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St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Harrison Bader's big game, and Paul Dejong's homer lead Palm Beach to victory

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A rough rough night on the farm, as the Memphis and Springfield squads were blown out, and the Peoria squad dropped both games of a double-header.

Harrison Bader's three-hit night helped Palm Beach to victory.
Harrison Bader's three-hit night helped Palm Beach to victory.
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Triple-A: Nashville 16 -- Memphis 3

  • Charlie Tilson, LF, 0-for-3, R
  • Brayan Pena, C, 1-for-4
  • Tommy Pham, CF, 0-for-3, BB, R
  • Jacob Wilson, 2B, 0-for-4, 2 Ks
  • Seth Maness, IP
Not much positive to say about this one; the Redbirds got shelled early and often. After Arturo Reyes surrendered 8 ER in the first two+ innings (failing to retire any of four batters he faced in the third), six Redbird relievers combined to cough up another eight runs the rest of the way. Only Seth Maness, Justin Wright, and Alberto Rosario had solid outings, with the latter two's mitigated by Wright's poor peripherals (two hits and two walks in his two IP, though with two Ks), and the fact that Rosario only faced one batter.

Double-A: NW Arkansas 12 -- Springfield 6

  • Harrison Bader, CF, 3-for-4, K, R
  • Breyvic Valera, PH-CF, 1-for-1, 2 RBI
  • Anthony Garcia, RF, 0-for-4, 3 Ks
  • Paul DeJong, 3B, 1-for-4, HR, 3 Ks, 2 RBI
  • Carson Kelly, C, 0-for-3, K
  • Mike Ohlman, DH-C, 2-for-4, BB, R
Another rough pitching performance for the Cardinal minor leaguers. Also, the opposing starter was Kris Medlen, on a rehab assignment. He struck out five of the baby birds in just two innings, facing just nine batters.

Dejong's homer was his 11th of the year. It's an impressive total, and it's made him productive at the plate. Holding him back so far has been his massive K-rate, as he's striking out almost a third of the time. This isn't entirely unexpected as the jump from Single-A to Double-A is pretty massive (especially when skipping the Advanced part of A-ball). His walk-rate remains pretty decent, above 8% so far, so at least he's still showing some discipline.

This was Harrison Bader's first multi-hit game since smacking a double and homer on May 28th.

Single-A Advanced: Palm Beach 7 -- Brevard County 4

  • Oscar Mercado, SS, 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, SB
  • Blake Drake, CF, 2-for-5, K, 2 RBI, Sb
  • Ian McKinney, 5 1/3 IP, 7 Ks, BB, 9 Hits, 2 HR, 4 ER
  • Rowan Wick, IP, K
I wasn't a big fan of the Mercado pick when he was drafted -- a guy with a questionable bat doesn't belong in the 2nd round in my opinion, regardless of his great glove -- but given that the Cardinals did draft him, I really want him to prove me wrong. If Mercado can become an adequate hitter, that pick can provide a lot of value to the Cardinals. That said, Mercado has refused to do any such thing. He makes decent contact, swipes bases, and actually has posted respectable walk rates -- especially for a guy with no power. But that lack of power has shown up in his BABIP as well as his ISO, which leaves him with a low batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. The decent K:BB ratio and speed alone aren't nearly enough to make him a productive hitter.

Batting leadoff for Brevard County was former Cardinals prospect Malik Collymore, a Canadian the Cardinals signed for over-slot money in the 10th round in 2013, but traded for Jonathan Broxton and cash last season. He hasn't quite played even 45 games for them since, but he has been hitting pretty well, and is even holding his own in his first 13 games since jumping to High-A ball this season from Rookie Ball last year. Something to keep an eye on, as Broxton has been replacement level this year via fangraphs' WAR statistic.

Single-A: Clinton 7 -- Peoria 4

  • Magneuris Sierra, CF, 1-for-4, K, RBI
  • Edmundo Sosa, SS, 1-for-3, 2B, R

Clinton 2 -- Peoria 1

  • Magneuris Sierra, CF, 1-for-3, K, RBI
  • Edmundo Sosa, SS, 0-for-3, K
  • Vaughn Bryan, RF-LF, 1-for-2, K
  • Juan Perez, 5 IP, 6 Ks, BB, 4 Hits, 0 Runs
These games went just seven innings each in order to accommodate the double-header.

Rookie: DSL Cardinals 7 -- DSL Yankees(2) 2

  • Brian Sanchez, RF, 3-for-5, HR, 2 Ks, R, 4 RBI
That's not a typo; the Yankees have two DSL teams, as do several other MLB clubs.

Brian Sanchez is the current leader in RBI for the DSL, with 17, and also leads the league in average with a .563 mark. That said, it has only been eight games so far.

Does anyone have suggestions on whom to regularly mention from the DSL? I'm not overly familiar with the prospects this far down in the system. Thanks!


Today's Probables

Memphis: Jerome Williams

Springfield: Luke Weaver

Peoria: Sandy Alcantara

DSL Cardinals: Unannounced