Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league games held on Thursday, April 2. The Cardinals played their final spring 2015 games against the Marlins on the George Kissell Quad at the Jupiter, Florida complex.
With Memphis leaving for their Friday exhibition with St. Louis, the other four clubs played up a level, so Springfield took on Marlins’ Triple-A club, for example. Despite that, the Cardinals finished 2-1-1 on the day, with Peoria and State College claiming wins while Springfield tied and Palm Beach lost.
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.
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 Thursday: Aledmys Diaz, Magneuris Sierra, Rowan Wick and Juan Perez.
Thursday’s Pitcher of the Day: Kyle Hald (pictured) allowed just one run on four hits in five innings. The lefty fanned two. The 2014 Texas League all-star should be back there after finishing in the top 10 of the system in many categories, including ERA, innings and strikeouts.
Honorable mention is given to a regular here this spring, Trey Nielsen. The Palm Beach righty also yielded just one run in five frames. Both these starters were let down by their bullpens with a whopping total of 16 runs scored by the Marlins in the late innings of the two highest-level games.
Thursday’s Hitter of the Day: Peoria’s Collin Radack was a table-setter, with a perfect day – three singles and a double in four at-bats, scoring twice and plating one.
Honorable mentions include someone I bet drove in Radack at least once – his 2014 State College teammate Nick Thompson. The latter had three hits in four at bats while collecting three RBI. These two, Radack and Thompson, should again be together in the 2015 Peoria outfield. Michael Ohlman and Derek Gibson drove in two each and Wick homered.
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.
Springfield (4-5-4) 7, New Orleans 7
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Kyle Hald||5||4||1||2||25 y/o LHP won 11 at Sgf||Michael Ohlman||C||2||1||2||1||1||New 40-man addition from Orioles|
|Others||6||Aledmys Diaz||SS||12||2||2||1||Cuban SS reached base all three times|
Palm Beach (8-5-1) 4 vs. Jacksonville 11
|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|
|Trey Nielsen||5||4||1||2||5||Major 2015 sleeper alert||Rowan Wick||RF||28||3||1||2||1||1||Hit 20 HRs in 260 ABs last season|
Peoria (6-6-2) 6, Jupiter 3
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||BB||K||Notes|
|Jonathan Escudero||1||1||2||12.5 K/9 inn at JC in ’14||Magneuris Sierra||CF||16||4||2||2||Continues to single, but XBH more rare|
|Others||3||Nick Thompson||LF||4||3||3||T4th in NYPL with 42 RBI in 65 games|
|Collin Radack||RF||4||2||4||1||1||Batted .375 in NYPL post-season|
State College (5-0) 5, Greensboro 2
|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 Perez||40||2||1||89-90 mph + c/up + curve||Derek Gibson||RF||3||1||1||2||1||SE Mo State product hit .318 (GCL+PB)|
Overall this spring, the Cardinals are 31-20-10, including a 22-11-6 record against external competition (Mets and Marlins plus one game against the Long Island Storm).
Friday’s games: The spring season ends with a 10:00 a.m. camp day pair of games with Springfield vs. Palm Beach and Peoria taking on State College.
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