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St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Jake Gronsky and Luis Cruz homer for Peoria; Ian McKinney tosses six scoreless for State College; and Ryan McCarvel goes deep for Johnson City

The AAA Memphis Redbirds had their game postponed due to travel issues, and the GCL Cardinals played a double-header. The system went 7-1 on the night.

Ronnie Williams -
Ronnie Williams -

Welcome back to what will hopefully again be a regular feature at Viva El Birdos, the Daily Farm Report, where we take a quick look at what the affiliate clubs did the previous day and highlight some of the standout performances by St. Louis Cardinals prospects. We are still playing around a bit with a new format, so please bear with us and offer your feedback on the re-launched DFR. Now join us, won't you, as we take a look at Ronnie Williams, Ian McKinney and Darren Seferina.


San Antonio 2 - Springfield 0

Palm Beach 2 - Bradenton 1

Peoria 2 - Burlington 1

State College 4 - Connecticut 0

DSL Cardinals 7 - DSL Mariners2 0

GCL Cardinals 6 - GCL Mets 5

GCL Cardinals 9 - GCL Mets 2

Johnson City 6 - Greenville 4

Cardinals Highlights:

Ronnie Williams (SP, RK): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Thus far the second round selection from the 2014 draft has been who fourstick thought he would be, a pitcher with really strong stuff trying to figure out just what to do with it. Last night was the longest and best start of his (very) young professional career. He struck out 7, but those are to be expected the walks will be what to keep an eye on for him this year.

Ian McKinney (SP, SS-A): 6 IP,  3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

The 2013 draft pick hasn't been blowing away NY-Penn league hitters, but he hasn't been issuing free passes either. He has 22 K and 4 BB through 26.2 IP this year. Last night he retired 18 of the 20 batters who stepped in against him, 7 via groundout.

Darren Seferina (2B, A): 1-4,  2B, K

On a night where there wasn't much offense, especially among the full-season affiliates, I thought it would fun to check in on one of my favorite short-season prospects from last season. Seferina notched his 18th double last night which along with his (tied for the) league leading 7 triples helps explain how he has more than doubled his ISO from last year while posting almost BB and K rates.