Oscar Taveras' 2nd home run of the year is a lonely bright spot in a 20-3 drubbing of the Memphis Redbirds. Marco Gonzales struck out 7 and walked none in 5 shutout innings for Palm Beach, and Carson Kelly was 3 for 4 for Peoria. Read on!
Notes: Wow. The pitching staff spent eight innings getting clobbered. 29 hits, 20 runs, 17 earned, 3 BBs, 6 Ks, 4 HRs as a squad. All pitchers gave up at least one earned run, and only Jose Almarante, pitching in the 8th, managed to avoid the long ball.
On the upside, Stephen Piscotty's hitting streak continues! He has a hit in every game this year.
Juan Herrera, SS, 0 for 4, CS (his 2nd), throwing error (first error)
Arturo Reyes, 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 ER
Notes: Mason Katz is an interesting case. He was a below-slot signing as a senior from LSU. A first baseman in college, he was drafted as a second baseman by the Cardinals in the 4th round last year. I'm low on his potential because I'm skeptical of a college 1st baseman's defense at second, but he hasn't been impressive at the plate either, batting .249/.345/.355 in 56 games for the State College Spikes last year. At 23, a prospect should be ready to hit at Low A, particularly a prospect that presumably needs his bat to carry him.
Tonight has a very interesting group of starters: For Memphis, Tim Cooney faces off against fellow lefty and former top prospect John Lamb.
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