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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Monday, March 23. Two games were played on the George Kissell Quad in Jupiter, Florida, with two more at the New York Mets complex. Memphis and Springfield rode the bus to Port St. Lucie while and Palm Beach and Peoria remained home.

With the two Port St. Lucie games shortened by rain to just three innings, the Cardinals had a 1-3 day. Only Memphis eked out a win, by a 1-0 score. The other three Cards clubs yielded a total of 19 runs in their defeats.

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 13 players have yet to be cut from Major League camp. (Details on Monday’s four cuts are here.)

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2015, their rankings are noted in the tables below in the “TCN” columns.

Monday’s Hitter of the Day: Alternating at shortstop for Peoria with fellow top 40 prospect Edmundo Sosa, Oscar Mercado (pictured) had two singles and a double in five at-bats and scored two runs.

Two hitters had three-hit days on Monday. Honorable mention goes to Palm Beach outfielder Anthony Ray, who logged a trio of singles and came home once in four at-bats.

Monday’s Pitcher of the Day: Memphis’ Tim Cooney allowed just one baserunner in 2 2/3 innings while collecting six of his eight outs via the strikeout. The left-hander, our #7 Cardinals prospect, logged an impressive 1.13 ERA in eight innings with St. Louis before being sent down three days ago.

Honorable mention is given to Trey Nielsen. The STEP camper who competed last year at State College spun four scoreless frames for Palm Beach, allowing four hits and fanning six.

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 (4-1) 1 at Las Vegas 0 (F3, rain)

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Tim Cooney 7 2.2 1 6 Will he jump ahead of Lyons? Anthony Garcia RF 1 1 1 1 Needs a comeback yr after repeating PB
Jonathan Rodriguez 1B 1 1 Seems ready for Triple-A if there is room

Springfield (1-3-1) 0 at Binghamton 2 (F3, rain)

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
None reported Mason Katz 3B 2 1 Looks slated to be a utilityman at PB
Others 3 2 Cesar Valera 2B 1 1 Can play everywhere

Palm Beach (3-2) 5 vs. St. Lucie 7

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
Trey Nielsen 4 4 6 2.50 ERA in 50.1 IP for SC in ’14 Anthony Ray LF 4 1 3 Hot hitter in early going in camp
Kevin Herget 2 1 2 11.4 K/9 at Peo #4 for MWL RPs Chris Rivera 3B 4 2 2 2 Better hitter than .231 at JC showed
Michael Holback 1 2 LHP only threw 13 IP (injury) Robelys Reyes SS 4 2 2 1 NYPL All-Star SS has much competition

Peoria (2-3) 8 vs. Savannah 10

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Will Anderson 3 4 1 1 1 NYPL All-Star 5th in lg. 2.43 ERA Oscar Mercado SS/DH 23 5 2 3 1 Came on strong in Appy Lg playoffs
Others? 9 Edmundo Sosa DH/SS 19 3 2 1 2 1 1 Just turned 19 this month.
Julian Barzilli 3B 3 1 1 2 31st rdr hit just .211 in 2014 GCL

Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 10-9-1, including a 6-5-1 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins).

Tuesday’s games: The Cardinals minor leaguers will make the short walk over to the Miami side of the Jupiter complex to face their Marlins minor league counterparts in five contests on Tuesday afternoon. Peoria will be split into two squads. I’ll be there to report on the action first-hand.

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2 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/23/15”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    RHP Nielsen could be one Tommy John draft gamble that pays off.
    LHP Cooney is ML ready depth.

    It is interesting how little is reported, overall. They feed the fans some selective facts for or purposes, but shelter most players from fan commentaries that are not going to serve any useful purpose.

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