Charlie Tilson set the table for Memphis; Chris Jacobs homered for Springfield; and Sandy Alcantara was effectively wild for the Peoria Chiefs, who's roster we'll also take a look at.
- (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K
- Sam Tuivailala (RP): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Charlie Tilson has picked up right where he left off last year. His line right now is .286/.348/.452 with 3 stolen bases, and an 8.7% BB-rate and 15.2% K-rate. It is very early and there is a log jam in the outfield ahead of him, but it would be great if he shows the improvements he made in plate discipline and base running last season were real.
Daniel Poncedeleon didn't have it last night he needed 47 pitches to record 5 outs and was lifted after hitting a batter with the bases loaded...David Washington, just doing his thing...SSS, but Carson Kelly is batting .184/.184/.263 with 10 Ks and no BBs.
- Darren Seferina (2B): 1-4, R, 2B, 2 K
- Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 1-4, K, SB
- Edmundo Sosa (SS): 1-3, R, BB, K
- Magneuris Sierra (CF) 2-4, R, K
- Sandy Alcantara (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 8 K
SPR - Andrew Morales
PB - Jacob Evans
PEO - Ryan Helsley
With all of the Cardinals prospects assigned and the minor league season underway, we'll try to figure out which names to watch at each level. In this edition, we look at the Peoria Chiefs.
As is the case with Palm Beach, the two players who make up the Chiefs double play combo are the most interesting infielders. Edmundo Sosa ranked #3 in the Cards's system by rb. He put up a .300/.369/.455 as a 19 year old in Johnson City last year and made the Panamanian national team for their World Baseball Classic qualifier this spring. This will be his first shot at full-season ball. 2B Eliezer Alvarez is also making his full-season debut after coming off back-to-back impressive seasons in the GCL and Appy League. When the Cardinals signed Leobaldo Pina as an international free agent Albert Pujols was still on the roster. He's still only 21 but he has struggled with the bat at every stateside stop so far.
Third baseman Casey Turgeon is opening the season in Peoria to try to get things back on track after a rough season in Palm Beach last year. 2015 39th rounder R.J Dennard kept his head above water in State College last season, but his age (23) and position (1B) are working against him, he is off to a fast start in Peoria though.
Magneuris Sierra was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year in 2014 and was given an aggressive promotion to Peoria to start 2015. He struggled badly and returned to extended spring training and finished the season with Johnson City. He really needs to put together a strong year in 2016 to get things back on track. Vaughn Bryan was named to Baseball Prospectus' Cardinals Top 10 Prospects list, mostly on the the strength of his tools. He struggled with injuries last year and could use a bounce back season to regain his prospect status. Craig Aiken and Thomas Spitz appear to be org guys.
There are a quite a few interesting names in the Peoria rotation. 19 year old Jake Woodford was a supplemental round pick last year and only made a handful of starts in the Gulf Coast League. rb took a look at him here. Sandy Alcantara and Junior Fernandez both landed on rb's top prospect list, with Fernandez landing at #13. 21 year-old 2013 international signee Derian Gonzalez has put up strong peripherals in the DSL and GCL and will get his first exposure to more advanced hitters. Ryan Helsley was drafted in the 5th round last year, his primary weapon is a high-90s fastball, if the secondary stuff doesn't develop his fastball could move him up the system in a hurry as a reliever. They're joined by 2015 26th rounder Brennan Leitao.
It is tough to find true prospects in low minors bullpens, you're like just as likely to find a future big league reliever in the rotation. However, former international signee Steven De La Cruz has put up pretty strong K-rates in his brief exposure to pro ball.
That's it. That's all four full-season teams.