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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28/14

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.

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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.

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13 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/28/14”

  1. blingboy says:

    Mo has shown reluctance to trade young pitching. The one time he did it was Blazek. So then he has to go out and scrape Aardsma off the pavement because he doesn’t have Blazek and nobody else stepped up to take the middle relief role. Them Aardsma does his steaming pile impression so Mike has to go with the least crappy of the guys who didn’t step up. I’m thinking Mo might never trade another pitcher.

    • Brian Walton says:

      You must have seen more in Blazek than I did. I was more surprised that they didn’t give Freeman a longer look this spring. Butler won the war of attrition.

      If I was to be critical about what was done or not done, Axford would be my obvious attack point. Because it is not my money, it would be easy to say they should have dropped $5 million to keep him. On the other hand, they are paying Motte $7.5 million to do the same job.

      With Martinez in the pen and Motte back in a month plus maybe even Jaime to join them, the pen should be fine over the long haul. It may be a bit bumpy early, however. I don’t advocate any knee-jerk trades in the interim.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      It does not look like Blazek made the opening roster for the Brewers. He walked a bunch and needs to go to AAA to get himself together.

      The baseball labor market should have available vet RHRs. If Neshek or Aardsma do not work out, we should sign some more cast offs.

  2. blingboy says:

    Trivia question.

    Without looking up the 2013 opening day lineup.

    Which 3 position players are most likely to start at the same position in the field opening day 2014 as they did opening day 2013?

    • crdswmn says:

      Holliday, Molina and Carpenter. Carpenter played 3B because Freese was injured.

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Pitcher is also a position, so maybe there are 4.

      • Brian Walton says:

        Uh, oh. A challenge flag has been thrown!

        • blingboy says:

          The challenge is under review.

          The issue is not whether pitcher is a position, but whether the pitcher is a position player.

          Carp at 3B was the tricky one of course. Nice going crdswmn.

          • CariocaCardinal says:

            He’s a player that plays a position, i think that makes him a position player 🙂

            this actually stems from my disdain for the term “player of the day/week/month/year” and the “pitcher of the day/week/month/year” – like pitchers aren’t players!

            • blingboy says:

              After further review, I decare CC the winner. My thinking is that crdwmn is not going to argue that Wainwright doesn’t count. 🙂

              • crdswmn says:

                Crdswmn is going to argue that the intent of the question was to exclude pitchers. It’s not an issue of whether Waino counts, is an issue of Waino not being within the purview of the question.

                The general understanding of the term “position player” excludes pitchers. Semantics notwithstanding, I answered the question that was asked correctly.

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