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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/21/14

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Friday, March 21. The Cardinals Triple-A and Double-A clubs remained home, while Palm Beach and Peoria took the 30-mile bus ride each way to Port St. Lucie.

Springfield and Peoria took victories while Memphis fell and Palm Beach tied. As a result of the 2-1-1 day, the Cardinals’ clubs are now 10-8-3 versus external competition this spring and 14-12-5 overall.

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).

Friday’s pitcher of the day: Of 10 batters faced, Springfield’s Kyle Hald (pictured) allowed just one to reach base, via a walk. The 24-year-old left-hander threw 136 1/3 innings for Palm Beach last season, tied for fourth-most in the system.

Friday’s hitter of the day: Palm Beach’s Alex De Leon had just two at bats Friday, but in one, the ball went over the fence for a three-run home run. The former University of Kansas backstop batted just .197 last season with four home runs in 134 plate appearances at State College.

On any other day, Memphis teammates Tommy Pham and Patrick Wisdom could have taken this recognition. In fact, Wisdom just missed his second win in a row.

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Las Vegas 8 at Memphis (2-3-2) 6

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 4 4 4 3 4 Four of a kind not ideal Tommy Pham CF #23 5 2 2 1 1 Tommy smiling yesterday = good sign
Dean Kiekhefer 2 4 2 2 Pitched 2013 Ariz Fall League Patrick Wisdom 3B #15 5 1 2 1 2 1 Could have been two PODs in a row
Lee Stoppelman #18 1 1 1 Threw 87-88 last time out Oscar Taveras RF #1 4 1 2 1 1 More of what we have been expecting
Heath Wyatt 1 2 2 1 2 Submariner took on water Matt Williams 4 3 Infielder having a nice spring
Eric Fornataro #39 1 1 1 In AAA late inning mix?

Springfield (5-1-1) 4, Binghamton 2

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Jonathan Cornelius 3 3 2 2 May repeat in AA rotation Starlin Rodriguez DH 4 1 2 1 1 Can hit, but will he make it in OF?
Kyle Hald 3 1 2 My Pitcher of the Day Colin Walsh 3B 4 1 2 Broadening his defensive portfolio
Joe Donofrio 1.2 2 2 1 Unusual to not finish frame Nick Longmire CF 2 1 1 1 I love those triples!
Iden Nazario 1.1 1 2 Touched 92 last time out
Logan Billbrough 1 1 Underrated STEP camper

Palm Beach (3-3-1) 6 at St. Lucie 6

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
Blake McKnight 3 3 2 3 1.10 WHIP among best in 2013 Alex De Leon C 2 1 1 3 1 1 Friday’s Player of the Day
Joe Scanio 2 5 2 3 3.79 ERA in two seasons Jeremy Schaffer DH 4 2 3 2 1 1 Productive camp
Aidan Lucas 1 1 3 Was also effective Wed. Jake Stone 1B 4 1 2 1 1 Another 1B with a nice day
Dixon Llorens 1 2 Another STEP camper
Kyle Barraclough 1 1 1 1 Throwing 91-93 last time
Nick Lomascolo 1 1 1 Run may be unearned

Peoria 1 (3-4) 9 at Savannah 7

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Chris Perry 1 6 6 2 2 Rough outing Luis Cruz C 3 2 2 1 Our 2012 Dom Summer Lg Player of Year
Jeff Rauh 1 1 Jimmy Bosco LF 4 1 2 1 1 .300 hitter in ’13 often appearing here
Kyle Grana 1 1 1 Getting good marks Matthew Young DH 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 No triples last season in 157 at-bats
Steven Gallardo 1 1 Threw 91-92 in prior outing
Mike Aldrete 1 1 Good job collecting outs
Josh Lucas 1 1
Jhonny Polanco 2 1 2 Second P of Day contender

Saturday’s games: The Cardinals will have yet another camp day on Saturday, their fourth in the last six days. Games will begin early, at 10 AM, as is the custom on Saturdays, giving the players a few extra afternoon hours off.

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3 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/21/14”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Wainwright, Lynn, Miller, Wacha, and Martinez looks to be an impressive starting rotation. Though the Cards may have hoped to have Martinez in relief, he is pitching so well as a starter, it may be hard not to use him as one.

    Wong seems to have gotten past stage fright. In contrast, Jay must feel disheartened by the arrival of Bourjos and is not showing well with the stick.

    Good to see rumors the Cards are shopping Kozma. Jay or Robinson would potentially be available for teams looking for CF help.

    Spring is here and soon the real games shall get underway.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    One of the nice stories of the spring, a time of hope, is White Sox reliever Mikail Cleto. Last spring, Cleto pitched for the Cards. He is a 25 year old flamethrower obtained for SS Brendan Ryan. Assigned to Memphis, Cleto suffered control problems, walking 53 in 53 innings. Now he is back, endeavoring to latch on with the Sox. So far, Cleto has walked 2 in 7 innings. If he can keep that up, millions of dollars await. Good luck Mikail.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Training to reach the majors can be a long process. Tommy Pham has completed 7.5 years as a pro player, two or three of these years involving injuries and much time on the DL.
    Its an annual rite for Mr. Pham to be featured by the Cards in their reports about minor league spring training. He must show up in Florida ready to hit.

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