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Weekly Farm Recap 5/13-19: Arozarena Hits His Way Back to Memphis

A look at this week’s results from the Cardinals’ affiliates

MLB: Spring Training-Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the weekly farm recap, where this week I resist the urge to give Alex Reyes honors in not one, but two affiliates. You can find all the daily recaps right here. Let’s get started:

Memphis Redbirds - Week: (3-3), Year (25-18)

Memphis redeemed what would’ve been a very sloppy week with two wins in yesterday’s doubleheader against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, putting up 11 runs in each game. They’ve continued to struggle in May, going 4-6 in the last ten games and 8-10 in the month. Dating back to May 6, all but one of their losses included the opposing team scoring more than seven runs. They’re stil 2.5 games ahead of the New Orleans Baby Cakes in the PCL American Southern.

Pitcher of the Week

Daniel Poncedeleon (RHP): 1 GS, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 Ks

Nothing pretty coming from the mound for Memphis this week, but Poncedeleon offered the best seven-day performance from the staff. Though he allowed three runs, Poncedeleon cut through ten Sky Sox and was more than backed up by his clubs 11 runs in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. His season K/9 is easily the highest it’s been in his career, not having broken double digits since his initial pro season in 2014.

Player of the Week

Patrick Wisdom (3B): .435/.458/.783, 4 R, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, SB

Wisdom had a dominant week, hitting 10-for-23 with half of those hits going for extra bases. Three of his five starts were multi-hit games, including two three-hit performances, and the slugger even picked up a stolen base along the way.

Springfield Cardinals - Week: (3-4), Year (22-19)

Springfield essentially had a guaranteed win in Alex Reyes’ rehab start Saturday (7.2 IP, 0 R, 13 K) but were still only able to muster one run in that game. They’ve already had a four-game and three-game losing streak in May and lost three one-run games to start this week, including a walk-off loss. They’re now even with the Tulsa Drillers for the division lead in the Texas League North.

Pitcher of the Week

Ryan Helsley (RHP): 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 Ks

Helsley was lights-out in his Wednesday start, nearly finishing the eighth inning while allowing only two hits and two walks. This was his first shutout appearance of the year and easily his best performance. He’s already been called up for a spot-start in Memphis earlier this season and it’s only a matter of time before he’s there for good.

Player of the Week

Randy Arozarena (RF): .429/.455/.810, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, SB, HBP

Victor Roache’s two home runs weren’t enough for the three-peat — not if Randy Arozarena could help it. He went 9-for-21 for Springfield with four XBHs. After being sent down from Memphis on May 4, Arozarena put up a 1.072 OPS in 13 games to show that he’s matured well beyond the AA level.

Palm Beach Cardinals - Week: (3-2), Year (24-16)

Palm Beach played another week of above-average ball and raised their season record to eight games above the .500 mark. They’ve gone 7-3 over their past ten games and are 11-5 in the month of May. The Cardinals just barely missed another win in a walk-off loss to Clearwater on Tuesday, giving up five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lose the second game of their doubleheader, 11-10. They’re just 1.5 games behind the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League South.

Pitcher of the Week

Austin Warner (RHP): 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 Ks

Warner nearly went the distance in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, as minor league doubleheaders are shortened to seven innings, but couldn’t record the final two outs in the 2-1 win. He showed excellent command, throwing 61 of his 85 pitches for strikes and sitting down six while walking none. The offense’s two runs were enough to grab the W, as Warner limited Clearwater to just one.

Player of the Week

J.B. Woodman (CF): .333/.400/.722 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K

Woodman was demoted from Palm Beach to the short-season State College Spikes on April 24, but returned to the Cardinals for the May 15 doubleheader and gave them no reason to send him back down. With two HRs in five games this week, he more than doubled his previous season total. The 6-for-18 performance seems to have earned Woodman another shot at sticking with Palm Beach.

Peoria Chiefs - Week: (4-2), Year (21-18)

Peoria seems to have turned a corner, having a seven-game winning streak snapped by a loss to Clinton on Thursday. One of those wins was propped up by an Alex Reyes rehab start, but their two runs scored and seven runs allowed were respectively the lowest and highest totals since their last loss on May 8. After pulling above .500, they’re now just one game behind the Quad Cities River Bandits, whom they play this week, in the Midwest League Western.

Pitcher of the Week

Jake Walsh (RHP): 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 Ks

Walsh turned in his best performance of the year on Friday, mowing down ten over 6 shutout innings. He’d struggled with limiting scoring in his past few outings, giving up at least three runs in his last three starts, but he soundly righted the ship with his 101-pitch performance.

Player of the Week

Elehuris Montero (3B): .368/.409/.421, 3 R, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

Not much power from Peoria this week, but there were several solid hitting performances. Montero went 7-for-19 with two walks across five games for Peoria. This was actually a down week for Montero in the scope of the season, as his 2018 OPS currently sits at .911. Over one-third of his 47 hits this season have gone for extra bases.