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St. Louis Cardinals Daily Farm Report: Three hits for McElroy, five walks from Reyes, and a rainout in Memphis

C.J. McElroy scored three times for Peoria. Alex Reyes struck out 5 in 3 IP, but also handed out 5 free passes (an early trend for him this season).

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Memphis vs. Iowa was rained out.

Springfield edges Corpus Christi 2 -1

  • Mike O'Neill, LF, 0 for 3, R, RBI
  • James Ramsey, CF, 1 for 4, 3 Ks
  • Aledmys Diaz, SS, 0 for 4, K
  • Cody Stanley, DH, 0 for 4, K
  • Rafael Ortega, RF, 0 for 4, K
  • Patrick Wisdom, 3B, 2 for 3, R
  • Kurt Heyer, 7.0 IP, 7 Hits, ER, BB, 3 Ks

Delino DeShields Jr., CF and son of former Cardinals 2B Delino DeShields Sr., was 0 for 3 with a BB and 2 Ks. Drafted 8th overall by the Astros, the 21 year-old DeShields is shaping up to be a very good hitter and stolen base threat. He hit .317/.405/.468 at High A last year, with 51 SBs against 18 CS.

It's hard to read defense from a box score, but note that Aledmys Diaz turned two double plays in this game.

Palm Beach loses to Bradenton 2 - 5

  • Charlie Tilson, CF, 2 for 5, 3 Ks, SB
  • Breyvic Valera, 3B, 2 for 3, R, RBI, BB, SB
  • Starlin Rodriguez, DH, 1 for 3
  • Alex Mejia, SS, 1 for 3, SB, Throwing Error
  • Kyle Helisek, 6 2/3 IP, 5 Hits, 3 BBs, 5 Ks, 3 Runs, 1 ER
  • Dixon Llorens, 2 1/3 IP, H, BB, 4 Ks, 2 ER

In 10 games this season Tilson has 13 Ks, up quite a bit from last season. In 2013 he struck out 14.1% of the time at Low A and 15.4% at High A (411 and 39 PAs respectively, so adjust accordingly). So far this season, in an obviously small sample size, he has struck out 26% of the time. It's not nearly time to panic, but, given his hot finish last year, it's a bit surprising to me that he has struggled to make contact so far.

Peoria tops Lake County 9 - 6

  • C.J. McElroy, CF, 3 for 4, 3 Runs
  • Juan Herrera, SS, 0 for 4, 2 Runs, SB, CS
  • Carson Kelly, C, 1 for 3, R, RBI, BB
  • Ronald Castillo, RF, 1 for 4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, Fielding Error
  • Kenneth Peoples-Walls, LF, 1 for 5, K, Picked Off
  • Mason Katz, 2B, 1 for 4, 2B, 3 RBI
  • Alex Reyes, 3.0 IP, 2 Hits, 1 ER, 5 BBs, 5 Ks

That's a lot of BBs for Reyes. Following an outing in which he walked seven batsmen in five innings, he's up to 12 BBs in 8.0 IP. He's only 19, and evidently even a young man of his talents is going to have some struggles.

A Fink, a Grant Fink to be precise, had a grand slam off Peoria reliever Kevin Herget in the fourth.

Juan Herrera's SB was his 4th on the year, and his CS was his 3rd on the year.

The Chiefs' opponents stole no bases in this game! This is the first time this season that no bases were stolen from the Cardinals' littlest full season affiliate. Of course, this was also the first time nobody attempted any base-stealing against them this year. Nonetheless, glancing casually at the players that have stolen bases from the Chiefs this year, including Kolten Wong's brother Kean Wong, many of them are gifted speedsters and I would be surprised if Kelly and Steve Bean are actually as bad at managing the run game as they've appeared to be so far.

I don't want to rain on C.J. McElroy's solid performance, but he has yet to draw a walk this year. It's great to see him hitting .316 so far but, considering he has yet to hit a home run in his career, he needs to find another way to contribute offensively. Getting on base would also help him utilize his considerable speed.

Tonight's Probable Starters

A full slate of notable starters today.

For Memphis the starter will be 40-man roster member Angel Castro.

Zach Petrick looks to keep his ERA spotless -- he has allowed 3 unearned runs though.

Marco Gonzalez makes his 2nd start for Palm Beach this evening.

Peoria will send Nick Petree to start against Lake County.

...OK, actually, having looked at all the starters, Castro is the only one with an ERA above 0.00, but Petrick is the only with a 0.00 ERA AND more than one start (two!).