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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24/14

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.

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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.

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6 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/24/14”

  1. blingboy says:

    Didn’t like hearing OT will be rested at least a day after tweeking his bad leg.

  2. crdswmn says:

    I have an announcement to make.

    I have left Redbird Rants and have started my own blog. It is called Red Cleat Diaries and you can find it here.

    I gave you a shout out in my first post, Brian. 😉

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