Welcome back to our ninth year of providing results and much more from St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games here at The Cardinal Nation Blog. This year, I am joined in these recaps by TCN writer Derek Shore.
Following are the highlights from the Cardinals minor league games held on Wednesday. With Memphis traveling home for their Thursday exhibition with St. Louis, only three games were played. Springfield was on the road again, heading to West Palm Beach to face the Nationals. Palm Beach and Peoria faced their Nats counterparts on the Cardinals side of the Jupiter complex.
The Cardinals went a collective 2-0-1.
Once again this spring, Cardinals Baseball Operations Coordinator for Player Development Tony Ferreira shares highlights from minor league spring training contests.
The raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine. However, be aware that only minimal pitching and hitting results are being shared – what you see here. 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, another handful of players have yet to be cut from Major League camp.
When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 50 Prospect List for 2017, their rankings are noted.
The lefty is looking to make the jump from Johnson City into full-season ball and made a good case with his very impressive Wednesday showing. Just one baserunner reached in five hitless innings.
Wednesday’s Hitter of the Day: Bruce Caldwell, Springfield
The valuable utility player made the best of his final game of the spring in Florida with two hits, including a home run, and three driven in.
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. The St. Louis roster prediction article is free for all readers. Memphis was posted Friday with Springfield Saturday, Palm Beach on Sunday and Peoria closed the series on Monday.
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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.
Springfield 12 at Harrisburg 4
|Connor Jones||#24||5||3||1||1||2||Yielded a solo home run. Will he start at PB or Peoria?|
|Bruce Caldwell||3B||4||2||3||1||11 home runs in 2016 ranked 9th in entire system.|
Palm Beach 5, Potomac 1
|Palm Beach pitching||TCN||IP||H||ER||BB||K||Notes|
|Ian Oxnevad||#32||5||1||2||3.38 ERA was 8th in Appalachian League in 2016.|
|Palm Beach hitting||Pos||TCN||AB||R||H||RBI||2B||3B||HR||SB||BB||K||Notes|
|Leobaldo Pina||3/2B||3||2||2||1||1||1||1||Hit .245 at Peo. His 21 GIDPs were #1 in Midwest League.|
Peoria 2, Hagerstown 2
|Dailyn Martinez||4||2||2||0.96 ERA in 3 starts at SC, 5.78 in 12 starts for Peoria.|
|Dylan Carlson||CF||#22||4||1||2||1||33rd overall pick in 2016 draft slugged .404 in GCL.|
|Wadye Ynfante||SS?||2||2||2||On base all 4 times. CF hit .308 between DSL/GCL in 2016.|
Thursday’s games: Palm Beach and Peoria will take on their Miami counterparts on the Cardinals side of the Jupiter complex.
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