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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/14

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Saturday, March 22. The Cardinals had a camp day with Memphis facing Springfield and Palm Beach opposing Peoria in games of five- and six-innings duration, respectively.

Memphis and Springfield tied while Palm Beach defeated Peoria. The Cardinals’ clubs are 5-5-4 in internal head-to-head action and their mark versus external competition this spring remains at 10-8-3.

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).

Saturday’s pitcher of the day: Right-hander Dailyn Martinez (pictured) threw two perfect innings that included one strikeout. Last time out, the 20-year-old threw 89-91 consistently. In 12 starts for Johnson City last summer, the Dominican native logged a 2.70 ERA.

Saturday’s hitter of the day: Kenny Peoples-Walls hit an even .300 at Johnson City last summer and earned a season-ending promotion to State College. A defensive conversion from shortstop to outfield is not affecting the 20-year-old’s hitting as Peoples-Walls went 3-for-3 with a double and run scored on Saturday.

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Memphis (2-3-3) 0 vs. Springfield (5-1-2) 0

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Randy Choate 1 MLB RP getting work in Jermaine Curtis 2B 2 1 Only Redbirds hit in five innings
Tyler Lyons 3 2 1 Nice bounceback outing
Justin Wright 1 1 1
Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Kyle Helisek 3 2 1 1 129+ IP, 3.13 ERA at Peo Starlin Rodriguez 1 1 1 Has been a regular in these reports
Ronnie Shaban 1 1 Palm Beach closer in 2013
Danny Miranda 1 1 2 Like Shaban, has closed

Palm Beach (4-3-1) 3, Peoria (3-5) 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
Nick Petree #34 3 2 1 1 Our top State College SP Carson Kelly C #9 3 1 2 If catching is ready, should join Peoria
Dailyn Martinez 2 1 Pitcher of the Day Ildemaro Vargas 2B 2 1 1 Hit just .248 at Peoria in 2013
Jonathan Escudero 1 2 1 Nick Martini CF 2 1 1 .668 OPS with Peoria last season
Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Arturo Reyes 3 2 1 1 40th round pick – Gonzaga Kenny Peoples-Walls CF #33 3 1 3 1 2013 Appy League All-Star
Steven Farinaro 2 3 3 1 RHP was 11th rd pick 2013 Jordan Walton 3 1 1 Plated 49 for 2013 Peoria Chiefs
Robert Stock 1 Third year pitching

Sunday’s games: The Cardinals will have all five squads (including Peoria 2) active against the Marlins on the Kissell Quad. Games begin at 1 PM.

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12 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/22/14”

  1. crdswmn says:

    Do you know anything about the collision involving Malik Collymore? I posted some tweets from Tyrell Jenkins about it this morning on the message board.

  2. crdswmn says:

    Question:

    Are the Cards plans for Diaz still that he starts out in Springfield? I’m asking because you have him listed on the Memphis roster on the matrix.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    The Astros start RHP Jerome Williams, who will turn 33 this season. They needed a vet starting pitcher to mentor younger ones. Williams should serve to eat 6 innings per start. He has been around since 2003, reminds me of our old pal, Jason Marquis.
    Interestingly, Williams could not hold a job circa 2007-11, so went back to the minors. But he did not give up. Through perseverance, Williams earned another chance. Good for him.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Steve Blass disease fells another, RHR Mitch Boggs. Had a fine season for the Cards as big armed 8th inning man in 2012, then mysteriously fell apart last season when they tried him as closer. Steve Blass disease is self-imposed pressure leads to a loss of control. Boggs tried out for the White Sox this spring, but is being released, because yet to regain confidence. As TLR says, their coconuts are important.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    The Jorge Rondon story…

    Signed July 3, 2006 in Venezuela, suggesting he was a bit sought after. Two undistinguished years pitching for our squad in Venezuela. Six years thereafter working his way up the US ladder. Because he had a good arm, we had him start games during 2010 in the Midwest League. His walk rate per 9 innings during his 8 years in the minors is not good, 4.4 per 9 innings. He must have had a good arm, but poor control. We stuck with him because of the velocity, since this cannot be taught. He must have sharpened the control a bit during 2013 at AAA. Now Rondon is on the cusp of being introduced to the major leagues. Its what he has been working 8 years to achieve.

    Rondon is not going to be the closer, if he makes the team. He will be the 12th man on the staff, eating an inning when they give him one. Its a small role. He may have just enough to suit it.

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