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 Sunday in Jupiter, FL. All four games were scheduled to be against the Marlins on the Cardinals side of the complex, however the threat of rain turned Sunday into a camp day.
As one might surmise, Memphis defeated Springfield and Palm Beach edged Peoria. For the spring, the Cards kept their tally balanced at 7-7-2 overall, including 3-3-2 against external competition.
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 pitching and hitting results selected by the organization 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.
Sunday’s Pitcher of the Day: Jimmy Reed
The Springfield lefty fanned three batters over two perfect innings Sunday. Last season, Reed tied for second in the system in starts (26) and was second in innings pitched (145), but may be in a highly competitive battle for spots in the Double-A rotation.
Sunday’s Hitter of the Day: Breyvic Valera
Though some of the prospect luster is off the second baseman/outfielder after a very rough 2015 that included a demotion to Palm Beach after an invitation to big league camp. Valera had a single, double and triple in four at-bats Sunday and scored twice. He should return to Springfield this season.
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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Memphis (4-0) 6, Springfield 4
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||SB||BB||K||Notes|
|Corey Littrell||#34||2||0||0||0||2||3rd in FSL in ERA (2.69) and WHIP (1.12)||Breyvic Valera||2B||4||2||3||1||1||1||Toughest whiff in Texas Lg: 1/14.85 PAs|
|Paul DeJong||DH||#16||4||2||1||2||1||1||Top 5 in system in all 4 slash stats in 2015|
Springfield (0-3-1) 4, Memphis 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|
|Thomas Lee||2||2||2||0||4||Swingman tied 3rd in system with 11 wins||Danny Diekroeger||3B||5||4||2||4th in Peoria RBI (37) in only 70 games|
|Jimmy Reed||2||0||0||0||3||T6th in system with 97 Ks in 2015||Mikey Reynolds||2B||4||1||2||1||1||1||1||17 steals for York of indy Atlantic League|
Palm Beach (2-1-1) 2, Peoria 1
|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|
|Ronnie Williams||#31||2||1||0||0||2||2nd in Appy Lg opponent batting avg (.223)||Ryan McCarvel||C||2||1||2||1||Hit .285, threw out 31.3% base stealers|
|Brady Bowen||1||0||0||0||2||20/3 K/BB in 21.1 IP in 2015 GCL||R.J. Dennard||DH||3||1||1||2||1||39th round draft pick last June|
|Ramon Santos||1||1||0||0||2||23/26 K/BB in 45.1 IP at JC last season|
Peoria (1-3) 1, Palm Beach 2
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||SB||BB||K||Notes|
|Jorge Rodriguez||2||0||0||0||2||3.11 ERA in 14 starts for State College||Carlos Torres||LF||3||1||1||Hit .235 at GCL after .214 at JC in 2014|
|Steven Gallardo||1||0||0||0||1||Pitching for 1st time since 2012 (injury)||Riley Drongesen||C||3||2||1||1||Batted just .125, but threw out 3/8 stealers|
|Chandler Hawkins||1||0||0||0||2||35 K with 1.99 ERA over 31.2 IP (JC/SC)|
Monday’s games: Monday will be a regularly-scheduled camp day for the Cardinals, with the Memphis club again taking on Springfield and Palm Beach opposing Peoria once more.
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