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.
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.
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|
|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.