Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Tuesday, March 31. In five scheduled contests, the Cardinals faced the Marlins on the Fishes’ side of the Jupiter, Florida complex.
The Cardinals did not lose a game on the day, winning three and tying two. Memphis and Springfield took the draws as Palm Beach, Peoria and State College each claimed narrow wins.
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 list of standouts on Tuesday: Oscar Mercado, Mike Mayers, Patrick Wisdom and Ronnie Williams.
Tuesday’s Hitter of the Day: Mercado (pictured), performing as the designated hitter for Peoria, doubled twice and plated two. The 20-year-old has been alternating at shortstop with fellow prospect Edmundo Sosa this spring. The Peoria opening roster battles appear to be very competitive.
Tuesday’s Pitcher of the Day: For Springfield, Mayers spun five scoreless innings on just two hits and no walks. The 23-year-old righty, who opened the spring as a non-roster invitee to big-league camp, fanned three.
Honorable mention is given to Corey Littrell, acquired in trade from Boston last summer. The 23-year-old lefty tossed four shutout innings for Palm Beach on just one hit and a walk. Down at State College, 2014 prep draftees Williams and Bryan Dobzanski each allowed a lone baserunner in two scoreless innings of work.
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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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 (7-3-2) 3 at New Orleans 3
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Ryan Sherriff||1||1||1||Starter turned valuable LH reliever||Patrick Wisdom||3B||27||3||2||1||Good to see him getting untracked|
|Others||3||Luke Voit||1B||3||2||1||Consistent spring performer|
|Rafael Ortega||CF||1||1||1||2||1||Hit two homers for St. Louis on Friday|
Springfield (4-5-3) 2 at Jacksonville 2
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Mike Mayers||25||5||2||3||Could be ready for Mem but room?||David Popkins||LF||4||1||1||Making regular appearances here|
Palm Beach (8-4-1) 6 at Jupiter 5
|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||4||1||1||1||Lefty was Bos’ 5th rounder in 2013||Blake Drake||RF||3||2||2||1||STEP camper is a player to watch|
|Others||5||Danny Diekroeger||3B||5||2||3||Was State College’s Player of Year|
Peoria (5-6-2) 4 at Greensboro 3
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Matt Pearce||4||5||1||3||13th-rdr had 4.20 ERA in 10 JC starts||Anthony Ray||CF||5||1||2||2||A regular in this reports this spring|
|Others||2||Oscar Mercado||DH||23||5||2||2||2||One of top-ranked SS in system|
State College (4-0) 2 at Batavia 0
|State Collete pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||State College hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Ronnie Williams||31||2||1||1||Taken 68th overall in 2014||Eliezer Alvarez||2B||4||1||2||1||Switch-hitter batted .353 in 68 GCL ABs|
|Bryan Dobzanski||2||1||1||29th rdr given $600K to sign||Jake Gronsky||3B||4||1||2||Free agent logged .783 OPS in GCL|
Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 27-18-8, including an 18-9-4 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins plus one game against the Long Island Storm).
Wednesday’s games: On Wednesday, the Cardinals are scheduled to take their last Florida road trip of the spring as Memphis and Springfield travel to take on the Mets while Palm Beach and Springfield entertain their Class-A Mets counterparts at home.
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