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Weekend Farm Report: Oscar Mercado, Nick Martini, and Harrison Bader tear it up in the box; Jack Flaherty makes Triple-A debut

Recapping a fun weekend on the farm

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With the Cardinals not faring overly well in Chicago this weekend, checking in on the farm system seems like a great thing to do on today, the first Monday in June.

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Here are some takeaways from the weekend:

-Serving as a spark plug atop Springfield’s batting order, Oscar Mercado had a superb weekend for the Cardinals. The speedy outfielder went 9-for-12 with a double, homer, two runs scored, and two stolen bases.

-In what’s been an extensive reliever’s role this season, Ian McKinney is making the most of his new area of work. Coming off of 22 starts in 2016, McKinney has started just two of the fourteen games he’s appeared in this year, including on Friday. McKinney twirled five scoreless innings for Springfield to lower his earned run average to 2.10 in 34 1/3 innings between Palm Beach and Springfield.

-Redbirds outfielder Nick Martini has been hard to ignore in 2017, especially during his current stretch in Triple-A. Martini had five hits in nine at-bats, including three doubles and as many runs scored and runs batted in.

-After allowing 23 runs over five may starts, Sandy Alcantara started June on a better note, tossing six innings of one-run ball in an eventual, 3-2 win for Springfield.

-Harrison Bader had a huge weekend in Memphis, going 6-for-10 with five runs batted in. Bader is batting .292 in 53 games this season with 22 RBIs for the Redbirds.

-Memphis starter Mike Mayers was dominant in his start on Saturday, as he allowed one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings and struck out ten batters along the way.

-Jack Flaherty, after his promotion earlier in the week, made his Triple-A debut on Friday night, tossing a quality start for the Redbirds. The promotion to Memphis came after the 21-year-old right-hander posted a 1.42 ERA and 62:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in ten games and starts at Double-A.

Monday’s probables:

MEM: Luke Weaver - Memphis was rained out on Sunday.

SPR: The Cardinals are off on Monday; they’ll pick back up on Tuesday against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

PMB: Junior Fernandez

PEO: The Chiefs are off on Monday; John Dobzanski will take the mound on Tuesday versus the Kane County Cougars.