Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Monday, March 24. The Cardinals were scheduled to face the Mets. For the second time in a week, rain kept both organizations home instead.
Memphis and Springfield took on each other, while Palm Beach and Peoria faced off. Games were shortened to four innings as bad weather returned.
The lower-level clubs seized the day as Springfield and Peoria won. The Cardinals’ clubs collective mark versus external competition this spring remains 13-9-4 with their overall record 20-16-8.
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).
Monday’s pitcher of the day: To say Silfredo Garcia (pictured) is hot this spring is a colossal understatement. In three outings, the 22-year-old right-hander has been the Pitcher of the Day twice. Look at this combined line for the spring: 9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 15 K. Last season, Garcia made 18 starts for Peoria, logging a 3.82 ERA.
Monday’s hitter of the day: Rowan Wick had a perfect 2-for-2 day at the plate with two runs scored for Peoria. A 2013 Appalachian League all-star, the former catcher was among leaders in most power and production categories in the short-season rookie-level circuit last summer.
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.
Springfield (7-1-2) 3, Memphis (3-4-3) 1
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Angel Castro||4||6||1||1||His best outing of the spring||Joey Butler||LF||2||1||1||1st game down from St. Louis|
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Joe Cuda||3||6||2||1||Too many baserunners||Greg Miclat||3B||2||2||1||1||Rule 5 addition playing more than SS|
|Ryan Sherriff||1||1||Solid 2.57 ERA in 2013||Jacob Wilson||2B||#28||2||1||1||Arizona Fall League in 2013|
Peoria (5-5) 2, Palm Beach (4-5-1) 0
|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|
|Marco Gonzales||#6||2||2||1||1||Getting back after sore forearm||Bruce Caldwell||2B||2||1||1||Only XBH of the day|
|Mike Mayers||#21||2||3||1||1||3rd round pick last June|
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Silfredo Garcia||4||2||1||2||7||Pitcher of the Day again||Rowan Wick||RF||2||2||2||Player of the Day|
|Corey Baker||1||1||1||76.1 IP in relief in AA last year|
Tuesday’s games: The Cardinals’ five clubs will play on the Marlins side of the complex on Tuesday.