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Daily Farm Report: Junior Fernandez Tosses A Complete Game

Junior Fernandez
Junior Fernandez
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Triple A: Iowa 3 - Memphis 1

  • Patrick Wisdom (3B): 0-3, BB, K

  • Harrison Bader (CF): 1-4, K

  • Paul DeJong (SS): 1-4, 2 K
  • Breyvic Valera (2B): 1-3, R
  • Daniel Poncedeleon (SP): 1 IP, 2  H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

  • Mark Montgomery (RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Ryan Sheriff (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 K

Memphis' franchise record 11 game winning streak came to an end...With Pham in the bigs, and Voit, Kelly and Huffman getting a day off this felt like the Memphis JV lineup...The Redbirds now have 8 regulars with a 114 wRC+ or better, Breyvic Valera's recent hot streak gives them a 9th hitter above 100...Daniel Poncedelon left the game in the 2nd after being struck by a liner. I haven't heard any updates since last night, but he was alert and motioned to the crowd as he left the field...Mark Montgomery has the third most strikeouts on the Memphis pitching staff despite pitching only 16 innings, and even more importantly is walking less than 5% of the batters he faces. He's putting himself in position to get a shot at job in the big league bullpen, especially if the club needs arms during the upcoming brutal stretch of games.

Double A: Springfield 1 - Tulsa 0

  • Oscar Mercado (CF): 0-3, BB, K

  • Alex Mejia (SS): 0-4
  • Jose Adolis Garcia (RF): 0-4, SB
  • Jacob Wilson (3B): 0-3, BB, K
  • Anthony Garcia (LF): 1-4, 2B, 2 K
  • Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K

  • Matt Pearce (SP): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K

  • Kevin Herget (RP): 1 IP, 3 K

Alex Mejia has been on a tear and was moved to the 2 hole, and he responded with an 0-4. His teammates didn't fare any better though, the S-Cards were only able to muster 3 singles and a double on the day...Matt Pearce and the Springfield pitching staff picked up the offense though...This was Pearce's second straight strong outing, but he's been walking a tightrope this season. He doesn't strike anybody out, or induce weak contact, he walks too many guys and he has an ugly strand rate, but a .232 BABIP will paper over a lot.

Class A Advanced: Palm Beach 7 - Fort Myers 1

  • Darren Seferina (2B): 1-4, R, 2B, BB, K
  • Jeremy Martinez (C): 0-5, R, K
  • Casey Turgeon (3B/LF): 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RB, BB, 2 K
  • Edmundo Sosa (SS): 2-5, R, 2 K

  • Chris Chinea (1B): 1-4, RBI

  • Randy Arozarena (LF/RF): 0-3, R, SB

  • Shane Billings (CF): 2-3, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB

  • Junior Ferndandez (SP): 9 IP, 5 H,1 R, 0 BB, 6 K

The Palm Beach bats have been struggling this year, even in the context of their league and park. Casey Turgeon's .280/.365/.400 is the best line on the team. There is some real upside there as well though, Magneuris will be back, and Edmundo Sosa, Darren Seferina and Randy Arozarena still have plenty of time to figure things out. There is also the chance that these guys don't really flourish until they get into a friendlier offensive environment...Junior Fernandez' season has been up and down so far, which is exactly what you would expect from a 20 year old with less than 100 IP in full-season ball. Games like this and the 8 innings of what hit ball he threw 3 starts ago at least show flashes of a guy who can limit walks and work deep into games.

Class A: Peoria 3 - West Michigan 1

  • J.R. Davis (DH): 2-4, R, CS

  • Tommy Edman (SS): 0-4

  • Brian O'Keefe (C): 1-3, RBI

  • Andy Young (2B): 3-4, R, HR, RBI
  • Dylan Carlson (LF): 2-3
  • Bryce Denton (RF) -3, 2 K

  • Nick Plummer (CF): 1-3, R, K
  • Mike O'Reilly (SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K

Andy Young is quietly having a very strong start to his professional career. He leads Peoria with a 150 wRC+ and has put up a cumulative .275/.357/.440 in 329 at-bats across three levels since the Cardinals selected him 1126th pick last June. He turns 23 today (Happy Birthday Andy!), so he won't have much margin for error if he wants to keep climbing the ladder, but he's so far he's been a pleasant surprise for a guy drafted in the 37th round...The promotion of Shane Billings to fill Magneuris Sierra's place on the Palm Beach roster and Nick Plummer's return to the lineup means Peoria may run with the Extremely Young Outfield for a while...Jordan Hicks' early exit from Monday's game and the subsequent, impromptu long-relief appearance by Ronnie Williams meant that Mike O'Reilly was forced to make his first start of the season last night. He gave the Peoria pitching staff 5 strong and very much needed innings of work.

Pitching Probables

PB - Zac Gallen

PEO - Tyler Lyons