Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals final minor league games of the spring, on Sunday, March 30. In a pair of intersquad games of nine-inning duration, the lower-level clubs, Palm Beach and Peoria2, took down Springfield and Peoria1, respectively. There was also a sim game for some of the extended spring training players.
The Cardinals’ clubs collective spring mark overall concludes at 34-22-15. That breaks out to wonderfully symmetric 10-10-10 against each other and 24-12-5 versus external competition.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2014, their rankings are noted (TCN).
Sunday’s pitcher of the day: Originally scheduled to start for Memphis in their rained-out game against St. Louis on Friday night, Zach Petrick (pictured) was not bothered by all the travel. Back in Florida on Sunday before his likely assignment to Springfield, the reigning Minor League Pitcher of the Year dominated. Granted, it wasn’t Yadier Molina and his mates in the box, but still, over five innings, Petrick scattered just two hits, no walks and fanned seven.
Sunday’s hitter of the day: Both in terms of age and literally, outfielder Chris Swauger is one of the gray-hairs of the Springfield club. The 27-year-old first arrived at Double-A in 2010, starred for the 2012 Texas League champs and reminded us on Sunday that his hitting prowess continues. The left-handed batter singled and doubled twice in four at-bats for the S- Cards.
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.
Palm Beach (7-6-3) 4, Springfield (9-4-3) 2
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Seth Blair||#37||4||7||3||1||6||Still waiting for that consistency||Chris Swauger||LF||4||1||3||2||Player of the Day|
|Logan Billbrough||1||32:5 K:BB ratio in 26 IP in 2013|
|Ronnie Shaban||1||1||1||18 saves T4th in FSL last summer|
|Kyle Hald||1||1||1||2||Threw 136.2 inn at Palm Beach|
|Robert Stock||1||1||1||Can he shed “ex-catcher” tag?|
|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|
|Zach Petrick||#16||5||2||7||Clearly Pitcher of the Day||Breyvic Valera||SS||#30||4||1||2||1||Continually in these reports this spring|
|Sam Gaviglio||#26||1||1||1||1||1||AFL then MLB camp this spring||Jacob Wilson||3B||#28||4||2||2||1||1||Note defensive assignment|
|Anthony Ferrara||1||2||1||1||Will he continue in relief role?||Casey Rasmus||C||2||1||2||1||2||Four times on base in four appearances|
|Ryan Sherriff||1||2||Another starter last season|
|Dixon Llorens||1||1||Top K rate in system 13.5/9 IP|
|Dean Kiekhefer||1||2||2||7 saves at PB before AA promo|
Peoria2 (4-2-3) 3, Peoria1 (8-6-2) 2
|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|
|Marco Gonzales||#6||3||2||5||Stretching out after early injury||Vaughn Bryan||CF||3||1||3||1||1||1||Coming on strong late in camp|
|Cory Jones||#14||4||3||2||1||8 wins 2.04 ERA in just 11 starts|
|Corey Baker||1||49th rounder in 2011|
|Chris Perry||1||2||3.18 ERA 6th best among SPs|
|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|
|Alex Reyes||#7||5||4||1||1||6||Expected to make Peoria rotation||Kenny Peoples-Walls||CF||#33||3||1||1||1||Appy League all-star SS last season|
|Kevin Herget||2||1||1||1||7 wins tied for #1 in NYPL||Cesar Valera||SS||4||1||15 steals last year = 7th in system|
|Kyle Grana||1||2||1||1.88 ERA bet GCL and JC in ’13||Ronald Castillo||DH||4||1||Prob should have included in TCN top 40|
|Will Anderson||1||11G, 9 starts for Johnson City||Jimmy Bosco||LF||4||1||2013 NYPL all-star outfielder|
Extended spring training sim game
|Extended pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Extended hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Chase Brookshire||5||6||1.59 ERA at State College in ’13||Rowan Wick||3||1||1||1||1||Emerging power bat to watch|
|Jeff Rauh||1||1||23 apps tied for #1 in NYPL||Elier Rodriguez||4||2||14th rounder hit .280 in GCL last summer|
|Brandon Lee||1||1||21:7 BB:K in 26 IP bet GCL/JC||Luis Pérez||4||2||Promos from JC to SC to Peoria in 2013|
|Josh Lucas||1||21st rounder back in 2010|
|Isaac Silva||1||1||1||LHP into relief after too many BB|
What is next? Each morning starting this coming Friday, April 4, our minor league notebooks, recapping all the scores and results around the Cardinals minor league system, will again be made available to for The Cardinal Nation subscribers. Written by long-time TCN staffer Leonda Markee, they highlight the previous day’s action and preview the upcoming starting pitchers every morning all season long.
Special thanks are offered to Cardinals baseball operations assistant Tony Ferreira who provided highlights from minor league spring training contests all spring long. As always, the raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine.