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Cardinals Farm Journal: Week of 4/16-22

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Notes on Huffman, Fernandez, Gallen, and Knizner

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Chad Huffman had a great week at the plate for the Redbirds.
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Here’s a look back at notable Minor League performances from the previous week:

Position Player of the Week: outfielder Chad Huffman, Triple-A Memphis Redbirds

Signed by the Cardinals as a Minor League free agent in November, the 31-year-old Huffman joined the team in Spring Training before beginning his regular-season tenure with the club in Memphis, where he has performed quite nicely.

Over the previous week, Huffman went 9-for-20 with five doubles, a home run, five runs batted in, and a couple of walks.

Starting Pitcher of the Week: right-hander Junior Fernandez, High-A Palm Beach Cardinals

Ranked as St. Louis eighth-best prospect by MLB.com and on the Viva El Birdos prospect list entering 2017, Junior Fernandez fired eight innings of one-hit ball against the Tampa Yankees on Wednesday, April 19. Fernandez was perfect through six innings and finished his third start of the season - his best by far - with six strikeouts and one walk.

Underrated Player of the Week: right-hander Zac Gallen, High-A Palm Beach Cardinals

With another dominant start on Thursday, Zac Gallen owns a 1.50 earned run average to complement a 23:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio across eighteen innings - three starts.

Gallen was drafted out of the University of North Carolina by the Cardinals in the third round of last year’s draft, and the former Tar Heel has impressed since joining the organization. Rated as the nineteenth VEB prospect, Gallen has logged a total of 27 23 innings as a Cardinal to date and owns a 0.94 WHIP and .200 BAA in the span.

Player to watch: catcher/DH Andrew Knizner, Class-A Peoria Chiefs

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Spanning back to Thursday evening’s contest, the 22-year-old, right-handed-hitting Andrew Knizner is 7-for-14 with a double, two home runs, and four runs driven in. Knizner’s batting average through twelve games - 49 at-bats - is a staggering .408 and he has whiffed on only five occasions in the time frame.