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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Wednesday, March 25. Another camp day occurred, which means that while the Mets and Nationals are playing each other, the Cardinals have internal games.

With mid 80s temperatures, partly sunny skies and a moderate breeze, the Cardinals top two clubs tied, while Palm Beach defeated Peoria.

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.

Wednesday’s Hitter of the Day: Rowan Wick (pictured) took Mike Mayers deep for a two-run shot and added an RBI triple on top of it. The right fielder with the strong arm was hitting for Springfield on Wednesday.

Honorable mentions go to Palm Beach teammates Luke Voit and Collin Radack. Voit had two singles and a double in four at-bats. Radack singled all four times up. Both players scored a run and drove in another.

Wednesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Jack Flaherty is our number six prospect for a reason. The right-hander, pitching for Peoria, allowed just two baserunners in four scoreless innings. I had originally thought Flaherty starting with Peoria would be a major stretch, but his performances this spring are making a statement.

Honorable mention is given to Springfield’s Jimmy Reed, who yielded just one hit and no runs over three innings, fanning three.

For more news from these games, including starting lineups, pitcher velocities and offerings, injury updates and my in-person observations, members should head over to The Cardinal Nation. I also included a summary of Mike Matheny’s morning remarks.

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 (5-1-1) 4, Springfield (2-3-2) 4 (tie)

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
John Gast 4 4 1 1 Trying to return from shoulder Aledmys Diaz SS 12 3 1 2 2 Another 2014 shoulder recovery
Sam Tuivailala 8 1 1 Drew attention, touched 97

Springfield (2-3-2) 4, Memphis (5-1-1) 4 (tie)

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Jimmy Reed 3 1 3 6th in IP, 4th in wins in system Rowan Wick RF 28 4 1 2 3 1 1 1 Long ball threat should be back at Peoria

Palm Beach (5-2) 5, Peoria (2-4-1) 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
Arturo Reyes 3 2 2 Gonzaga teammate of Marco Luke Voit 1B 4 1 3 1 1 .442 SLG 4th in 2014 Florida State League
Collin Radack LF 4 1 4 1 20th round in 2014 from Hendrix College

Peoria (2-4-1) 2, Palm Beach (5-2) 5

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Jack Flaherty 6 4 1 1 1 Showed four pitches Frankie Rodriguez C 2 1 1 1 19 y/o has career 53.3% caught stealing
Ian McKinney 18 2 3 1 3 Lefty split between JC and SC

Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 14-10-4, including a 9-5-2 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins).

Thursday’s games: Though it was not the plan, the Cardinals minor leaguers will have another camp day on Thursday. The original schedule has two Cards clubs traveling to Port St. Lucie and two remaining home.

However, with the possibility of afternoon rain, the Cards moved their games to 10:00 a.m. Just the threat of rain was enough to cause the Mets to decide to remain home and not travel.

As a result, the matchups once again will be Memphis vs. Springfield and Palm Beach facing off against Peoria. In fact, so will Friday, making three camp days in a row. I will be on hand for all.

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One Response to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/15”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Wick is not as advanced a hitter as Oscar at the same age, but he has better power and arm. Wick may not have been a ten year old self styled phenom either, so may still be learning and have potential to improve further. Hitting Mayers will help his confidence.

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