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Recapping Thursday’s minor league action.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Sounds 3 @ Memphis Redbirds 2

Genesis Cabrera (SP) - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Tyler O’Neill (LF) - 2-4, HR, RBI, K

Kramer Robertson (3B) - 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB

John Nogowski (1B) - 1-3, BB

After not putting a single ball over the fence from May 23 to June 10, O’Neill has now homered in three of his last five games. The big question comes down to whether O’Neill’s resurgent June (.340/.400/.600, 143 wRC+) has pushed him back into the outfield conversation. It doesn’t seem at the moment that he’s angling for a corner spot, but at least his trade value has stopped the bleeding as we race towards July.

The Redbrids fall to 33-47 with the loss.

NW Arkansas Naturals 6 @ Springfield Cardinals 2

Tommy Parsons (SP) - 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Bryan Dobzanski (RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Justin Toerner (LF) - 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, 2 K

Rayde Ascanio (SS) - 1-3, 2B, 2 K

Former undrafted free agent Tommy Parsons has had a roller coaster first three starts at AA. Sandwiched between two quality starts is a four home run clunker, one where he didn’t make it out of the fourth inning. On the whole, he’s made fifteen starts across three levels this year, pitching to a 2.20 ERA with a workable 7.76 K/9 and a robotic 1.34 BB/9.

After the loss, Springfield sits at 31-46.

Florida Fire Frogs 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 2

Diego Cordero (SP) - 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Ramon Santos (RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Chase Pinder (RF) - 2-3, 2 2B, BB

Zack Gahagan (3B) - 1-4, 3B, K

Palm Beach is now 38-35.

Clinton LumberKings 9, Peoria Chiefs 5

Michael Brettell (SP) - 5 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Juan Yepez (3B) - 2-5, 2B, K

Brady Whalen (DH) - 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 K

Josh Shaw (2B) - 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Yepez got off to a late start to the 2019 campaign, but he’s been making up for lost time. In his first eighteen games, Yepez is slashing .277/.351/.569 which is good for a 155 wRC+ in the Midwest League. He’s hitting for more power (.292 ISO) in this limited sample than at any other point in his minor league career, but we’ve also seen his strikeout rate hit a career high (27.0%).

Brady Whalen, meanwhile, has floundered after a hot start. The switch hitter has been on a steady decline, slashing a meager .226/.297/.345 since May 1. I’ve long been the high man on Whalen, seeing his power potential, switch hitting ability and chance to stick on the dirt as big positives. Nowadays, he’s unfortunately tumbled down the defensive spectrum and failed to establish himself at the plate.

The Chiefs are now 32-44.

State College Spikes 3, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1

Enmanuel Solano (SP) - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Dariel Gomez (1B) - 1-2, HR, RBI, BB

Matt Duce (DH) - 2-4, 2B, RBI, K

Stanley Espinal (RF) - 2-2, RBI, 2 BB

State College improves to 9-4 on the young season.

Greeneville Reds 10, Johnson City Cardinals 0

Julio Puello (SP) - 5 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Zach Jackson (DH) - 1-4, 2 K

Ben Baird (SS) - 1-3, K

Johnson City is now an even 4-4.

GCL Cardinals 3 @ GCL Astros 2

Inohan Paniagua (RP) - 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Patrick Romeri (RF) - 1-3, HR, RBI, BB

Trejyn Fletcher (CF) - 1-5, 2B, 2 K

Pablo Gomez (2B) - 1-4, HR, RBI

DSL Cubs 2, DSL Cardinals Red 0

Hancel Rincon (SP) - 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Yonael Dominguez (RP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Smith Vargas (CF) - 2-4, 2 K

DSL Mets 7, DSL Cardinals Blue 6

Yordy Richard (SP) - 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Darlyn Del Villar (SS) - 2-4, RBI, BB, K

Darlin Moquete (CF-LF) - 2-5, RBI

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Friday’s Probables

MEM: Jake Woodford

SPR: Evan Kruczynski

PMB: TBD

PEO: Franyel Casadilla

SC: Jacob Schlesener

JC: Dalton Roach