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.
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 (2-3-3) 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|
|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.