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.
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.
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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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