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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/01/15

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Wednesday, April 1. Two clubs made the last Florida road trip of the spring as Memphis and Springfield traveled to Port St. Lucie to take on the Mets while Palm Beach and Springfield entertained their Class-A Mets counterparts at home.

Memphis and Peoria won, with Springfield tying. In the process of the Cardinals’ 2-1-1 day, the two organizations concluded their head-to-head spring activity for 2015.

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.

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2015, their rankings are noted in the tables below in the “TCN” columns. Three top 40 members are among the list of standouts on Wednesday: Aledmys Diaz, Magneuris Sierra and Xavier Scruggs.

Wednesday’s Hitter of the Day: Springfield first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez (pictured) had just one walk and a hit, but the latter was a home run. In the process, he managed to plate five runs. I do not have enough data to know if it was a grand slam plus a bases-loaded walk or perhaps a sacrifice fly was involved, but no matter how you cut it, this was a big afternoon for the 25-year-old.

Honorable mentions include four other hitters who also went deep: Scruggs (double, home run, two RBI), Brett Wiley and Alex De Leon (three hits, two RBI each) plus Anthony Garcia (three RBI).

Wednesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Another day in the spotlight for Memphis’ Tyler Lyons. The lefty allowed just three baserunners in five one-run innings and struck out four.

Honorable mention is given to Springfield’s Thomas Lee. His line is close to Lyons but he had one more baserunner and one less strikeout over his five frames of one-run ball. For Peoria, Luis Perdomo chipped in four innings with five strikeouts and one run scored.

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 (7-3-2) 7 at Las Vegas 2

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 5 2 1 1 4 3.97 ERA in 3 AAA seasons Xavier Scruggs 1B 30 5 2 2 2 1 1 More XBH than in 27 spring StL ABs
Others 1 Anthony Garcia RF 5 1 1 3 1 Will 2014 be a comeback for the 23 y/o?

Springfield (4-5-3) 6 at Binghamton 6

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 5 4 1 3 Impressive shift to starting Jonathan Rodriguez 1B 3 1 1 5 1 1 1 2014 Texas League all-star may return
Others 5 Aledmys Diaz DH 12 4 2 1 Hoping to see SS more in the field

Palm Beach (8-4-1) 2 vs. St. Lucie 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
Blake McKnight 1 1 1 O’Fallon, MO resident Brett Wiley 3B 4 1 3 2 1 Underrated infielder plays 2B-SS-3B
Jhonny Polanco 1 1 0 HR allowed in 57.1 IP
Others 4

Peoria (5-6-2) 8 vs. Savannah 3

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
Luis Perdomo 4 4 1 1 5 5.05 ERA at Peo but still 21 Magneuris Sierra CF 15 5 2 2 Will he make big GCL-MMWL jump?
Others 2 Alex De Leon 1B 4 1 3 2 1 1 Repeated SC, but looks MWL-ready

Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 29-19-9, including a 20-10-5 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins plus one game against the Long Island Storm).

Thursday’s games: The Cardinals are scheduled for their final spring 2015 games against the Marlins on the George Kissell Quad at the Jupiter, Florida complex, with four contests scheduled. With Memphis leaving for their Friday exhibition with St. Louis, the other four clubs will play up a level. So, Springfield will play the Marlins’€™ Triple-A team, for example.

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6 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/01/15”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    It seems like the spring reports concer about three guys per rung. They select good news, hitters who collect a few hits, pitchers who have acceptable outings. More reports about prospects than suspects. Soon the regular season will begin and all will be revealed, the good, bad, and ugly.

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