All four Cardinals affiliates who were in action yesterday won. Memphis, Springfield, Peoria, and State College wrapped up their regular season campaigns. The St. Louis Cardinals prospect in Peoria and Palm Beach have both moved on to the post-season.
AAA: Memphis 7 - Oklahoma City 3
- Aledmys Diaz stayed hot to finish off the regular season. The Memphis SS went 3-3 with a BB and 2B and 2 R. He was also caught stealing. Diaz was one of the hottest hitters in the upper minors in the 2nd half of the season. His final line in Memphis is .380/.448/.620 in 50 AB. Hopefully his success will carry over to the Arizona Fall League and he can hit his way into consideration for a big league roster spot next spring.
- Jacob Wilson went 1-3 with a R, BB and RBI. Like Diaz, his bat will be what gets him to the big leagues, but 2015 was a disappointing season for the 25 year old IF. He hit .230/302/.407 across two levels, and will need to hit the ground running in 2016 if he wants to standout in what could be a large group of candidates for a backup IF spot on the Cardinals roster.
- Kyle Hald allowed 3 R and 6 H over 5 IP, he struck out 2 batters and also gave up 2 HR.
- Memphis finished the season with a 73-71 record, which was good for 2nd place in their division, 5 games back of the Round Rock Express.
AA: Springfield 6 - Tulsa 3
- Charlie Tilson went 2-5 with a R and a 2B. He also swiped his 46th base of the year, and finished as the league leader in SB and hits. Like Diaz Tilson will head to the AFL to get more seasoning. Tilson showed an improved approach at the plate this year, as both his BB% and K% moved in the right directions, he was also much better at using his plus-plus raw speed on the bases. He improved both his total steals and his success rate, although he still has room for improvement. Next year will be a big one for Tilson, he has the speed and defense to be a tactical asset as a bench player, but if his potential plus hit tool and base running continue to improve he has the potential to become first division CF and the successor to Jon Jay.
- Mike Ohlman went 1-3 with a BB and a R, to finish the season with a .273/.356/.418 line. He is also headed to the AFL, and if the Cardinals believe he has chops to stay behind the plate he gives them a backup C candidate with a little offensive upside.
- Breyvic Valera finished the season on a high not going 3-4 with 3 RBI, a HR and a R. It was his first 3 H game and first HR in AA since July. Next season will be his 4th crack at the Texas League, and he will be trying to get his career back on track as a slappy super utility player.
- Andrew Morales's line was 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K which was one of his best outings of the season. 2015 was the 1st full season of pro ball for the 2014 competitive balance pick, and Texas League hitters had a .316/.372/.477 line against him.
- Springfield finished the year with a 64-76 record, and were 34-36 in the second half, which was only 1 game behind 2nd half division winner Arkansas.
A: Peoria 6 - Kane County 5
- Darren Seferina went 2-4 with a R and his team leading 26th double. The 2014 5th round draft pick more than held his own in the Midwest League, he finished with a team leading 42 extra base hits and also led the league with 12 triples.
- Harrison Bader went 3-5 with 2 R, a 2B, an RBI he hit his 9th
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- The Chiefs finished with a 75-63 overall record and their 42-28 second half record was good enough to qualify for the post-season. They will take on Cane County in a best of three series starting on Wednesday.
A Short Season: State College 5 - Williamsport 3
- Third baseman Ronnierd Garcia went 1-4 with a R, a HR and 4 RBI.
- Casey Grayson had a single and an RBI, his final line is .308/.414/.420.
- Starter Juan Perez's line was 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 2 K.
- The win pushed State College's record to 41-35 for the year, which was a game out of the NY-Penn League wildcard spot.
Palm Beach is the only Cardinals affiliate playing today. They will kick off their best of three Florida State League playoff series again Charlotte. The Stone Crabs will have to deal with 2014 1st rounder and 2015 AFL invetee Luke Weaver.