The Cards' system went 1-3 against the Nats.
Let's dive right in.
Syracuse 3 - Memphis 1
- Luke Voit (1B): 2-3, R, 2B, RBI, K
- Luke Weaver: 2.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Louis Linwood "Luke" Voit, The Pride of Wildwood, will likely open the season in AAA. He was drafted as a college senior and has taken his time moving up the chain, so he's already 26. But he has hit everywhere he has been. Most systems have a guy or two like Voit (RH, slugging DH/1B who is always old for the league) and most of those guys top out in AAA or as AAAA guys.Hopefully, the local kid keeps hitting and still has time to carve out a career as a bench bat in St. Louis...I'm pretty sure you guys all know who Luke Weaver is, so we'll just move on.
Springfield 2 - Harrisburg 1
- Casey Grayson (1B): 3-4, RBI
- Jacob Evans: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 K
Casey Grayson will also turn 26 this year and is also stuck on the 1B end of the defensive spectrum. Unlike Voit he has an atypical offensive profile for a first baseman; gap power, low strikeout totals and tons of walks. The little power he did have almost completely disappeared playing in Roger Dean last year, so his numbers could get a superficial bump if the lefty ends up playing his home games in Hammons Field.
Potomac 8 - Palm Beach 4
- Chris Chinea (1B): 2-4, R, 2 2B, RBI
- Matt Davis (3B): 2-4, R, 2B, 2 K
Three of Peoria's best hitters last year were catchers. Chris Chinea, Brian O'Keefe, and Jose Godoy all put up batting lines well above the Midwest league average. Since you can only play one catcher at a time all three spent time at DH and 1B as well, but Chinea seemed to draw a disproportionate number of DH/1B assignments. He's an interesting hitter, lots of walks, and not a lot of strikeouts, but not much power either, but he's much less interesting at 1B than at catcher.
Hagerstown 5 - Peoria 2
- Andy Young (2B): 2-4
- Steven Farinaro: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K
Steven Farinaro is somehow only 21 years old. The 2013 11th round pick feels like he has been in the Cardinals system much longer than that. He has yet to draw an assignment to a full-season league, he has shown an excellent ability to limit free passes, but the inability to miss bats will make it tough to retire more advanced hitters.
The Cardinals farmhands will take on the Mets prospects today at noon CDT. The AAA and AA teams will travel to Port St. Lucie and the A ballers will play on the backfields in Jupiter.