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 Friday in Port St. Lucie and Jupiter, FL. The opponent was the New York Mets with the two higher level games held on the Mets fields and the Class-A contests at the Cardinals complex.
Both locations had 1-1 splits with Memphis and Palm Beach winning while Springfield and Peoria took one-run losses. For the spring, the 2-2 day means the Cards are now 13-14-2 overall, including 7-8-2 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.
Friday’s Pitcher of the Day: Jacob Evans, Palm Beach
Because of one bad inning at State College last summer, Evans’ rookie ERA was over three instead of under two. TCN members already know that I suggested he could be the Spikes pitcher best suited to jump over Peoria to Palm Beach to open the season. All Evans did on Friday is strike out seven in three scoreless innings.
Though he struck out twice earlier, the outfielder came up in the bottom of the eighth in a tie game and delivered. With two on, Olivera cleared the bases and showed speed to go with the power by stretching his hit off the right field fence into a triple. Though Olivera was old for the NY-Penn League last season at 24, I am among those very interested to see what he can do at a higher level of play.
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 (5-2) 5 at Las Vegas 0
|Memphis pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Memphis hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||SB||BB||K||Notes|
|Thomas Lee||3||1||Won 11 games last season bet Sprf and Mem||Charlie Tilson||CF||#6||4||1||3||1||1||2nd in system with 46 stolen bases in 2015|
|Joey Donofrio||1||2||Memphis trials each of last 2 seasons||Harrison Bader||RF||#13||4||2||1||1||1||1||I see the OF as potentially leaping over PB|
|Jonathan Rodriguez||1B||4||1||2||1||1||1||Had 1st invitation to MLB spring training camp|
Binghamton 6, Springfield (1-5-1) 5
|Springfield pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Springfield hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||SB||BB||K||Notes|
|Corey Littrell||#34||3||2||1||1||3||7th in system with 130 1/3 IP in 2015||Andrew Sohn||SS||5||3||1||1||Stole 21 bases, 6th in system, in 2015|
|Chris Jacobs||1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||27 y/o free agent signee invited to STEP camp|
Palm Beach (3-3-1) 4, St. Lucie 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|
|Jacob Evans||3||7||0.97 WHIP was 6th-lowest in system in 2015||Edmundo Sosa||SS||#9||4||3||7th in entire system in SLG and OPS in 2015|
|Landon Beck||3||3||1||2||5||Fanned 65 and walked 15 in 61 1/3 IP (SC/Peo)||Orlando Olivera||RF||4||1||1||2||2||2015 38th rounder from Missouri Baptist|
|Ramon Santos||1||1||7.15 ERA as starter at Johnson City in 2015||Leobaldo Pina||3B||4||2||1||1||Led NYPL in shortstop games played (67)|
Columbia 1 at Peoria (3-3) 0
|Peoria pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes||Peoria hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||SB||BB||K||Notes|
|Dewin Perez||1||2||Lefty made 16 Peoria starts with 5.45 ERA||Jose Martinez||SS||4||2||1||Acquired from Kansas City for Tony Cruz|
Saturday’s games: Saturday will be another camp day with four games scheduled at 1:00 p.m. Memphis vs. Springfield and Palm Beach against Peoria.
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