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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22/15

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.

Honorable mentions go to Peoria outfielder Ricardo Bautista and Memphis outfielder Anthony Garcia. Each singled, doubled and knocked in a run.

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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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 (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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8 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/22/15”

  1. CariocaCardinal says:

    I hope Mr.Ferriera was tired, hungry or late for a hot date and that is really not the only performances worthy of the highlight reel.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Washington hit during spring 2013 too.
    He could hit 20 hrs at AA. No reason to think he has less ability than Scruggs.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      In 2013, Scruggs struck out a horrible number of times at AA. It was scary to imagine what would happen at AAA. Happily, he it down his swing and whiffed less, not more. Washington just needs to play. He can reduce his swing and be a success at AA. If he enjoys some success, he will be encouraged and play better, a positive feedback loop. Then we can add him to the 40 man roster next fall or he can latch on with a team that likes power hitters.

    • blingboy says:

      An eyewitness report from Jupiter says Washington has thunder in his bat on the back fields. A few years ago I had heard the same from somebody who saw him regularly in short season ball.

      Last year his BA suffered from having all but skipped the Midwest League, but he had some thunder.

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