Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Saturday, March 21. Four games were played on the George Kissell Quad in Jupiter, Florida against the Miami Marlins’ minor leaguers.
The Cardinals had a successful day, going 3-0-1, with Springfield registering the tie. The Cards clubs scored a total of 22 runs, while yielding just 12.
Once again this spring, Cardinals Baseball Operations Coordinator for Player Development Tony Ferreira is 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. Only partial pitching results are being shared this season 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 17 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 in the “TCN” columns.
Saturday’s Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Lyons may have had a rough camp with St. Louis, but he took it out on Marlins hitters on Saturday. The lefty pitched three perfect innings, including five strikeouts.
Honorable mention is given to Mike Meyers, who followed Lyons on the mound for Memphis. Our 25th-ranked Cardinals prospect allowed just two baserunners in three scoreless innings and struck out three.
Saturday’s Hitter of the Day: Though as noted above, the Cards scored a total of 22 runs, the only extra-base hit reported came off the bat of Palm Beach first baseman Alex De Leon. In addition to a home run, he also singled and scored two runs.
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 predicted 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 (2-1) 3, New Orleans 0
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Tyler Lyons||3||5||Back for 4th year with Memphis||Greg Garcia||SS||21||2||1||2||1||Lost in StL middle infield battle this spring|
|Mike Mayers||25||3||1||1||3||Ready but Mem rotation crowded||Mike O’Neill||LF||1||0||3||No longer on 40-man, but still getting on base|
|David Washington||1B||3||1||1||Three reports, three mentions for Washington|
|David Popkins||RF||3||1||1||Strong 2013 at PB, rougher 2014 at Springfield|
Springfield (1-1-1) 4, Jacksonville 4
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Blake McKnight||1||2||5.17 ERA in 30 outings for Peoria||Justin Ringo||1B||4||2||1||Could be ready to take 1B at Palm Beach in ’15|
|Blake Drake||RF||4||2||1||Invited to STEP camp so is a player to watch|
Palm Beach (2-1) 7, Jupiter 2
|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|
|Daniel Poncedeleon||34||2||1||2.44 ERA, no HRs in NYPL debut||Ronald Castillo||RF||36||4||1||2||All-star every year, but also hurt every year|
|Alex De Leon||1B||4||2||2||1||1||After 2 years at State College, time to move up|
|Leobaldo Pina||SS||2||1||1||Making up for lost 2014 due to injury|
Peoria (2-1) 8, Greensboro 6
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Julio Mateo||2||2||1||1||2||19 y/o made 12 starts for GCL & JC||Anthony Ray||CF||4||3||1||Speedy OF out to fast start this spring|
|Oscar Mercado||SS||23||3||2||1||Top SS prospect came on in Appy Lg playoffs|
|Michael Pritchard||LF||4||3||2||1||Free agent signee hit .330 in GCL in 2014|
|Cole Lankford||2B||2||No idea how he drove in two runs today|
Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 7-4-1, including a 5-2-1 record against external competition.
Sunday’s games: The Cardinals have a camp day on Sunday, so Memphis-Springfield and Palm Beach-Peoria should be the matchups again. The games will be played at 9:30 a.m. to give the players the afternoon off.
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