Daily Farm Report: Katz goes krazy, Jenkins throws 6 scoreless innings, Seferina and Wick continue to hit.

Mason Katz Day! - USA TODAY Sports

Affiliates go 4-2 on the day with Memphis and the southern rookie leagues getting rained out.

Memphis was PPD due to rain


San Antonio 7 Springfield 2

Notables:

  • Mike O'Neill (LF): 0-3, 2 BB
  • Breyvic Valera (2B): 1-3, BB, fielding error (2)
  • Aledmys Diaz (SS): 1-4, R,
  • Patrick Wisdom (3B): 1-4, R, 2B
  • David Popkins (RF): 0-4, 3 K
  • Starlin Rodriguez (CF): 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Kurt Heyer (SP): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Notes:

  • Heyer = hittable, yet again. I'd love to see him do well and make a case for being a bullpen asset, but his stuff just isn't good enough to get average or better MLB talent out on a consistent basis.
  • Valera now has a hit in each of his 4 games with Springfield since being promoted on June 25th.

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 2

Notables:

  • Charlie Tilson (CF): 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K
  • Bruce Caldwell (2B): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • Luke Voit (1B): 1-4, R, 2 K
  • Anthony Garcia (LF): 0-4, K
  • Tyrell Jenkins (SP): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, K
  • Danny Miranda (RP): 2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K
  • Thomas Lee (RP): 1 IP, H, R, BB
Notes:

  • Charlie Tilson homered again, his 5th on the year, and is now hitting .378/.391/.667 in his last 10 games with 3 home runs in that span.
  • Bruce Caldwell has been a nice surprise at 2B for Palm Beach, with 18 XBH on the year in just 145 AB's. The former 15th round selection from 2012, the left handed hitting keystone has shown some signs of being a productive middle infield bat in the Appy League two years ago and at State College last season. Not sure he's ready to graduate to prospect status just yet, but if he keeps hitting like this, it won't be too long before he does.
  • Tyrell Jenkins was solid again, allowing just 3 hits over 6 innings, but the control has yet to come back for him. The stuff is still there, however, so it's probably just a matter of time before he works out the kinks.

Quad Cities 11 Peoria 3 (7 innings)

Peoria 4 Quad Cities 2 (7 innings)

Notables:

  • CJ McElroy (CF/DH): 2-7, RBI
  • Vaughn Bryan (CF/RF): 0-5, R, BB, 2 K
  • Justin Ringo (1B): 1-6, R, RBI, BB, K
  • Carson Kelly (C): 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, K, Error (Throw), PB
  • Steve Bean (C): 1-3, R, 2B
  • Mason Katz (2B): 3-7, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  • Kenny Peoples-Walls (LF): 1-6
  • Juan Herrera (SS): 1-3
  • Kevin Herget (SP, Game 2): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K, HR
  • Jhonny Polanco (RP, G2): 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K
Notes:
  • Katz homered in each game, his 12th and 13th of the year, and also smashed his 11th double in the first game. He's back to playing 2B on a regular basis again after he moved to first for quite a bit of time in the month of May.
  • Not a great night behind the plate for Carson Kelly, giving up three stolen bases (albeit to two of the better base thieves in the Midwest League), throwing a ball away, and allowing a passed ball. Granted, some of this is on the pitching staff, but he's still a bit rough around the edges behind the dish.
  • Jhonny Polanco is having a nice season that's been a bit under the radar with Chris Perry pitching so well. 30 K and 14 BB in 26 innings and only 19 hits allowed, holding opponents to a .209 batting average so far this season.

State College 5 Williamsport 0

Notables:
  • Darren Seferina (2B): 2-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 SB
  • Danny Diekroeger (3B): 3-4, R, RBI
  • Rowan Wick (RF): 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • Will Anderson (SP): 7 IP, 3 H, 10 K
Notes:
  • No homers for Rowan Wick, but he did double and draw a walk in this contest to try and keep up with his already sterling reputation as the next great offensive threat in the Cardinal minor leagues system.
  • Darren Seferina is a guy to keep an eye on among the 2014 draftees. Native of Curacao by way of Miami Dade CC South (a program that's no stranger to MLB talent), Seferina is tabbed as a bit of a poor man's Kolten Wong: Speedy contact hitter with possible elite hit tool. Given his debut, you can see why those comps were made: A double in the gap and two steals while setting the table for the Spikes lineup.
  • Will Anderson was a 26th round pick out of Cal State - Monterey Bay a year ago and made a less than sterling debut with Johnson City last year with one notable exception: His 28/6 K/BB ratio. In 17 innings over three starts in 2014, he's struck out 18 and walked just 3. Just another Cardinal pitcher that lives in the strike zone and gets more than his fair share of punchouts as a result.

Johnson City 12 Kingsport 6

Notables:
  • Oscar Mercado (SS): 4-6, 2 R, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 SB
  • Anthony Ray (CF): 0-4, R, RBI, SB
  • Casey Grayson (1B): 3-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB
  • Chris Rivera (2B): 3-5, R, 2 RBI
  • Jose Godoy (C): 2-4, RBI, BB
  • Devante Lacy (RF): 2-5, R, 2B, RBI, K
  • Ian McKinney (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Notes:
  • Breakout game from Mercado, who was off to a bit of a slow start in the Appy League, although the steals were his 4th and 5th in just 8 games.
  • Chris Rivera hitting .286/.333/.529 through 8 games as well -- solid start for the young middle infield combo.
  • I'd sure like to see some more of that type of play from Devante Lacey who was a later round bonus baby for the Cardinals a year ago.
  • McKinney pitched well again in a pitch limited outing but did finally allow his first run of the season.with Johnson City after surrendering 2 in his lone start for State College.

Probables:

Memphis: Whiting

Springfield: Hald (1), Gaviglio (2)

Palm Beach: Cuda

Peoria: Kaminsky

Johnson City: Martinez (1), Pearce (2)

GCL Cardinals: Ward

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