After laying waste to the Pacific Coast League Kolten Wong is headed back to St Louis. Jeremy Hazelbaker will be making his DFR debut this weekend. Also, the Peoria Cardinals will have the weekend off to accommodate the Florida State League All-Star break, but the Appy League starts tomorrow, which should help fill the prospect shaped void in your life. If you'd like to know a little bit more about the names on the State College roster you'll be reading about in Josey's weekend DFR, all of the red baron's draft coverage can be found here.
- Kolten Wong (CF): 2-4, 3 R, K, SB
- Brayan Pena (C): 1-4, BB
Kolten Wong collected 12 hits including 4 HR and a triple in his 7 games back in Memphis, and now he's headed back to the big club just in time for his jersey night...There should be some turnover on the Memphis roster here shortly. Brayan Pena and Seth Maness will likely join the parent club before too long...Kolten Wong's usage for St. Louis over the next couple weeks will be interesting. There is a bit of a logjam on the infield, and if Wong starts getting ABs in CF at the expense of Grichuk you wonder if Randal could be the next guy to head down to Memphis to "work on his swing" especially with two outfield options in Pham and Hazelbaker.
In 21.1 IP since coming back from the injury he suffered in Spring Training, Luke Weaver has allowed 2 runs, 2 walks and struck out 25. He is punching out almost a third of the batters he's facing...Thursday's Bader was the bad Bader...Bruce Caldwell's power was AWOL for the first third of the month but he has collected 5 XBH in his last 6 games...Kevin Herget had a pretty solid 2015, but he has been on another level this year, he's fanned 41 and walked 4 in 37 innings between A+ and AA, and his peripherals have actually improved since he moved up to Springfield. The 2013 39th rounder may pitch himself into the big league bullpen mix by the end of the year.
- Magneuris Sierra (CF): 1-4, R, 2 K
Between Brian O'Keefe, Chris Chinea and Jose Godoy Peoria has 3 catchers (or at least nominal catchers) who are having above-average offensive seasons. O'Keefe and Chinea in particular are having strong years. Palm Beach is an awful hitting environment, and the jump to AA is a big one so a lot can happen over the next year or so, but it looks like there are a handful of bat first catching prospects stacking up in A ball...In his next start Sandy Alcantara will likely reach a career high for IP in a season as a pro, and so far the walks have been a bit of an issue in A ball, but after last night his K% rate is north of 30%.
SPR - Daniel Poncedeleon
PEO - Jake Woodford
SC - TBD