Brian Walton dives into transaction levels and promotions over multiple seasons before locking onto injuries as a significant factor in the decline of the two-time defending Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds in 2019.
The St. Louis Cardinals continued their post-break surge, winning series against division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Giovanny Gallegos has been strong out of the bullpen. Our weekly history feature looks back at major Cardinals events during the week of July 15-21.
The Gulf Coast League Cardinals posted their second straight winning week and moved out of last place at 11-12 overall. Outfielder Luis Montano had a good week at the plate and right-hander Ludwin Jimenez is shining on the mound.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Sunday. Memphis scored 13, eight driven in by Player of the Day Adolis Garcia, his second honor in the last three days. Jake Woodford tossed seven scoreless innings. Springfield rallied in the ninth to win and State College mounted its comeback in the eighth.
The Johnson City Cardinals trended downward with a 2-5 record this week, which drops them to 15-15 overall, second place in the West Division of the Appalachian League. The Cardinals lost two of three games in both series, on the road at the Elizabethton Twins and a home series against the Bristol Pirates, before ending their week losing the first of a three-game homestand with the Danville Braves. Chandler Redmond and Todd Lott continue to provide the spark offensively. Despite the losses, pitchers Michael YaSenka and Julio Puello continue to put on a show, whether the offense is hitting or not.
On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals added a fresh arm in Tyler Webb and restored their bench with Rangel Ravelo. Two pitchers, Ryan Helsley and Dominic Leone, were returned to Triple-A.
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-5 on Saturday. Four of the losses were by one or two runs, including two defeats suffered in the final inning. Our Player of the Day is third baseman Yariel Gonzalez, who was 3-for-5 including a home run and three RBI in Springfield’s win.
With a short bullpen, the St. Louis Cardinals recalled Ryan Helsley from Memphis and returned infielder Edmundo Sosa to the Triple-A club.
After a fast start, the short-season Class-A Spikes had their second sub-.500 week, dropping their season mark to 17-17. Big innings allowed led to a 2-4 record, but outfielder David Vinsky has been red-hot, batting .400 in the six games.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 7-2 on Friday. Player of the Day, Memphis right fielder Adolis Garcia, powered two home runs and plated three. Palm Beach’s Edgar Gonzalez and State College’s Dalton Roach made strong mound starts.
The Memphis Redbirds (39-59) had bullpen improvement while going 3-4 in a full week back in action after the All-Star break and remain in last place. Outfielder Johan Mieses is red-hot, slashing .360/.429/.720/1.149 with 15 RBI in 17 games for Memphis in 2019.
The St. Louis Cardinals rank ninth in the 2019 MLB Fan Cost Index for a family of four to attend a game, at $254.46, a 1.0 percent decline compared to 2018. Comparative data for the team and MLB is presented back to 2003.
St. Louis’ minors went 5-4 on Thursday. Three of the four full season teams scored at least 10 runs, but only two won, as Peoria’s pitching woes continue. Player of the Day John Nogowski homered twice in Memphis’ road win.
Texas League Player of the Week, super-utility man Yariel Gonzalez, carried the Springfield Cardinals to a 4-2 record, as the 13-13 S-Cards continue to make up ground in the North Division.
SABR’s defensive metrics for the first half of 2019, with the final results accounting for 25 percent of the Gold Glove Award scoring, rank the players up the middle for the St. Louis Cardinals among the National League’s best.
The St. Louis Cardinals system had a 4-5 Wednesday with wins by Springfield, Johnson City, GCL and DSL Red. S-Cards CF Dylan Carlson had his first career multi-longball game and DSL Blue’s Gustavo J. Rodriguez spun five hitless innings.
Became a Cardinal: International free agent signed on July 14, 2019. 2020 contract.
From Springfield to the Gulf Coast League, a baker’s dozen St. Louis Cardinals minor leaugers were on the move on Tuesday, July 16.
Twitter: @T3J4R Became a Cardinal: Contract acquired from Florence of the Frontier League on July 15, 2019.
The Beach Birds posted a 3-4 record this week due to solid hitting and poor pitching. Nolan Gorman led the way with 11 hits (6 for extra bases) and a .379 batting average - a much-anticipated breakout week for the 19-year-old in his first taste of the Florida State League. On the pitching side, Patrick Dayton proved to be invaluable as he helped solidify a leaky bullpen and secure all three wins.
Palm Beach provided the bright spot in St. Louis’ minors 1-5 Tuesday. The big bats of Nick Dunn and Nolan Gorman led the way with three hits and three RBI each.
On Tuesday, third baseman Matt Carpenter was placed on the St. Louis Cardinals injured list, replaced by infielder Edmundo Sosa, up from Triple-A Memphis.
The Class-A Chiefs finished 1-5 last week for an overall second-half record of 4-20. The lone win broke their 12-game losing streak. Infielder Brendan Donovan is on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .348 with seven RBI in that span.
The #stlcards system was 2-4 on Monday with slugfest wins by Memphis and Johnson City but losses for Peoria, State College, the Gulf Coast Cards, and DSL Red. Player of the Day Malcom Nunez returned after six weeks of inactivity and hammered a grand slam for Johnson City.
A new recruit, infield shuffle and a loaner pitcher make up St. Louis Cardinals minor league news on Tuesday, July 16.
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4 on Sunday. Jacob Patterson pitched well in an unexpected bullpen game and win for Springfield but Ivan Herrera’s five hits were not enough for Peoria to avoid a one-run defeat.
After a 2-9 start, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals found their footing on the mound and in the field, going 5-2 for the week. 18-year old right-hander Luis Ortiz has a 3.07 ERA through five starts and two relief appearances, including 6 1/3 shutout innings on Saturday.