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Daily Farm Report: Edmundo Sosa falls single short of the cycle

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Recapping Thursday’s action down on the farm

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Redbirds 7 @ Tacoma Rainiers 0

Daniel Ponce de Leon (SP) - 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Edmundo Sosa (SS) - 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI

Lane Thomas (CF) - 1-4, HR, RBI, 2 K

Drew Robinson (3B) - 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K

Daniel Ponce de Leon worked three scoreless innings on 53 pitches before being pulled. Current speculation has him slated for a spot start on Monday against the Marlins.

Edmundo Sosa enjoyed one of the best days you’re likely to see this season. It was certainly welcomed during what has been a rough start to his 2019 campaign. As of today, Sosa is slashing .259/.290/.431 for a 71 wRC+ at Memphis. His power has ticked up slightly. but he’s walking at an abysmal 2.7% clip. For reference, that’s down from last years mark of 6.2%.

The win improves Memphis to 25-36 on the year. They open a series against Reno tonight at 9:05 pm CDT.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 @ Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Edgar Gonzalez (SP) - 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K

Lars Nootbaar (LF) - 1-3, 2B, BB, K

C.J. Saylor (RP) - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

For as barren as the starting pitching crop seems compared to past seasons, Gonzalez has been quietly excelling at Palm Beach. The 22-year old right hander has now struckout batters at an 11.00 K/9 pace across 12 starts at High-A. That’s coupled with a healthy 52.1% ground ball rate and a workable 3.14 BB/9. The book on last years sixth rounder is pretty straightforward - a 92-94 heater with sink, a plus breaker, but not much of a third offering to speak of.

With the loss, Palm Beach’s record drops to 33-26. They open a series against Charlotte this evening at 5:30pm CDT.

Quad Cities River Bandits 1, Peoria Chiefs 0

Kyle Leahy (SP) - 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Brendan Donovan (2B) - 1-4, K

Freddy Pacheco (RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

This...is a hard one to recap. Peoria mustered just one hit on the entire day, a single by infielder Brendan Donovan.

Kyle Leahy was selected in the 17th round last year and signed for a meager $75,000. He stands an imposing 6’5” and gets through the lineup by pounding the strikezone relentlessly. Not much more than organizational depth at this point - he’s pitching to a 3.40 ERA at Peoria.

Freddy Pacheco is doing insane things at Peoria, in more ways than one. For one, he has struckout 50 batters in 25.1 innings out of the bullpen. A 17.76 K/9. That’s not a typo. The downside? He’s walked a miserable 9.95 BB/9 on his way to a 4.62 ERA and 3.09 FIP.

The loss drops Peoria to 26-32 for the season. They begin a series with Cedar Rapids tonight at 6:35pm CDT.

DSL DBacks (2) 6 @ DSL Cardinals Red 4

Miguel Yedis (SP) - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Diowill Burgos (DH) - 2-3, 2B, 2 BB

Albert Inoa (2B) - 3-3, RBI, 2 BB

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 @ DSL Mets (1) 1

Yordy Richard (SP) - 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Luis Tena (RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Diego Velasquez (C) - 1-3, RBI, 2 K

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Friday’s Probables

MEM: Evan Kruczynski

SPR (GM 1): Johan Oviedo

SPR (GM 2): Williams Perez

PMB: TBD

PEO: Alvaro Seijas