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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Monday, March 30. The Cardinals had another camp day, with Memphis opposing Springfield and Palm Beach facing Peoria on the George Kissell Quad in Jupiter, Florida.

With only three runs scored across the four teams, it was a day for pitching. Memphis and Palm Beach shut out the lower level clubs. I wish I had more extensive results, especially for the hurlers, but what follows is all that was provided. The offense was so sparse that the hitting highlights for two of the games consist of just one player with a single in each contest.

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 seven players have yet to be cut from Major League camp. (You can read about who I believe they will be and why here.)

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 the short list of just eight standouts on Monday.

Monday’s Hitter of the Day: Luke Voit (pictured) was apparently the only Cardinals hitter with more than one safety on the day. The first baseman had a standout afternoon with two doubles and a pair driven in during three at-bats. The former Missouri State star spent all of 2014 with Palm Beach and is vying to make the Springfield club.

Honorable mention goes to infielder Dean Anna, who tripled in his first game of the spring in minor league camp. To learn about Anna’s time with St. Louis this spring, please read this.

Monday’s Pitcher of the Day: Peoria’s Ian McKinney pitched two perfect innings, striking out one. The lefty made just eight starts between Johnson City due to injury last season, posting a 2.47 ERA. There may or may not be room for him to open 2015 at Peoria, but I bet the 20-year-old can get there before the season is done.

Honorable mention is given to two hurlers who had identical lines of four hits and four strikeouts over four scoreless innings – Springfield lefty Jimmy Reed and Palm Beach righty Arturo Reyes. The two began 2014 as Peoria rotation mates, but Reed was promoted to Palm Beach in late June.

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 (7-3-1) 1 vs. Springfield 0

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Sam Tuivailala 8 1 1 Had 4 pitches working last time Dean Anna 2B 3 1 1 Just down from big league camp
Jacob Wilson 3B 26 1 1 1 Check out interview at The Cardinal Nation

Springfield (4-5-2) 0 vs. Memphis 1

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 4 4 4 6th in innings in system (138.1) in ’14 Aledmys Diaz DH 12 2 1 Alternating between DH and SS this spring

Palm Beach (7-4-1) 2 vs. Peoria 0

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 4 4 4 Top 10 in ERA, Ks, IP, OBA in system Luke Voit 1B 3 2 2 2 4th in FSL with .442 slugging pct in 2014

Peoria (4-6-2) 0 vs. Palm Beach 2

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Ian McKinney 18 2 1 No HRs allowed in 77.2 IP over 2 years Derek Gibson RF 2 1 Impressed late last season at Palm Beach

Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 24-18-6, including a 15-9-2 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins plus one game against the Long Island Storm).

Tuesday’s games: On Tuesday, the Cardinals are scheduled to face the Marlins on their side of the Jupiter complex. Five games are planned.

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