On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals swapped in a fresh relief pitcher, veteran Dominic Leone, for rookie Junior Fernandez.
The Double-A Cardinals went 3-3 on the week to keep slim Texas League playoff hopes alive. Opposing scouts offer perspective on a number of Springfield standouts, including underrated starting pitcher Angel Rondon.
The St. Louis Cardinals farm teams were 8-2 on Wednesday. Highlights include three more hits from Dylan Carlson, making 13 over his past five games, a four-hit game for Ramon Mendoza of the Gulf Coast Cards, a game-winning homer for Zach Jackson of Johnson City and standout mound efforts from Peoria’s Michael Brettell and 16-year-old Dominican Yordy Richard.
Brian Walton looks at why the St. Louis Cardinals might want to promote their top prospect, outfielder Dylan Carlson, to the majors this season, but explains why the list of ‘why nots’ is significantly longer.
The Palm Beach Cardinals won just one of five games this week as the pitching staff struggled and the offense failed to provide enough run support. 2B Nick Dunn had seven hits and a .318 average, and 20-year old Alvaro Seijas has not allowed a run in two consecutive starts.
On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-4. It was something old and something new for Memphis, as Daniel Ponce de Leon’s pitching and Dylan Carlson’s hitting led the Redbirds to a win. Johnson City protected its slim division lead with a final-out, four-run comeback capped by Liam Sabino’s double.
The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled outfielder Harrison Bader from Memphis and optioned rookie outfielder Randy Arozarena to the Triple-A Redbirds.
The Class-A Chiefs finished the week 3-3 for a second-half record of 17-39 and have been eliminated from the Midwest League playoff race. After a rough July, left fielder Leandro Cedeño is Peoria’s hottest hitter with a 1.017 OPS in August.
28th-round outfielder Justin Toerner reached Double-A quicker than any other 2018 St. Louis Cardinals draftee. With Springfield, he hit his stride after an adjustment period before being injured. Derek Shore talks with the prospect, his manager and his hitting coach.
It was a 2-4 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system with final-inning wins by Peoria and Johnson City. Memphis went down to defeat despite the ongoing heroics of Harrison Bader and top prospect Dylan Carlson. Player of the Day Scott Politz spun seven shutout innings for State College but did not get enough support for a win.
On Monday, August 19, Major League Baseball announced its 2020 spring training schedules.
The St. Louis Cardinals went 4-2 on the week and remain at the top of the tight NL Central. Jack Flaherty has become the clear leader of the rotation. Our weekly history feature looks back at Lou Brock’s 3,000 hit, which came this past week in 1979.
On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-5. Player of the Day Harrison Bader went 3-for-6 including two home runs in Memphis’ sweep of Iowa. GCL reliever Luis Tena retired all 10 batters faced, fanning four, and stranding three inherited runners.
The Gulf Coast League Cardinals went 2-4 last week, nearing playoff elimination. 19-year old right-hander Inohan Paniagua is stepping up, with a 2.87 ERA in his last three appearances, including eight one-run innings on Wednesday.
The Johnson City Cardinals continue trending downward, finishing this week with a subpar 2-4 record. However, at 29-27, they still maintain sole possession of first place in the West Division of the Appalachian League. The Cardinals lost two of three matchups in both a home series with the Princeton Rays (26-30) and at the Burlington Royals (34-23). The Cardinals were led by their pitching staff, as Hector Soto and Francisco Justo were among standouts.
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-4 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis center fielder Adolis Garcia, who was 2-for-5 including a walk off two-run home run to defeat first-place Iowa.
Double-A Springfield relief pitcher Ronnie Williams used rehab to get better and stronger. Derek Shore talks with the prospect, his manager and his hitting coach.
The Cardinal Nation’s updated top 50 prospect list for August is focused on adjustments now that the 2019 draftees have a larger body of results and other players improve their performance. Shortstop Mateo Gil makes his debut at no. 40.
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis’ Jake Woodford, with a stellar one hit, four walk, six scoreless inning start. Palm Beach’s Alvaro Seijas hurled five scoreless innings. DSL Cardinals Blue designated hitter Fernando Diaz went 3-for-4 including two doubles and an RBI.
The State College Spikes continue to struggle on offense and in the field as the late surge of good pitching has gone mostly unused. Despite the struggles as a team, Dariel Gomez and All-Star David Vinsky are among Spikes playing at a high level. A 3-4 week kept the team at .500 on the season and 3 ½ games from a playoff spot.
Andre Pallante, Hector Villalobos, Andrew Warner, David Vinsky and Martin Figueroa have been selected to represent the State College Spikes in the August 21 New York-Penn League All-Star Game.
The Memphis Redbirds (56-66) lost their first series after winning five-straight, but finished the week strongly, at 5-1. The pitching staff continues to excel and Daniel Ponce de Leon’s 20 strikeouts in his last 14 innings underlined his PCL Pitcher of the Week honors. Dylan Carlson and others comment on his Triple-A debut.
Double-A Springfield’s Conner Capel continues to work on balancing power with average. Derek Shore talks with the prospect outfielder and his hitting coach.
On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2. Player of the Day Daniel Ponce de Leon continued his strong pitching for Memphis, with seven scoreless innings including nine strikeouts. Alexis Wilson’s eighth-inning home run powered Peoria to a road win.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospect, outfielder Dylan Carlson, is joining Triple-A Memphis.
With two more stolen bases, St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Dylan Carlson will become the first Texas Leaguer of 20 years of age or less to collect 20 home runs and 20 steals in the last 32 years.
After surging into first place in the Texas League North in July, the Springfield Cardinals have fallen off, dropping nine of their first 13 games in August. Inconsistent starters Evan Kruczynski and Johan Oviedo had strong outings during the 3-4 week.