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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/15

Welcome back to our seventh year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Our notebooks will include eyewitness commentary as soon as I arrive in camp, details you likely will not find elsewhere. Even more specific spring training reports will be available to members of The Cardinal Nation.

Following are the highlights from the Cardinals first minor league games of 2015, held on Thursday on the George Kissell Quad in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals had a camp day, with Memphis taking on Springfield and Palm Beach and Peoria facing off.

The Cardinals’ top two clubs in each contest took the victory with Memphis winning 5-1 and Palm Beach taking a 4-2 win.

Once again this spring, Cardinals Baseball Operations Coordinator for Player Development Tony Ferreira will be sharing highlights from minor league spring training contests. The raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine. Actually, the data comes from players and managers charting, so some inconsistencies are possible. Also, it appears only partial pitching results will be shared this spring to go along with the selected hitting highlights. So to find those struggling, you will have to look for names missing or make some guesses.

Remember these working team assignments are fluid by the day. In addition, another 23 players have yet to be cut from Major League camp.

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2015, their rankings are noted in the tables below.

Thursday’s Hitter of the Day: A part of first baseman David Washington’s (pictured) big day for Memphis was a triple, two singles and a walk to go along with three RBI.

Honorable mention to shortstop Leobaldo Pina, who doubled and homered for Peoria.

Thursday’s Pitcher of the Day: Being a former 30th rounder means that Trey Nielsen is not yet a familiar name to many Cardinals fans. The right-hander tossed three perfect innings for Springfield, fanning three in the process.

Honorable mentions to Nick Petree, who allowed just two baserunners and struck out three in two scoreless frames for Memphis and to the other two Springfield pitchers, Alex Reyes and Kyle Helisek. Along with Nielsen, the trio fanned nine Memphis batters in seven innings, including three in one frame by Helisek.

For more, The Cardinal Nation members can check out the complete list of minor league spring training invitees and full minor league spring training game schedules. Also exclusively for TCN members is my annual pre-camp series in which I predict the opening rosters for all four full-season minor league affiliates and explain why: Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria. My St. Louis roster prediction article is free for all readers.

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The entire system view by level and position as last season ended is available via the Roster Matrix, always free, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Memphis (1-0) 5 vs. Springfield (0-1) 1

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Nick Petree 20 2 1 1 3 Reached AA at end of 2014 Breyvic Valera 15 3 1 1 2 Utility man just down from MLB camp
David Washington 4 3 3 1 1 Our Player of the Day
Nick Martini 4 1 1 OF reached Springfield in August

Springfield (0-1) 1 vs. Memphis (1-0) 5

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Alex Reyes 2 3 4 1 1 3 Pitched 1-2-3 inn. in StL game last wk Magneuris Sierra 16 2 1 2014 Player of the Year in system
Trey Nielsen 3 3 Our Pitcher of the Day Blake Drake 2 1 STEP camper and CF at JC in 2014
Kyle Helisek 1 1 3 Up & down 2014 as SP bet Peo & PB Rowan Wick 28 2 1 1 Another triple for another power bat

Palm Beach (1-0) 4 vs. Peoria (0-1) 2

Palm Beach pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Will Anderson 2 2 1 1 2.43 ERA in 12 starts for State College Brian O’Keefe 2 2 1 7th round C did nice job at SC in 2014
Robby Rowland 1 1 2 Newest Cardinals signee from PIT Nick Thompson 2 1 1 OF led SC with 42 RBI in 65 NYPL games
Danny Diekroeger 2 1 1 1 Fmr Stanford 3B was SC Player of Year

Peoria (0-1) 2 vs. Palm Beach (0-1) 4

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Landon Beck 2 2 1 2 51 K in 42 1/3 IP for Johnson City Leobaldo Pina 3 1 2 2 1 1 Only 12 games for SS in ’14 due to injury
Anthony Ray 2 1 1 1 OF showed his speed with triple

Friday’s games: The Mets are the Friday opponent, with Memphis and Springfield scheduled to bus to Port St. Lucie while Palm Beach and Peoria will play at Jupiter. (Note this is a reversal in locations from the original schedule we shared back in February.)

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One Response to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/15”

  1. blingboy says:

    I see that Reyes gets honorable mention having allowed 5 base runners in 3 innings. That’s a WHIP of 1.6+. Ks are sexy though. I understand he looked good from what little we can tell. Looked good in ML camp too.

    I liked the looks of David Washington before his off field trouble derailed him. He never got his mojo back IMO. We could use somebody with some pop even if he can’t field much. Maybe he gets it together this year.

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