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St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Chris Jacobs and David Washington Homer in for Springfield; and a look at the S-Cards roster

A quick recap of the Tuesday games and a look at who to watch for in Springfield.

Springfield Cardinals Center Fielder Harrison Bader during spring training
Springfield Cardinals Center Fielder Harrison Bader during spring training
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals prospects went 2-2 on Tuesday; David Washington and Chris Jacobs homered.

Triple-A: Oklahoma City 4 - Memphis 2

  • Patrick Wisdom (3B): 1-4, RBI, 2 K
  • Anthony Garcia (LF): 1-4, 3 K
  • Chuck Tilson (CF): 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Mike Ohlman (C): 2-4, R, K
  • Deck McGuire (SP): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Miguel Socolovich (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K

Top-100 Prospect Zach Lee held the Redbirds to just one extra-base hit...Miguel Socolovich struck out the side in his lone inning of work, but there were two hits, an error by Alex Mejia, and two runs mixed in with those three Ks which spoiled a solid outing from Deck McGuire.

Double-A: Springfield 7 - Corpus Christi 3

  • Harrison Bader (CF): 0-4, BB, 3 K
  • Paul DeJong (3B): 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Carson Kelly (C): 0-4, K
  • David Washington (LF): 1-5, H, R, HR, RBI, K
  • Chris Jacobs (1B): 3-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, K
  • Luke Voit (DH): 1-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, K
  • Mike Mayers (SP): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 8 K, HR

Homers by Washington and Jacobs in the 8th broke a 3-3 tie and the game wide open for the Cards...Mayers has 13 K and 2 BB in 12.2 IP over two starts for far this season.

A Advanced: Palm Beach 4 - Daytona 2

  • Oscar Mercado (SS): 1-4, R, BB, K, SB
  • Danny Diekroeger (1B): 1-4, 3B, RBI
  • Ian McKinney (SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K
  • Rowan Wick (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Oscar Mercado stole his 4th base of the season, which currently leads the Florida State League...Rowan Wick now has 4 Ks and 1 BB in his 3 IP.

Class A: Quad Cities 2 - Peoria 0

  • Edmundo Sosa (SS): 1-4
  • Vaughn Bryan (RF): 1-4, 3 K
  • Landon Beck (RP): 2 IP, 1 BB, 5 K

Today's Probables

MEM - J.C. Sulbaran

PB - Jack Flaherty

PEO - Derian Gonzalez

With all of the Cardinals prospects assigned and the minor league season underway, I'd like to take a look at the rosters of all of the organization's full-season league affiliates. In this edition, we look at the Springfield Cardinals.

Infielders and Catchers

Carson Kelly - C

Jesse Jenner C

Carson Kelly's name should be familiar to people who even casually follow the Cards' system. He was drafted as a 17 year old 3rd basemen in 2012, and the hope was his quick feet, big arm and raw power would translate into a good defender with pop at the hot corner. He showed off some of that power in 2012 in short-season ball hitting 9 homers. But his bat has failed to develop much since then and he's been moved behind the plate. By most accounts he's taken to catching well, and it seems like his work behind the plate may carry him to at least a bench role in the big leagues, and it should give him ample opportunity to figure things out with the bat. Jesse Jenner was drafted in the 7th round last year from the University of San Diego. He spent the rest of the year in State College where he walked as often as he struck out.

Bruce Caldwell 2B/3B

Paul DeJong - 3B

Chris Jacobs - 1B

Andrew Sohn - SS

Breyvic Valere - 2B/UT

Luke Voit - 1B

DeJong was a 4th round pick out if Illinois State last year and hit well at three professional stops displaying power and patience and swiping 13 bases. There is a lot of raw power to tap into and his advanced approach (and draft age) meant the Cardinals could challenge him with an assignment to Springfield. He could put up gaudy numbers in Hammons Field if he can adjust to AA pitching. Bruce Caldwell is a utility guy who has shown occasional pop, who has three homers on the season. Chris Jacobs is a giant of a man with a ton of raw power and swing and miss. He's been in pro ball since 2007 and has less than 200 PA in AA. Andrew Sohn spent most of last season in Peoria and looks like he's organizational filler at the moment with two talented SS prospects below him in Peoria and Palm Beach respectively. Breyvic Valera's approach is reminiscent of old friend Mike O'Neill's; a lot of walks, no power and the contact skills to avoid strikeouts and rack up singles. So far he has not been able to make that skill set work in AA. Louis Linwood Voit's age (25), draft pedigree (22nd round) and defensive position (1B/DH) mean he has a tough road to make it to the big leagues. But the local product (Wildwood/MO State) hit well in Palm Beach, he should put up at least superficially better numbers in Hammons Field.


Harrison Bader - CF

C.J. McElroy - CF

Collin Radack - CF

David Washington - OF

Along with DeJong and Kelly, Harrison Bader is the third prospect to watch in Springfield. He had a big 2015 season in Florida and picked up where he left off when he got to pro ball, where he collected 26 XBH and stole 17 bases in 258 plate appearances. It looks like the Cardinals will keep him in CF until he shows he can't do it, the assignment to AA is somewhat aggressive especially since there is no shortage of outfielders in St  Louis, but he was exposed to high-level competition in college and handled himself quite well last year. McElroy, Radack and Washington all appear to be familiar minor league archetypes at this point; the first two are speedy center fielders who don't get on base enough, and Washington is a hulking corner bat with tons of power and patience and a gigantic hole in his swing.


Mike Mayers - SP

Daniel Poncedeleon - SP

Andrew Morales - SP

Trey Nielson - SP

Jimmy Reed - SP

Mike Mayers pitched well across 5 different levels in 2013 and 2014, and seemed like a fast-mover, but he spent most of 2015 injured and ineffective. With the injuries to the rotation in Memphis he has a shot to end up there if he can show he was the strike-thrower he was before his injury. Low-ceiling strike throwers is actually a pretty good description for Poncedeleon and Nielson as well. Andrew Morales is the youngest member of the rotation and has the draft pedigree if not the minor league resume to have an interesting career. Jimmy Reed is on the roster, but has begun the season on the disabled list.

Corey Baker - RP

John Brebbia - RP

Joey Donofrio - RP

Kurt Heyer - RP

Corey Littrell - RP

Josh Lucas - RP

Chris Perry - RP

Robbie Rowland - RP

Ronnie Shaban - RP

Chris Thomas - RP

There isn't anybody who projects to be much more than a spare part in a big league bullpen in the Springfield relief corps. Corey Littrell came to the organization as part of the John Lackey trade, he has been mostly a starter thus far, but has made all three appearances in relief this year. The organization may think he has a better shot to make the big league club as a reliever.

Next up, the Palm Beach Cardinals.