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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/16

Welcome back to our eighth year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Our notebooks will include eyewitness commentary as soon as I arrive in camp, details you likely will not find elsewhere. Even more specific spring training reports will be available to members of The Cardinal Nation.

Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Saturday between Jupiter and Port St. Lucie, FL. Memphis and Springfield traveled while Palm Beach and Peoria remained home.

Memphis finished on top in a high-scoring contest while Springfield also allowed six runs, but could put just a pair on the board. Palm Beach tied while Peoria logged a victory. For the spring, the Cards evened up their tally at 5-5-2 overall and 3-3-2 against external foes.

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. However, be aware that only minimal pitching and hitting results are being shared. 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 24 players have yet to be cut from Major League camp.

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 40 for 2016, their rankings are noted.

Saturday’s Pitchers of the Day: Jacob Evans (pictured), Carson Cross and Luke Harrison

The three college pitchers, taken in the 2015 Draft, all starred for State College last summer. On Saturday, the trio combined for five perfect innings with four strikeouts. I think at least one of the three has a chance to jump over Peoria this season directly to Palm Beach, the club for which they pitched this day.

Saturday’s Hitter of the Day: Andrew Sohn

Memphis’ shortstop had two singles and a triple in four at-bats on Saturday, scoring a run and driving in two. Playing across three levels last season – from Peoria to Springfield – Sohn was tied for fifth in the system with 21 stolen bases.

For more, The Cardinal Nation members can check out the complete list of minor league spring training attendees and full minor league spring training game schedules. Also exclusively for TCN members is my annual pre-camp series in which I predict the opening rosters for all four full-season minor league affiliates and explain why. Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach are posted, with Peoria to follow on Sunday. 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 system 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 (3-0) 9 at Las Vegas 6

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Heath Wyatt 1 0 0 1 1 Allowed just 15.4% inh. runners to score Luke Voit 1B 3 1 2 2 1 1 FSL All-Star led system with 77 RBI
Andrew Morales #37 1 1 0 0 0 Will RH move from starting to relief? Harrison Bader RF #13 4 1 2 1 1 1 2nd in SLG, 4th in OPS in system in 2015
Andrew Sohn SS 4 1 3 2 1 22 year-old was 6th rounder in 2014
Collin Radack LF 4 1 2 1 Top 10 in system with 113 hits last year

Springfield (0-2-1) 2 at Binghamton 6

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Daniel Poncedeleon #22 3 3 1 1 4 Was non-roster invitee to MLB camp Oscar Mercado SS #32 4 1 2 2 1 Led system with 50 steals in 2015
Casey Grayson 1B 1 1 1 1 .308 BA at SC ranked in system’s top 10

Palm Beach (1-1-1) 2 vs. St. Lucie 2

Palm Beach pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Palm Beach hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Jacob Evans 2 0 0 0 1 3.08 ERA would be 1.29 w/o 1 bad inning Magneuris Sierra CF #10 4 1 2 1 1 Should be back for second shot at Peoria
Carson Cross 2 0 0 0 2 2.70 ERA at SC for ex-Uconn star Orlando Olivera RF 4 2 2nd in system in BA, T5th OBP, 3rd SLG
Luke Harrison 1 0 0 0 1 9.33:1 K/BB ratio best in entire system

Peoria (1-2) 6 vs. Columbia 3

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
David Oca #40 2 1 0 0 4 1.45 ERA lowest in system last season Ricardo Bautista DH 4 2 3 1 1 1 Already 2nd time highlighted here
Frederis Parra 2 1 0 0 3 21 y/o Dominican threw just 27 inn in 2015 Carlos Torres CF 4 1 2 2 Batted .235 in GCL after .218 at JC in 2014
Steven Farinaro 2 1 0 0 3 Faced 98 batters in 2015 with 0 home runs Bladimil Franco RF 4 0 2 1 31 game on-base streak at GCL in 2015
Estarlin Arias 1 0 0 1 3 21 y/o led GCL Cards with 4 saves

Sunday’s games: The Marlins are the Sunday opponent, with all games on the Cardinals side of the Jupiter complex. If you are planning to attend, be aware that the game times will be at 10 a.m.

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2 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/19/16”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Hitter of the day Andrew Sohn attended the same high school as 2015 top pick, Nick Plummer. Sohn would have graduated four years before Plummer.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      The school is a catholic prep school that places every grad at a four year college. It’s a school for boys that graduates about 175 per year. Sohn graduated in 2011, Plummer in 2015. Perhaps the best known athlete to come out of brother rice is former Chicago bull guard b j Armstrong. The first major leaguer in baseball is a second baseman drafted out of LSU by the Cubs in 2009, LeMetheu, now with Rockies. Sohn and Plummer could make it three.

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