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.
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.
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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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