Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Friday, March 27. Another camp day occurred, which means the Cardinals had internal games.
With St. Louis playing split squad games in Jupiter and Viera, a number of minor leaguers were tabbed to be reserves in the MLB game in the main stadium. Perhaps that contributed to the decision for Memphis and Springfield to work out only on Friday. Palm Beach and Peoria 1 faced off again while Peoria 2, aka State College, took on the visiting Long Island Storm.
The decision made by the organization to move the games up to 10:00 a.m. for the second consecutive day proved to be wise as rain again returned to the area by 2:00 p.m. There had been hard rains off and on since late Thursday with more in the schedule for Friday afternoon.
In game action, it was a big day for Peoria as Peoria 1 defeated Palm Beach and Peoria 2/State College edged the Long Island Storm in a game shortened by a thunderstorm. The Storm, aptly named for the conditions, is a traveling squad of mostly former affiliated players.
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. My guess is that the next batch of moves will be made on Sunday.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2015, their rankings are noted in the tables below in the “TCN” columns.
Friday’s Hitter of the Day: I readily admit that I admire the triple more than any other play in baseball. When I witness a player with two in one game – well, let’s just say that I had selected this photo in advance of preparing this report.
Palm Beach’s Brett Wiley is the honoree for his Friday performance. In the pictured play, the infielder helped force a wild pitch/passed ball from pitcher Kyle Helisek / catcher Frankie Rodriguez and scampered home standing up.
In three seasons, the left-handed hitter has 11 three-base hits in 121 games. At 23, Wiley will need to get going after a suspension cost him most of last summer at State College, but is definitely a player to watch.
Honorable mention goes to Kenny Peoples-Walls. The outfielder smacked a no doubter home run to left field with a runner on base and added two singles. Last season, Peoples-Walls had just three long balls in 349 at-bats and is looking to get his career back on track after a disappointing 2014.
Friday’s Pitcher of the Day: On a day with a lot of offense, Kevin Herget is our pitching selection. It appears the 23-year-old righty is being stretched out as a long reliever, a role in which he excelled at Peoria and Palm Beach last season. On this day, Herget held the Storm to one run on three hits in three innings while striking out four.
Honorable mention is given to Juan Perez. The right-hander, our 40th-ranked Cards prospect, kept Palm Beach off the scoreboard in two innings with three strikeouts, but also skirted trouble, having allowed four baserunners.
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Palm Beach (5-3-1) 4, Peoria1 (3-4-2) 8
|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|
|Sam Tuivailala||8||1||1||1||Got K on curveball. Fb 96.||Brett Wiley||2/3B||4||2||2||1||2||1 3B to left-center, 1 to dead center|
|Luis Perdomo||2.2||4||2||2||5||5.05 ERA in 11 starts at Peo||Danny Diekroeger||3B||3||2||1||1||1||Finished 2014 with 22 game hit streak|
|Vaughn Bryan||OF||2||1||2||1||Tied Tilson for most 3Bs in system (9)|
Peoria1 (3-4-2) 8, Palm Beach (5-3-1) 4
|Peoria 1 pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria 1 hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Pedro Echemendia||1||1||Cuban at 89-90 mph, Cb at 74||Kenny Peoples-Walls||LF||5||1||3||2||1||Former SS took Dylan Hawkins deep|
|Juan Perez||40||2||2||2||3||Our #40 Cards prospect||Julian Barzilli||3B||5||2||2||2||Stocky 3B has nice stroke|
Peoria2/State College (2-0) 7, Long Island Storm 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|
|Kevin Herget||3||3||1||4||2.72 ERA as RP bet Peo/PB||Ricardo Bautista||RF||3||2||2||1||Decent .794 OPS in GCL at 18 years old|
|Bladimil Franco||DH||4||2||1||Lost 2014 due to injury (just 6 games)|
Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 17-12-6, including a 10-5-2 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins plus one game against the Long Island Storm).
Saturday’s games: On Saturday, the Cardinals are hosting the Marlins for five games starting at 1:00 p.m. local time.
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