**Update**: Three Future Redbirds Released
Colin Walsh, Lance Jeffries, and Ronny Gil have been given their outright release by the Cardinals organization. One could look at this move and assume that the Cardinals are just purging the minors of all the switch hitters, although it's probably slightly more complicated than that:
- Walsh is probably the most surprising player here, in that the organization has very little depth at 2B behind Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia that's not in the lower minors. After the departure of Jake Lemmerman, Walsh was likely slated to play everyday at Springfield to start the year after struggling there last year and is just a year removed from a .314/.419/.530 line with 16 homers for the Quad Cities. Breyvic Valera had an excellent spring and may have necessitated this move, but I'm not aware that he's going to play 2B full time and there's still a lack of depth at that position in AAA. Color me confused on this one.
- Jeffries was a 10th round pick in 2011 and never made it out of the rookie league outfield. He bats only right handed, but that wasn't enough to save him apparently...
- Gil, a free agent signee from the Dominican in 2008 struggled for three years in A ball. A good defensive SS, the 25 year old was likely deemed expendable after the solid spring numbers put up by Oscar Mercado. Gil should also give all of the Edmundo Sosa fans (of which I'm a member) a bit of pause, as he hit .308/.392/.448 in the Dominican Summer League in 2009 at age 20 and was never able to replicate those numbers stateside.
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On Wednesday the Cardinals affiliates faced off against each other, Memphis against Springfield and Palm Beach against Peoria.
Memphis defeats Springfield, 5-0
Sam Gaviglio continued the run of scoreless starts by Cardinals prospects, with 5 IP, allowing five hits and striking out another five.
Jonathan Rodriguez had a triple in two at bats, with 2 RBI.
Dean Kiekhefer had 2 IP, allow two earned runs on five hits.
Sam Freeman also threw an inning, striking out one and surrendering one hit.
Rafael Ortega, Cody Stanley, and Adam Melker were all 1 for 2.
Palm Beach & Peoria tie, 5-5
Blake McKnight had four scoreless innings for the Palm Beach squad, allowing two hits and a walk, against a single strikeout.
Chris Perry also threw four innings, but had less luck, surrendering two earned runs on three hits, while recording five strikeouts.
Mitch Harris, the Naval Academy graduate, allowed a single earned run on two hits and a walk, in one inning of relief.
Breyvic Valera was 1 for 4, with a pair of RBI.
Nick Longmire was also 1 for 4, but with a double and run scored, in addition to the two RBI.
Alex Mejia was 2 for 3 at SS.
Kyle Hald, an 18th round lefty from Old Dominion University in 2011, went four innings. The PB squad managed five hits against him, scoring three times. He issued one walk and struck out two batsmen.
Jhonny Polanco, no relation to Placido Polanco, went two innings, with two runs scoring on three hits and three walks. He struck out just one batter.
Sidearmer Dixon Llorens pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one against one hit allowed.
Cesar Valera was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Michael Schulze was 2 for 3. His double and homer helped him to score twice and accumulate three RBI.