Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Saturday, March 28. For the first time in four days, the Cardinals faced all external competition. Hosting the Marlins for five games, Cardinals action filled the George Kissell Quad and one other field.
The young Cards had a good day, in fact their best of the spring so far, winning four. Only Peoria was unable to secure a victory.
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 12 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. Four top 40 members are among Saturday’s standouts, led by number seven prospect Tim Cooney.
Saturday’s Hitter of the Day: Palm Beach outfielder Collin Radack (shown sliding into second base) made his single and double count, driving in a day’s-best three runs. Last season with State College, the Cards’ 20th-rounder plated 23 in just 39 games.
Honorable mention goes to three players with two extra-base hits each: Memphis’ Anthony Garcia (double and home run), Springfield’s Mason Katz (same) and Peoria’s Kenny Peoples-Walls (two doubles and back here for a second straight day).
Saturday’s Pitcher of the Day: Cards’ second-rounder Andrew Morales had a sharp, though short debut with the Gulf Coast League and Palm Beach clubs after pitching a full college season for Cal-Irvine in 2014. On Saturday for Springfield, the 6-foot, 185-pound righty allowed just four baserunners in four scoreless innings while striking out three. It would not be inconceivable for Morales to return to the Florida State League to open 2015.
Honorable mention is given to Fernando Baez, whose line is comparable to Morales, but with a run allowed for Peoria. That is the same level at which the 23-year-old right-hander should be vying for a rotation spot out of camp. Memphis’ Cooney also earns honorable mention, with four one-run innings during which just three reached. The consistent lefty struck out three.
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 (6-2-1) 5, New Orleans 4
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Tim Cooney||7||4||1||1||2||3||Took no-hitter into 9th on 5/29/14||Jonathan Rodriguez||1B||2||2||1||2||1||1||Led entire system with 56 BBs in 2014|
|Nick Greenwood||3||4||1||3||6 starts, 40 relief apps in 2014||Anthony Garcia||RF||2||1||2||2||1||1||Puerto Rican winter league MVP|
Springfield (4-3-2) 6, Jacksonville 5
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Andrew Morales||35||4||4||3||Only 2 baserunners in 7.1 FSL IP||David Popkins||LF||4||1||2||1||1||2||Batted .317 in FSL in ’13, .243 in TL in ’14|
|Mason Katz||2B||33||4||2||2||1||1||1||Multi positions and bat plays everywhere|
Palm Beach (6-3-1) 7, Jupiter 3
|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|
|Nothing to report||Brett Wiley||DH||2||0||3||1||Friday’s Player of the Day is back|
|Collin Radack||RF||5||1||2||3||1||1||Saturday’s Player of the Day|
Greensboro 5 at Peoria1 (3-5-2) 2
|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|
|Fernando Baez||38||4||3||1||1||4||Consistent 95-96 mph last time out||Kenny Peoples-Walls||LF||4||1||2||2||Hot! After 2 singles and HR on Friday|
|Jesus Ustariz||1B||4||1||1||2||1||Disappointing .647 OPS at JC in 2014|
State College/Peoria2 (3-0) 6, Batavia 3
|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|
|Juan Caballero||1.1||2||22 y/o in 22 relief apps bet GCL/JC||Eliezer Alvarez||DH||4||1||1||1||1.047 OPS in 21 games in 3rd try at GCL|
|Ricardo Bautista||RF||2||1||2||1||1||1||More walks (22) than Ks (20) in GCL|
Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 21-13-6, including a 14-6-2 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins plus one game against the Long Island Storm).
Sunday’s games: On Sunday, the Cardinals will be hosting the Mets’ Triple-A and Double-A squads, with Palm Beach and Peoria heading to Port St. Lucie.
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