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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20/16

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 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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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 (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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7 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/20/16”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    An interesting statistic for catcher mccarvel is $37million. This is what his Uncle Chris mills earned playing in the nba. Huge pro salaries have to be motivating.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    DeJong might get to skip over Palm beach and start the season at springfield

    • Brian Walton says:

      He has the capability offensively. I have less to go on regarding his defense. He’d probably have to leap Danny Diekroeger in the process, though.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        I like Diekroger. He seems like a lot of ball player for only $5k. He has earned a promotion.
        Dejong commanded a bigger bonus and is in the step program. The team might prefer to give him AA at bats.

  3. Brian Walton says:

    A heads up that Monday’s stats have been delayed and the minor leaguers have been given Tuesday off.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    rHP Perdomo has an 18 ERA for the Padres. He should return to Palm beach. Mo was right again, no surprise.

    • Brian Walton says:

      I was polling several other scribes about that the other day. My question is whether the stress of the moves on the player and having him miss his first MLB camp with the Cards is worth having saved the roster spot in the Rule 5 Draft. I would have just kept him here.

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