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St. Louis Cardinals Daily Farm Report: Marco Gonzales' promotion

Also, Anthony Garcia pinch ran for Charlie Tilson, and Juan Herrera may be a real living SS prospect

Rob Carr

Memphis had yesterday off.

Springfield lost to Tulsa 1 - 8

  • Mike O'Neill (LF), 1 for 5, K
  • Cody Stanley (C), 2 for 4
  • Rafael Ortega (CF), 0 for 2, 2 BBs, K, R
  • James Ramsey (PH), 0 for 1
  • Sam Gaviglio, 5 1/3 IP, 7 Hits, 2 HR, 6 ER, 2 BBs, 3 Ks

Sam Gaviglio has not looked good in his promotion to AA. He has walked 22 in his 39 2/3 IP this year, compared to 12 in his 39 2/3 IP at High A last year. His K:BB rate against lefties is 5:10.

Cody Stanley is hitting quite well at Springfield so far with an .843 OPS and 5 SBs to boot. At 25 he's fairly old for AA, but he could still prove serviceable.

Palm Beach beat Dunedin 9 - 2

  • Charlie Tilson (CF), 1 for 1
  • Anthony Garcia (PR - LF), 2 for 4, 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
  • Breyvic Valera (2B), 2 for 5, 2B, 3 RBI
  • Starlin Rodriguez (LF - RF), 0 for 4, BB, K
  • Thomas Lee, 6 IP, 7 Hits, 2 ER, 4 Ks, 0 BBs, HR

Tilson came out of the game after a popup slide at third. It's unclear if he suffered an injury:

Brain Walton is a good follow on twitter for keeping up with Cardinals minor league news that is otherwise hard to come by. He also has this tidbit:

I encourage you to read the article, since most of his writing is behind a pay wall and this is an exception, but the gist is that Marco Gonzales has been promoted to AA.

Peoria beat Cedar Rapids 4 - 3

  • C.J. McElroy (CF), 1 for 4, K, 2 Runs
  • Juan Herrera (SS), 2 for 3, 2B, K, R
  • Carson Kelly (C), 0 for 3, BB, PB
  • Kenneth Peoples-Walls (LF), 1 for 3, RBI
  • Jimmy Reed, 5 IP, 5 Hits, 2 BBs, 3 Ks, 2 ER

Peoria beat Cedar Rapids 5 - 3

  • C.J. McElroy (CF), 1 for 4, 2 Ks, R
  • Juan Herrera (SS), 1 for 3, 2 Ks, R, RBI
  • Kenneth Peoples-Walls (LF), 0 for 2, K, R, RBI
  • Steve Bean (C), 2 for 4, 2 RBI
  • Chase Brookshire, 3 IP, 4 Hits, 5 Ks, BB, 3 ER
  • Steven Abatino, 3 IP, 4 Hits, 5 Ks, 0 ER
  • Christopher Thomas, IP, 2 Hits, 2 Ks

As this was a minor league doubleheader, these games were only seven innings.

Juan Herrera has really impressed me so far with his bat. He has been able to produce an above average line, mostly by avoiding the strikeout more than anything else. His power and patience are not very appetizing, but they may be good enough to play at SS. I should not though that his K% was much higher at 23.4% at this level last season over 23 games. It's not unusual for a player to make great progress when repeating a level, but that's quite a drop to 8.1% entering last night's game.

The passed ball in the first game was Kelly's 5th this season.

Tonight's Starters:

Memphis: Scott McGregor

Springfield: Jonathan Cornelius

Palm Beach: Joe "Cool" Cuda

Peoria: Blake McKnight