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Daily Farm Report: Junior Fernandez Throws 8 Scoreless Innings

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MLB: St. Louis Cardinals-Media Day Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Triple A: Colorado Springs - Memphis 4

  • Breyvic Valera (2B): 1-5, K
  • Paul DeJong (3B): 2-5, K
  • Tommy Pham (RF/CF): 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
  • Chad Huffman (1B): 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI
  • Harrison Bader (CF): 1-4
  • Luke Voit (PH): 1-1
  • Mike Mayers (SP): 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
  • Rowan Wick (RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Same story, different day. The Sky Sox beat up on the Redbirds’ pitching and Memphis couldn’t answer...40% of Tom Pham’s walks for the season happened in this game and it jumped his BB% all the way up to 9.3...AAA slugger Chad Huffman has been as advertised, with 5 XBH in 31 plate appearances, but being a RH corner bat in Memphis is a gig without a lot of opportunities for advancement.

Class A Advanced: Palm Beach 7 - Tampa 0

  • Randy Arozarena (RF): 3-4, 2 R, K, CS
  • Casey Turgeon (3B): 1-3, 2 R, K
  • Darren Seferina (2B/3B): 3-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, R
  • Chris Chinea (1B): 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Danny Diekroeger (LF): 1-4, 2B, K
  • Jeremy Martinez (C) : 1-3, K
  • Austin Wilson (DH): 0-4, 2 K
  • Junior Fernandez (SP): 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

This is more like it. The bats came back to life for Palm Beach after they were shut down by Taylor Widener the day before...Danny Diekroeger and Casey Turgeon are both 24 year old infielders who limit strikeouts and don’t have much pop. They are both getting their 3rd crack at Palm Beach as well and seem to be taking turns rotating between 3B and LF. Turgeon walks quite a bit more, they both have bats that are better suited to the infield than an outfield corner...Austin Wilson has a 26% K-rate and no extra base hits so far...This was Junior Fernandez’ best start of the season. He still hasn’t posted the type of K% that his stuff suggests he’s capable of, but getting through 8 and only facing 2 more than the minimum is a great night for him.

Class A: Peoria 15 - Cedar Rapids 3

  • Tommy Edman (SS): 4-6, 2B, 2 3B, 4 R, 2 RBI
  • Stefan Trosclair (1B): 2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K
  • Andrew Knizner (C): 3-6, 2B, RBI
  • Andrew O’Keefe (DH): 2-6, R, RBI, K
  • Dylan Carlson (RF): 2-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
  • Jordan Hicks (SP): 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Peoria avenged the vicious beat down they suffered at the hands of the Kernels in the previous game...Tommy Edman seems to have picked up where he left off in rookie ball. He’s not really walking at all, but he also has as many XBH (7) as he does singles right now, and he’s still not striking out very much. If Edman, Edmundo Sosa, and Eliezer Alvarez all move up a level, and Delvin Perez makes it to Peoria the Cardinals will have an actual shortstop prospect at every full-season affiliate next year. Still wish they had Cordoba...Dylan Carlson’s homer was his second of the year, but he’s striking out at 40% clip. Update: Per friend of the DFR FLCardinal, Carlson’s homer was of the “Outfielders collide, ball rolls away, inside the park variety”...Jordan Hicks’ 8 strikeouts, 7 IP, and 0 BB all set or tied personal bests for him as a professional.

Pitching Probables

MEM - Josh Zeid

SPR - Austin Gomber

PB - Zac Gallen

PEO - Ronnie Williams