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St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Kurt Heyer has a perfect start, Chris Chinea continues his hitting streak

The farm takes three of four on the strength of solid pitching performances.

Heyer pitched five perfect innings in his 2nd start of the year.
Heyer pitched five perfect innings in his 2nd start of the year.
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Double A: Tulsa 3 -- Springfield 0

  • Harrison Bader, CF, 0 for 3, 2 Ks
  • Paul DeJong, 3B, 0 for 2, BB, K
  • Carson Kelly, C, 1 for 3, K
  • Trey Nielsen, 6 IP, 4 Ks, BB, 2 Hits, ER

Springfield 3 -- Tulsa 0

  • Harrison Bader, CF, 1 for 3, R
  • Paul DeJong, 3B, 1 for 3, 2B, RBI
  • Kurt Heyer, 5 IP, 3 Ks
Springfield split a doubleheader with Tulsa, with both games having the same score. Both games were shortened to 7 innings to accommodate the doubleheader.

While neither Heyer nor Nielsen are very notable prospects, but they both pitched well yesterday, with Heyer exiting the game with a perfect game intact.

A Advanced: Palm Beach 5 -- Lakeland 1

  • Casey Turgeon, 3B, 3 for 4, R
  • Casey Grayson, 1B, 2 for 3, HR, BB, R, RBI
  • Oscar Mercado, SS, 2 for 4, 2B, K, R, RBI, SB
  • Vaughn Bryan, LF, 2 for 4, HR, K, R, RBI, SB
  • Ian McKinney, 7 IP, 6 Ks, BB, 4 Hits, ER
  • Rowan Wick, IP, K
Vaughn Bryan isn't a top prospect, but he got a lot of buzz in 2014 after Jason Parks, then of Baseball Prospectus and now a scout for the Chicago Cubs, highlighted him as a sleeper prospect with incredible tools. He hasn't shown much to live up to that yet, but he won't be 23 until June. That's not young for a player in the Florida State League, but there is still time for him to improve.

After struggling as a hitter at Palm Beach last year, Rowan Wick has returned as a pitcher this season. Sixty-six batters into his first full season as a pitcher, he has 23 strike outs and just six walks. That's not a stellar walk rate, but it's fine, particularly when it's paired with such an impressive K-rate.

Class A: Peoria 5 -- Kane County 3

  • Magneuris Sierra, CF, 1 for 5, 2 Ks, 2 RBI, CS
  • Edmundo Sosa, SS, 2 for 5, K, R
  • Chris Chinea, 1B, 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BBs, R, RBI, CS
Chinea was drafted as a catcher, though he played 1B during his last season at LSU. Right now he's on a ten-game hitting streak. Actually, if you remove his 0-1 pinch hitting appearance, it's a 14-game hitting streak in a season that has him hitting safely in 17 of 20 games. Unfortunately he hasn't hit for much power this year, so his line is a still good but not-overwhelming .306/.359/.403 .

Tonight's Probables:

Memphis: Jeremy Hefner

Springfield: Andrew Morales

Palm Beach: Jack Flaherty

Peoria: Junior Fernandez