The minor league season is almost in full swing, Johnson City opened their season last night, so the only league not yet underway is the Gulf Coast League. So the Daily Farm Reports will be pretty jammed packed from here until September. Springfield was rained out last night, but double-headers for Memphis and the Cards DSL club made up for it. Let's dive right in.
(LF): 2-3, R, 2B
(PH/CF): 0-2, K
(CF): 1-4, R, K
The Redbirds collection of AAAA sluggers (Washington, Peguero and Martinez) took full advantage of the altitude in Colorado Springs, hitting 3 homers, 3 doubles and driving in 10 runs...Alex Reyes, on the other hand had a rough introduction to pitching at altitude walking 4 and allowing a homer in his 5 innings.
Double-A: Arkansas at Springfield - PPD (Rain)
Casey Grayson continues to hold his own in Palm Beach. His numbers this year have been driven by his average and OBP. His walk rate is at 17.4%, but his ISO has nosedived to .052. That is tough skillset to make work at first base, but he is also playing in a league and park that suppresses power, so hopefully the power numbers look better when and if he arrives at Hammons Field.
(CF): 1-6, R, 2 SB, RBI
There weren't a whole lot of offensive highlights in this one, Peoria only managed 3 XBH in 53 at-bats, but the Chiefs' bullpen only allowed 2 runs in 8.2 innings of work.
- Tommy Edman
There weren't a ton of offensive highlights for State College, which was odd in a game in which they scored 8 runs, but Batavia committed 4 errors in the game. The Spikes scored 3 runs in the 1st when Batavia catcher Pablo Garcia misplayed a throw to the plate and then committed a throwing error on the same play. In the 3rd Ryan McKay threw 2 wild pitches during a Jeremy Martinez at-bat allowing a run to score and then walked Martinez. During the next at-bat, catcher Pablo Garcia allowed a passed ball and Ryan McCarvel, who had advanced to 3rd during the previous at-bat's wild pitches, came in to score.
- Allen Cordoba (SS): 0-5
Young Bryce, a 2015 2nd round pick and noted seafood enthusiast, had a rough debut in the complex league last year. But he was making his pro debut as a 17 year old. Things are off to a better start this year as he reached base 4 times in his Appy League debut...Ian Oxnevad was drafted out of high school in the 9th round last year and held his own in the Gulf Coast League. He was also making his Appy League debut, and the 5 runs were disappointing, but 6 strikeouts against 1 walk was at least encouraging.
The Cards DSL affiliate is off to a 12-4 start...Outfielder Brian Sanchez is 20 years old playing in a league that includes kids 4 years younger than him, but with that being said he is putting up silly numbers right now. He's slashing .452/.514/.855, with 5 HR and 30 RBI (!) in 15 games...Wadye Ynfante on the other hand is not especially old for the league. He had a solid season as a 17-year old in 2015 and has picked up where he left off, hitting .327/.424/.469.
SPR - J.C. Sulbaran
PB - Jack Flaherty
PEO - Brennan Leitao
SC - Steven Farinaro
JC - David Oca