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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Tuesday, March 24. For the first time this spring, five games were scheduled, with the lower squad being called State College. The opponents were the Miami Marlins, with all contests played on their side of the Jupiter complex.

In addition, the Cardinals held an intersquad game, with results not being reported here.

Under low-to-mid 80s temperatures, partly sunny skies and only a moderate breeze, the Cardinals won three and tied one. The results of the other game, Palm Beach at Jupiter, were lost due to a glitch in the organization’s reporting system.

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.

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

Tuesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Three pitchers tossed three scoreless innings while issuing no walks. Peoria’s Fernando Baez (pictured) allowed the fewest baserunners, on just one hit, and tied for the most strikeouts with four.

Honorable mention is given to Springfield’s Nick Petree, whose line was the same as Baez’, but with two hits. Peoria’s Austin Gomber allowed three hits and fanned three in his three frames.

Tuesday’s Hitter of the Day: Three players had three hits on the afternoon. Memphis’ Greg Garcia singled twice, doubled and scored two runs.

Honorable mentions go to who else but David Washington, who had three singles in five at-bats for Memphis and scored a run, and State College’s Rafael Medina who had three singles in four at-bats, scoring one and driving in another.

For more news from these games, including starting lineups, pitcher velocities and offerings and my in-person observations, members should head over to The Cardinal Nation. I also included photos and quotes from Jaime Garcia’s simulated game Tuesday morning.

The Cardinal Nation members can also check out the complete list of minor league spring training invitees and full minor league spring training game schedules, posted earlier. 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 Cardinals organization 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 (5-1) 11 at New Orleans 1

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Zach Petrick 29 3 4 1 2 Down from MLB camp Greg Garcia SS 21 4 2 3 1 1 Surprisingly early cut from MLB camp
David Washington 1B 5 1 3 Hottest hitter this spring to date

Springfield (2-3-1) 4 at Jacksonville 2

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Nick Petree 20 3 2 4 Top 5 in system in ERA, OBA Carson Kelly DH 11 1 1 2 37 BB in 363 ABs with Peoria in 2014

Palm Beach (3-2) at Jupiter (unknown)

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
Rob Kaminsky 3 4 3 1 Allowed solo homer Collin Radack RF 4 2 1 20th rounder had .733 OPS for SC

Peoria (2-3-1) 2 at Greensboro 2 (tie)

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Austin Gomber 3 3 3 4th rdr had 2.30 ERA at SC Oscar Mercado DH/SS 23 4 1 1 1 26 SB led Appy League, 3rd in StL system
Fernando Baez 38 3 1 4 4th in NYPL in BB in 2014

State College (1-0) 7 at Batavia 6

State College pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes State College hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Frederis Parra 2 3 1 2 Consistent in GCL, 2.70 ERA Rafael Medina DH 4 1 3 1 Hit .200 for Peoria last season

Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 13-9-2, including a 9-5-2 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins).

Wednesday’s games: The Cardinals minor leaguers will have another camp day on Wednesday, with the expected matchups being Memphis vs. Springfield and Palm Beach facing off against Peoria. I will again be on hand.

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