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Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30/14

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.

Chase Brookshire (five innings) and Marco Gonzales (three innings) both kept their opponents off the board. Alex Reyes yielded just one run in five frames.

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.

Casey Rasmus and Vaughn Bryan each had a 1.000 OBP on the day in four plate appearances.

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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.

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5 Responses to “Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30/14”

  1. CariocaCardinal says:

    would have bet money that Swauger was no longer around on 30 march but there he is.

  2. Lou Schuler says:

    Brian, thanks for providing these. It’s been fun to see all these names again, and get your insights into their development.

    Quick question: Where do you see Rowan Wick getting assigned? Is he headed for State College? At 21, it would be good to see him in full-season ball, but I don’t know how crowded the OF is.

    • Brian Walton says:

      You are welcome. People seem to enjoy the commentary on top of the numbers as these are some of the most-viewed posts of the year here.

      Wick has a nice bat and is still learning the outfield. There are too many OFs ahead of him to make Peoria out of the gate. Though 2 1/2 months of play in EST remain plus a draft before short-season rosters are set, yes, my guess would be that Wick would play at State College this summer. There is also the injury factor in full-season ball that could create openings sooner.

  3. CariocaCardinal says:

    I dont see Swauger anywhere on your preliminary minor league rosters.

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