to the Kissell Quad.
On this camp day, Peoria 1 just worked out, with Peoria 2 facing Palm Beach and Springfield taking on Memphis. Due to pitching availability, these games were scheduled for six innings each.
Springfield came back in the final inning to tie and the upstart Peoria 2 club edged Palm Beach. There were some hits, but not too much scoring. Defense was key for the day, with big plays by Mike O’Neill, Jonathan Rodriguez and James Ramsey, among others. The Cardinals’ clubs are 8-7-2 versus external competition this spring and of course are .500 internally, at 4-4-2.
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 some of the top hitters’ data is shared.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted (TCN).
Thursday’s hitter of the day: Patrick Wisdom (pictured) reminded the assembled why he is a top prospect. The third baseman, The Cardinal Nation’s 15th-ranked player coming into the season, came up against lefty Tim Cooney with two on. His blast (on this very swing) struck the base of the left-field fence on the fly as both runners came home.
Thursday’s pitcher of the day: Kevin Herget isn’t well known, but the right-hander tossed two perfect innings with two strikeouts for Peoria 2. The 39th rounder from last June came from Kean University in New Jersey. Though he is not physically imposing at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Herget had one of the lowest walk rates per nine inning in the system last season with State College at 1.4.
The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out my in-depth report of Thursday’s action, directly from Jupiter. This includes information not reported elsewhere including batting orders, pitch counts, pitcher velocity readings and exclusive news from these games.
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 (2-2-2) 4, Springfield (4-1-1) 4
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Tim Cooney||#12||3||3||2||3||6.7 K/BB #1 in SP in 2013||Mike O’Neill||LF||#24||3||1||2||1||Also made a great catch in the outfield|
|Anthony Ferrara||3||3||2||2||In 2013 Az. Fall League||Patrick Wisdom||3B||#15||3||1||2||1||Run producer does his thing|
|Cody Stanley||C||2||1||1||Defense kept him from a long double, too|
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Seth Blair||#37||3||1||1||1||5||129.2 IP in ’13 > 1st 2 yrs total||Breyvic Valera||SS||#31||3||1||1||Continues to hit|
|Cory Jones||#14||2||1||1||Our 2013 Peoria top starter||Colin Walsh||2B||3||1||1||Had game-tying hit off Baker|
|Corey Baker||1||3||3||1||2 promos in ’13, ending at AA|
Peoria 2 (1-1-1) 2, Palm Beach (3-3) 1
|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|
|Alex Reyes||#7||3||4||1||2||Still 19, throwing 95-96||Jeremy Schaffer||1B||3||2||1||Moved up from Peoria 1 and took advantage|
|Brandon Lee||1||2||1||2.77 ERA bet. GCL and JC||Steven Ramos||RF||3||1||1||Reigning NY-Penn League batting champ|
|Anderson Gerdel||1||1||1.9 BB / 9 IP at Johnson City|
|Peoria 2 pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria 2 hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Chase Brookshire||3||3||1||2||2||1.59 ERA last yr. at St. College||Ronny Gil||CF||1||Run-scoring ground out from former shortstop|
|Kevin Herget||2||2||Threw 91-92, also CB, change|
|Chris Thomas||1||1||Only 7.2 IP in ’13 due to injury|
Friday’s games: The Cardinals Triple-A and Double-A clubs will remain home on Friday, while Palm Beach and Peoria will take the 30-mile bus ride to Port St. Lucie.