Daily Farm Report: Weekend Roundup

A big weekend for Tommy Pham, Zach Petrick has another solid outing, and Lee Stoppelman gets back in the saddle.

Friday, March 21 - Cardinals v. Mets:

The Cardinals system went 2-1-1 against the visitors from Port St.Lucie, with the lone loss coming against the Mets' talent laden AAA squad.

Las Vegas 8 Memphis 6
  • Sam Gaviglio started for the Redbirds and Las Vegas was able to get to him for 4 runs. He also gave up 4 hits and 3 walks, and picked up 4 strikeouts in his 4 innings of work.
  • Lee Stoppelman struck out a man and gave up a hit in one scoreless inning.
  • Eric Fornataro also struck out 1 and allowed a hit in 1 inning.
  • Tommy Pham started in center and led the Redbird offense. He went 2-5 with a homer, 1 RBI and 2 runs. It's good to see Pham hitting again, the question as always with him will be health.
  • Patrick Wisdom kept up what has been a solid spring so far. He went 2-5 with a run, 2 doubles and an RBI. He also struck out once.
  • Oscar Taveras played right field and went 2-4 with a run a walk and a strikeout.
Springfield 4 Binghamton 2
  • Jon Cornelius got the start and held Binghamton scoreless for 3 innings. He gave up a walk and 3 hits and struck out 2.
  • Kyle Hald followed Cornelius with 3 scoreless, hitless innings of his own. We walked 1 and struck out 2.
  • Logan Billbrough struck out 1 in a perfect 9th inning.
  • Starlin Rodriguez DH'd for the S-Cards going 2-4 with a double, a run and a strikeout.
  • Colin Walsh played third and went 1-4, and knocked in 2 runs.
  • Nick Longmire started in centerfield and went 1-2 with a triple and an RBI
Palm Beach 6 St. Lucie 6
  • Blake McKnight started for the Cardinals. He lasted 3 innings and gave up 3 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 2.
  • Dixon Llorens has racked up big strikeout numbers thus far in his professional career. He struck out 2 Mets in a scoreless inning of work.
  • Catcher Alex De Leon provided most of the offense, going 1-2 with a homer, 1 run scored and 3 driven in.
  • DH Jeremy Schaffer went 3-4 with 2 runs and a double and knocked in 2 runs of his own
Peoria 9 Savannah 7

  • Chris Perry had a rough day for the Chiefs. He gave up 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks and struck out 2 in his 1 inning of work.
  • Jeff Rauh, Kyle Grana, Steven Gallardo, Mike Aldrete, Josh Lucas and Jhonny Polanco only gave up 1 run the rest of the way. They combined to strike out 4 Sand Gnats.
  • Catcher Luis Cruz scored twice and went 2-3 with a double.
  • Jimmy Bosco went 1-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.

Saturday, March 22 - Intra-squad games (5 innings)

The minor league teams stayed in Jupiter and played a pair of five inning intrasquad games. Memphis took on Springfield and Palm Beach squared off against Peoria.

Memphis 0 Springfield 0 (5 innings)

Memphis Notables

  • Randy Choate didn't travel with the big club, instead he stayed behind in Jupiter to get work in on the back fields. He struck out 1 batter in his only inning.
  • Tyler Lyons walked 2 and struck out 1 in 3 innings.
  • Hitting highlights were obviously hard to come by, Jermaine Curtis picked up the Redbirds only hit.

Springfield Notables

  • Kyle Helisek, Ronnie Shaban and Danny Miranda combined to blank Memphis. Miranda struck out 2 in his only inning.
  • Starlin Rodriguez went 1-1 for a double.

Palm Beach 3 Peoria 1 (5 innings)

Palm Beach Notables:

  • 2013 9th round draft pick Nick Petree threw 3 scoreless innings. He struck out 1 and allowed 2 hits and a walk.
  • Catcher Carson Kelly went 1-3 and drove in 2
  • Nick Martini was 1-2 with a double

Peoria Notables:

  • 18 year old Steven Farinaro gave up all 3 runs. He allowed 3 hits and walked 1 in 2 innings.
  • Robert Stock pitched a perfect inning.
  • Kenny Peoples-Walls played center and went 3-3 with a double. He also scored the Chiefs only run.

Sunday, March 23: Cardinals v. Marlins

Cardinal farm teams finished 3-1-1 on the day and featured some excellent performances from Top 20 Future Redbirds:

Memphis 6 New Orleans 3


Memphis Pitching

  • Zach Petrick - 4 IP, 6 H, Er, BB, 4 K
  • Boone Whiting - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 K
  • Jose Almarante - 1.1 BB, 3 K
  • Sam Freeman - 1 IP, H, 2 BB, K

Memphis Hitting

  • Tommy Pham (CF) - 1 for 5, 2 R, RBI, HR,
  • Oscar Taveras (DH) - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • Patrick Wisdom (3B) - 2 for 5, 2B, 3B,
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (1B) - 1 for 3, 2 R, BB
Notes:

Zach Petrick scattered 6 more its and pitched out of a number of jams in his four innings of one run ball. Tommy Pham hit his second homer of the weekend -- when the guy is healthy he does nothing but hit, but you can't help but wait for the other shoe to drop with him due to his sordid injury history. Patrick Wisdom continues to rake this spring in what is really good news of the Cardinals, who have very little depth in the minor leagues at the hot corner.

Springfield 5 Jacksonville 4

Springfield Pitching

  • Kurt Heyer - 4 IP, H, ER, BB, 3 K
  • Nick Greenwood - 3 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K
  • Thomas Lee - 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER
  • Logan Billbrough - 1 IP, H K

Springfield Hitting

  • Adam Melker (DH) - 2 for 4, R, RBI
  • Breyvic Valera (3B) - 2 for 2, R, BB
  • David Washington - (1B) - 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Adam Ehrlich (C) - 1 for 2, R, RBI
Notes:

Valera's hot spring continues -- he's reached in every game he's played in minor league camp. Allowing just two baserunners in his 4 innings of work, Kurt Heyer's keeps getting above average results with average stuff, demonstrating that stuff isn't everything and that there's still room for crafty pitching in an organization filled with elite stuff.


Palm Beach 5 Jupiter 1

Palm Beach Pitching

  • Jimmy Reed - 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER
  • Sam Tuivailala - 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K
  • Victor DeLeon - 1 IP, 2 H, ER, K
  • Robert Stock - 1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB

Palm Beach Hitting

  • Anthony Garcia (LF) - 2 for 4
  • Dante Rosenberg (EH) - 2 for 2, BB
Notes:

Two more innings, three more strikeouts for Sam Tuivailala -- just another day at the yard I suppose. Stock and DeLeon continue to struggle this spring, each allowing a run in their inning of work. Garcia getting out of his early spring funk was a nice thing to see as well -- especially since I've picked him as my bounce back candidate this season.

Peoria 8 Greensboro 2

Peoria Pitching

  • Rob Kaminsky - 4 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 K
  • Juan Perez - 2 IP, 4 K
  • Zach Loraine - 2 IP, 2 H

Peoria Hitting

  • CJ McElroy (CF) - 4 for 5, 2 R, 2B, 3B
  • Ronald Castillo (RF) - 2 for 4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
  • Oscar Mercado (SS) - 2 for 5, R
Notes:

Kaminsky had a nice rebound from his last start, walking only 1 hitter over four innings while continuing to flash his strikeout ability. Perez and Loraine both worked two solid innings in relief and have both been impressive in camp thus far -- certainly enough to supplant some of the struggling pitchers slated to start the year ahead of them in the organization.

Ronald Castillo hit his 3rd homer in the last week, driving in three more runs -- other than Wisdom he might be the most impressive hitter in minor league camp this year....if that guy isn't Oscar Mercado who's had a handful of multi-hit games thus far to pair with his excellent defense.

State College 4 Batavia 4

State College Pitching

  • Ian McKinney - 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB
  • Max Foody - 2 IP, 2 K

State College Hitting

  • Luis Perez (LF) 2 for 2, 2 R, 3B, RBI
  • Jesus Ustariz (1B) - 1 for 3, 2B, R
  • Edmundo Sosa (SS) - 1 for 2, RBI

Notes:

McKinney and Foody pitched well in their spring debuts. Ustariz is a former Tiger farmhand from Venezuela who is a player to watch early in the season -- good power tool that could play up with proper instruction. Sosa has looked solid in his first few games stateside; between he, Mercado, and the newly signed Diaz, the Cardinals depth at SS is certainly looking up and could be an organizational strength by the end of the 2014 season.

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The Cardinals will play the Mets minor league system again on Monday.


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