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Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/16

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 Wednesday in Jupiter, FL. Due to the thread of bad weather, the scheduled four games against the Miami Marlins were called off. In their place was yet another camp day, with Memphis and Springfield meeting along with Palm Beach versus Peoria.

The Cardinals had a 2-2 day with Memphis and Peoria claiming victories. It seems like the highest scoring day of the month for the offenses. For the spring, the Cards are now 19-23-7 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.

Wednesday’s Hitter of the Day: Matt Williams – Memphis

It is a crime that Harrison Bader finished his day a measly single short of a cycle and scored three runs, but still has to take a back seat, but that is the way it is.

The hitter of the day is Memphis infielder Matt Williams. Two home runs and three RBI are the reason. It may have been quite a surprise to everyone, as the 26-year-old has averaged just four long balls per season over his five years in the system. Have a day, Matt!

Wednesday’s Pitcher of the Day: Jacob Evans – Springfield

The 22-year-old from the University of Oklahoma is a repeat Pitcher of the Day. This time out, the lefty tossed four scoreless innings on just two hits while striking out four. I said it before and I will say it again. I think Evans is advanced enough to leap over Peoria and open with Palm Beach. We will soon see if that transpires.

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 (8-2-2) 9, Springfield (2-8-2) 6

Memphis pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Memphis hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
John Church 1 3 A perfect outing. What more can a guy do? Jonathan Rodriguez 1B 3 2 3 1 2 Re-signed with Cards after being a free agent
Corey Baker 2 4 Made 11 starts and 27 relief appearances at AA Charlie Tilson CF #6 3 1 3 3 1 1 Averaged 4 HRs/year over first 4 pro seasons
Matt Williams DH 4 2 2 3 2 Played parts of last 3 seasons at Springfield

Springfield (2-8-2) 6, Memphis (8-2-2) 9

Springfield pitching TCN IP H ER BB K Notes Springfield hitting Pos TCN AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB BB K Notes
Jacob Evans 4 2 4 7th in system in K/BB ratio last season (6.0) Harrison Bader CF #13 5 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 Top 10 in system in BA, SLG, OPS as rookie
Corey Littrell #34 1 1 17 starts (2.60 ERA) and 10 relief outings at PB Breyvic Valera SS 5 4 2 1 Note the new defensive position

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

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
Ian McKinney #27 4 3 1 2 .249 opp BA last season was 8th lowest in system Danny Diekroeger 3B 2 1 2 4th in system in 2015 with 7 triples
Allen Staton 3B 2 2 1 5th in org in SLG (.513), 6th in OPS (.858)

Peoria (4-7-1) 5, Palm Beach (4-6-2) 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
Landon Beck 3 1 1 2 Strong at SC (3.26 ERA), 3 bumpy starts at Peoria R.J. Dennard 1B 4 1 2 1 1 May have appeared here most often this spring

Thursday’s games: Thursday will mark the final games of the spring against the New York Mets. Memphis and Springfield will play their games in Port St. Lucie while the Palm Beach and Peoria contests will be held at the Jupiter complex, all starting at 1:00 p.m.

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5 Responses to “Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 03/30/16”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Jacob Evans dominated at u Oklahoma when a reliever role, struggled as a starter.
    The Cards could start him to gather more experience, but in the long run, he should be a reliever.

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