Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Thursday, March 27.
It was a Mets day with a twist. The Cards’ Double-A and A-Advanced clubs played a level up as Las Vegas took on Springfield and Binghamton opposed Palm Beach at Jupiter. In addition, the Extended Spring Training club took on the Long Island Storm on the Roger Dean back fields. Peoria1 played up as well as they and State College/Peoria2 traveled to St. Lucie to play the St. Lucie Mets and Savannah.
Interestingly, all four road teams in the Mets-Cards series won. The two upper-level games went to New York, while St. Louis took the two lower-level contests. The extended club also won its game.
After the 3-2 day, the Cardinals’ clubs collective mark versus external competition this spring is 20-11-5 with their overall record 28-19-11.
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).
Thursday’s hitter of the day: On a day of good hitting by the Cardinals, several stood out. Ronald Castillo homered again, singled and drove in three for Peoria, but even that was not quite enough. Outfielder Anthony Ray (pictured), playing for State College, had two singles, a home run and plated three, but even better, his homer was of the inside the park variety. Usually smiling anyway, Ray can’t keep from grinning from ear to ear about his big day, I imagine.
Thursday’s pitcher of the day: Pitching for State College, Nick Petree tossed four scoreless innings on just three hits and no walks. Even better, the 23-year-old right-hander from Missouri State fanned six. Petree posted a 1.62 ERA for the Spikes in 2013 and was The Cardinal Nation’s State College Starter of the Year.
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.
Las Vegas 4, Springfield (8-3-2) 1
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Tyler Lyons||inelig||4||6||3||2||Should return to Memphis rotation||Curt Smith||1B||3||1||2||1||Re-signed this spring|
|Logan Billbrough||1||5||1||1||Could have been worse||Oscar Taveras||DH/RF||#1||4||1||1||Will still be in Memphis Friday|
|Ronnie Shaban||1||2||Led 2013 FSL with 41G finished|
Binghamton 6, Palm Beach (5-6-2) 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|
|Jonathan Cornelius||4||3||3||1||1||Finished 2013 at Springfield||David Washington||1B||3||1||2||1||Led 2013 NYPL in RBI and walks|
|Ryan Sherriff||3||4||2||Two years in PB rotation|
|Joe Donofrio||1||3||2nd among MWL RPs 11.2K/9|
|Iden Nazario||1||1||1||1||11 holds tied for #1 in FSL|
Peoria (7-5-1) 6 at St. Lucie 1
|Peoria 1 pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria 1 hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Kyle Helisek||4||1||1||2||2||3.13 ERA #7 in MWL in 2013||C.J. McElroy||CF||5||2||3||1||May still be working on switch hitting|
|Corey Baker||2||2||1||Pitched at 3 levels last year||Mason Katz||2B||5||2||2||1||2||Yes, ex-LSU star can hit|
|Robert Stock||1||Clean line||Ronald Castillo||RF||4||1||2||3||1||At least 4th HR of spring|
|Thomas Lee||1||2||Not usually a strikeout P||Jimmy Bosco||LF||3||1||1||1||1||1||Hit .300 in 2013, but just 3 HR|
|Sam Tuivailala||#36||1||1||Mid 90′s heat||Michael Schulze||3B||3||2||Wednesday’s Player of the Day is back|
State College (3-1-2) 7 at Savannah 1
|State College pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||State College hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Nick Petree||#34||4||3||6||Has to be the line of the day||Richie Pedroza||2B||3||2||1||2nd to O’Neill in BB/K ratio in system|
|Max Foody||2||1||2||Return from ’13 knee injury||Oscar Mercado||SS||#22||4||1||2||2||1||I love speed. Led GCL Cards w/11 steals|
|Kyle Grana||1||1||1||1||Anthony Ray||LF||4||1||3||3||1||Player of the Day|
|Zach Loraine||1||1||TCNs top rookie RP in 2013|
|Kyle Barraclough||1||1||2||Shoulder surgery year+ ago|
Extended1 7, Long Island Storm 5
|Extended pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Extended hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Arturo Reyes||4||3||3||2||4||40th rdr in 2013 nice surprise||Edmundo Sosa||SS||#32||5||1||2||1||1||Tied for DSL Cards lead in HR and triples|
|Will Anderson||2||1||2||Brother John plays in Jays org||Justin Ringo||1B||4||1||2||4th toughest to K in Appy League in 2013|
|Josh Lucas||1||3||2||Making up for lost 2012 (TJS)||Chris Rivera||2B||3||1||3||2||1||1||1||Will improve on rookie .195 BA this year|
|Steve Sabatino||1||1||Just 9 HR allowed in 151 batters|
Friday’s games: Another camp day is ahead on Friday with the Marlins awaiting to close the spring on Saturday.