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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21/15

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.

Honorable mention goes to Peoria’s Anthony Ray. The outfielder had three hits in four at-bats and drove in a run. His teammate Michael Pritchard singled twice and scored three times.

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.

If you are not yet a member of The Cardinal Nation, seven-day free trials are always available.

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 (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
Ricardo Bautista RF 2 Ditto

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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11 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/21/15”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Palm beach could include two Stanford first basemen, Ringo and Diekroger

    • JumboShrimp says:

      The cardinals must like to scout the Stanford Cardinal. Two others are Colin Walsh, now at AAA with Oakland. Also John Gall, drafted a decade before, who became AAAA.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Since 1965′ the birds have drafted 11 guys from Stanford.
        The pace has picked up, since there have been 9 in the past 18 years. This makes Stanford one of favorite US colleges for amateur talent. This makes sense. They are well trained in baseball and should be able to reach AAA in due course. Only Gall has reached the majors and he just briefly.
        One I forgot was CF Jim rapport in 2006.
        The two highest picks have been Steve Piscotty, of whom Blingboy is skeptical, and the golden armed pitcher and nfl quarterback, chad Hutchinson, to whom we gave an immense bonus in 1998.
        Piscotty needs at least another year at Memphis. He has a nice arm for RF and can dink outside pitches to RF like Molina.

  2. blingboy says:

    I notice the Cardinals are not last in homers. Three teams have less. That is misleading, though, since of our 11 bombs, players likely to be starters have only one. We are dead last in runs scored. Our pitching has been near the top, though, which is why we have a .500 record.

    I might be a good idea for Mike to start playing the opening day lineup everyday. They blew chunks yesterday, which would have been justification for riding the bus today. Mike is their friend, though. Friends don’t make friends ride buses.

    • crdswmn says:

      I might possibly have something of substance to say about that if I tried hard enough to care.

      But I don’t. So there’s that.

      Maybe when real baseball starts.

      • blingboy says:

        You won’t shed any tears then when I tell you I decided not to pose a spring training SLG challenge in which all members of the Cards likely starting lineup would be challenged to out SLG 5’4″ Jose Altuve this spring. Once I realized that Altuve’s lead was 80 points over Holliday and at least 150 points over everybody else, I decided it was hopeless. He would have to be persuaded to bat with one arm tied behind his back the next two weeks so our guys would have a chance.

        • crdswmn says:

          I have been watching baseball for 50 years and I can’t remember a time when I shed a tear over what anyone did in Spring Training.

          However, since Jose Altuve’s career SLG is (like Jon Jay’s) primarily singles driven, and Matt Holliday hits 3 times as many HR’s as Altuve, I can’t get worked up about either’s SLG at any time. If you want to compare power I would suggest ISO cause that’s what measures power, not SLG. Matt Holliday’s career ISO is .215, while Altuve’s is a mere .098. Pretty weak, even for a 5’4″ guy.

          So in conclusion, I still don’t care.

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