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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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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