Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Wednesday, March 26. Five was the operative number for the day as three of the Cards’ four clubs scored exactly that run total.
As Memphis wound down its spring, the club tossed a five-inning shutout at Springfield. It was just the second loss for the Double-A club in 12 outings as they used a quartet of relievers Wednesday. Palm Beach and Peoria tied each other in an eight-inning contest.
The Cardinals’ clubs collective mark versus external competition this spring remains 17-9-5 with their overall record 25-17-11.
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).
Wednesday’s hitter of the day: Peoria second baseman Michael Schulze (pictured) muscled up, with two extra-base hits in three at-bats – a double and home run. The 22-year-old, taken in the 19th round of the 2013 draft, scored twice and plated three. The Missouri Western product batted .275 for State College last summer.
Wednesday’s pitcher of the day: Starting for Triple-A Memphis, right-hander Sam Gaviglio spun a five-hit, five-inning shutout with – you guessed it – five strikeouts. When healthy last season, the 23-year-old posted a solid 2.72 ERA in seven starts for Palm Beach before heading to the Arizona Fall League to get in more work. Gaviglio opened the spring in big-league camp.
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 (4-4-4) 5, Springfield (8-2-2) 0
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Sam Gaviglio||#26||5||5||0||5||Pitcher of the Day||Jonathan Rodriguez||1B||2||1||2||1||I have no idea how Mem scored 3 more|
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Dean Kiekhefer||2||5||2||Lefty led off bullpen day||Rafael Ortega||OF||2||1||The 4 needed to string their hits together|
|Sam Freeman||#17||1||1||1||Should be #1 LHP in AAA pen||Cody Stanley||C||2||1||A return to AA seems likely|
|Heath Wyatt||1||3||2||1||Submariner||Curt Smith||1B||2||1||2008 39th round draftee is back in org.|
|Justin Wright||1||2||1||Dodged trouble||Adam Melker||OF||2||1||Two full years at Springfield already|
Palm Beach (5-5-2) 5, Peoria (6-5-1) 5
|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||4||2||2||1||Only 8 BB in 60.1 IP in 2013||Breyvic Valera||2B||#31||4||1||2||Still just 21. Batted .309 at Peo last year|
|Chris Perry||4||3||2||5||3.18 ERA bet. SC and Peoria||Nick Longmire||LF||4||1||1||2||1||Needs to step up this year|
|Mitch Harris||1||2||1||1||Former Navy man||Alex Mejia||SS||3||2||Had a shot to play SS at AA before Diaz|
|Ildemaro Vargas||DH||2||2||1||1||Low-power DH|
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Kyle Hald||4||5||3||1||2||1.35 WHIP at PB a tad high||Cesar Valera||SS||4||1||2|
|Jhonny Polanco||2||3||2||3||1||Had pitched better earlier||Michael Schulze||2B||3||2||2||3||1||1||Player of the Day|
|Chris Thomas||1||1||1||Rough 2013 with injuries|
|Dixon Llorens||1||1||1||Another low throwing angle|
Thursday’s games: Thursday will be a busy day in camp. It is a Mets day with a twist. The Cards’ Double-A and A-Advanced clubs will compete a level up as Las Vegas will play Springfield and Binghamton will play Palm Beach at Jupiter. In addition, the Extended Spring Training club will take on the Long Island Storm, also at 1 PM ET on the Roger Dean back fields. Peoria1 will play up as well as they and Peoria2 will travel to St. Lucie to play the St. Lucie Mets and Savannah, also at 1 PM.