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Daily Farm Report 5/30: Dakota Hudson is Brilliant, Sierra on the Way, Sosa Hurt

Prospect News and Notes for 5/30’s Games

St Louis Cardinals v Miami Marlins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Corpus Christi 4, Springfield 5

  • Oscar Mercado - 1-4, R, K, SB, Error (2)
  • Magneuris Sierra - 1-2, 2 R, BB, SB
  • Jose Adolis Garcia - 2-4, RBI, 2 K
  • Casey Grayson - 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
  • Alex Mejia - 1-3, 2B, RBI
  • Dakota Hudson - (W) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Another strong start from Hudson, who’s not even a year removed from college. 9 ground outs vs. 2 fly outs. I have to think the Cardinals’ brain trust has at least had internal discussions about advancing Hudson to the Majors as a reliever this year. His fastball/slider combo is Major League ready and a lot of scouts think he’ll profile better in the bullpen anyway. Magneuris Sierra was lifted from the game in the 7th. He’s likely on his way to St. Louis as a replacement for Jedd Gyorko. Jose Adolis Garcia has quietly pushed his average to .283 and he’s hitting .405/.450/.649/1.099 in his last 10 games. He’s still striking out a 24% clip, doesn’t walk a ton (9%). I imagine he’ll spend most of the year in AA before he gets the nod to AAA.

Lakeland 0, Palm Beach 2

  • Tommy Edman - 1-3, R, RBI, K
  • Randy Arozarena -1-4, 2B, RBI, K, SB
  • Chris Chinea - 1-3, BB
  • Edmundo Sosa - 1-2, K
  • Luke Dykstra - 1-3, R
  • Derian Gonzalez - (W) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

The top news from this game was that Edmundo Sosa went down with a reported ankle injury. I’d really love to have Allen Cordoba back right about now. Derian Gonzalez pitched seven shutout innings while dueling with top Tigers’ prospect Beau Burrows. Randy Arozarena continues to be a streaky hitter. He has some interesting splits: .355/.378/.518/.896 in 22 home games vs. .221/.265/.346/.612 in 27 away games, vs. Right-Handed Pitchers .224/.283/.352/.635 and vs. Left-Handed Pitchers .355/.385/.565/.949. Overall, he hit much better in May than he did in April which is an encouraging sign in his development.

Wisconsin 5, Peoria 7

  • Jose Martinez (the SS, not the OF) - 3-5, 2 R, RBI, K
  • Stefan Trosclair - 2-4, R, BB
  • Andy Young - 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Ryan McCarvel - 1-3, 2 RBI, BB
  • Juan Yepez - 2-4, R, HR, RBI
  • Dylan Carlson - 1-3, R, 2B, BB, K, SB, AVG. at .197
  • Nick Plummer - 0-2, R, 2 BB, AVG. at .203
  • Mike O’Reilly - (W) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Jose Martinez had a big day at the plate. Juan Yepez went deep for his 1st HR as a Cardinal. Nick Plummer and Dylan Carlson continue to struggle at the plate. I have to wonder how much longer they’ll stick at this level. It’s possible they could get bumped down to short-season ball when those teams start in June. Mike O’Reilly has been quite a find in the 27th round of the 2016 draft. O’Reilly, who hails from Flagler College, moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation and hasn’t missed a beat. He continues to display strong peripherals and a fantastic K/BB ratio during his first two seasons. I’m officially starting the bandwagon for him as a sleeper prospect.

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AAA Memphis had the day off. Here are Thursday’s probables:

Memphis: Josh Zeid

Springfield: Matt Pearce

Palm Beach: Ryan Helsley

Peoria: Jordan Hicks