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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/16

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.

Even more specific spring training reports for these games are available to members of The Cardinal Nation.

Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Thursday in Jupiter, FL. For the first time this spring, the Cardinals got in five games, with Peoria 1 and Peoria 2 (State College) joining the three higher level teams in facing the Marlins. The four upper-level games were held on the George Kissell Quad with the Peoria 2 game played over on Miami’s side.

Both lower level clubs won, with Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach all going down to defeat. Most games were relatively low-scoring and close. Rain came down twice, but each time, play continued. For the spring, the 2-3 day means the Cards are now 11-12-2 overall, including 5-6-2 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, more 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.

Thursday’s Pitcher of the Day: Jake Woodford, Peoria 1

The Cardinal Nation’s 15-ranked prospect, St. Louis’ first drafted pitcher in 2015, threw four perfect innings with six strikeouts. A most impressive showing from a pitcher whose workload was purposely limited in the Gulf Coast League last summer.

Thursday’s Hitter of the Day: Allen Cordoba, Peoria 1

Our top hitter for Thursday was also playing for Peoria. Allen Cordoba, the reigning Gulf Coast League Most Valuable Player, knocked out three hits, including a solo home run and also swiped a base.

Honorable mention goes to Palm Beach second baseman Darren Seferina. I added his partial stat line to the table myself after seeing him launch a long two-run shot in the ninth for Palm Beach’s only runs.

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.

New Orleans 3 at Memphis (4-2) 1

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Arturo Reyes #33 4 1 5th in system 139 IP, 4th with 25 starts in 2015 Patrick Wisdom 3B #24 2 1 1 1 Ready to move up after 2 years at Double-A
Chris Thomas 1 1 Tied for 2nd in system with 50 games pitched Carson Kelly C #12 2 1 1 Should be making his Springfield debut

Jacksonville 3 at Springfield (1-4-1) 1

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Jack Flaherty #2 4 1 1 1 2 Tied for 6th in system with 97K last season Oscar Mercado SS #32 3 1 1 1 Coaches saying he is figuring out hitting
Michael Pritchard CF 3 1 1 1 1 Former free agent was 2015 NY-Penn All-Star

Jupiter 5 at Palm Beach (2-3-1) 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
Pedro Echemendia 1.1 4 1 3 Also allowed inherited runner to score Vaughn Bryan CF 4 1 1 1 1 Made an impressive dive/catch in CF
Darren Seferina 2B #26 1 1 2 1 Deep, deep shot to right in ninth

Peoria 1 (3-3) 2, Greensboro 0

Peoria 1 pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria 1 hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Jake Woodford #15 4 6 21 Ks, 7 walks in 26.1 IP in Gulf Coast League Ronnierd Garcia 3B 4 1 1 1 1 Win and lose: also GIDP with bases loaded
Allen Cordoba SS #23 4 1 3 1 1 1 Hit .342 in winning 2015 GCL batting crown

Peoria 2 (1-0) 4, Batavia 1

Peoria 2 pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria 2 hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB K Notes
David Oca #40 3 3 3 Lefty won 10 games in short-season ball last yr! Carlos Torres CF 2 1 2 1 Hit just .235 in GCL after playing at JC in 2014

Friday’s games: Memphis and Springfield will bus to Port St. Lucie as will the major league club. Palm Beach and Peoria will remain home to take on their Mets counterparts. All games are scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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One Response to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/24/16”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    It’s welcome to see Woodford racking up whiffs as well as Córdoba collecting hits. The cards spread out the reporting to include more modest prospects as well.

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