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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – September 19, 2019

photo: Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Glendale Desert Dogs were held to just three hits in their Opening Night home loss to Surprise. The only St. Louis Cardinals participant, starting left fielder Conner Capel, singled and threw out an opposing runner at second base.


Wednesday, September 18 – Surprise Saguaros 4 at Glendale Desert Dogs 2

Glendale struggled at the plate in the season opener, collecting just three hits while allowing 10 from Surprise hitters.

Right fielder Jeren Kendall, designated hitter Micker Adolfo and left fielder Conner Capel recorded the only hits for the Desert Dogs, with both Kendall’s and Adolfo’s hits clearing the fence. However, the pair also combined for five strikeouts as they were very boom or bust at the plate. The rest of the lineup struck out seven times and took three free passes.

On the mound, Reds minor leaguer Jordan Johnson started the game and struggled in his three innings of work. The right-hander yielded a pair of runs on four hits and a walk while fanning three. He will be looking to use the AFL to improve his prospect status as he struggled at AA this season, and AAA last season, despite his advanced age of 26 years.

Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Gerardo Carrillo was the first man out of the bullpen, and he tossed three scoreless innings to begin his stint in the Arizona Fall League after a very successful season in the Dodgers minor league system (1.50 ERA). The 21-year-old also fanned a pair of hitters while walking none. Vince Arobio then entered the game in the seventh inning and struggled to keep runners off the bases. The 24-year-old surrendered two runs on two hits and two walks in his one inning of work. Bennett Sousa and Dauri Moreta followed out of the ‘pen and combined for two scoreless innings. Sousa is a 24-year-old who has quickly risen the minor league ladder since being drafted in the 10th round last season by the White Sox. Moreta, who struck out the side, is also coming off of a strong season in the Reds’ system.

Capel was the only Cardinals prospect to make an appearance and he performed well in the first game of the AFL season. Batting seventh, the left fielder went 1-for-3, a single, and recorded an outfield assist in the third inning when he threw out Royals minor leaguer Travis Jones at second base. The left-handed hitter struggled at the plate with AA Springfield this season, although he did hit well in a brief, 30 at-bat cameo with Memphis, and will look to show that he is better than his numbers this season suggest. Capel is The Cardinal Nation’s 35th-ranked prospect.

Thursday’s game: vs. Peoria Javelinas, 6:30 p.m. MST, LHP Bernardo Flores (CWS – season debut).


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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 22

Palm Beach went 1-1 in the final week as the last three games of the season were cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian. Nick Dunn (5 hits, .500 BA) led the lineup in batting while Tyler Reichenborn and Luken Baker provided the power (1 HR and 3 H each). On the mound, Griffin Roberts dominated in his final start of the season, and Ramon Santos secured the ninth inning of Wednesday’s win by striking out the side.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 21

The Palm Beach Cardinals posted a 2-4 record this week as the offense has begun to sputter and the pitching staff has fallen apart, allowing eight or more runs three times. Bright spots include Luken Baker (.304, 5 XBH), Nolan Gorman (.318), and Nick Dunn (.292) plus Alvaro Seijas, who tossed his third scoreless start in a row.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 20

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.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 18

In a week with two games postponed due to rain, the Beach Birds finished with a 2-3 record, ending on a two-game winning streak. Juan Yepez (.500), Luken Baker (.313), and Scott Hurst (.333) did most of the heavy lifting for the offense while Griffin Roberts distinguished himself with six shutout innings in his best start as a professional.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 17

The Beach Birds posted a 3-3 record this week but remain in last place in the Florida State League South. Much of the success this week is due to Julio Rodriguez (.533 average) and Luken Baker (.333, HR, 2 2B) anchoring the lineup as the pitching staff works through its inconsistencies. A few bright spots on the mound have been Alvaro Seijas, who tossed a six-inning gem in a 2-1 Palm Beach victory, as well as Michael Baird and Ben Yokley who have locked down the late innings of the game out of the ‘pen.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 16

The Palm Beach Cardinals scored more than two runs just once during the week and committed eight errors, so went 1-6 despite four quality starts. Reliever Edgar Escobar is taking on more important innings and shortstop Imeldo Diaz is leading the sputtering offense.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 15

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.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 14

Palm Beach had another disappointing week, going 2-5 while remaining in last place in the division. The recently promoted trio of Imeldo Diaz, Juan Yepez and Andres Luna helped carry the lineup from the bottom of the order, batting .429, .412, and .353, respectively.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 13

Overall, it was a difficult week for the Cardinals’ A-Advanced affiliate as they posted a record of 2-4, which kept them in last place in the South Division of the Florida State League in the second half. Diego Cordero showed his merit with two strong starts, including seven shutout innings on July 2.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 11

Our weekly recap focuses on first-half standouts and disappointments for the Palm Beach club, which lost the division lead late and missed a first-half playoff spot by three games. Pitching led the way, including all-star Angel Rondon, now with Springfield.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 8

The first-place Beach Birds won four of their six games this week and relied heavily on strong pitching to do so. They also received major contributions from Lars Nootbaar, who hit everything that was thrown at him, batting .500, and Luken Baker, who powered up with a pair of home runs.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 6

The Beach Birds flipped the script and returned to winning ways by following up a 1-5 record last week with a 5-1 record this week. The pitching staff held the opposing team to three or fewer runs in five of six games. On the offensive side, Julio Rodriguez has continued his breakout by mashing Florida State League pitching to the tune of a .429 batting average in the period.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 4

The Palm Beach Cardinals finished the week with three wins and three losses to bring their overall record to 17-8. However, two of those losses were by one run. The Beach Birds had a lot of fight with late comebacks that fell just short but showed the tough-minded nature of the team. Justin Toerner and Jose Martinez carried the offense while the bullpen did not give up an earned run all week.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 3

The Cardinals concluded the week at 4-3 to improve their overall record to 14-5, remaining the leader in the FSL South Division all season to date. Julio Rodriguez has gone on a tear with four straight multi-hit games while also clubbing two home runs. While Rodriguez has been raking, the Cardinals pitching staff has remained dominant and continues to be the engine that drives this team.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 2

The Beach Birds went 5-2 this week to improve their overall record to 10-3. This keeps them at the top of the Florida State League standings. Justin Toerner has continued his torrid start as he was named the FSL Player of the Week, while Alex Fagalde pitched 11 scoreless innings this week to help the pitching staff remain the league leader in ERA.

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Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook – 2019 Week 1

The Cardinals’ Florida State League affiliate went 5-1 this week, putting them at the top of the South Division. Justin Toerner has been raking against FSL pitching as the outfielder is first in the league in hits, while the pitching staff leads the high-A circuit in ERA.

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