Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals minor league games on Friday, March 28.
A camp day with Memphis already having departed Florida meant Springfield-Palm Beach and Peoria1 vs. Peoria2. There was a lot of sister-kissing as both five-inning contests ended in a tie. Pitching led the way as only six runs were scored in the 10 innings of action.
With one day remaining, the Cardinals’ clubs collective spring mark overall is 28-19-15 and versus internal competition is 8-8-10.
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).
Friday’s pitcher of the day: Rob Kaminsky (pictured) drew a lot of attention as a first-rounder last June, and began his pro career at the bottom rung in the US, the Gulf Coast League. Pitching for Peoria1 on Friday, the 19-year-old left-hander with the dominating curve threw four scoreless frames on just two hits and no walks. He fanned four.
Friday’s hitter of the day: Outfielder David Popkins had such strong numbers in the pitching-dominated Florida State League last summer that he received consideration for The Cardinal Nation Player of the Year. This spring, the 24-year-old has not been in these reports too often and is surely finding a crowded outfield competition for a Double-A spot. On Friday, the switch-hitter went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
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 (8-3-3) 2, Palm Beach (5-6-3) 2
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Chris Thomas||1||1||Non-drafted FA in 2012||Patrick Wisdom||3B||#15||2||1||1||1||Had 2 grand slams & 4 triples last season|
|Anthony Ferrara||1||1||Pitched in relief in Arizona||David Popkins||LF||2||2||1||Very underrated season at PB in 2013|
|Mitch Harris||1||2||2||2||At 28, needs to move|
|Sam Gaviglio||#26||2||3||Opened in MLB camp|
|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|
|Kurt Heyer||5||3||1||3||2||T3rd in wins in system in 2013||Ildemaro Vargas||SS||2||1||1||1||Was 3rd in Appy League batting in 2012|
Peoria1 (7-5-2) 1, Peoria2 (3-1-3) 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|
|Rob Kaminsky||#5||4||2||4||Pitcher of the Day||Jimmy Bosco||LF||2||1||NY-Penn all-star in top 10 in many categories|
|Juan Perez||2||2||1||1||1||0 HRs allowed in 191 Pas in ’13||Kenny Peoples-Walls||CF||#33||2||1||Led Appy League in hits, T1st in total bases|
|Jake Stone||1B||2||1||College player in GCL last summer|
|Mason Katz||2B||2||1||4th rounder in 2013 heating up late in camp|
|J.J. Altobelli||3B||2||1||18th rounder hit .284 with Johnson City|
|Peoria 2 pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria 2 hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Jimmy Reed||5||5||1||1||Maryland LHP 2.05 ERA for SC||Edmundo Sosa||SS||#32||3||2||Hit .314 in the DSL last summer|
|Elier Rodriguez||C||3||1||1||1||Threw out 20.8% basestealers last season|
Saturday’s games: The Marlins are awaiting to close the spring on Saturday. As is customary on Saturday, games will begin at 10:00 AM.