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DFR: Alcantara in Relief; Tewes, Shew Spin Gems

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Wednesday’s Farm Notes

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals-Media Day
Sandy Alcantara
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To start off the DFR, I have to give a shout out to Luke Weaver, who pitched his best game as a big-leaguer last night. Hats off to you Luke! I think you’re in St. Louis to stay!

Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 5

  • Magneuris Sierra - 0-2, R, 2 BB, K
  • Oscar Mercado - 0-2, BB, K
  • Darren Seferina - 0-3
  • Jose Adolis Garcia - 0-3, RBI
  • Tommy Edman - 1-2, BB
  • Sandy Alcantara - 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Jacob Evans - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K

Interesting to note that Alcantara pitched in relief. Is it because of an innings limit or are they prepping him for the big leagues? Alcantara might profile better in relief anyway.

Only 3 hits in the game for Springfield batters. None had extra-base hits.

Palm Beach 4, Jupiter 2

  • Jose Martinez - 2-4, 2 R, K, SB
  • Thomas Spitz - 2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
  • Casey Grayson - 1-4, RBI
  • Leobaldo Pina - 1-4, R, K
  • Andy Young - 1-3, RBI
  • Jeremy Martinez - 1-4
  • Sam Tewes - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Sam Tewes continues his triumphant return from Tommy John surgery. He’s pitched across 3 levels this year and has a combined 3.50 ERA, 54/14 K/BB. The Cardinals continue to find solid pitchers throughout the draft.

Peoria 2, Wisconsin 0

  • Nick Plummer - 1-4, BB, 3B, 2 K
  • Kramer Robertson - 1-4, R, RBI
  • Brian O’Keefe - 2-4, 2B, RBI
  • Evan Mendoza - 0-4, 2 K
  • Juan Yepez - 0-4, 3 K
  • Dylan Carlson - 1-4, 2 K
  • Anthony Shew - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Leland Tilley - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Some of you last week asked if Nick Plummer was still a prospect. I still think so. This is his first full pro season, not including his draft year or the time he missed last season with injury. Truthfully, the assignment to Peoria was aggressive and he’s struggled, but he’s displayed good on-base skills (.347 OBP) and will flash gap power. It’s more important to get him AB’s now more than anything. He needs to play.

Evan Mendoza has struggled since tearing up the New York Penn League.

Dylan Carlson is lumped together with Nick Plummer because they both were sent to Peoria at the beginning of the year with only a half of a season of professional ball under their belt. The .238 batting average is nothing to write home about, but forget about that. He’s displaying solid on-base skills and pitch recognition (.340 OBP) and that was after a very slow start. I’m looking forward to what is yet to come from Carlson.

Leland Tilley is still unscored upon in 14 IP since being promoted to Peoria. On the year he has only allowed 1 ER in 27.2 IP across 2 levels.

Anthony Shew has allowed 2 ER in his last 3 outings. Combine that with a 20/2 K/BB. He also looks like he’s 15 years old.

Anthony Shew
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West Virginia 6, State College 4

  • Zach Kirtley - 0-4, RBI, BB
  • Wood Myers - 1-5
  • Scott Hurst - 1-5, R, K
  • Yariel Gonzalez - 0-3, BB, K
  • Ricardo Bautista - 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
  • Daniel Castano - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K

This game doesn’t reflect it, but Scott Hurst has made quite a first impression in pro ball.

Greeneville 4, Johnson City 1

  • Irving Lopez - 1-4, R, K
  • Chase Pinder - 1-3, BB, K
  • Brady Whalen - 1-4, 3 K
  • Imeldo Diaz - 1-4
  • Walker Robbins - 1-3, 2 K
  • Carlos Talavera - 0-3, K
  • Alvaro Seijas - 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, BB, 7 K

GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Nationals 5

  • Edmundo Sosa - 2-4, 3 R, 2B
  • Jordan Schafer - 0-3, BB
  • Taylor Bryant - 2-3, 2 B, 3 RBI, BB
  • Donivan Williams - 0-4, K
  • TERRY FULLER - 0-4, K
  • Jonathan Machado - 2-4

Thursday’s Probables:

Memphis: Pearce

Springfield: Ellis

Palm Beach: Woodford

Peoria: Oxnevad

State College: Balestrieri

Johnson City: Prendergast