Ah, it’s non-waiver trade deadline day. Maybe the Cardinals continue to retool, and it’s entirely possible some of the guys written up below won't be Cardinals in 24 hours. Or maybe I’ll have new prospects to write up on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here’s to an action packed trade deadline.
Las Vegas 51’s 10, Memphis Redbirds 8
Connor Jones (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K’s
Edmundo Sosa (3B): 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB, R
Lane Thomas (CF): 2-5, HR, RBI, R
Adolis Garcia (RF): 1-5, 2B, RBI, R
Connor Jones (0-0) made his Memphis debut on Monday. The Virginia product started with three strong frames before getting tagged and pulled in the fourth. Jones is still racking up ground balls at an absurd clip (62.8% at AA) but posting pretty miserable K/BB numbers.
Memphis held a 7-5 lead through six innings. In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Bowman got into trouble early, giving up a leadoff double and a walk. Bowman recorded two outs via strikeout, but gave up a run on an RBI single. With runners on the corners and two outs, Bowman was pulled in favor of Edward Mujica. Two singles and a fielding error resulted in five runs for Las Vegas. The deficit ended up being too much for the Redbirds to overcome.
Memphis is now 68-40. They have Tuesday off.
Springfield Cardinals 6, Tulsa Drillers 3
Evan Kruczynski (SP): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K’s
Victor Roache (RF): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R
Andrew Knizner (C): 1-2, 2 RBI, BB
Randy Arozarena (CF): 2-4, RBI, R
Evan Kruczynski (1-0) was another Cardinals farmhand making a debut at a new level on Monday. Kruczysnki got the promotion from Palm Beach after tossing 76 innings of 4.03 ERA ball. The big lefty has pitched well since being selected in the 9th round of the 2017 draft, walking less than 2.5 batters per nine at each full stop while recording a solid amount of strikeouts with solid peripherals. The East Carolina product throws his heater in the 88-92 range, with two different breaking balls and a workable changeup. The control is there, and one of the two breaking balls could end up grading out as above average. He’s a sleeper candidate moving forward, as a potential back of the rotation piece if everything breaks right.
Springfield jumped out to an early lead an never looked back. In the bottom of the first, Tommy Edman stole second base and scored on a Randy Arozarena single to center. Arozarena advanced to third on a fielding error and scored on an Andrew Knizner sac fly.
In the bottom of the second, the aforementioned Kruczynski singled and scored on a Victor Roache home run to left. Later in the inning, Edman scored on an Andy Young RBI single.
The Cardinals would hold onto the lead after Tulsa threatened late. Springfield is now 50-38 on the season.
LumberKings 4, Peoria Chiefs 3
Angel Rondon (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K’s
Dennis Ortega (C): 2-4, 2B, BB
Elehuris Montero (3B): 2-4, 2B, R
Mariel Gonzalez (RF): 1-5, HR, 2 RBI, R
Peoria battled Clinton but ultimately lost in extra innings. The scoring opened in the top of the third with a Yariel Gonzalez two-run homer. Clinton matched in the bottom of the third with two runs of their own.
The Chiefs took the lead again in the top of the fourth when Rayder Ascanio scored on a passed ball. Clinton matched in the bottom of the ninth, scoring on a Onil Pena tripe to right field. The LumberKings would win on a Dimas Ojeda RBI single to center.
In an Elehuris Montero update, the third baseman is now batting .325/.385/.534 on the season. His plate discipline numbers have improved as the year has gone on, and he’s running a 158 wRC+ in the MWL.
Peoria is now 61-44.
State College Spikes 3, Batavia Muckdogs 0
Chris Holba (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K’s
Nick Dunn (2B); 2-5, RBI, R
Brady Whalen (1B): 2-4
Delvin Perez (SS): 1-4, BB
State College opened the scoring in the bottom of the third when Nick Dunn scored on a Stanley Espinal double-play ball. Nick Dunn showed up again in the bottom of the fourth, singling in Justin Toerner with one out. The Spikes added one more run in the bottom of the fifth on a Toerner sac fly.
Batavia was never able to plate a run, being stymied by Chris Holba (2-1) and reliever Hector Villalobos. In prospect news, Delvin Perez has rebounded with a respectable but not overwhelming year at the plate. He’s running a 105 wRC+, which is passable given what he contributes with the glove and on the base paths. The overall line is .266/.356/.320. He’s walking a lot, but there’s no power to speak of whatsoever so far.
State College is now 19-23.
GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Marlins 3
Brian Pirela (SP): 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K’s
Ivan Herrera (C): 3-3, R
Mateo Gil (SS): 1-3, 2B, RBI
Andrew Warner (DH): 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, R
DSL Nationals 8 at DSL Cardinals Blue 6
Inohan Paniagua (SP): 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K’s
Carlos Soler (CF): 4-5, 2 2B, 2 R
Malcom Nunez (3B): 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB R
Jean Selmo (LF): 3-4, RBI, BB, R
DSL Diamondbacks 6, DSL Cardinals 1
Miguel Maiz (SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Franklin Soto (SS): 1-4, RBI
Adanson Cruz (CF): 1-3, BB
Joerlin De Los Santos (LF): 1-3, BB, R
SPR: Mike O’Reilly
PEO: Paul Balestrieri
SC: Jacob Schlesener