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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Thursday, March 26. Another camp day occurred, which means the Cardinals have internal games.

The decision made by the organization to move the games up to 10:00 a.m. proved to be wise as rain engulfed the area by 2:00 p.m. While the main stadium field could be covered, and play was later resumed, the minor league day would have been over with the first round of rain.

In game action, Springfield edged Memphis while Palm Beach and Peoria tied.

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.

Thursday’s Pitcher of the Day: Primarily a reliever in his first three years in the system, righty Thomas Lee (pictured) pitched four scoreless innings for Springfield, scattering three hits and walking no one. The 25-year-old fanned one.

Honorable mention is given to Peoria’s Cody Schumacher. The 36th-rounder from last June’s draft made six starts for State College with a 3.58 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings before being sidelined. On Thursday, Schumacher permitted just one baserunner in two clean frames for Peoria.

Thursday’s Hitter of the Day: Memphis shortstop Greg Garcia has been a regular in this report this spring. The 40-man roster player had three hits in three at-bats Thursday, including a pair of doubles and scored two runs.

Honorable mentions go to all three players with two hits apiece: Charlie Tilson, Danny Diekroeger and Oscar Mercado. Magneuris Sierra reached base three times on two walks and a single.

Correction: Though I try to ensure I correctly identify the hundreds of photos I take each day, I made an error on Wednesday. The photo I thought was Rowan Wick is Justin Ringo, instead.

To make up for my mistake a bit more than just a correction to yesterday’s report, here is a photo of Wick.

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

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Tyler Lyons 4 3 2 4 5 CGs in 45 career AAA starts Charlie Tilson C/LF 3 1 2 Speed has caught the eye of StL coaches
Greg Garcia SS 21 3 2 3 2 Red hot since leaving MLB camp
Aledmys Diaz DH 12 2 1 2 1 1 Working him in slowly at SS this spring

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

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Thomas Lee 4 3 1 As RP, 2nd in K/BB at 8.67/1 C.J. McElroy C/RF 2 1 1 Thrown out on SB attempt by C Kelly
Chris Perry 1 1 1 2 Threw in Peo, PB and AFL in ’14
Ryan Sherriff 1 1 2 Good 2014 move to relief

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

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
Corey Littrell 3 3 1 2 2 23 y/o LHP from Lackey trade Magneuis Sierra CF 16 3 2 1 2 Batted .386 in Gulf Coast League
Danny Diekroeger 3B 4 2 1 4th in NYPL in hits (75), T5th in runs (41)

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

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Dewin Perez 3 2 1 1 Top 10 in system: 3.58 ERA Oscar Mercado DH/SS 23 4 2 2 4th in Appy Lg (41 runs), .400 in playoffs
Cody Schumacher 2 1 1 Only made 6 starts b4 injury

Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 15-11-6, including a 9-5-2 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins).

Friday’s games: The Cardinals minor leaguers are scheduled to have another camp day on Friday, their third in a row. Palm Beach and Peoria are scheduled to face off at 10:00 a.m. with Memphis and Springfield working out only.

Everyone will be watching the weather, however. With heavy early evening rain on Thursday and the possibility of more, the fields may or may not be playable. Whatever happens, I will be on hand for all.

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9 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/26/15”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    All of us Boomers are fond of a Ringo!

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