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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/16

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 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.

Friday’s Hitter of the Day: Orlando Olivera, Palm Beach

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.

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.

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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8 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/25/16”

  1. blingboy says:

    Be nice if you are right about Bader.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Olivera was rated 5’11” 235 pounds at the Missouri baptist web site. A tad short for a first baseman. His best position may be left field.
    Missouri baptist had a good team in 2015. Oliver’s did club 20 homers. But the level of play has to be low.
    Should scouts be excited by a chunky left fielder going up against mediocre pitching?
    This year, we will get a better read on whether this guy can hit. Should be fun.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    missouri baptist plays Hannibal-LaGrange, freed-hardeman, linenwood, central baptist, at louis college of pharmacy, park, William woods. It not the SEC.
    Before Missouri Baptist, Olivera played two years at a community college in Florida, Broward. Loads of scouts around Florida, but they are not focusing on Broward, which supplies few draftees.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Olivera comes from a culture that values baseball, Cuba. He practiced his craft at low profile colleges, Broward and Missouri Baptist. Effective players can emerge from unheralded backgrounds.

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