Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Sunday, March 22. In a scheduled camp day, two games were played on the George Kissell Quad in Jupiter, Florida.
Again, the higher level clubs took the wins, with Memphis shutting out Springfield and Palm Beach edging Peoria. The Memphis staff has not allowed a run since Friday.
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.
Sunday’s Hitter of the Day: David Washington continues to swing the hottest bat in camp this spring. The big first baseman smacked a double and home run in three at-bats and drove in four.
Sunday’s Pitcher of the Day: Lefty Kyle Hald may be slated to start his third season in the Springfield rotation, but even if so, the 25-year-old is showing his spring readiness by firing three perfect innings with three strikeouts against Memphis.
Honorable mention is given to Peoria’s Matt Pierce, who allowed just two hits in two innings of work. In that same span, Memphis’ Boone Whiting and Palm Beach’s Dewin Perez both yielded no runs on three hits.
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 (3-1) 7, Springfield 0
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Boone Whiting||2||3||1||84 BB, 4.14 ERA in 202.1 AAA IP||David Washington||1B||3||2||2||4||1||1||Making strong bid for Springfield|
|Anthony Garcia||RF||4||1||2||1||1||Ditto for Puerto Rico Winter Lg. MVP|
Springfield (1-2-1) 0, Memphis 7
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Kyle Hald||3||3||Durable LHS was Texas Lg. All-Star||Bruce Caldwell||3B||2||1||1||1||Very underrated and versatile player|
|Dean Kiekhefer||1||1||Lefty just down from MLB camp|
Palm Beach (3-1) 3, Peoria 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|
|Dewin Perez||2||3||1||No HRs off LHP since 2012 > 100 IP||Robelys Reyes||SS||2||1||2||1||Caught in DR for 3 yrs due to visa issue|
|Joe Scanio||1||1||25 y/o RHR finished 2014 at SC||Ronald Castillo||RF||36||2||1||1||1||All he needs to do is stay healthy|
Peoria (2-2) 2, Palm Beach 3
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Matt Pearce||2||1||1||1||13th rdr had 4.20 ERA in 10 JC starts||Ricardo Bautista||RF||3||2||1||1||.403 OBP in GCL with more BBs than Ks|
Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 9-6-1, including a 5-2-1 record against external competition.
Monday’s games: Once again, the Mets are the opponent, with Memphis and Springfield scheduled to bus to Port St. Lucie while Palm Beach and Peoria will play at Jupiter on Monday.
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