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Cardinals Farm Journal: Week of 4/9-15

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Notes on Weaver, Poncedeleon, Sierra, Wisdom, Pham, Helsley, Hudson, and Garcia

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In a bit of a twist to the Daily Farm Reports regularly produced by the always-insightful ebo (and, on a couple of days, yours truly), every Sunday I’ll go over the previous week in the Cardinals’ system and strive to make sure you finish the story in the know on important transactions, player performances, and bits of news you need to ensure your knowledge of the farm is as keen as can be.

I’d appreciate knowing any particular focuses you’d like to see or topics you wish to be touched on; please feel free to leave them in the comments or tweet at/email me (username and address in profile).


Earlier discussed in Monday’s Minor League story, Cardinals second-ranked prospect Luke Weaver hit the disabled list with a back injury, as Cardinals beat reporter Jenifer Langosch confirmed the same day.

You may recall that Weaver missed over a week of Spring Training early in March after experiencing back spams, limiting him to just five innings of work (one start out of four appearances) in the exhibition season. It’s probably fair to assume the two ailments share some relation.

As of nearly a week ago, Weaver was undergoing treatment and tests to determine how long the injury will sideline him. For now, Daniel Poncedeleon takes his place in the Redbirds’ rotation, and he has done well through one outing: 5 13 innings, one run, eight strikeouts. He’s due to take the mound again Sunday afternoon.

In other injury news, Viva El Birdos fifteenth-ranked prospect Magneuris Sierra was placed on the seven-day disabled list toward the end of the week as he is under Minor League Baseball’s concussion protocol. So far this season, Sierra is continuing his success from a breakout 2016. In nine games, Sierra is 11-for-37 with a double, two triples, five walks, and a pair of stolen bases for the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals.

Position Players of the Week: infielder and outfielder Patrick Wisdom and Tommy Pham, Triple-A Memphis Redbirds

After a 2015 where he batted .237 and a .239 mark for his 2016 with 64 combined extra-base hits, Wisdom is off to quite the turnaround campaign in 2017. In ten games, Wisdom is slashing .353/.425/.559 with four doubles, a home run, and five runs driven in as the Memphis third baseman. Wisdom has been in the system since 2012.

In the seven-day span, Pham went 8-for-24 with a home run, six walks, five runs batted in and as many runs scored to go along with just one strikeout. Perhaps it’s worth noting that the 29-year-old Pham went 0-for-3 in three (4/11, 4/13-14) of the six viewed games, making his .333 batting mark for the week that much more impressive.

Starting Pitchers of the Week: Ryan Helsley, High-A Palm Beach Cardinals and Dakota Hudson, Double-A Springfield Cardinals

It is difficult to find a more polished first pair of outings than that of Helsley (fourteenth ranked). Over 11 23 frames, Helsey has been lights out, holding the opposition to one earned run on four hits, whiffing ten batters in the process. Helsley is 22 years old and was drafted by St. Louis back in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft.

Ryan Helsley tells VEB what it’s like to throw 100

In his first two outings above High-A, Hudson has been spectacular, having allowed a mere three earned runs and stoutly whiffing eleven batters in 11 23 innings across two starts on April 9 and April 15. The right-handed Hudson is also 22 years old and is already ranked high (eleventh) on the site’s prospect list.

Based on Springfield Cardinals reporter Derek Shore’s evaluation, Hudson’s pitch arsenal was on full display in his Saturday-evening outing:

Player to watch: Adolis Garcia

The Cardinals signed Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia back in late February and he kicked off his playing days at the Double-A level. In seven games, Adolis has flashed the same power that we’ve seen from his brother, Adonis, with the Braves; through 26 at-bats, the powerful right-handed slugger has a double and two long home runs, including this bomb on Thursday, April 13:

I think that does it for this week’s journal. Please, as requested in the beginning, feel free to share any comments or suggestions you have to make these journals as fun and informative as they can be.