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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29/16

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.

Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Tuesday in Jupiter, FL. It was the final camp day of the spring, with Memphis and Springfield meeting along with Palm Beach versus Peoria.

The Cardinals had a 1-1-2 day with Palm Beach getting the lone win and Memphis and Springfield battling to a draw. For the spring, the Cards are now 17-21-7 overall, including 9-13-3 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.

Tuesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Jack Flaherty, Memphis

The Cardinal Nation’s second-ranked prospect in the system lived up to his billing with a near-perfect performance over six innings, yielding just one walk. The 20-year-old struck out two. My projection was for Flaherty to move up from Peoria to Palm Beach, but some wonder if he can make the immediate leap to Springfield. If the question was open, Flaherty certainly made his statement on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s Hitter of the Day: David Washington, Memphis

The first baseman-outfielder was one of the later cuts from his first MLB camp and continues to swing a productive bat in minor league games. Washington checked off most every box on Tuesday with two extra-base hits in three at-bats – a double and a solo home run and even drew a walk. Washington should be making his Memphis debut next week.

Special for members of The Cardinal Nation: Look for my exclusive interview with Washington to be posted this week.

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 (7-2-2) 2, Springfield (2-7-2) 2

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Jack Flaherty #2 6 1 2 Logged 2.84 ERA in 18 starts with Peoria in 2015 David Washington 1B 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 Hit 16 HR in each of last 2 seasons
Estarlin Arias 0.2 2 20 y/o led GCL Cards with 4 saves, but 5.35 ERA
John Church 1 1 FA signee was 3rd in PCL with 61 appearances

Springfield (2-7-2) 2, Memphis (7-2-2) 2

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Arturo Reyes #33 6 3 1 4 2.64 ERA in 17 AA starts, but roughed up at AAA Chris Jacobs 1B 3 1 1 1 FA signee had career-high 25 HRs at A+ in 2014
Paul DeJong 3B #16 3 1 1 2 1 Also went 3-for-6 with 2 dbls for StL this spring

Palm Beach (4-5-2) 6, Peoria (3-7-1) 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
Derian Gonzalez 5 2 4 Allowed no home runs to 245 batters in 2015 GCL Darren Seferina DH #26 2 1 2 1 2 Perfect day for my projected PB leadoff man
Steven Farinaro 3 1 1 1.69 ERA in 8 relief games at JC after promo R.J. Dennard 1B 4 1 2 2 39th rounder called out as improved player
Danny Diekroeger 3B 4 1 2 1 2 Two triples in any game is worth applause
Thomas Spitz RF 4 1 2 1 32nd rounder had quiet .233 pro debut at SC

Peoria (3-7-1) 1, Palm Beach (4-5-2) 6

Peoria pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Peoria hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
David Oca #40 3 2 3 Lefty had 1.70 ERA and 2 complete games in GCL Casey Turgeon 2B 4 2 Had 27-game on-base streak at PB in 2015

Wednesday’s games: Wednesday will mark the final games of the spring against the neighboring Miami Marlins. Four games will be held on the Marlins’ side of the Jupiter complex starting at 1:00 p.m.

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One Response to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/29/16”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Diekroger can begin a second season at the A level and might become next spring’s Voit, by then plenty ready for AA.

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