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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 18, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson and Joe Kruzel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

It was a 4-5 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm teams with wins from Springfield and three rookie-ball squads — Johnson City, the Gulf Coast Cards, and the DSL Red. Palm Beach, Peoria, State College and the DSL Blue teams all went down to defeat, and Memphis blew a 7-0 lead in their loss, as their nightmare season continued apace. Elite performances included Dylan Carlson who broke a small slump by homering twice for Springfield, the first multi-longball game of his professional career, and DSL Blue hurler Gustavo J. Rodriguez, who spun five hitless innings to extend his dominant start to the season.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 17th.


Round Rock 11, Memphis 8

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Memphis’ offense took a touchdown lead but the pitching failed as they fell 11-8 at Round Rock on Wednesday night, dropping their record to 38-59. Starter Mike Hauschild lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up five runs before being yanked for losing pitcher Jesus Cruz, who gave up three more, but just one earned. The only fine performance from among the five pen contributors was that of Hunter Cervenka. The southpaw worked a perfect inning, needing only 11 pitches to retire three Express batters, two on strikes.

Right fielder Johan Mieses went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Redbird 13-hit assault. Mieses was supported by Lane Thomas, who singled twice and stole a base, catcher Jose Godoy who singled and doubled, Kramer Robertson who singled twice but committed his 11th error, and center fielder and leadoff man Randy Arozarena, who continued to make his case for a place on the 40-man roster with a single, a double, and a runner gunned at the plate. The 24-year-old Arozarena is now sporting a .998 OPS for Memphis.

Thursday’s game: at Round Rock, Austin Warner (0-0, 7.02) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 5 at Amarillo 2

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield leveled its second-half ledger at 13-13 with a 5-2 Wednesday win at the home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles. Center fielder Dylan Carlson clobbered two solo homers to assume the Texas League lead with 16, and added a single as well. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio (2-for-4) had his team’s other multi-hit game as he doubled, homered, and drove in the other three runs for the S-Cards. Left fielder Lars Nootbaar singled and drew his team’s only base on balls. The 21-year-old is 9-for-22 over his last six games.

Righty Johan Oviedo got the win, allowing two runs on three hits over six innings of work. The 21-year-old fanned four and walked the same, and has a solid 3.52 July ERA in four starts. Fellow starboardsiders Mitchell Osnowitz and Ronnie Williams each registered a hold as they combined for two shutout stanzas, with Williams escaping an Osnowitz-created bases loaded, one-out jam in the eighth by inducing a double play. Kodi Whitley converted his sixth save, pitching a perfect ninth inning with a whiff. Osnowitz, Williams, and Whitley lowered their excellent Springfield ERAs to 1.08, 2.57, and 1.88, respectively.

Thursday’s game: at Amarillo, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 4.29) 7:05 CT.


Florida 6 at Palm Beach 0

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach was blanked at home Wednesday evening, dropping to 9-19 with a 6-0 loss to the Fire Frogs. Starter Perry DellaValle allowed just one run through the first six frames, but was ripped for four more in the seventh while taking the loss. The righty did fan eight Fire Frogs to just one walk. Reliever Zach Prendergast had a clean 10-pitch inning for the only bullpen highlight.

Cleanup hitter Luken Baker doubled twice but to no avail, as the Beach Birds could not string their safeties together despite multi-hit games from the 4th, 5th, and 6th men in the lineup (catcher Julio Rodriguez singled and doubled, and second baseman Nick Dunn singled twice). Shortstop and number eight hitter Imeldo Diaz was the only player to reach three times, singling twice and drawing a walk.

Thursday’s game: vs. Florida, Diego Cordero (1-1, 2.84) 5:30 CT.


Fort Wayne 6, Peoria 2

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

Brendan Donovan provided the only offense to speak of as Peoria (4-21) continued their horrific second half of the season with a 6-2 loss at Fort Wayne Wednesday night. Playing second base and leading off, Donovan homered and doubled for two of his team’s three base knocks. The only other hit came from shortstop Delvin Perez, who also drew a base on balls — but was caught stealing soon after.

Righty Kyle Leahy (L, 4-8) made the start and surrendered all six TinCaps tallies. Leahy allowed nine hits and fanned just one of 23 opposing batters. Reliever Parker Kelly had a superb seven up, seven down performance, striking out two and lowering his ERA to 1.69.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Wayne, Colin Schmid (3-5, 4.79), 6:05 CT.


West Virginia 4, State College 1

Pedro Pages (State College Spikes)

State College (16-16) scored a run in the top of the first but never another, falling 4-1 Wednesday to the Black Bears. Adrian Mardueno went 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits while whiffing three and walking a pair. The 21-year-old righty handed off to another June draftee, Jack Ralston, who was dominant once again. The 6′ 6″ UCLA product pitched 1 2/3 frames and conceded two singles while striking out three Bears. The big righty has now fanned 14 men in 10 1/3 innings, while issuing one free pass.

Designated hitter and cleanup batter Pedro Pages was the closest thing to a State College hitting star with a single, triple, and base on balls. Multi-hit games were also recorded by leadoff man and center fielder David Vinsky and left fielder Andrew Warner, who each singled and doubled, accounting for their team’s only other extra base hits. Shortstop Moises Castillo reached safely via a base hit and hit-by-pitch, and scored his squad’s only run, but also had his seventh fielding miscue of the year.

Thursday’s game: at West Virginia, Enmanuel Solano (1-3, 3.97) 5:35 CT.


Johnson City 7, Bristol 6

Todd Lott (Robert Kell)

Johnson City improved to 15-12 as the Cards rallied from an early three-run deficit to top the visiting Bristol Pirates 7-6 on Wednesday. Righty Jose Moreno started and was shelled once again, yielding all six Pirates runs over 3 2/3 innings. The 18-year-old was painfully generous, handing out seven free passes on the evening, to go with seven hits allowed and a balk. The sparkling bullpen effort was spearheaded by Wilfredo Pereira and his three shutout stanzas. The 20-year-old Panamanian permitted two harmless singles and fanned two men while lowering his ERA to 2.25 across 20 innings.

First baseman Todd Lott doubled and tripled to lead the Johnson City attack, while third baseman Chandler Redmond had just one hit but made it count, a three-run homer. Multi-hit games were also registered by the trio of right fielder and leadoff hitter Jhon Torres, second baseman Liam Sabino, and designated hitter Kyle Skeels, each of whom had a single and double on the night. Center fielder Carlos Soler had a full night with a single, walk, stolen base, and two outfield assists.

Thursday’s game: vs. Bristol, Michael YaSenka (0-0, 0.68) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 9 at GCL Astros 4

Francisco Hernandez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The GCL Cardinals trailed early but piled on late in a 9-4 road win over the Astros, improving to 8-12 on the year. Second sacker Ramon Mendoza doubled twice and singled for the team’s only three-hit game. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez continued his torrid stretch, mashing a sixth-inning grand slam to put his team ahead for good. The 19-year-old Hernandez added a single and walk, lifting his OPS to .979. Other notable contributors were left fielder Luis Montano (single, double, walk) and catcher Cristhian Longa, with a single, double, hit-by-pitch, and two base stealers gunned out of three attempts.

Righty Francis Ventura entered in the second inning and went six stanzas for the win, allowing four runs on eight hits while fanning half a dozen. Scoreless performances were provided by rehabbing “opener” 23-year-old Merandy Gonzalez (one inning, one hit, two whiffs) and 21-year-old Anthony Trompiz (two innings, four baserunners, one strikeout).

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 12, DSL Mets2 4

Diowill Burgos

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate upped its record to 15-23 on Wednesday morning with a 12-4 home thrashing of the DSL Mets2. Yonael Dominguez started with 4 1/3 shutout frames, though the 17-year old continues to struggle with his control. He walked three men Wednesday and has now issued 18 free passes in 21 innings. Dazzling in relief was 18-year-old righty Augusto Calderon, who fanned five of six Mets batters.

Diowill Burgos unsurprisingly led the Red attack with another four-hit game, his third of the season and second in just over a week. The 18-year-old All-Star left fielder singled three times, doubled, and coaxed a walk, lifting his overall season OPS to a gaudy 1.229 and his July slash line to an otherworldly .462/.551/1.051 with just six strikeouts in 50 trips to the plate. Reaching base four times were first baseman Luis Andujar (single, double, two walks) and backstop Jesus Orecchia (three singles, walk).

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Yankees 7, DSL Cardinals Blue 6

Darlin Moquete

Grabbing a 4-0 lead halfway through the game wasn’t enough for the DSL Cardinals Blue team, as they fell 7-6 at the Yankees Wednesday. Even so, they have an organization-best 21-13 record on the season. Right fielder and leadoff batter Darlin Moquete had the sole multi-hit game for the Blue, singling and doubling, with his 14th stolen base. Center fielder Hansel Otamendi singled and drew two walks, while left fielder Leudy Pena hit a solo longball, worked a walk, and gunned a runner at the plate.

Last time out, Gustavo J. Rodriguez allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and this time was even better. The 18-year-old Venezuelan righty was masterful, twirling five hitless innings with a walk and eight strikeouts, seven swinging. Rodriguez lowered his WHIP to 0.78 and his ERA to 1.25 over seven starts and 36 innings. All relievers were scored upon, but Luis Tena was the least bad, with one run conceded in two innings pitched. The 19-year-old righty fanned four and walked one.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 16, 2019

photo: Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 2-4 on Monday with slugfest wins by Memphis and Johnson City, and losses for Peoria, State College, the Gulf Coast Cards, and the DSL Red squad. Springfield, Palm Beach, and the DSL Blue team took the day off. In Johnson City’s victory, Malcom Nunez returned after six weeks of inactivity and hammered a grand slam.

Results for games played Monday, July 15th.


Memphis 8 at Round Rock 6

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Memphis Redbirds upped their record to 38-57 with a homer-soaked 8-6 win at Round Rock Monday evening. Adolis Garcia smoked his 17th and 18th longballs, Randy Arozarena popped his fifth in 30 Triple-A games this year, and third baseman Jose Martinez, who also drew two walks, hit his second in seven Memphis games. Arozarena is now batting .362/.432/.569 for the Redbirds. Backstop Joe Hudson chipped in a pair of singles and a free pass.

After five straight solid outings (28 innings, sub-3.00 ERA), Genesis Cabrera was ineffective on Monday night, allowing six runs in three innings before the bullpen bailed him out. Righty Ryan Helsley (W, 2-3) threw three shutout stanzas and 22-year-old Junior Fernandez blanked the Express for two more frames, before southpaw Hunter Cervenka concluded the win with a spotless ninth inning. Fernandez fanned four and walked one, lowering his Memphis ERA to 0.79 in 11 1/3 innings.

Tuesday’s game: at Round Rock, Jake Woodford (5-5, 3.56) 7:05 CT.


Springfield OFF

Springfield (12-12) had a scheduled off day Monday. The S-Cards open a seven-day, seven-game Texas roadtrip to Amarillo and Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: at Amarillo, Angel Rondon (4-1, 2.79) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach OFF

Palm Beach (8-18) had a scheduled off day Monday. The Beach Birds will be home for the next two weeks straight, though this coming weekend, they will be the designated away team when facing Jupiter.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Florida, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Great Lakes 3 at Peoria 1

Michael Baird (State College Spikes)

Peoria scored first but couldn’t hold on, falling to 4-20 in the season’s second half by tumbling 3-1 at home to the Loons on Monday morning. Michael Baird started and lowered his ERA to 0.82 with four shutout innings. The 24-year-old righty yielded three hits and a base on balls while fanning four. Tony Locey came next and was the bullpen highlight, striking out six of seven men. The hulking 20-year-old has whiffed nine in his last 3 1/3 innings pitched. The loss went to lefty Evan Sisk, who surrendered all three runs on five safeties, including a homer.

Brady Whalen had the only multi-hit game for the Chiefs, tripling and singling and drawing a walk for good measure. However, the team went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position, short-circuiting every rally. Ivan Herrera reached twice via a walk and a single, while the only other extra base hits were doubles by third sacker Josh Shaw and leadoff man Brendan Donovan.

Tuesday’s game: No game scheduled.


Staten Island 7 at State College 4

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

State College lost its seventh in the last 10 games and slipped to 16-15 on the season with a 7-4 home defeat to the Staten Island Yankees. Center fielder Jonatan Machado led the offense with a double and triple and two runs scored, an 18-game on-base streak and now sports a sturdy slash line of .324/.393/.432 with exactly as many walks as whiffs. The only other multi-hit effort came from first baseman Shane Benes, who singled and doubled, but neither scored nor plated a runner. Catcher and cleanup batter Pedro Pages picked a man off first, gunned another runner stealing, and added a single. The 20-year-old Venezuelan with the big defensive reputation is hitting .288/.409/.385 with an 11/9 ratio of walks to strikeouts.

Righty Scott Politz made the start and was very good, going five innings and permitting just one run while fanning five Yanks. Jacob Schlesener relieved and was tagged for two runs and a blown save. Schlesener wasn’t hit hard, only allowing a single in his inning of work…but also issued a walk, wild pitch, and hit batter, for the two runs. The loss however went to the next man out of the pen, lefty Hector Villalobos, who coughed up four tallies across two innings. Intriguing if lightly-used 20-year-old righty Leonardo Taveras finished up with a shutout ninth, and has now allowed one hit and two walks in nine innings this season, with 15 strikeouts.

Tuesday’s game: No game scheduled.


Johnson City 9 at Elizabethton 5

Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City (14-11) pounced on Elizabethton early and never let up, breaking the game open with a fifth-inning grand slam from cleanup hitter Malcom Nunez in a 9-5 road triumph Monday night. Designated hitter Nunez, playing for the first time for Johnson City, and the first time anywhere since June 2nd, added a single to his slam, and was ably aided by multi-hit games from third baseman Raffy Ozuna (homer, two singles), shortstop and leadoff man Mateo Gil (two singles and a walk), and center fielder Jhon Torres (single, homer, and two of the team’s four free passes).

Righty Julio Puello retired the first 18 men he faced — seven of the first nine on strikes — before falling apart in the seventh inning with a single, hit batter, and longball. If ever “three earned runs” were a misleading line, this is it. Dylan Pearce followed with 1 2/3 stellar relief innings, fanning four and conceding just two harmless baserunners. Cameron Dulle was on mop-up duty, yielding a pair of insignificant runs in the ninth.

Tuesday’s game: at Elizabethton, Dalton Roach (1-0, 5.64) 5:30 CT.


GCL Mets 11 at GCL Cardinals 7

Luis Montano (Palm Beach Cardinals)

In a reverse of their recent script, the GCL Cardinals had their hitting shoes on but forgot to pitch and field, dropping to 7-12 on the season with an 11-7 home loss to the Mets. Starter Inohan Paniagua surrendered six runs, four earned, over 4 1/3 frames. The 19-year-old stringbean (6′ 1″ and 148) struck out one and allowed eight runners before handing off to Mexican righty Martin Cordova, who yielded three more runs in just 1 2/3 innings. The sole praiseworthy moundwork came from 23-year-old Connor Coward, who blanked the Mets for an inning.

Left fielder Luis Montano led the attack with a double and triple, and third baseman Francisco Hernandez continued his hot hitting with a single and double for his fourth two-knock game in his last five starts. Other multi-hit contributors included designated hitter Yowelfy Rosario (single, double) and backstop Joyser Garcia with a pair of singles. Recent draftee Patrick Romeri doubled and walked in four at-bats, but also fanned three times. (Romeri now sports a .921 OPS and is the youngest GCL regular with an OPS over .850.)

Tuesday’s game: No game scheduled.


DSL Cubs2 6, DSL Cardinals Red 5 (10 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red team fell to 14-22 with a 10th-inning walkoff loss to the DSL Cubs2 squad, 6-5 on Monday morning. The Red was led by a dazzling day from center fielder and leadoff man Smith Vargas, who went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, and a triple. The 17-year-old Vargas can still only claim a .528 OPS, but one never knows when a young player has turned his season around; maybe this was the game for him. Chipping in was third baseman Luis Andular with two singles and a sac fly, designated hitter Endri Salas (double, walk) and first baseman Jesus Orecchia (walk, single).

Edgar Manzo started and was effectively wild, walking five but allowing just two runs, only one earned, over 5 2/3 innings. The 18-year-old Mexican righty fanned six Cubs and permitted four hits while lowering his ERA to 2.10 in seven starts. Manzo is yet to allow more than two earned runs in any 2019 appearance. The only Red hurler to not yield a Monday run was 17-year-old Brayan Ramirez. The big Colombian righty (6′ 4″ and 200) retired four of five opponents on strikes, while walking one.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Cubs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue OFF

The DSL Blue team was off Monday.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 11, 2019

photo: Dalton Roach (Minnesota State-Mankato)

It was a 3-4 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, with Memphis still off for the All-Star break and Palm Beach suspended by rain in the 4th inning. Player of the Day Dalton Roach threw six shutout innings for Johnson City. Springfield won with help from Dylan Carlson, who reached safely four times and stole a base, shortstop Rayder Ascanio who matched Carlson, and starting pitcher Angel Rondon, who pitched into the seventh inning and drove in more runs than he conceded.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 10th.


Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Triple-A All-Star Game: Pacific Coast League 9, International League 3

Memphis (36-54) had the day off, though 22-year-old Jake Woodford started and got the win with two spotless innings for the PCL All-Stars versus the International League squad. The righty fanned a pair during his six up, six down domination.

Redbirds Andrew Knizner and Rangel Ravelo (promoted to St. Louis) did not appear in the contest, held in El Paso.

Thursday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Mike Hauschild (0-2, 9.00) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 8 at Tulsa 4

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield upped its second-half record to 9-11 with a resounding 8-4 road win over the Drillers. Leadoff hitter Dylan Carlson had his second straight three-hit game, and added a walk and stolen base to boot. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio also had three safeties with a steal and free pass, and like Carlson scored a pair of runs. Michael Perri and Justin Toerner each singled twice and drew a walk as well.

Starter Angel Rondon was a force unto himself, twirling 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and providing two RBI and a sac bunt on offense. The 21-year-old righty lowered his Texas League ERA to 2.79 while whiffing five and walking no one. He yielded six hits, all singles, and needed 96 pitches on the night. Ronnie Williams pitched a perfect eighth while fanning one man.

Right fielder Justin Toerner made a highlight reel catch to end the game.

Thursday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-4, 6.08) 7:00 CT.


Palm Beach at Clearwater – suspended

Palm Beach’s (6-14) afternoon contest was suspended as the Cards were trailing at Clearwater 3-1 in the fourth inning. Juan Yepez homered just before play was halted. All three Threshers runs were scored against starter Griffin Roberts. The game will be completed prior to Thursday’s seven-inning contest.

Thursday’s games: at Clearwater, TBA/Alvaro Seijas (0-0, 3.60), 4:00 CT.


Lansing 8 at Peoria 2

Michael Baird (State College Spikes)

Peoria fell to 3-16 with their 10th loss in a row, in getting thumped 8-2 by Lansing at Dozer Park. Michael Baird started and threw three scoreless frames before giving way to recent draftee and losing pitcher Tony Locey. The third-round pick out of Georgia allowed his first professional runs, surrendering two earned in 1 1/3 innings. The righty struck out three Lugnuts. Parker Kelly lowered his ERA to 1.61 with three hitless innings. Rodard Avelino had a night to forget, with four walks and a hit leading to four runs while securing just one out to open the ninth as a close game turned into a blowout.

There were no multi-hit games for the Chiefs — even including walks, nobody reached twice. Second sacker Brendan Donovan had the sole extra base hit, a double. Donovan and Brandon Riley scored the only runs and Brady Whalen had his team’s one RBI.

Thursday’s game: vs. Lansing, Kyle Leahy (4-6, 2.94), 6:35 CT.


Tri-City 14, State College 7

Donivan Williams (St. Louis Cardinals)

State College (14-12) fell behind by nine runs early and not surprisingly never challenged the home Tri-City ValleyCats Wednesday evening. Starter and losing pitcher Scott Politz was hammered for 10 runs on 14 baserunners over five innings, dropping the righty’s record to 1-2 and escalating his ERA to 8.69. 27th-rounder Eric Lex had a rough sixth, with four runs scoring, two earned, on three hits and two walks. Southpaw Fabian Blanco pitched well to close out the game with two shutout stanzas with a hit and a free pass issued.

No Spikes had multiple hits; right fielder Andrew Warner and left fielder David Vinsky had the only long hits with a double apiece. Shortstop Moises Casillo singled and drew two walks, while fellow teenager Donivan Williams plated three runners via a single and bases-loaded walk. In a league in which the average OPS is currently .647, Castillo is at .790 with a robust 15/18 BB/K ratio.

Thursday’s game: at Tri-City, Adrian Mardueno (1-0, 2.16) 6:00 CT.


Johnson City 6 at Bristol 3

Dalton Roach (Robert Kell)

Johnson City lifted its ledger to 12-8 with a 6-3 road win over the Bristol Pirates. The Johnson City attack was led by Terry Fuller, who homered for the first time in 2019 and added a single and two bases on balls. (He is tied for the league lead with his 14 free passes to date.) The 20-year-old right fielder also stole his third base while boosting his average to .281 and OPS to .870. Other two-hit games were provided by keystoner Liam Sabino and designated hitter Todd Lott, each of whom also induced a walk.

Righty Dalton Roach threw six shutout innings for the J-Cards, lowering his ERA to 5.64 on the young season. The right-hander struck out four without issuing a walk, scattering just three hits and using a fifth-inning double play ball to face just two hitters over the minimum. St. Louis native and Mizzou product Cameron Dulle (30th round in this year’s draft) twirled two innings and permitted his first professional run, leaving his ERA at 1.29 over six appearances and seven innings.

Thursday’s game: at Bristol, Jake Sommers (1-0, 1.04) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 1 (11 innings)

Francis Ventura

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals raised their record to 5-9 with a dramatic 2-1 win in 11 innings at the GCL Mets. Canadian-born third baseman Francisco Hernandez singled and doubled for his club’s only multi-hit day, and started a double play in the field. Shortstop Yowelfy Rosario doubled home the eventual winning run in the top of the 11th, giving him four straight games with an RBI.

Starter Francis Ventura was excellent for the G-Cards, scattering seven hits over six innings. The righty fanned four and walked a pair while allowing his staff’s only run. Two shutout innings were provided by righty Saniel Santana, and three by winner Wilman Madera. who whiffed four and walked no one.

Thursday’s game: There is no GCL Cardinals game scheduled for Thursday.


DSL Twins 11 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2

The DSL Cardinals Blue team fell to 20-10 by being routed at home 11-2 at the hands of the DSL Twins. Starter Engels Martinez at least provided innings, going six and allowing four runs, all earned, on just four hits — three of which left the field of play. No reliever escaped unscathed, but the best was 17-year-old righty Benjamin Arias, who went two innings and yielded only one run.

Spearheading the meager offense was first baseman Luis Rodriguez with three singles. No one else had more than one hit, and there were no fielding or baserunning heroics. Second baseman Elvin De Jesus and right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez each doubled for the only extra base knocks.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Rockies, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL D-backs2 8, DSL Cardinals Red 3

Mustering just three singles for the day, the DSL Cardinals Red squad dropped an 8-3 road decision to the D-backs2 team, slipping to 12-21 on the season. Contributing the hits were catcher Jesus Orecchia, second sacker Albert Inoa, and birthday boy center fielder Endri Salas, who turned 18 on Wednesday and drew two walks to go along with his base knock and a hit-by-pitch. (Scorching hot Diowill Burgos went 0-for-1 with a pair of free passes and for July is now batting .391/.483/1.043 with just three strikeouts in 30 trips to the dish.)

Starter and losing pitcher Hancel Rincon couldn’t finish the third inning, as he allowed five runs in 2 2/3 frames. The 17-year-old righty fanned two and walked one, and is yet to issue more than one walk in any of his eight appearances as starter or reliever. The only unscored upon bullpenner was 19-year-old righty Larimel Soriano, who lowered his ERA to 1.10 with his pair of goose egg innings.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies White, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 9, 2019

photo: Ivan Herrera (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 3-4 Monday with victories by Palm Beach, Johnson City, and the Gulf Coast Cards. Springfield, State College, and the DSL Blue squad went down to defeat, as well as the Peoria Chiefs who lost despite Player of the Day Ivan Herrera reaching safely four times. Memphis took the day off for the All-Star break and the DSL Red team had no result reported.

Results for games played Monday, July 8th.


Memphis – off

Last-place Memphis (36-54) did not play Monday and will not play Tuesday, owing to the Triple-A All-Star break. The game will be held Wednesday evening in El Paso with Jake Woodford, Rangel Ravelo and Andrew Knizner participating for the Pacific Coast League Stars.


Tulsa 6, Springfield 4

Bryan Dobzanski (St. Louis Cardinals)

Last-place Springfield fell to 7-11 with a 6-4 road loss to the Drillers Monday night. Southpaw Evan Kruczynski was the starter and loser for the S-Cards, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on nine hits and a trio of free passes. Connor Jones permitted the other run, and righty Bryan Dobzanski continued his fine season with a pair of shutout innings to lower his Texas League ERA to 2.25 in 12 innings across 10 appearances.

The left side of the infield did the heavy hitting, as third baseman Yariel Gonzalez and shortstop Rayder Ascanio had the only multi-hit games (two knocks apiece) and the only extra base hits (one double each). Top prospect Dylan Carlson was yet to return from his fine Futures Game appearance, but right fielder Lars Nootbaar provided a highlight by amazingly gunning his 14th runner of the year, in just 69 games.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Alex FaGalde (1-1, 0.71) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 7 at Clearwater 2

Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Last-place Palm Beach raised its record to 6-13 with a fistful of late runs in a 7-2 road thrashing of the Threshers Monday evening. Second baseman Nick Dunn singled three times and right fielder Juan Yepez singled, walked, and hit his first Beach Birds homer of the year in just his fourth game since being promoted from Peoria. The 21-year-old scored two and drove in three.

Diego Cordero started and pitched well for Palm Beach, yielding just two runs in 6 2/3 frames (91 pitches). On the downside, the 21-year-old lefty did not fan any of the 26 batters he faced. Righty reliever Cole Aker got the win by retiring seven straight, three by strikeout. The 22-year-old has been a new man since switching to the pen full time, whiffing 29 batters in 21 innings, walking 10, and conceding no homers for an FIP around 2.00. Moreover, for his last 10 appearances, he has logged a stunning 18/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings.

Tuesday’s game: at Clearwater, pitcher TBA, 6:00 CT.


Burlington 9, Peoria 4

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Ivan Herrera doubled, singled twice, and walked, but it wasn’t nearly enough for last-place Peoria as they dropped their ninth straight game and fell to 3-15 with a 9-4 road loss to the Burlington Bees. The just-turned-19-year-old backstop scored one and drove in two as he snapped a 4-for-32 slump. Additional offense was provided by Leandro Cedeno with a double and walk, Brendan Donovan (two singles) and Brady Whalen (two walks, single).

Franyel Casadilla was the starter and loser, allowing Burlington five runs, three earned, in 2 1/3 innings. The bullpen barely fared better, with only southpaw Eli Kraus distinguishing himself. The 23-year-old Kent State product twirled two shutout innings, surrendering a harmless single, fanning two, and issuing no walks.

Tuesday’s game: Peoria and the rest of the Midwest League is off.


Batavia 14 at State College 2

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College slipped to 13-11, absorbing a 14-2 home beatdown at the hands of the Batavia Muckdogs on Monday. Jacob Schlesener started and took the loss for the Spikes, though the lion’s share of the Batavia runs came later. Southpaw Schlesener needed 85 pitches to log just 3 1/3 stanzas, yielding five hits, four free passes, and fine runs, three earned. The lefty did whiff seven victims. 2019 eighth-round draftee Logan Gragg was solid again out of the bullpen, contributing 1 1/3 shutout innings in mopup time.

Shortstop Moises Castillo kept on hitting, going 3-for-4 for his club’s only multi-safety game. The 19-year-old is now 12 for his last 21, raising his season average to .325 for fourth-best in the NY-Penn League. (Castillo is also third in the 14-team league in walks with 13.) Lee’s Summit product Andrew Warner provided the only pop for State College, mashing his third homer of the year. The 23-year-old is batting just .232 but his OPS is crowding .800 thanks to power and patience.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Batavia, Connor Thomas (2-0, 4.66) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Elizabethton 3

Kyle Skeels (Robert Kell)

Overcoming a 2-0 first-inning deficit, Johnson City rallied to a dramatic 4-3 home win over the Twins Monday night, improving to 11-8 on the year. First baseman Kyle Skeels did the most damage, slugging his first longball plus his first double, and even threw in a walk. The 36th round pick out of Coastal Carolina scored two and plated two. There were no other multi-hit players for Johnson City, which scored a run each in the eighth and ninth to pull the game out. Scalding hot third baseman Chandler Redmond hit his fourth homer, a solo shot in the eighth, to lift his slugging percentage over .700 on the young season.

Righty Julio Puello went five innings and allowed two runs, before stellar bullpen work in the eighth and ninth innings was provided by Tyler Peck and winning pitcher Dylan Pearce, each of whom tossed a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts. Pearce pitched the top of the final frame and was the beneficiary of a Liam Sabino walkoff single in the bottom half that drove in Skeels.

Tuesday’s game: There are no Appalachian League games on Tuesday.


GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Marlins 1

Jean Selmo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Despite mustering just four hits, the GCL Cardinals made them count as they improved to 3-9 with a 4-1 home win over the Marlins on Monday afternoon. The biggest blow by far was a three-run bomb off the bat of left fielder Jean Selmo, who entered the game just 1-for-15 with 10 strikeouts. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez also went deep for the Gulf Cards, while catcher Cristhian Longa contributed his fourth double and gunned one of two base stealers.

Righty Ludwin Jimenez had his first good start since being promoted from the Dominican Summer League, and it was a dandy. The 17-year-old fanned nine men in six innings and yielded only two hits — one on the infield. A solo longball was the sole blemish on his day. Anthony Trompiz was sturdy in relief, retiring six of seven Marlins, two on strikes. (It should be noted that the Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against 18-year-old Roy Garcia [two walks and a single], only to have the rest of the inning washed out by a storm.)

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red at Tigers 1

The Monday morning scheduled DSL Cardinals Red game at the Tigers 1 had no result posted at press time.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Mets1 6 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2

The DSL Cardinals Blue team fell behind by three runs in the first and could never recover, losing 6-2 at home on Monday to the Mets1 squad and dropping to 19-9 for the year. Venezuelan 18-year-old Reinys Portillo struggled for a change, allowing more than one run for the first time in five starts (though he did fan a season-high six batters). The righty conceded four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks across five innings. Lefty Nelson Prada was stylish in relief with two shutout innings.

Third baseman Brandon Hernandez registered the only multi-hit game for the Blue, going 2-for-3 and also drawing a base on balls. The 17-year-old Canadian is on something of a roll, going 10-for-26 with only two strikeouts, after fanning in 18 of his first 36 professional at-bats. Center fielder Hansel Otamendi and Catcher Jose Zapata had the only extra base hits with a double each. The 17-year-old Otamendi is batting .337 and has fanned just 11 times in more than 100 trips to the plate, while walking 16 times.

Tuesday’s game: at Phillies Red, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 4, 2019

photo: Jacob Schlesener (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

It was a 2-6 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. There were narrow defeats for Memphis, Peoria, and Johnson City, and shellackings for Palm Beach, the Gulf Coast Cards, and the DSL Red squad. The victories went to Springfield in walkoff style, and to State College, which was led by co-Players of the Day David Vinsky and Jacob Schlesener, who compiled seven total bases and a dozen strikeouts, respectively.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 3rd.


New Orleans 4 at Memphis 3

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 35-51 overall, including a dismal 14-31 at home, with Wednesday night’s loss to the Baby Cakes at AutoZone Park. Randy Arozarena added three hits including a double to his current rampage (19 hits in his last seven games) and drove in a pair, but it wasn’t quite enough as Memphis was shut out over the final six frames. Third baseman Max Schrock also singled twice and doubled, and again like Arozarena, was left stranded by his teammates each time. Baserunning undid the Redbirds in general as Kramer Robertson was thrown out stealing second, Adolis Garcia was picked off third, and Arozarena was gunned down at the plate.

Jake Woodford started and took the loss Monday, surrendering all four runs in five innings. The 22-year-old righty walked five and struck out four, and gave up two gopher balls. Chasen Shreve and Chris Beck pitched a shutout inning apiece and Chris Ellis had two spotless stanzas, but the four runs were one too many to overcome.

Thursday’s game: at Iowa, Mike Hauschild (0-2, 10.38) 7:08 CT.


Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield 6, Tulsa 5

Despite being outhit 13-to-9, Springfield upped its second half ledger to 6-7 with a 6-5 walk-off win over the Drillers late Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Catcher Jose Godoy had the club’s only multi-hit night as he singled twice, doubled, and drew a walk, and center fielder Dylan Carlson popped his 13th homer, a long one, and drew two free passes, to spearhead the S-Cards attack. The winning run was scored by Alberto Triunfel on Yariel Gonzalez’ dramatic two-out single.

Struggling lefty Evan Kruczynski started and was cuffed around for 11 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings before turning the ball over to Ronnie Williams, who was dandy for 1 2/3 hitless innings, fanning two and walking one. Getting the win was Roel Ramirez, who continued his excellent pitching of the past few weeks. The righty faced four men and struck out three, and over his last seven outings (all scoreless) he has twirled 12 1/3 innings, permitted four hits and two walks, and fanned 23 men.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, Alex Fagalde (1-0, 0.47) 5:30 CT.


Lakeland 6 at Palm Beach 0

Ramon Santos (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach dropped its second-half record to 4-10 with a 6-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium Wednesday evening. After being held scoreless in the two-game Charlotte series, the Beach Birds plated just two runs over the three home games against Lakeland, but still managed to win one.

Righty Edgar Gonzalez was Wednesday’s starter and losing hurler, needing 74 pitches to navigate three innings. The 22-year-old allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits and four free passes. Ramon Santos and Ben Yokley provided yeoman bullpen work, combining for six shutout innings and permitting just three baserunners in total while fanning five, but the offense was again MIA.

First baseman Luken Baker and backstop Dennis Ortega had the only multi-hit games for the Beach Birds, singling twice each (there were nine hits, none for extra bases). Designated hitter Nick Plummer singled, stole a base, and drew two of his team’s three walks. The soon-to-be-23-year-old lifted his season slash line to .157/.296/.257. Top prospect Nolan Gorman went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Myers, Griffin Roberts (0-3, 6.91) 6:00 CT.


Kane County 5 at Peoria 4

Parker Kelly (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria (now 3-10 for the second half) took a two-run lead into the eighth inning but couldn’t hold on, losing 5-4 at home to Kane County. Second sacker Edwin Figuera singled three times to lead the Chiefs, and third baseman Juan Yepez provided the other multi-hit game with two singles plus a base on balls.

Franyel Casadilla started and went 5 2/3 innings, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk. Righty Parker Kelly was excellent in relief again, going 2 1/3 and whiffing four while walking none. The 22-year-old did permit one run on three safeties, as his ERA rose to 1.56 across 17 1/3 innings, with an exceptional 19-to-2 strikeout/walk ratio. The blown save and loss went to southpaw Eli Kraus, who allowed two runs in the ninth inning on a free pass and pair of base hits.

Thursday’s game: at Clinton, Michael Baird (0-0, 0.00) 6:30 CT.


State College 6 at Batavia 4

David Vinsky and Jacob Schlesener (State College Spikes)

Behind three hits and three RBI from co-Player of the Day David Vinsky, State College improved to 11-8 with a 6-4 road win over Batavia. Batting leadoff and manning center field, Vinsky singled, doubled, and mashed his first professional homer, increasing his OPS to 1.111 in his first four games with the Spikes. Left fielder Jonatan Machado (two singles) and catcher Carlos Soto (single, double) provided multi-hit support.

Starting pitcher and co-Player of the Day Jacob Schlesener fanned a dozen Muckdogs in six strong innings to earn the win. The lefty yielded one earned run on just two hits and two walks, though he did toss a pair of wild pitches and hit a batter. Three 2019 draftees excelled in relief, as Connor Lunn (11th round) and Eric Lex (27th) twirled a shutout inning apiece in relief, and dazzling righty Logan Gragg bailed out lefty Fabian Blanco in the ninth inning to close the win. Drafted last month in the eighth round out of Oklahoma State, the 20-year-old Gragg entered with two on and one out, and whiffed the next two men on six pitches.

Thursday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, Andre Pallante (1-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


Greeneville 6 at Johnson City 5 (10 innings)

Terry Fuller (St. Louis Cardinals)

Johnson City led after seven innings but couldn’t hold on, going down to defeat at home to Greeneville by a 6-5 score in 10 innings. The Cardinals (now 9-5 on the year) had only one multi-hit game, from designated hitter Victor Garcia, and drew only one walk, from leadoff man Jhon Torres, as they failed to protect three different leads during the course of the game. Right fielder Terry Fuller had a triple and gunned a runner trying to stretch a single to end the Greeneville half of the ninth inning.

Righty starter Dalton Roach went 7 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk. The 23-year-old threw 88 pitches and induced 11 groundouts on the night. The loss was absorbed by Tyler Peck, who fanned three men in two innings but conceded the deciding (unearned) run in the 10th frame.

Thursday’s game: at Bluefield, Will Guay (0-0, 6.35), 5:30 CT.


GCL Marlins 8, GCL Cardinals 2

William Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The struggles of the GCL Cardinals continued as the club fell to 1-6 with an 8-2 beat down by the home GCL Marlins early Wednesday afternoon. Ludwin Jimenez was the starter and loser for the G-Cards, as the 17-year-old allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and three free passes across five innings. The Dominican righty has now pitched five innings in five of six starts in 2019. No one distinguished himself in relief, though Wilman Madera did fan his only man.

Center fielder and leadoff hitter William Jimenez provided the sole multi-hit effort of the day with a single and triple, and gunned a runner at third base for good measure. The 23-year-old Dominican received offensive support from 18-year-old second baseman Ramon Mendoza, who went 1-for-2 and walked twice. Designated hitter Tre Fletcher was hitless, but only fanned once for the first time as a professional. Fletcher now has 12 strikeouts in 27 at-bats — but is nevertheless batting .296 with an .840 OPS.

Thursday’s games: vs. GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 9:00 a.m. CT. Second game to follow, also pitcher TBA.


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

Playing in a division with an uneven number of teams, the DSL Cardinals Blue had a scheduled day off Wednesday. The 17-7 Blue hold a half-game division lead.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Rangers2 9, DSL Cardinals Red 3

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate dropped to 11-17 by being blown out 9-3 at the home of the DSL Rangers2. The Red could muster only two hits and three walks on the day, with 17-year-old center fielder Endri Salas doubling and scoring and plating a run. Second baseman and leadoff batter Sander Mora was the only man to reach safely twice, singling and drawing a walk.

Miguel Yedis was the starter and loser for the Red, leaving him 0-3 on the season. The 18-year-old Dominican allowed four runs, three earned, in four frames. He gave up six hits, walked three, tossed a pair of wild pitches, and fanned just one. Stellar bullpen work was provided by 18-year-old Venezuelan righty Luis Garcia, who whiffed three of the six men he faced.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Brewers, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 2, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The lower levels bailed out the big boys Monday, as the St. Louis Cardinals farm teams went 3-4 with the wins all achieved by rookie-ball affiliates. The DSL squads swept their opponents and Johnson City won a terrific pitcher’s duel, while Springfield lost despite Player of the Day Dylan Carlson (homer, double, walk), and the Palm Beach, Peoria, and State College lineups could muster just six runs between them in a trio of defeats. Memphis played just an inning before being suspended for storms, and the Gulf Coast Cards had a scheduled off day.


Memphis vs. New Orleans suspended in 2nd inning

Memphis’ game was suspended due to rain with New Orleans up 1-0 against starter Harold Arauz heading into the second inning at AutoZone Park. The game will be completed on Tuesday starting at 5:05 p.m., with the regular game, reduced to seven innings, following.

Tuesday games: vs. New Orleans, TBA/Genesis Cabrera (3-3, 5.44) 5:05 CT.


Tulsa 6 at Springfield 4

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield lost to Tulsa at home on Monday night by a 6-4 score, dropping the S-Cards to 34-47 on the season and 4-7 in the second half. Leadoff man and Player of the Day Dylan Carlson did his part by homering, doubling, and drawing a walk for Springfield, which received no other multi-hit games. The only one other extra base hit was a home run from Justin Toerner, his third since being promoted. Center fielder Carlson leads the Texas League with 34 extra base knocks, three more than his nearest rival.

Johan Oviedo was improved but not good enough, as the 21-year-old starter surrendered three runs in six innings with seven strikeouts while taking a no decision. Reliever Will Latcham was lit up for the loss, allowing three runs of his own in just one inning as his ERA ballooned to 9.28 on the year. The sole pitching highlight was provided by Jacob Patterson with a 1-2-3 ninth inning featuring a pair of whiffs.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Tommy Parsons (1-2, 6.48) 6:30 CT.


Lakeland 9 at Palm Beach 1

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach was slayed by the Flying Tigers 9-1 on Monday evening at Roger Dean Stadium, falling to 38-37 on the season and 3-9 in the second half. Starter and losing pitcher Perry DellaValle allowed 10 singles in four innings, leading to six runs, all earned. He did fan seven batters without walking a man, but the hits were far too well-bunched. Making his Florida State League debut, Edgar Escobar twirled three strong stanzas in relief, permitting one run while striking out two and conceding no free passes.

Second baseman Nick Dunn had two of his team’s four singles, and there were no Beach Birds’ extra base hits, no double plays turned, no bases stolen, and no opposing runners gunned down by backstop or outfielder, in the unusually uncompetitive and uninteresting tilt. Top prospect Nolan Gorman singled in four at-bats but whiffed twice.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Diego Cordero (0-0, 2.70) 5:30 CT.


Burlington 4 at Peoria 1

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria fell to 33-47 overall and 3-8 in the half with a 4-1 loss at home to the Burlington Bees on a steamy 92-degree Monday night at Dozer Park. Cleanup hitter Brady Whalen led the meager offense with a double and single, accounting for half his club’s safeties and extra base hits, and their only RBI. The first baseman was supported somewhat by second sacker Edwin Figuera, who tripled but was left stranded.

Lefty Colin Schmid made the start and took the defeat, yielding four runs on four hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings. Righty Michael Baird and southpaw Eli Kraus, both promoted from State College over the weekend, pitched quite well out of the pen, combining to put down five straight Bees, two on strikes.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Kane County, Michael Brettell (2-5, 5.00), 6:35 CT.


Batavia 5, State College 4 (10 innings)

Pedro Pages (State College Spikes)

Despite leading 4-0 entering the eighth inning, State College went down in 10 innings in Batavia 5-4 Monday evening, dropping to 10-7 on the young season. Hard to blame the pitchers, though, as all five Muckdogs runs were unearned. Undersized righty starter Adrian Mardueno tossed four shutout frames on just 46 pitches, oddly neither walking nor whiffing a batter. Jeremy Randolph was charged with three unearned runs from the bullpen, logging 3 2/3 innings and allowing three singles, a double, and a base on balls, while fanning three. Logan Gragg took a blown save with an unearned tally in the ninth. Taking the loss was recent 27th round draftee Eric Lex, who allowed a hit and hit batter in the 10th.

The Spikes offensive attack was led again by backstop Pedro Pages, who reached three times via single, double, and walk. Pages lifted his average to a cool .400 with a 1.036 OPS. (Perhaps best of all, the 20-year-old has fanned just twice in more than 30 trips to the plate.) Left fielder David Vinsky doubled twice and scored two runs for the State College cause, but committing the two critical miscues afield were third baseman Brylie Ware and right fielder Stanley Espinal.

Tuesday’s game: at Batavia, Enmanuel Solano (1-1, 5.94) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 2, Greeneville 1

Francisco Justo (Robert Kell)

Johnson City raised its record to 8-4 Monday night with a 2-1 nail-biting home triumph over the Greeneville Reds. No Cardinal contributed more than one hit, but center fielder Jhon Torres, shortstop Mateo Gil, and right fielder Terry Fuller each drew a walk to supplement a base knock. (Torres and Fuller had a double apiece, and the former was also plunked once.) Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio gunned a runner at second base in the top of the first inning, and the play turned out to be critical as Johnson City limited the Reds to a single first inning tally, and grabbed the lead back in the bottom half, never to relinquish it.

Righty Francisco Justo was the winner and continued his excellent start to the season, going five innings and surrendering the one run on five hits and two walks. In his third start, the big Bronx native fanned four and saw his ERA go up, all the way to 1.10. Contributing a shutout bullpen inning each were Wilberto Rivera, outfield convert Walker Robbins, Alex Gallegos, and the University of Missouri’s own Cameron Dulle, who got the save with a popup, strikeout, popup ninth inning.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Greeneville, Julio Puello (0-1, 5.91) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals OFF

On Monday, the 1-4 Gulf Coast League Cardinals had a scheduled day off.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Astros, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 5, DSL Rockies 4

The DSL Cardinals Blue team lifted their ledger to 16-7 on the year with a ninth inning walkoff win against the DSL Rockies 5-4 on Monday morning. Third baseman Brandon Hernandez tripled and homered for his first two extra base hits of the season, to spearhead the Blue attack. The 17-year-old Canadian drove in two and also plated a pair. Multi-hit support was provided by Fernando Diaz and Elvin DeJesus with two singles apiece, and catcher Jose Zapata with a pair of doubles.

Starter Reinys Portillo conceded just one earned run across six sturdy innings, permitting four singles, no walks, and a double, to go with his four strikeouts. The 18-year-old Venezuelan gave way to Nelson Prada, who yielded one run in two innings with three whiffs, and then finally winning pitcher Luis Tena, who allowed the tying (albeit unearned) run in the top of the ninth — but also received the victorious tally in the bottom half when first baseman Diaz singled in Darlin Moquette to end the game.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Orioles2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL Mets2 3

Diowill Burgos

The DSL Cardinals Red squad thumped the DSL Mets2 unit 8-3 on Monday, scoring five runs in the eighth inning to break the tie and raise their record to 10-16. In an odd distribution of innings, four hurlers went 2 to 2 2/3 innings each for the Red, all pitching effectively. Lefty Diorys Guerrero started and logged 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run. Fellow southpaw Hemerson Cordero followed, and the just-turned-17-year-old was solid, permitting only a solo homer over 2 2/3 frames. Two righties finished off the win, with 17-year-old Oliver Lopez and 18-year-old Miguel Maiz twirling two stanzas each and yielding one run total on five hits.

Left fielder Diowill Burgos once again led the Red offense, smacking his sixth longball and adding a single and walk for good measure. The 18-year-old (now batting .360 with a 1.092 OPS on the young year) had the only multi-hit game and scored a pair of runs to give him 20 tallies in 24 games, in addition to his league-leading 31 RBI. Also scoring twice on Monday was 16-year-old catcher and cleanup hitter Roblin Heredia, who went just 1-for-2 but continued to show improved plate discipline, walking twice without whiffing. At the risk of overanalyzing a mini-micro-sample, Heredia’s first eight games featured a dismal 3-to-14 walk/strikeout ratio, but his next seven games have been quite encouraging with a 7-to-4 advantage to the free passes. His overall raw batting line remains poor, but Heredia may be on the upswing.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 27, 2019

photo: Francisco Justo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-5 on Wednesday with Palm Beach and State College providing the only wins, and only decent pitching. The five vanquished affiliates — Memphis, Peoria, Johnson City, and the DSL teams — allowed more than nine runs per game, and the two DSL squads were especially dismal with more errors than base hits. Player of the Day was Johnson City starter Francisco Justo who spun a one-hitter over 6 1/3 innings. Springfield and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals had the day off.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 26th.


Nashville 17 at Memphis 11

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis took a six-run lead after five innings before completely collapsing and losing by six, in a 17-11 home loss at the hands of the Nashville Sounds, dropping the Redbirds to 33-46 on the year.

Right fielder Randy Arozarena led the potent attack with three hits and a stolen base, while other multi-hit games were contributed by Edmundo Sosa, Tyler O’Neill, Irving Lopez, and Andrew Knizner, who homered and drove in four runs on the night against Nashville starter and former Cardinal Seth Maness, who allowed all 11 Redbirds runs in his four innings of work.

Harold Arauz started and allowed eight runs in 5 2/3 innings despite allowing just five hits and a walk, in part due to four hit batters. He was followed to the bump by five relievers, each of whom conceded at least one run, save for a shutout inning from Mike Mayers, making his initial rehab appearance. Losing pitcher Ryan Helsley truly earned the distinction, giving three free passes, a double and four earned runs without retiring a batter in his first rehab outing.

Thursday’s game: vs. Nashville, Genesis Cabrera (3-3, 5.84) 7:05 CT.


Springfield OFF

On Wednesday, Springfield had their final off day for the Texas League All-Star break. The club is just 1-5 in the second half.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, pitcher TBA, 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 8 at Florida 3

Perry DellaValle (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach improved to 3-5 in the second half with an 8-3 drubbing of the homestanding Fire Frogs. The middle infield led the charge, with shortstop Michael Perri and second baseman Nick Dunn collecting three hits apiece and scoring four runs between them. Right fielder and leadoff man Lars Nootbaar continued his hot hitting away from Roger Dean Stadium, going 2-for-4 and lifting his Palm Beach road slashline to .375/.429/.500. A Dunn double and Nolan Gorman triple were the only extra base hits for the Beach Birds.

Perry DellaValle (winner, 3-3, 2.65) posted five efficient and effective innings for Palm Beach, yielding just one run and spending 78 pitches. Righty reliever Zach Prendergast permitted two unearned runs across two innings, and a single shutout inning each was twirled by fellow righties Mitchell Osnowitz and Ronnie Williams, who closed out the proceedings.

Thursday’s game: at Florida, Diego Cordero (0-0, 1.80) 11:00 a.m. CT.


Clinton 5, Peoria 4 (10 innings)

Wadye Ynfante (Peoria Chiefs)

In a seesaw contest, Peoria tied it in the ninth but succumbed in the 10th, falling to 2-4 in the second half with the 5-4 road defeat to the LumberKings. Southpaw starter Colin Schmid was roughed up for four runs on four hits, five walks, a hit batter and wild pitch in 2 2/3 innings but the bullpen bailed him out, conceding just one tally over the remainder of the game — and that, the 10th-inning run, scored by the runner placed at second to start the inning. Lowering his ERA to 0.69, Parker Kelly contributed 3 1/3 shutout innings with four whiffs, and Thomas St. Clair contributed two spotless stanzas with a trio of strikeouts. Edgar Escobar took the loss.

Left fielder Wadye Ynfante and shortstop Delvin Perez each had a pair of hits for the Chiefs, while second sacker Brendan Donovan doubled and walked in his only two trips to the dish. Leadoff hitter Perez also committed his 16th error.

Thursday’s game: at Clinton, Michael Brettell (2-4, 4.22) 6:30 CT.


State College 8, Mahoning Valley 4

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College continued their strong start to the 2019 campaign, thumping the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on the road Wednesday night by an 8-4 score, appropriately raising their record to 8-4.

Every member of the lineup had at least one hit and the left side of the infield reached safely six times in all, with third baseman Edwin Figuera singling and drawing two hit-by-pitches, and 19-year-old shortstop Moises Castillo singling, doubling, and also drawing a plunking. (Castillo may be a sleeper to watch, as he finished last year’s Appalachian League season in style, going .310/.430/.560 with more walks than whiffs over his final two weeks at Johnson City.)

Michael Baird went four innings and allowed just two hits and an unearned run for the Spikes. The 6′ 5″ righty has now yielded just three base runners while whiffing nine men over his past eight innings. Smaller righty Adrian Mardueno (5′ 10″) followed with two firm innings, allowing only a harmless double while fanning four. After Rodard Avelino was lit up for three runs in 1/3 of an inning, Mexican lefty Hector Villalobos closed it out with 2 2/3 scoreless frames, keeping his season ERA at 0.00 through four appearances and seven innings.

Thursday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, Enmanuel Solano (0-1, 8.44) 6:05 CT.


Greeneville 6, Johnson City 2

Francisco Justo (Robert Kell)

Johnson City carried a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning at Greeneville before falling apart and losing 6-2 Wednesday, dropping to 4-3 on the season. Starting pitcher and Player of the Day Francisco Justo was masterful, setting down the first 12 batters without incident and finishing with 6 1/3 innings of one-hit baseball. The strapping 20-year-old righty needed only 79 pitches to fan seven, hit a batter, walk nobody, and permit one unearned tally. 2019 31st-round draftee Dylan Pearce took the loss after retiring no one while allowing two singles, a double, and a triple, for four runs.

First baseman Todd Lott had his second straight three-hit game for Johnson City, which managed just six hits in all and failed to record an extra base knock. Lott plated one of the two runs, and massive 19-year-old Venezuelan right fielder Victor Garcia (6′ 3″ 235) the other. Second baseman Liam Sabino achieved the dreaded golden sombrero in just four trips to the plate. At least he was consistent.

Thursday’s game: at Greeneville, Julio Puello (0-0, 1.59) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals OFF

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals had a scheduled day off Wednesday. The defending East Division champion is still looking for its first win of 2019 after two games played.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Astros, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Phillies White 9, DSL Cardinals Red 6

Diowill Burgos

The struggles of the DSL Cardinals Red team continued in a 9-6 road loss at the hands of the Phillies White squad, leaving the Red 8-14 on the year. Designated hitter Diowill Burgos kept on dominating with a single, double, sacrifice fly, and stolen base, but he received scant batting help from his teammates, none of whom mustered a multi-hit game. (Burgos had half the Red hits, in fact.) Shortstop Bryan Matute did have a double, a pair of free passes, and an eventful day on the infield with two double plays, his first error, and a seventh-inning triple play from a lineout.

Righty Miguel Yedis started and took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned in five frames. The 18-year-old Dominican whiffed three and walked the same. A pair of just-turned-17-year-old relievers finished up by yielding three runs — albeit all unearned — over the final three innings. Venezuelan lefty Hemerson Cordero fanned two in one inning of work, and Dominican righty Oliver Lopez twirled the final two stanzas, nimbly working around two hits and two walks.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Cubs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Nationals 9 at DSL Cardinals Blue 5

The DSL Cardinals Blue affiliate fell to 13-6 on the year as they committed eight errors while bowing at home to the Nationals 9-5 on Wednesday morning. Righty Engels Martinez made the start and went 4 1/3, allowing two earned runs and two unearned. The 17-year-old Dominican took the loss and struck out three and walked three. Benjamin Arias and Victor Villanueva both yielded no earned runs, the former going 1 2/3 innings and the latter 2/3 of one. Struggling the worst was 18-year-old Dionys Rodriguez, who allowed five hits and three earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings.

The Blue only accrued six hits, none for extra bases, but did draw nine walks on the day. Second baseman and leadoff man Elvin DeJesus went 2-for-5 with a run scored, fellow 17-year-old Carlos Arcia (shortstop) and 16-year-old Jose Rodriguez (left field) each singled and walked, and center fielder Hansel Otamendi walked and was hit by a pitch. Backstop Jose Zapata drew a trio of walks but had a busy bad day behind the plate, with three throwing errors and was 0-for-5 gunning base stealers. His staff also threw four wild pitches.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 25, 2019

photo: Trejyn Fletcher (Jhermy Brown/YouTube)

In a severely abbreviated Monday schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 with high-scoring victories by Memphis and the DSL Blue. The DSL Red took it on the chin and the Gulf Coast League Cards lost their season debut in a squeaker. Player of the Day honors are shared by a pair of center fielders: newly-minted Cardinal Tre Fletcher, who singled three times and gunned a runner in his professional debut in the GCL, and Hansel Otamendi, who reached safely five times for DSL Blue. All other affiliates had a scheduled day off.

Results for games played Monday, June 24th.


Memphis 9 at Oklahoma City 6

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis improved to 33-44 on the year by out-slugging Oklahoma City by a 9-6 tally on the road Monday night. Leadoff man and second sacker Edmundo Sosa singled twice and tripled (his 5th). Sunday’s Player of the Day Lane Thomas continued his hot streak, scoring two and plating the same as he went 1-for-2 with a double, three free passes, and an outfield assist. Right fielder Tyler O’Neill returned to the lineup after ten days on the shelf and clobbered his 10th Memphis home run (in just 128 at-bats). Adolis Garcia walked, doubled, and stole two bases.

Mike Hauschild started and was touched for two scores on nine baserunners over 3 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old fanned just one batter before handing off to fellow righty Chris Ellis, who settled things down with 2 1/3 shutout innings highlighted by four strikeouts. Lefty Hunter Cervenka was shelled for four runs in two innings before Chasen Shreve finished up with a scoreless ninth.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Nashville, Anthony Shew (1-3, 5.17) 6:35 CT.


Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield off

Springfield was off for the Texas League All-Star break, and will remain so both Tuesday and Wednesday. Austin Warner and Dylan Carlson will represent the Cards for the North in Tuesday night’s game in Tulsa. Carlson will also compete in the Home Run Derby, which begins at 6:05 p.m.

Tuesday’s game: Texas League North vs. South, RHP Darren McCaughan, Arkansas (6-4, 2.73) vs. RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, Amarillo (6-4, 3.72 ERA), 7:13 CT.


Palm Beach off

Palm Beach, 1-5 to start the second half, was off Monday as they head out on the road.

Tuesday’s game: at Florida, pitcher TBA, 5:00 CT.


Peoria off

Peoria, 2-2 since the break, also ended a homestand on Sunday and also had Monday off before a road trip.

Tuesday’s game: at Clinton, pitcher TBA, 6:30 CT.


State College off

State College, off to a 6-4 start to 2019, was off Monday. Their homestand opens with a visit by the Indians’ New York-Penn League affiliate.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, Jeremy Randolph (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City off

Johnson City, with a 2-2 record to open the new Appalachian League season, was off Monday. They also head out on the road to begin their week two.

Tuesday’s game: at Greeneville, RHP Jose Moreno (0-1, 5.79), 5:30 CT.


GCL Nationals 3 at GCL Cardinals 2

Trejyn Fletcher/MLB Player Development Program

2019 second round draftee and co-Player of the Day Tre Fletcher had three hits (two of the infield variety) and gunned down a runner at second base, but the center fielder’s heroics weren’t enough as the GCL Cardinals fell behind the Nationals 3-0 and couldn’t quite catch up, losing their 2019 opener by a 3-2 score Monday afternoon on Field 1 at Roger Dean. Fletcher’s outfield mates, 17-year-old right fielder Patrick Romeri and 18-year-old left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos, each went 1-for-3 with a walk.

The hard luck losing pitcher was 18-year-old righty Luis Ortiz, who started and went five innings while yielding just one earned run, but two unearned as well. The 6-foot-3 Dominican was making his stateside debut after three excellent appearances in the DSL over the past few weeks (ERA and FIP both under 2.00 across 10 1/3 innings). Tossing the last four frames was 18-year-old southpaw Nathanael Heredia, profiting from a step down in class after a crushing NY-Penn League performance eight days earlier. The 6-foot-3 San Pedro de Macoris native whiffed five and walked one while conceding a solitary base knock.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Mets, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 14 at DSL Angels 1

Hansel Otamendi (Pelota Cubana)

The DSL Cardinals Blue team (12-5) continued their fast start to the season Monday morning, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after five innings and piling on late in a 14-1 road pasting of the Angels. Venezuelan righty Reinys Portillo was the starter and winner for the Blue, twirling six innings of one-run ball to lower his ERA to 1.80 over four starts. Fellow 18-year-old Eduar Pimentel was next to the bump with a shutout inning, and righty Luis Tena polished things off with a pair of shutout innings himself.

Center fielder and co-Player of the Day Hansel Otamendi went 3-for-4 with a pair of walks, scored four runs, and stole a base to lead the Blue juggernaut. Right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez singled, hit his first career longball, and drove in four runs, while other significant contributors were 17-year-old first baseman Fernando Diaz (single, double, walk) and left fielder Leudy Pena (the same, plus two outfield assists).

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Yankees, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL D-backs2 6 at DSL Cardinals Red 3

Albert Inoa (El Diario del Cibao)

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate slid to 8-12 on the year, losing 6-3 at home on Monday to the D-backs2 squad. The game was not without hitting highlights however, as 17-year-old Albert Inoa and 16-year-old Roblin Heredia combined for four of the team’s five base hits on the day. Second baseman Inoa added a pair of free passes (his 15th and 16th already), while catcher Heredia’s two hits both went for extra bases (double, triple). Since returning from a weeklong time out, Heredia has lifted his slash line from .143/.217/.190 to a much less dismal .195/.283/.366.

Lefty Diorys Guerrero was the starter and loser for the Red, going four innings and allowing three runs, two earned. The 18-year-old did fan six against one base on balls. Hector De Los Santos and Jesus Jaquez combined to permit just one earned run (plus two unearned) over the final five stanzas. The 17-year-old Jaquez closed it out with two innings of one-hit baseball.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies White, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 20, 2019

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 3-3 on Wednesday with Johnson City splitting their season’s first two games, Springfield losing in a walkoff, and the DSL squads going 2-1 with a Blue doubleheader sweep. Our Player of the Day is DSL Blue right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez who excelled in both halves of his twin bill, scoring a combined five runs on five hits, including his seventh, eighth, and league-leading ninth doubles in 13 games.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 19th.


Memphis OFF

The 29-43 Redbirds had a travel day Wednesday as they prepare to face the Dodgers affiliate in a five-game weekend set in Oklahoma City.

Thursday’s game: at Oklahoma City, Mike Hauschild (0-1, 34.71) 7:05 CT.


Midland 5, Springfield 4

Jose Alexander Martinez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic photos)

Springfield slid to 30-42 on the year and 0-2 in the second half with a Wednesday road heartbreaker at Midland, succumbing 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth. Angel Rondon started for the S-Cards, permitting four runs in 5 2/3 innings, albeit with seven whiffs and just one walk – a vast improvement over the uncharacteristic half dozen free passes in his last outing. The 21-year-old righty allowed eight hits, seven of which were singles, and threw 95 pitches on the night.

Kodi Whitley took the loss in relief, logging 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, no walks, and no earned runs. However, he allowed two hits in the ninth and the walkoff run scored on shortstop Rayder Ascanio’s fielding error.

Third baseman Jose Martinez had three hits for Springfield including a double, while solo homers were clubbed by backstop Brian O’Keefe, right fielder Johan Mieses, and first sacker Zach Kirtley. Dylan Carlson had a hit and drew his team’s only base on balls, but was picked off first base by RockHounds catcher Collin Theroux to short circuit a possible fifth inning rally.

Thursday’s game: at Corpus Christi, Tommy Parsons (1-0, 2.84) 6:15 CT.


Jupiter at Palm Beach RAIN

Palm Beach was rained out on Wednesday. The postponed game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, July 13th. The Beach Birds now hit the road for a series at Dunedin against the Blue Jays’ affiliate.

Thursday’s game: at Dunedin, Perry DellaValle (2-3, 2.51) 5:30 CT.


Peoria OFF

Peoria enjoyed the final day off of the three-day Midwest League All-Star break. The second half of the 2019 schedule begins Thursday night at Dozer Park.

Thursday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids, pitcher TBA, 6:35 CT.


Williamsport at State College RAIN

State College vs. Williamsport was rained out on Wednesday. The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Thursday’s games: vs. Williamsport, Inohan Paniagua (0-0, 5.79)/Francis Ventura (0-0, 0.00) 4:00 CT.


Pulaski 5 at Johnson City 1 (Game 1, seven innings)

Diomedes Del Rio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City lost its season opener, falling 5-1 at home in seven innings to the Pulaski Yankees early Wednesday evening. No Johnson City hitter had more than one safety, and left fielder Diomedes Del Rio registered the sole extra base hit, a third inning triple that led to his scoring his team’s only tally. Mateo Gil singled and had a sac fly for his club’s only RBI, but the shortstop committed a fielding error as well.

Righty Jose Moreno started and took the loss for Johnson City, going 4 2/3 and conceding all five runs, three earned, on six hits including two longballs. The 18-year-old Venezuelan did fan six batters without issuing a walk. Wilfredo Periera and Saniel Santana provided yeoman work out of the bullpen, yielding just a pair of singles while blanking the Yanks over the remaining 2 1/3 innings.


Johnson City 3, Pulaski 1 (Game 2, seven innings)

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Leveling their record at 1-1, Johnson City won the back half of their Wednesday night home twin bill, 3-1, over the Pulaski Yankees. Righty Francisco Justo was the starter and winner, going a career-high five innings, fanning four Yankees and permitting three hits, two walks, and one run, earned. The substantial 20-year-old Bronx native (6′ 4″ and 217) was St. Louis’ 12th round pick in 2018. Converted outfielder Walker Robbins mopped up with brio, allowing no runners in two stanzas and striking out four of the six men he faced.

Center fielder Jhon Torres doubled in three at-bats, scoring one run and driving in another to lead the Johnson City attack. The squad’s only other hits were recorded by third baseman Liam Sabino (1-for-3) and designated hitter Chandler Redmond, who had a perfect evening with a double, walk, and hit by pitch in three trips.

Thursday’s game: vs. Pulaski, Julio Puello (season debut), 5:30 CT.


DSL Brewers 4, DSL Cardinals Red 0

Ludwin Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The DSL Cardinals Red team fell to 6-10 on Wednesday morning, suffering a 4-0 whitewash at the hands of the home DSL Brewers. Righty starter Ludwin Jimenez was the tough-luck loser, allowing just one run on a first inning solo shot, and fanning six while walking one man over five innings. The 17-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.15 on the nascent season. Three runs, two earned, scored during Luis Garcia’s two frames as the Brewers pulled away. Righty Ramon Fernandez bounced back from a terrific shelling, pitching a shutout inning with a whiff and a pair of groundouts.

Diowill Burgos swung the big bat, going 4-for-4 but getting no support whatsoever. The 18-year-old Dominican left fielder is now mashing .390/.493/.627 with a dozen walks versus only eight strikeouts, after struggling to a line of .210/.310/.371 a year ago, with 72 whiffs in just 56 games. Third baseman Erick Thomas contributed his team’s only other hit, a single.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers1, pitcher TBA, 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 11, DSL Twins 3 (Game 1, seven innings)

Darlyn Del Villar (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the first game of a twin bill, the DSL Cardinals Blue team hammered the visiting Twins 11-3 in a Wednesday morning tilt, raising their season record to 9-4. Contributors were numerous, with multi-hit games from center fielder Hansel Otamendi, right fielder Darlin Moquete (who also had an outfield assist and stolen base), catcher Luis Rodriguez (three RBI), and Player of the Day and cleanup hitter Gustavo A. Rodriguez, who singled, doubled, scored two and drove in one in his fifth straight two-hit game. Shortstop Darlin Del Villar only went 1-for-4, but he tripled, walked, swiped a base, scored three times, and plated a pair of teammates.

Starting pitcher and winner Gustavo J. Rodriguez was the happy recipient of all that support, getting the win with five innings of two-run baseball. The 18-year-old Venezuelan stringbean (6′ 3″ and 160) struck out five men against two walks, and now sports a 1.93 ERA across three solid starts. Victor Villanueva finished the game with two fairly painless frames, allowing one harmless run and whiffing two with no walks.


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Twins 4 (Game 2, seven innings)

The rampaging DSL Cardinals Blue (10-4) finished their Wednesday sweep in style, whipping the Twins by a comfortable 8-4 margin. Just-turned-17-year-old Engels Martinez started and got the win despite surrendering four runs over five innings, while fanning just one to match his one walk. The young Dominican righty also tossed three wild pitches and balked once before being relieved by southpaw and relative elder statesman Cristoffer Zapata (age 20), who held the Twins at bay by fanning three unfortunates in two innings of one-hit baseball.

Right fielder and Player of the Day Gustavo A. Rodriguez singled once, doubled twice, and scored thrice to spearhead the Blue assault and continue his scalding hot streak. Over his last six games, the 19-year-old Rodriguez is 13-for-23 with seven two-baggers, lifting his season mark to .385/.393/.596, albeit with 15 strikeouts versus just a pair of free passes. Catcher Diego Velasquez (age 17) went 0-for-3 to lower his average to an even .400, but he did gun down the Twins’ only would-be base thief.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Rockies, pitcher TBA, 9:00 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 18, 2019

photo: Alex Fagalde (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 4-2 on Monday with State College sweeping a pair from Auburn, the Dominican teams splitting, Memphis cleaned out by Las Vegas, and Player of the Day Alex Fagalde leading Springfield to a shutout triumph with eight innings of two-hit ball in a stunning Double-A debut. Peoria was off and Palm Beach rained out.

Results for games played Monday, June 17th.


Las Vegas 15 at Memphis 6

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (29-42) scored twice in the first inning, but Las Vegas answered with seven unlucky runs in the next half inning against starter Evan Kruczynski, as the Redbirds were shelled at AutoZone Park 15-6 on Monday evening. Ineffectively wild southpaw Kruczynski (1-2, 8.01) was knocked out after issuing five walks in 1 1/3 innings. Fellow lefty Tommy Layne fared even worse as he was clobbered for six runs while retiring just one batter on five hits and a trio of free passes. The bullpen pitching star by far was Dominic Leone with a six up, six down outing that featured a pair of punchouts.

Right fielder Randy Arozarena continued his hot 2019 by homering in the first inning and adding a single later. Since missing a month after suffering a spring training hand fracture on a hit by pitch, Arozarena has logged a .938 OPS while repeating Double-A, and is now batting .333/.367/.630 over his first Triple-A week this time up. Shortstop Kramer Robertson also went deep, and tacked on a walk, to raise his Memphis OPS to a solid .809.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Las Vegas, Alex Reyes (1-2, 6.95), 11:05 a.m. CT.


Springfield 3 at Midland 0

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield raised its record to 30-40 with a Monday night 3-0 blanking of the homestanding Midland RockHounds. Starter, winner, and Player of the Day Alex Fagalde needed just 80 pitches to twirl eight dominant innings, permitting two singles and a free pass while fanning four RockHounds. The 25-year-old righty allowed no one to reach second base and finished strongly, recording all of his strikeouts in the 7th and 8th innings. Junior Fernandez whiffed a pair in his scoreless inning, picking up his fifth AA save and lowering his S-Cards ERA to 1.67 with 39 K’s in 27 innings.

Johan Mieses, Chase Pinder, and Alberto Triunfel each had two hits, with Triunfel and Zach Kirtley logging a double apiece for the sole extra base knocks of the game for either team. Kirtley and Pinder each had a run and RBI, while top prospect Dylan Carlson was limited to a single in four plate appearances.

Tuesday’s game: at Midland, Johan Oviedo (1-3, 6.91) 6:30 CT.


Jupiter at Palm Beach – rained out

In its second half opener, Palm Beach was rained out at home on Monday. The game will be played as part of a pair of Tuesday seven-inning contests at Roger Dean.

Tuesday’s games: vs. Jupiter, Tommy Parsons (3-1, 2.13)/TBA 4:00 CT.


Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria off for All-Star break

Most of the Chiefs enjoyed day one of three off for the Midwest League All-Star break.

Third baseman Nolan Gorman competed in the league’s Home Run Derby Monday evening. The top prospect hit three home runs in the first round, not good enough to advance. Chris Betts of Bowling Green (TB) was the winner with 24 bombs over three rounds.

Tuesday’s game: MWL East/West All-Star Game, 6:35 CT.


State College 11 at Auburn 9 (suspended game, nine innings)

Andrew Warner (State College Spikes)

In a continuation of the weather-suspended home game from the day before, State College erupted for all 11 runs in the first three innings and held on to defeat the Doubledays 11-9, improving their record to 2-1 on the young season. Right fielder Andrew Warner homered, doubled, and drove in five runs to spearhead the Spikes attack. Other multi-hit games came from left fielder Stanley Espinal and backstop Matt Duce, who each chipped in with a single, a double and a walk.

As detailed in Monday’s game write-up, the Spikes pitching struggled early, yielding all nine runs in the first three frames. But righty Rodard Avelino and lefty Hector Villalobos set things right with three scoreless innings to close out the win. Villalobos was particularly adroit, fanning four in his two-inning stint.


State College 7 at Auburn 0 (seven innings)

Hector Soto (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College skunked Auburn 7-0 at home in the nightcap of the pseudo-doubleheader to raise their record to 3-1 in a Monday matinee game. Starter Hector Soto went four innings, conceding three hits and a walk while fanning four Doubledays. The 20-year-old Mexican righty need only 60 pitches, and posted a 3-to-1 groundout/flyout ratio. Winner and fellow Mexican righty Martin Cordova allowed a single to the first man he faced, then retired the next nine to complete the combined seven-inning shutout. (The 19-year-old control artist walked only nine men in 47 DSL innings last year.)

Warner topped his big day with another longball, a three-run shot in the second inning to put the game apparently out of reach early. Left fielder Stanley Espinal homered as well, and singled, driving in two runs of his own. Also contributing multi-hit games were teenage second sacker Donivan Williams, first baseman Dariel Gomez, and center fielder and leadoff man Andres Luna, who doubled twice.

Tuesday’s game: at Williamsport, Jacob Schlesener (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City

The 2019 Appalachian League season commences on Tuesday with a Cardinals home game. The Cardinal Nation has the full Opening Day roster and our Johnson City season preview article by local reporter Cole Sams will be posted ASAP after this goes live.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Pulaski, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


DSL Rangers2 11, DSL Cardinals Red 10

On the road, the DSL Cardinals Red squad (6-8) fell behind by seven runs after six innings but climbed all the way back to force extra frames, only to be beaten by the Rangers in the 10th inning by an 11-10 tally. Catcher Jesus Orecchia reached safely five times to lead the crimson offense. The 18-year-old Venezuelan contributed two singles, two walks, and a double for his club’s only extra base hit. Center fielder and leadoff man Smith Vargas snapped a 2-for-28 slump with three hits and three RBI, while 17-year-old second baseman Albert Inoa singled and drew two walks, his ninth and 10th in only 11 games.

Lefty Dionys Guerrero made the start and logged 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, three earned, abetted by his balk and wild pitch. He was followed by Hector De Los Santos, who permitted two more runs in just 1 1/3 innings — though he did record all four of his outs via the strikeout. The best bullpen work came from 17-year-old Venezuelan Henry Gomez. The Maracaibo righty went two innings and allowed one run while fanning three and walking none.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Brewers, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 9, DSL Mets1 3

Sebastian Tabata and Jose Zapata (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Jumping to a five-run lead in the second inning, the homestanding DSL Cardinals Blue team whipped the Mets 9-3 on Monday morning, lifting their season ledger to a fine 8-3 mark. Catcher Jose Zapata singled, homered, and walked while scoring twice and driving in a trio. On defense he permitted a stolen base, but also picked a man off first. Second baseman and leadoff hitter Elvin DeJesus also went deep, and plated a pair of his own. Early season team batting leaders and fellow 17-year-olds Hansel Otamendi (CF) and Diego Valasquez (DH) each reached twice, and their batting averages now stand at .394 and .471, respectively. (Velasquez is unlikely to maintain his .667 BABIP however.)

The starter and winner was 18-year-old Reinys Portillo, with five stanzas of one-run ball. The Venezuelan righty fanned five, walked one, and lowered his ERA to 1.93 over his three starts. Solid relief was provided by 17-year-old Benjamin Arias (two innings, one run) and Luis Tena, with two hitless innings, but with three free passes.

Tuesday’s game: at Phillies Red, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 13, 2019

photo: Claudio Ramirez (Pimentel Prospect League)

In the 1-4 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Memphis outslugged Salt Lake for the sole victory. Palm Beach and Peoria lost low-scoring duels, Springfield was thumped by Midland, and Player of the Day Claudio Ramirez and his five hits weren’t enough to offset dreadful pitching in a high-scoring DSL Red loss to the Cubs. The DSL Blue team took the day off.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 12th.


Memphis 11, Salt Lake 5

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis raised their record to 28-38 by scoring seven runs from the seventh inning onward, in an 11-5 come-from-behind home triumph over the Salt Lake Bees on Wednesday night. Left fielder Tyler O’Neill and scalding hot DH Rangel Ravelo were a two-man wrecking crew in the middle of the order, reaching base nine times between them and homering once apiece. (O’Neill even stole a base, his third.) Ravelo’s 4-for-4 performance improved his June average to .485 after he batted .384 in May and was The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Month. In his Memphis return, Andrew Knizner chipped in with a pair of singles and was hit by a pitch.

Lefty Evan Kruczynski started and went five innings for the Redbirds, allowing 13 baserunners but only four runs. The win went to Chasen Shreve and his shutout inning, while scoreless frames were also registered by Harold Arauz (two whiffs, no runners) and Dominic Leone, who struck out the side in his one inning of work.

Thursday’s game: vs. Salt Lake, Alex Reyes (1-2, 6.16) 7:05 CT.


Midland 9 at Springfield 5

Seth Elledge (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield slid to 25-40 as the bullpen coughed up six sixth-inning runs in a 9-5 home loss to Midland on Wednesday afternoon. Roel Ramirez continued his conversion to starting and was spectacular, twirling 3 2/3 hitless innings and fanning seven RockHounds. The 24-year-old righty threw 59 pitches in his best outing of 2019. Merandy Gonzalez took the loss, retiring one batter and permitting five men to reach safely, plus one more on an error by first baseman Zach Kirtley – making three of the five runs unearned. Only Seth Elledge escaped unscathed among the five relievers, with 2 1/3 shutout stanzas featuring three strikeouts.

The S-Cards offense was led by second baseman Alberto Triunfel with a double and two singles, and Dylan Carlson with a single, double, and free pass. Carlson now resides in the Texas League top 10 of homers, triples, doubles, and walks. He’s also 11th in stolen bases. Defense-first backstop Jose Godoy added a solo longball for Springfield, his third homer in five games after going yard just once over the season’s first two months.

Thursday’s game: vs. Midland, Johan Oviedo (1-3, 7.36), 7:10 CT.


Jupiter 4, Palm Beach 2

Lars Nootbaar (Peoria Chiefs)

Having been eliminated in the first half playoff race, Palm Beach fell to 35-29 in a 4-2 “road” loss to Jupiter Wednesday evening. Starting pitcher Griffin Roberts was fine through four innings but fell apart in the fifth. On the night, Roberts allowed six hits, two walks, and hit two batters over 4 1/3 innings, before being bailed out of the fifth by reliever Ronnie Williams. Mitchell Osnowitz stood out among the bullpenners, fanning all three men he faced.

Lars Nootbaar led the Beach Birds attack with his first home run since being promoted from Peoria a month ago. Nootbaar also had a single and recorded his ninth outfield assist of the season (against just one error), gunning a runner at the plate. Second sacker Michael Perri had the club’s only other multi-hit game with a pair of singles.

Thursday’s game: “at” Jupiter, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 2.13) 5:30 CT.


Clinton 3, Peoria 2

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (28-37) scored a pair of runs in the top of the first, but that was it, in a 3-2 defeat at the Clinton LumberKings Wednesday night. Teen catcher and cleanup hitter Ivan Herrera was the sole bright spot in the lineup, going 2-for-4 for his fourth straight multi-hit game, and erasing Clinton’s only would-be base stealer.

Herrera raised his average to .292 on the year, and wrested the team OPS lead from slumping Nolan Gorman, who went 0-for-4 with a whiff. Herrera, on the other hand, has fanned just nine times in his last 88 trips to the plate — after striking out 22 times in his first 82 plate appearances with the Chiefs. The backstop has batted .308 over the past month and is hitting .344 on the road overall.

Alvaro Seijas started for Peoria and fairly dazzled, fanning nine (tying his career high) and walking one over 5 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old righty allowed six hits and two earned runs while throwing 93 pitches. He also hit a batter and had a wild pitch. Righty Sebastian Tabata and lefty Evan Sisk were excellent in relief, whiffing five of the eight batters they faced and yielding just one runner, a single against Sisk.

Thursday’s game: at Clinton, Diego Cordero (2-5, 3.32) 6:30 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue OFF

DSL Cardinals Blue (5-2) did not play.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cubs2 16 at DSL Cardinals Red 10

Claudio Ramirez (Pimentel Prospect League)

Despite grabbing an early three-run lead, the DSL Cardinals Red squad (4-6) fell in a shootout on Wednesday, losing at home to the DSL Cubs2 team by a bloated 16-10 tally. The Cubs, who apparently missed an extra point, scored nine runs in the fourth inning (aided by three walks and four wild pitches) to easily overcome a 5-2 deficit. Starter and loser Yonael Dominguez allowed six runs, all earned, and was pulled without retiring a batter in the fateful fourth inning. The righty walked five and fanned one. Fellow 17-year-old Jesus Jaquez was the only Red hurler to distinguish himself on Wednesday morning, logging three innings of one-run ball, conceding two hits and no walks.

Player of the Day Claudio Ramirez went 5-for-5, scored three runs, and plated a pair. The 18-year-old left fielder now has eight hits in his last nine at-bats and is hitting .355 on the season. Designated hitter Diowill Burgos (four RBI) had his team’s only homer and 17-year-old outfielders Fernando Brazoban and Endri Salas each went 2-for-5 to augment the Red attack. Salas singled and tripled, while Brazoban doubled twice and drove in three runs.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Mets2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 11, 2019

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In the 0-5 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Memphis and Palm Beach fell a little short, Peoria was blown out at home, and the Dominican Summer League teams were limited to a run apiece. Player of the Day is Palm Beach second sacker Michael Perri who lifted his season average to a cool .300 with a 4-for-5 night. The Springfield squad took the day off.

Results for games played Monday, June 10th.


Reno 6, Memphis 4

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 27-38 on the year with a 6-4 road loss to the Reno Aces on Monday night. Scorching hot leadoff hitter and second baseman Edmundo Sosa led the attack with a single, double, and base on balls. That’s five straight multi-hit games for Sosa and his slash line for June reads .412/.459/.882. Third baseman Drew Robinson hit a two-run homer in the top of the first, but Reno retorted with three runs of their own in the home half and Memphis never caught up.

Jake Woodford started and allowed five runs — but only two earned — across four hard-fought frames requiring 90 pitches. The 22-year-old righty fanned three and walked four. The highly effective bullpen received a shutout inning each from Tommy Layne, Jesus Cruz, and erstwhile major leaguer Dominic Leone.

Tuesday’s game: OFF


Springfield off

Springfield (24-39) did not play Monday. They begin a road trip in Midland, Texas on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Midland, Austin Warner (2-5, 4.10) 6:30 CT.


Jupiter 7, Palm Beach 5

Michael Perri (Bret Jacomet photo)

Palm Beach slipped to 34-28 on the season despite the hitting heroics of Player of the Day Michael Perri, falling 7-5 on Monday to the Hammerheads in a Roger Dean Stadium “road” game. Perri collected four hits for the first time in 2019 and second time in his career, but only crossed the plate once. Center fielder Scott Hurst had three singles, and Chase Pinder had the club’s only homer in addition to a single.

Perry DellaValle started and yielded just three hits in five innings, but one was a two-run homer in the first inning, and the righty also allowed a single tally in the second. Patrick Dayton was charged with his first blown save, allowing Jupiter the tying runs in the sixth inning after the Beach Birds had seized a 5-3 margin in the preceding stanza. Ben Yokley took the loss after permitting two tallies in the seventh.

Tuesday’s game: “at” Jupiter, Alex Fagalde (6-3, 2.08) 11:00 a.m. CT.


Cedar Rapids 10 at Peoria 1

Parker Kelly (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria took a 10-1 drubbing at home on Monday afternoon at the hands of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, lowering their ledger to 27-36 on the year. Starter and loser Michael Brettell was knocked around for seven hits, including a trio apiece of longballs and doubles, in just 3 2/3 innings pitched. The righty permitted seven runs all told, though only three were actually earned due to two errors he himself committed.

The pen was led by Parker Kelly (brother of Carson), who twirled 2 1/3 shutout innings in his third appearance of the season. Edgar Escobar continued his excellent campaign with a hitless inning, lowering his ERA to 1.61 across 28 innings. Though a flyball pitcher, the 22-year-old Cuban righty is yet to allow a home run in his 50 professional innings.

Teen catcher and cleanup hitter Ivan Herrera had his third straight multi-hit game for the Chiefs with a pair of singles (for half of his team’s total bases), and also gunned down the Kernels’ only would-be base stealer of the game. Herrera is now throwing out 33% on the year, compared to a Midwest League average of 30%. He is also walking more than league average, fanning less, batting 50 points above the league, and logging an isolated slugging 30 points above average. All in a pitcher’s park.

Tuesday’s game: at Clinton, Kyle Leahy (3-4, 3.40) 6:30 CT.


DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Cardinals Red 1

The DSL Cardinals Red fell to 4-4 on Monday morning, dropping a 5-1 road decision to the Phillies. Starter Dionys Guerrero more than pulled his weight, permitting only two hits and one run over five sturdy frames. The 18-year-old Dominican southpaw fanned four and walked two on the day. Taking the loss was 17-year-old righty Oliver Lopez, who yielded a pair of runs while retiring just one batter.

The Red offense could scrape together only four singles, two walks, and a hit batter on the day. Third baseman Luis Andujar was the only man to reach safely more than once, as the 19-year-old singled and was plunked. Designated hitter Sander Mora drew a free pass and stole two bases, his third and fourth of the young season.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Cubs, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Rockies 2 at DSL Cardinals Blue 1

The DSL Cardinals Blue slid to 4-2 on the year with a narrow 2-1 Monday home defeat to the Rockies. The team had a dozen baserunners but went 0-for-11 with men in scoring position, squelching rally after rally. Second baseman Elvin DeJesus singled and drew a walk from the leadoff spot, and fellow 17-year-old Hansel Otamendi (CF) did the same from the second hole, but to no avail as neither teen crossed the plate.

Starter and hard luck loser Reinys Portillo conceded just one unearned run in five innings, as the 18-year-old Venezuelan righty fanned four and walked none. Strapping 19-year-old righty Ronald Suarez (6′ 4″ and 215) had an eventful final three innings with four strikeouts, three walks, two hits, a wild pitch, and three stolen bases permitted. Despite all that, he conceded no runs, earned or otherwise.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Orioles2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 6, 2019

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The St. Louis Cardinals farm system enjoyed a 4-2 ledger on Wednesday, with the Dominican Summer League squads sweeping the opposition, Peoria and Palm Beach pitching their way to victories, and Memphis and Springfield continuing their struggles. Player of the Day Alex Fagalde twirled seven brilliant innings for the Beach Birds as they moved into a three-way tie for first in the Florida State League South.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 5th.


Tacoma 10, Memphis 4

Jose Godoy (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Anthony Shew allowed six runs without finishing the first inning, and the Redbirds (24-36) were routed by the homestanding Rainiers 10-4, ending their winning streak at one. The Redbirds lost for the 18th time in their last 21 tilts. Chris Ellis and Chasen Shreve did distinguish themselves in relief, with righty Ellis contributing three shutout innings, and lefty Shreve fanning four over 2 1/3 hitless frames.

Catcher Jose Godoy led the Memphis attack with a walk, a single, and his first Triple-A home run in just his second game. Tyler O’Neill had the only other multi-hit night with a pair of singles. Shortstop and leadoff man Tommy Edman had his fourth triple of the season, and also committed his first error of 2019.

Thursday’s game: at Tacoma, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-4, 4.13) 9:05 CT.


Tulsa 4, Springfield 1

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Springfield out-hit Tulsa 9-to-6 but came up empty with men in scoring position in a 4-1 road loss to the Drillers, dropping the S-Cards to 23-36 on the year. Backstop Chris Chinea went 3-for-4, but the only run came on a fourth inning solo homer from first baseman Zach Kirtley – his first at Double-A and his team’s only extra base hit on the afternoon.

Starter and losing pitcher Austin Warner (2-5, 4.10) threw six solid stanzas of two-run baseball, striking out three and walking the same. Connor Jones provided the bullpen highlight with a spotless nine-pitch inning, including a strikeout.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-2, 7.03) 4:05 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Lakeland 1

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Player of the Day Alex Fagalde logged seven shutout innings as Palm Beach (33-25) topped Lakeland 3-1 at home, returning to first place in the FSL South Division. Fagalde, also the system’s May Pitcher of the Month per The Cardinal Nation, improved to 6-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.08 while fanning five and conceding just four singles, a hit batter, and one free pass. Southpaw Patrick Dayton recorded his fifth hold of the season while permitting an eighth-inning run. Ben Yokley finished the game with his third save, fanning a pair in a scoreless ninth inning.

Second baseman Michael Perri and catcher Dennis Ortega had the only multi-hit games for Palm Beach. Ortega singled three times and Perri doubled and singled. Leadoff man Justin Toerner reached four times, as he was plunked twice to go along with a single and walk. Defensive stalwart Ortega also gunned down a man stealing and picked another Flying Tiger off second base.

Thursday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Edgar Gonzalez (4-7, 3.41) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 6 “at” Quad Cities 2

Michael Brettell (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria inched closer toward .500, topping Quad Cities at Dozer Park by a 6-2 tally and lifting their record to 26-31 on the year. (Quad Cities had last at-bats but the game was played in Peoria due to flooding in Davenport.) Second baseman Brendan Donovan led off and reached base four times (two singles, two walks) to set the tone for the Chiefs. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante singled, doubled, and had an assist at second base.

Michael Brettell got the win with six innings of one-run baseball, scattering four walks, three singles, and two doubles. Righty Cole Aker was the bullpen bully with a six up, six down evening. The 22-year-old fanned one batter and permitted just one ball to leave the infield, a harmless flyout.

Thursday’s game: at Quad Cities (but in Peoria again), Kyle Leahy (3-4, 3.86) 6:35 CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Tigers1 3

Edgar Manzo (El Quincenal)

The DSL Cardinals Red team remained unbeaten on the young season, raising their record to 4-0 with a narrow 4-3 road win over the DSL Tigers1 squad on Wednesday morning. Mexican 18-year-old righty Edgar Manzo started and went four innings, allowing one earned run and no walks while whiffing a trio of Tigers. Venezuelan 17-year-old Miguel Maiz picked up the win with two shutout frames, and Hansel De Los Santos tied a bow on the victory with three mostly clean innings (one unearned run).

The Red had no extra base knocks, but first baseman Alexander Samuel and center fielder Endri Salas (age 17) had multi-hit games, and Dominican second baseman Albert Inoa (also 17) had an unusually full day with a single, walk, hit by pitch, second stolen base, but also his third and fourth errors. He was also gunned at third base from left field.

Thursday’s game: vs. D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Nationals 7

The DSL Cardinals Blue rallied from a 7-1 deficit over the final four innings to overtake the Nationals at home 8-7, improving to 2-1 on the season. Left fielder Leudy Pena singled twice and smashed his first homer of 2019 to lead the Blue comeback. Other contributors to the 12-hit assault included 17-year-old second sacker Elvin DeJesus with two singles, a walk, a steal, and a sac bunt out of the leadoff spot, and tiny switch-hitter Carlos Arcia (5′ 8″, 140) who homered and drew a pair of free passes. Arcia just turned 17, and is listed on the club roster as a shortstop, though he played third base on Wednesday.

Venezuelan righty Gustavo J. Rodriguez had a fine Blue debut, twirling four innings and allowing one unearned run on three singles. The slender 18-year-old (6′ 3″, 160) fanned four, issued a walk, and hit a batter. Teammate Dionys Rodriguez did not fare so well, however, coughing up six runs in one inning of work. Bullpen star of the game was unquestionably 17-year-old Dominican righty Hancel Rincon, who retired nine of ten men faced, three via strikeout.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 4, 2019

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The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Monday as the Dominican Summer League squads both won, Palm Beach was beaten in 11 innings despite a career-best performance from Player of the Day Tommy Parsons, and Springfield was shut down by the Tulsa Drillers. Memphis and Peoria had Draft Day 1 off.

Results for games played Monday, June 3rd.


Memphis OFF

Triple-A Memphis did not play Monday. The 23-35 Redbirds head to the West Coast after an 0-10 homestand, trying to break a 12-game losing streak that has them just a half-game from the division cellar.

Tuesday’s game: at Tacoma, Jake Woodford (3-2, 3.11) 8:05 CT.


Tulsa 5, Springfield 1

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield slipped to 23-34 on the season with a 5-1 road loss to the Drillers on Monday evening. The S-Cards offense consisted of three singles, three walks, and a stolen base (by Randy Arozarena). Evan Mendoza walked twice and had one of the base knocks, making him the night’s nominal star of the Springfield attack.

Roel Ramirez made his third start of the year to go with 15 relief appearances, and struggled mightily, surrendering five runs in 4 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old righty permitted six hits including two doubles and a home run, as his ERA ballooned to 5.55 on the year. Lefty Jacob Patterson was the best of the bullpen crew, tossing a shutout inning on just 13 pitches, including a strikeout and no walks.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Angel Rondon (0-0, 3.00) 7:05 CT.


Lakeland 2 at Palm Beach 0 (11 innings)

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Tommy Parsons dazzled with a dozen strikeouts over eight one-hit innings, but Palm Beach (32-24) failed to capitalize on seven free passes, going 1-for-11 with men in scoring position in a 2-0 extra-inning home loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The 23-year-old Parsons needed only 97 pitches to complete his eight innings, issuing just one walk and retiring 20 of the last 21 batters he faced — the final four on swinging strikeouts. Reliever and losing pitcher Bryan Dobzanski vastly exceeded his season high with 44 pitches, and allowed both decisive runs in his final frame.

Julio Rodriguez and Lars Nootbaar each singled for the only Beach Bird safeties. (Rodriguez continues to lead the Florida State League with his .331 batting average.) First baseman Luken Baker contributed a pair of bases on balls to Monday night’s meager Palm Beach assault.

With their four consecutive loss, the Beach Birds fell into third place, one game behind Bradenton and Fort Myers.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 2.31) 5:30 CT.


Peoria OFF

Peoria did not play Monday. The 24-31 Chiefs are in seventh place, 12 games back, in the Midwest League’s West Division.

With the continuing flooding across the Midwest and specifically in Davenport, the Astros’ Quad Cities affiliate is playing this home series on the road, at Dozer Park.

Tuesday’s game: at Quad Cities (but in Peoria), Colin Schmid (2-1, 3.00) 6:35 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 7 at DSL Angels 6

Darlin Moquete

The DSL Cardinals Blue club began their 2019 on the right foot, scoring four in the ninth to pick up a road win over DSL Angels on Monday morning by a 7-6 final score. Left fielder Darlin Moquette went 2-for-3 including a homer, walk, and steal, and crossed the plate three times, while right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez drove in a trio of teammates with three hits. Leadoff switch-hitter and second baseman Elvin DeJesus (age 17) singled twice and walked once to help ignite the Cards lineup.

Righty Reinys Portillo started and allowed two runs in four innings for a no decision (four walks, three whiffs). The win, and also a blown save, went to Luis Tena, who twirled 2 1/3 innings and yielded a pair of runs while fanning four and walking just one.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Yankees, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 11, DSL Brewers 4

Ludwin Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The DSL Cardinals Red scored the game’s first three runs and were never headed in an 11-4 home trouncing of the Brewers, lifting their ledger to 2-0 on the young season. Starting pitcher Ludwin Jimenez went five solid innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven singles and a pair of walks. The 17-year-old righty fanned four and picked a man off second base to aid his own cause. Augusto Calderon was strong out of the bullpen, with two shutout innings and two strikeouts versus no walks.

Seventeen-year-old right fielder Fernando Brazoban singled twice and tripled to spearhead the Red 12-hit attack, while left fielder Diowill Burgos popped the team’s only homer of the day, stole a base, and drew a walk. Center fielder Smith Vargas (age 17) singled and tripled from the leadoff spot, and immediately intriguing 16-year-old backstop and number three hitter Roblin Heredia singled, doubled, gunned a base thief, and stole two bases himself. The Venezuelan catcher hits left, checks in at a robust 6′ 0″ and 200 pounds, and is the youngest hitter or pitcher on the Red roster, not turning 17 until late July.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers 1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 30, 2019

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In the 1-2 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Player of the Day Jhon Torres plated three runs to lead Peoria over Kane County. Memphis lost a low-scoring nail-biter, Springfield was washed away at home and Palm Beach was blanked by Daytona.

Results for games played Wednesday, May 29th.


San Antonio 3 at Memphis 2

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis received a solid outing from starting pitcher Jake Woodford, but fell 3-2 to the Missions on Wednesday night at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds’ eighth straight loss dropped their record to 23-31 on the season.

The 22-year-old righty (3-2, 3.11) allowed all three runs in the third inning but followed with four scoreless frames. Woodford took the loss despite equaling his season high for both strikeouts and innings with seven apiece, and permitting only five hits and three walks. Relievers Chris Beck and Tommy Layne pitched a spotless inning each to keep the game within reach.

Third baseman Max Schrock led the Redbirds attack with a single and double, and though leadoff man and center fielder Tommy Edman went hitless (lowering his average to .300 and OPS to .854), he drew two free passes and stole his sixth base without being caught. Second baseman Ramon Urias went 0-for-4 but participated in a quartet of twin killings — two started by Schrock from the hot corner.

Thursday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Anthony Shew (1-1, 2.37) 7:05 CT.


Springfield vs. Tulsa rained out

Tulsa at Springfield was rained out at Hammons Field on Wednesday. The game will be made up Thursday as part of a pair of seven-inning contests.

Thursday’s Game 1: vs. Tulsa, Angel Rondon (0-0, 4.09), 5:10 CT.
Thursday’s Game 2: vs. Tulsa, Austin Warner (2-4, 4.01)


Daytona 5 at Palm Beach 0

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

With Florida State League batting leader Julio Rodriguez out of the lineup, Palm Beach (31-20) managed just five singles and a double while suffering a 5-0 home whitewash at the hands of the Tortugas. Designated hitter Yariel Gonzalez singled and doubled for the club’s sole multi-hit performance (a leadoff single and one-out double) but was stranded each time. Justin Toerner and Lars Nootbaar each went 0-for-4, and Toerner is now batting .233 and slugging .289 for the unmerry month of May.

Starter Tommy Parsons (3-1, 2.30 since the promotion to High-A) did his job but took the defeat, twirling five innings and allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks. Righty Ronnie Williams and lefty Patrick Dayton yielded two runs apiece out of the pen to cement the loss. Only Ramon Santos was unscathed, tossing a scoreless ninth with a pair of whiffs.

Thursday’s game: vs. Daytona, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 2.40) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 5, Kane County 2

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Player of the Day Jhon Torres went 2-for-3 including a tiebreaking bases-clearing double, as Peoria lifted their record to 22-29 with a come-from-behind 5-2 home victory over the Cougars.

19-year old right fielder Torres has three multi-hit games in his last five, going 8-for-17 in total, after starting the year in a cavernous 2-for-39 hole. Third baseman Nolan Gorman was the Chiefs’ other meaningful contributor on offense, with a single, walk, and two double plays started. (Gorman now has a .932 fielding percentage and 8-to-7 ratio of DP’s to errors this year, after a poor Peoria percentage of .862 and ratio of 5-to-12 last season.)

Colin Schmid was the starter and winner for Peoria, conceding just two runs, one earned, over six stanzas. The 21-year-old southpaw scattered nine hits and walked no one while fanning five Cougars. Edgar Escobar pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings despite walking three men, lowering his ERA to 1.96 on the year — only to be bettered by lefty Evan Sisk who threw 1 2/3 scoreless and lowered his ERA to 1.83 while recording his first save of the season.

Thursday’s game: vs. Kane County, Michael Brettell (1-1, 3.80) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 28, 2019

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Victory took a holiday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system on Monday, as the Memphis Redbirds were swept by San Antonio, Springfield and Palm Beach had Memorial Day off, and Peoria was rained out at Cedar Rapids. Player of the Day Tommy Edman hit a homer in the first game of his doubleheader and played center field in the second, his first professional appearance in the outfield.

Results for games played Monday, May 27th.


San Antonio 3 at Memphis 1 (Game 1)

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Player of the Day Tommy Edman homered to right to start the bottom of the first inning, but Memphis (23-28) mustered just four singles and no runs the rest of the way in a 3-1 loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Missions at balmy AutoZone Park on Monday. Veteran catcher Joe Hudson had a pair of safeties and cut down the game’s only would-be base stealer, but the Redbirds were 0-for-7 with men in scoring position and grounded into three double plays, squelching several rallies throughout the game.

Starter and losing pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-3, 3.50) battled through five innings, surrendering two runs on six hits and fanning three men while walking two. The righty required 113 pitches on the afternoon before handing off to lefty Tommy Layne who twirled two frames, permitting a solo homer and whiffing a trio of San Antonio batsmen.


San Antonio 2 at Memphis 1 (Game 2)

Ryan Meisinger (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Journeyman reliever Ryan Meisinger made his third career start a sturdy one, allowing just a run over four innings for Memphis (23-29), but his teammates managed only a pair of hits in the Redbirds’ 2-1 home defeat to the Missions in Game 2 of the Memorial Day afternoon twin bill. Righty Chris Ellis relieved and issued three free passes in one inning of work, walking in the losing run in the process. Jesus Cruz pitched the final two stanzas, surrendering a pair of walks and plunking a batter but conceding no runs.

Shortstop Kramer Robertson and third baseman Edmundo Sosa both singled, and first baseman John Nogowski worked a walk, to account for all of the Memphis offense. In the third inning, Robertson scored from second base on an infield error to avert the shutout. Backstop Andrew Knizner threw out the only would-be base thief.

With the twin defeats, the 23-29 Redbirds extended their losing streak to six games. They have dropped into third place in the American Northern Division, eight games back of first place Iowa (ChC) and one behind Omaha (KC).

Tuesday’s game: vs. San Antonio, Evan Kruczynski (0-0, 6.30) 6:35 CT.


Springfield was off

The Double-A Cardinals are losers of nine of their last 10. Their 19-31 record is the worst in the Texas League and puts them in fourth (last) place, 14 games behind first-place Arkansas (Sea). Their next opponent, 27-22 Tulsa (LAD), is in second, 5.5 games out.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Williams Perez (4-2, 5.13) 6:30 CT.


Palm Beach was off

The first-place Beach Birds are the bright spot in an otherwise dismal first half across the Cardinals system. The 31-18 Cards hold a three-game South Division lead over Bradenton (Pit) and Fort Myers (Min). 27-23 Daytona (Cin), their next opponent, is in second place in the North Division.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Daytona, Alex Reyes (0-0, 1.80) 5:30 CT.


Peoria rained out at Cedar Rapids

Since the Chiefs are not scheduled to return to Cedar Rapids in the first half, Monday’s postponed game will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. in Peoria on Sunday, June 9.

The 21-28 Chiefs are in seventh place in the Western Division, 12 games out of first. Their upcoming opponent at Dozer Park is Kane County (Ari), in third place with a 27-23 record.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Kane County, Diego Cordero (2-3, 2.61) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 23, 2019

photo: Tommy Edman (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Wednesday as Memphis and Palm Beach won blowouts, Springfield coughed up a huge lead late, and Peoria was routed. Player of the Day Tommy Edman reached base safely four times for Memphis, including his fifth long ball of the year.

Results for games played Wednesday, May 22nd.


Memphis 10 at Nashville 0

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Starter and winner Daniel Ponce de Leon twirled five shutout innings as the Redbirds returned to .500 with a 10-0 thumping of the host Sounds. Ponce de Leon allowed just three safeties and three walks while fanning six and lifting his ledger to 4-2 and a 3.48 ERA. Righty reliever Chris Ellis combined with lefties Hunter Cervenka and Chasen Shreve for four scoreless frames, with three strikeouts and just three baserunners. Cervenka recorded five outs and lowered his ERA to 2.21.

Player of the Day Tommy Edman went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk; all told the second baseman plated four runs and participated in a pair of double plays for Memphis (23-23). Designated hitter Tyler O’Neill returned to the lineup after a several days out and was nearly as productive as Edman, going 3-for-5 with a solo shot (eighth tater in 15 AAA games), a double, and three RBI. O’Neill is now hitting .316 for Memphis with a 1.115 OPS.

Thursday’s game: at Nashville, Evan Kruczynski (0-0, 6.23) 6:35 CT.


Tulsa 9 at Springfield 7

Williams Perez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield (18-28) led by five runs in the eighth and four in the ninth, only to watch their bullpen implode and send the team spiraling ten games below .500 for the first time this season, in a crushing 9-7 Hammons Field loss to Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon.

Veteran righty Williams Perez made the start and logged seven strong innings before handing off to the relief corps. Perez permitted only one run while whiffing eight befuddled Drillers. Ronnie Williams was fine in the eighth inning, but the righty was pulled after ten pitches and the final frame featured a trio of Tulsa homers, two off losing pitcher Merandy Gonzalez, who surrendered five runs and retired one hitter.

Left fielder Randy Arozarena singled, doubled, homered, and stole a base to lead the S-Cards attack, while third baseman Elehuris Montero homered and doubled to continue his climb back to respectability after a 4-for-27 start to his season. (The 20-year-old is batting .274/.328/.548 since that dreadful first week.) Dylan Carlson drew a walk in a pinch-hitting role, and over the past spectacular week has four homers, four walks, and four strikeouts. Moses Malone would be proud.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, Angel Rondon (0-0, 7.20), 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 8 at Lakeland 1

Lars Nootbaar (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach improved to 28-17 on the season, whipping the host Lakeland Flying Tigers 8-1 on Wednesday night. The Beach Birds were led by 21-year-old outfielder Lars Nootbaar’s 3-for-4 game. Nootbaar gunned a runner trying to stretch a single, drew a free pass, singled twice, doubled, and plated three runs to help his team jump to a big early lead they never relinquished. Catcher and cleanup hitter Julio Rodriguez committed his third passed ball of the year but continued his breakthrough batting campaign, walking, singling, and doubling home two runs. The 21-year-old backstop now sports a season line of .339/.397/.505 for the second best OPS in the Florida State League.

Righty starter Tommy Parsons improved to 3-0 since his promotion from Peoria, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing six scattered hits and one run. Parsons has righted the ship since a shelling in his Beach Birds debut, and now claims a 2.82 ERA across four starts in High-A. Lefty Patrick Dayton and righties Ben Yokley and Mitchell Osnowitz mopped up on behalf of the bullpen. Osnowitz impressed the most, yielding one harmless hit in a scoreless ninth.

Thursday’s game: at Charlotte, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Wisconsin 7, Peoria 2

Evan Sisk (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria (19-26) fell behind early and never caught up, dropping a 7-2 road decision to the Timber Rattlers on Wednesday evening. Lefty starter and loser Colin Schmid surrendered all seven runs, five earned, in six innings, despite permitting just eight singles plus a double, inducing two double plays, and picking a runner off first base (for the third time in just two Peoria starts). The decisive fifth inning included an outfield error, Schmid’s only walk, a bunt single, and a wild pitch. Fellow lefty Evan Sisk relieved and lowered his season ERA to 1.10 across 16 1/3 innings, with two shutout stanzas and a pair of strikeouts.

Right fielder Wadye Ynfante had the only multi-hit game for the Chiefs, singling and tripling, and second baseman Brendan Donovan hit his third homer. The team phenoms mostly took the night off, whether in the lineup or not. Nolan Gorman and Malcom Nunez went a combined 1-for-8, and Ivan Herrera and Jhon Torres took the night off.

Thursday’s game: at Wisconsin, Kyle Leahy (1-4, 4.97) 11:05 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 21, 2019

photo: Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On a 1-3 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, the upper minors were held to two combined runs and Palm Beach lost a low-scoring squeaker. Peoria salvaged the night with 18-year-old co-Players of the Day Ivan Herrera and Malcom Nuñez reaching base safely seven times between them.

Results for games played Monday, May 20th.


San Antonio 4, Memphis 0

Ryan Meisinger (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis slid to 21-23 as they were held to five hits in a 4-0 blanking at the hands of the homestanding Missions. In fact, the Redbirds dropped all five at the Brewers’ top affiliate.

Hitting highlights were few and far between, as shortstop Edmundo Sosa doubled for the club’s sole extra base hit, Ramon Urias singled, walked, and was plunked, and Drew Robinson coaxed a pair of free passes. Center fielder Lane Thomas gunned down a runner at third base.

Reliever Ryan Meisinger (now 0-4, 3.29) made the spot start for the Redbirds, going three innings and fanning six with no walks, but allowing one unearned run that unjustly tagged him with the loss. Lefty Hunter Cervenka logged two perfect innings with two whiffs, and erstwhile major leaguer Dominic Leone was shelled for three runs on a single, double, and homer in just one inning in his 2019 Memphis debut.

Tuesday’s game: at Nashville, Genesis Cabrera (1-3, 6.95) 6:35 CT.


Tulsa 5 at Springfield 2

Harold Arauz (Reading Fightin’ Phils)

Springfield led until the seventh inning, when Tulsa scored four to flip the outcome and send the host S-Cards to a 5-2 defeat. Harold Arauz had a much-needed fine start for Springfield (18-26), going 5 2/3 innings and permitting only one unearned tally. The righty conceded just five singles and two walks, against six strikeouts. Ineffective relievers Jacob Patterson and Ronnie Williams allowed six baserunners and four runs while retiring only one batter in the fateful seventh frame.

At the plate, Randy Arozarena singled, doubled, and walked to lead the modest Springfield attack. Catcher Jose Godoy also had a pair of hits for the S-Cards, who had more total bases than the victorious Drillers but went 1-for-11 with men in scoring position. Among the top prospects, Dylan Carlson singled and stole his seventh base, while Elehuris Montero doubled in four at-bats.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Johan Oviedo (1-0, 5.94) 6:30 CT.


Lakeland 2, Palm Beach 1

Edgar Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (27-16) was stymied at the plate in a 2-1 loss to the Flying Tigers, collecting just one extra base hit in Monday night’s narrow road defeat. Lars Nootbaar, Jose Martinez, and Justin Toerner had two singles apiece, and Nootbaar added a walk, but the hits weren’t bunched enough to count, as none of the three registered a run or RBI. Center fielder Scott Hurst doubled, walked, scored his club’s only run, and gunned an opponent at third base.

Starter and loser Edgar Gonzalez acquitted himself well with six innings of two-run baseball (eight strikeouts, one walk). But without offensive support, the righty’s record fell to 3-6 with a 3.18 ERA on the season, as he needed 94 pitches on the night. In his season debut, 23-year-old southpaw Eli Kraus twirled two bullpen innings and allowed two hits and no walks while fanning a trio of Tigers.

Tuesday’s game: at Lakeland, Perry DellaValle (2-2, 2.17) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 7 at Wisconsin 4

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria scored three in the first, was challenged in the middle of the game, but salted it away with two runs in the ninth, in a 7-4 win over the host Timber Rattlers. The Chiefs raised their record to 19-23 as co-Players of the Day Malcom Nuñez and Ivan Herrera combined for five hits and two walks. Nuñez had the Cardinal organization’s only three hit night (his season’s first) and Herrera homered and doubled to lift his OPS to .872 on the year — barely trailing Nolan Gorman (.897) and Brady Whalen (.891) for the team lead.

Brendan Donovan rates a sympathetic mention despite going hitless. You’ve heard of taking one for the team? Donovan took three for the Chiefs on Monday. The second baseman also stole his first bag of the season.

Alvaro Seijas started and muddled through 5 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits (four for extra bases) and three walks while fanning three. The 20-year-old righty’s season line now stands at 3-4 with a 2.55 ERA. Edgar Escobar was the bullpen star with two scoreless stanzas and four strikeouts to zero walks, picking up his third save and lowering his ERA to a tidy 1.93 on the year (0.00 in nine May innings).

Tuesday’s Game 1: at Wisconsin, Diego Cordero (2-2, 1.66) 5:05 CT.
Tuesday’s Game 2: Michael Brettell (1-0, 1.23)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 16, 2019

photo: Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

It was two up, two down for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system on Wednesday, as Springfield was walloped by first place Arkansas, Peoria split a doubleheader behind a seven-inning complete game from Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas, and Palm Beach blanked Tampa in a classic pitcher’s duel. (Please note the early morning start for the Beach Birds on Thursday.)

Results for games played Wednesday, May 15th.


Memphis (21-18) was off.

Thursday’s game: at San Antonio, Genesis Cabrera (1-3, 7.81) 7:05 CT.


Arkansas 8 at Springfield 2

Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Starter Harold Arauz’ struggles continued as Springfield fell to 17-22 on the year with an 8-2 home loss to the Arkansas Travelers. The 23-year-old Panamanian allowed seven runs, all earned, on seven hits, five walks and a pair of wild pitches before being pulled with one out in the third inning.

Roel Ramirez relieved, and thanks to a double play, recorded eight outs while facing only seven batters. Carlos Martinez also pitched, yielding his first rehab run while permitting four hits in two shaky innings. Martinez fanned none of his nine opposition batters.

Conner Capel hit his seventh homer for both of his team’s RBI, to lead the S-Cards attack. The 21-year-old right fielder also stole his third base of the year and raised his average to .227. Second baseman Irving Lopez had the club’s only multi-hit game, with two singles.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (0-0, 6.75) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 1, Tampa 0

Edgar Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (24-14) got a sixth-inning RBI single from right fielder Justin Toerner and the Beach Birds staff made it stand up in a 1-0 nail-biter over the visiting Tampa Tarpons. For good measure, in the eighth inning Toerner also nabbed a line drive and doubled the tying run off second base to help preserve the winning margin. Catcher Dennis Ortega went 1-for-3 and gunned down a runner, eradicating Tampa’s only would-be base stealer of the contest and effectively erasing first baseman Luken Baker’s sixth error of the year.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez improved his record to 3-5 and his ERA to 3.20 with six outstanding innings. The righty conceded just two singles and two walks, and fanned six men. Zach Prendergast and C.J. Saylor each pitched a shutout inning and received credit for a hold, while Bryan Dobzanski (third save) reduced his ERA to a microscopic 0.77 with a spotless ninth.

Thursday’s game: vs. Tampa, Perry DellaValle (1-2, 2.43) 9:30 CT.


Beloit 2 at Peoria 1 (Game 1)

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

Slender southpaw Diego Cordero pitched well once again, but it wasn’t enough as Peoria fell to 16-20 with a narrow 2-1 loss at home to Beloit in Game 1 of the Wednesday afternoon twin bill at Dozer Park. The durable lefty starter — he leads the Midwest League with 43 1/3 innings pitched — took the loss despite permitting just two runs over six stanzas. The 21-year-old is averaging over six innings per start but only 90 pitches, and sports a sparkling 1.66 ERA on the season.

Malcom Nuñez drove in the only run for the Chiefs with a seventh-inning single, his first hit above the Dominican Summer League level. The 18-year-old third baseman also committed a throwing error for Peoria, which was held to five safeties for the game. Left fielder Leandro Cedeño doubled for his team’s only extra base hit, while catcher Alexis Wilson went hitless in three trips but warrants special mention for successfully gunning the only base stealer and picking a runner off second base.


Peoria 6, Beloit 0 (Game 2)

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (17-20) received a seven-inning complete game shutout from Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas and rolled to a 6-0 win in the nightcap against the visiting Snappers, splitting the doubleheader. The 20-year-old Venezuelan whiffed seven and walked a pair while scattering five harmless hits, lowering his ERA to 2.19. Seijas tied a career high with 100 pitches, and for the sixth time in seven starts he held his opponent without a longball.

Left fielder and leadoff hitter Brandon Riley singled three times and drew a walk as the tip of the spear for the Chiefs. Riley’s two-run single was the icing on a five-run second inning for Peoria, putting the game well out of reach. Leandro Cedeño (.351 over his last ten games) and Malcom Nuñez each singled and doubled, with Cedeño also reaching via a hit by pitch, and Nuñez scoring twice and plating a run with the aforementioned two-bagger.

Thursday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Jacob Schlesener (0-3, 11.85) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 14, 2019

photo: Tommy Edman (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 3-2 Monday, with Player of the Day Tommy Edman hammering three hits including his fourth homer of the season — but in a Memphis loss. In other action, Springfield topped first-place Arkansas with Dylan Carlson leading the way, Angel Rondon pitched Palm Beach past Tampa, and Peoria split a pair of pitcher’s duels.

Results for games played Monday, May 13th.


Nashville 5 at Memphis 3

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 20-18 on the season as Nashville scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to pull away for the 5-3 win at AutoZone Park. Lefty Austin Gomber pitched seven solid frames, yielding three runs and striking out eight on the afternoon while walking just two. Journeyman southpaw Hunter Cervenka took the loss despite allowing no hits, as he issued a pair of passes and one eventually came around to score on a sac fly.

Lane Thomas tripled and singled, backstop Andrew Knizner doubled twice, and Player of the Day Tommy Edman had a homer and two singles, lifting his average to .339 and OPS to a robust .945. The hot-hitting Knizner, who gunned one of three base stealers, raised his slugging percentage to an even .700 for the month of May.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Nashville, Jake Woodford (2-0, 2.04) 11:05 CT.


Springfield 4, Arkansas 1

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Center fielder Dylan Carlson broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning as the S-Cards (16-21) upended the division-leading Travelers by a 4-1 tally at Hammons Field. Carlson also singled, while catcher Brian O’Keefe and first baseman Chris Chinea each contributed two singles.

Starter and winning pitcher Evan Kruczynski fanned nine over seven stellar innings. The lefty permitted just two hits and one run, and after a nightmarish April (10.97 ERA, 2.39 WHIP) he has now allowed three earned runs total over his trio of May starts (18 innings). Reliever Seth Elledge needed just 13 pitches to whiff all three men he faced, and Merandy Gonzalez was even more efficient, picking up the save with an 11-pitch ninth inning.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Austin Warner (1-2, 4.94) 6:30 CT.


Palm Beach 4, Tampa 3

Angel Rondon (Peoria Chiefs)

Angel Rondon required just 84 pitches to twirl seven sparkling innings and lead Palm Beach to a rain-delayed 4-3 victory over Tampa at Roger Dean Stadium. The 21-year-old righty (now 4-1, 2.04) conceded just two hits — the fifth time in his seven 2019 starts permitting two or fewer hits — and fanned seven Tarpons, while walking no one for the first time since last July. Righty Ben Yokley got his second save for the 22-14 Beach Birds, surrendering just a harmless single over 1 1/3 innings.

Newly-demoted outfielder Scott Hurst shined in his return to High-A with a homer, a single, and an outfield assist on the night. Third baseman Yariel Gonzalez had the only other multi-hit game for Palm Beach, singling and doubling. Justin Toerner went 1-for-3 and stole his fourth base, and Toerner’s .964 OPS ranks second in the Florida State League, behind only his teammate Julio Rodriguez and his .969. They are the only FSL hitters over .900.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tampa, Alex Fagalde (3-2, 3.06) 5:30 CT.


Beloit 2 at Peoria 1 (Game 1 – seven innings)

Kyle Leahy (Bret Jacomet photo)

Starter Kyle Leahy and reliever Thomas St. Clair both pitched well in Game 1 of the doubleheader, but it wasn’t enough as Peoria (15-18) could only muster three hits in a 2-1 home defeat to the Snappers. Leahy gave the club 5 1/3 solid frames, allowing two runs on eight hits, including seven singles. The righty fanned five and walked one while absorbing the loss. St. Clair was better still, striking out four of the five men he faced and permitting no one to reach safely.

Catcher Alexis Wilson went 1-for-2 and gunned Beloit’s only would-be base stealer, while Brendan Donovan had the Chiefs’ sole extra base hit, doubling in Nolan Gorman with the team’s only run after the teen was plunked by a pitch for the third time in his last six games.


Peoria 2, Beloit 0 (Game 2 – seven innings)

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Catcher Ivan Herrera scored one run and drove in the other as host Peoria (16-18) salvaged a home doubleheader split with Beloit Monday night, shutting down the Snappers 2-0. The Chiefs managed just three singles and three walks, but bunched all of their hits plus two walks in the third inning, accounting for the game’s only tallies.

In the doubleheader, debuting teenage prospects Jhon Torres and Malcom Nunez combined to go 0-for-12 with six strikeouts. Welcome to the Midwest League, kids. (Right fielder Torres did gun down a baserunner in Game 1.)

Canadian righty Michael Brettell (1.42 ERA) started and went 3 1/3 innings, yielding three singles and two walks. The 21-year-old struck out three men before handing off to eventual winning pitcher Edgar Escobar, who fanned four over 2 1/3 hitless stanzas. Righty Sebastian Tabata got the save, also whiffing four in just 1 1/3 innings while working around a hit, walk, and wild pitch.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Beloit, Cole Aker (0-2, 7.83) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 13, 2019

photo: Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

In an abbreviated Mother’s Day schedule, the upper levels of St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-0 while the A-ball teams took a holiday. Player of the Day Tyler O’Neill continued to mash for Memphis, clubbing his fifth home run in nine Triple-A tilts.

Results for games played Sunday, May 12th.


Memphis 7, Nashville 2

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Four relievers combined for 6 2/3 shutout innings as Memphis (20-17) defeated Nashville by a score of 7-2 on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Righty Anthony Shew lasted just 53 pitches before leaving in the third after taking a comebacker on the arm. He coughed up six hits and two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings.

In stepped winning pitcher Ryan Helsley, who twirled 2 2/3 one-hit innings with three strikeouts to lead the bullpen, and Carlos Martinez — yet to yield a rehab run — also fanned a trio of Sounds while navigating around two free passes and a hit batter in 1 2/3 innings.

Player of the Day Tyler O’Neill homered, singled, drove in two runs, and scored two to lead the Redbirds offense. Rangel Ravelo added a trio of singles and two RBI as Memphis scored twice in the first inning and was never headed. Lane Thomas and Drew Robinson each had a pair of hits, while the 23-year-old O’Neill raised his Memphis batting average to .324 and OPS to 1.105.

Monday’s game: vs. Nashville, Austin Gomber (4-0, 2.82) 11:05 CT.


Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 2

Williams Perez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield lifted its ledger to 15-21 as outfielder Johan Mieses reached safely three times and stole a base, while shortstop Jose Martinez contributed a fifth-inning go-ahead homer and a sac fly, in a 5-2 home win over the Naturals. Second baseman Alberto Triunfel and third sacker Evan Mendoza each also had a pair of base knocks for the streaky S-Cards, who won for the sixth time in seven games.

Williams Perez had his second strong start in a row, logging seven innings on 98 pitches and improving his season record to 4-1. Perez fanned six while permitting just one run on two hits. Righty reliever Kodi Whitley got his first save of 2019 with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and lowered his season ERA to 0.61 (0.87 for Springfield) across 13 appearances.

Monday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (1-3, 7.79) 6:30 CT.


Palm Beach OFF

Palm Beach was off Sunday and open a home series against the Tampa Yankees on Monday.

Monday’s game: vs. Tampa, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Peoria OFF

Peoria was off Sunday and play a double header against Beloit at Dozer Park on Monday.

Monday’s first game: vs. Beloit, Kyle Leahy (1-2, 3.86) 5:05 CT.
Second game: pitcher TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 9, 2019

photo: Edgar Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

It was a clean sheet for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system on Wednesday, as Memphis and Palm Beach won by slender identical 2-1 scores, Peoria topped West Michigan, and Springfield took the day off. Player of the Day honors go to Edgar Gonzalez, who fanned a career-best 11 batters over six-plus innings for the Beach Birds.

Results for games played Wednesday, May 8th.


Memphis 2, Iowa 1

Austin Gomber (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Welcome to Baseball 2019, as all runs were scored on solo homers. The Memphis Redbirds raised their record to 18-15 as starter Austin Gomber gave his club five sturdy innings in a narrow 2-1 home win over the Iowa Cubs. The lefty lowered his ERA to 2.82, scattering eight hits and allowing the staff’s only run on a second inning homer by journeyman outfielder Wynton Bernard.

The Redbirds bullpen held Iowa hitless over the final four stanzas, with Chris Ellis especially impressive in a six up, six down performance. Rehabbing righty Carlos Martinez walked a pair, fanned one, and worked around an error in a scoreless eighth inning. Chris Beck got the save with a spotless ninth.

Andrew Knizner continued his power surge with his third homer in the past seven games, leveling the score with his third inning longball. The Redbirds backstop flashed his all-around game during Wednesday’s early tilt, as he posted the team’s only multi-hit effort (2-for-4) and gunned one of two Iowa base stealers. Rangel Ravelo had the go-ahead solo shot in the seventh.

Thursday’s game: vs. Iowa, Jake Woodford (2-0, 1.30) 7:05 CT.


Springfield was off Wednesday

Fourth-place Springfield returns to Hammons Field on Thursday to open a seven-game homestand, starting with against third-place Northwest Arkansas.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Austin Warner (0-2, 5.25) 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2 at Daytona 1

Edgar Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (19-13) managed just five baserunners for the game, but that was just enough to defeat host Daytona 2-1 on Wednesday night. Third baseman Michael Perri had a pair of singles to lift his average to .364, drove in a run, and started a double play. Right fielder Zach Kirtley had the game’s only homer, his fourth of the year.

Starter, winner, and Player of the Day Edgar Gonzalez delivered a dazzling 6 1/3 innings, whiffing 11 and walking none. Last year’s sixth round draft pick from Fresno State limited the Tortugas to one run on half a dozen singles, and as usual, generated groundballs almost at will (6-to-2 groundout/flyout ratio). Relievers C.J. Saylor and Ben Yokley (first save) combined for 2 2/3 stellar innings, yielding just one inconsequential baserunner between them.

Thursday’s game: at Bradenton, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Peoria 6 at West Michigan 4

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

Starter Diego Cordero required just 71 pitches to work six innings, as Peoria evened its record at 15-15 with a 6-4 road victory over the Whitecaps. Twirling at least six innings for the fifth straight game, the 21-year-old lefty allowed his first earned runs in over a month — a pair of scores in the first frame — before settling in and permitting just an unearned tally over the rest of his outing. Sabastian Tabata was the winning pitcher, permitting an unearned run in two innings, and Edgar Escobar pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

The middle infield starred for Peoria as shortstop Delvin Perez scored twice and had three singles and a sac bunt to lead the offense. Second baseman Brendan Donovan singled, doubled, drove in two runs, and turned a pair of double plays in a full day’s work.

Thursday’s game: at South Bend, Alvaro Seijas (1-3, 2.52) 6:05 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 7, 2019

photo: Williams Perez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Monday night, with Player of the Day Williams Perez twirling six one-hit innings en route to Springfield’s blanking of Frisco. Memphis’ bullpen stumbled, Peoria was shut out and Palm Beach outlasted Daytona in a rare Florida State League slugfest.

Results for games played Monday, May 6th.


Nashville 6, Memphis 5

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis slipped to 17-14 to conclude a long 8-5 road trip as the bullpen lost a seesaw battle to the Nashville Sounds by a 6-5 margin. The Redbirds trailed early before taking the lead in the fourth inning, and extending it to three runs in the top of the seventh. Then in the home half, MLB journeyman Matt Davidson hit his 12th longball of the young season, reaching reliever and losing pitcher Jesus Cruz for his first runs since being promoted to Triple-A more than three weeks ago.

Daniel Ponce de Leon started and battled through five yeoman innings, yielding just one earned run on four singles, four walks, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch. He fanned half a dozen but required 111 pitches to finish the fifth. Chris Beck had the only spotless night for Redbirds hurlers, with one shutout frame.

Hot-hitting Lane Thomas reached base three times with a single, double, and hit by pitch, raising his season average to .324 and OPS to .918.  The center fielder is batting .417 over his last ten games, with five doubles, a triple, and a tater.  Tyler O’Neill homered for the third time in three games since being returned to Triple-A, but fanned with the potential tying run on second base to end the game.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Iowa, Anthony Shew (1-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 5 at Frisco 0

Williams Perez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield raised its record to 11-20 behind six scoreless innings from veteran righty and Player of the Day Williams Perez, skunking the Roughriders 5-0.  Reliever Ronnie Williams (2019 AA debut) fanned two but surrendered a pair of singles in a scoreless stanza, while Roel Ramirez and Kodi Whitley each delivered a 1-2-3 inning out of the pen.

Catcher Brian O’Keefe provided both offense and defense for the S-Cards, bashing two doubles and gunning down the only would-be base stealer. Shortstop Kramer Robertson had highs and lows, homering for the six time but committing his fourth error and getting thrown out trying to steal. Left fielder Justin Williams made his season debut a fine one, singling twice and drawing a walk.

Tuesday’s game: at Frisco, Evan Kruczynski (0-3, 8.89) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 13 at Daytona 10

Justin Toerner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (18-12) raced to a 10-run lead after 4 1/2 innings but struggled to make it stand up, finally defeating the Tortugas by a 13-10 final. Justin Toerner lifted his average to .370, going 3-for-6 with four runs scored. Designated hitter Zach Kirtley doubled and homered, and catcher Julio Rodriguez (.338) launched his third longball of the season, as the Beach Birds scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings.

Tommy Parsons (High-A debut) started and was roughed up for eight runs, five earned, on a dozen hits in just four-plus innings pitched. Winning pitcher Zach Prendergast entered with a man on base and immediately allowed a homer, before calming the waters with three solid innings. (Prendergast should probably be brought in at the beginning of innings only.  The righty has now faced 95 leadoff hitters in 2018/19 combined, and held them to a .163 average [15-for-92] with one walk, two hit batters, and 30 strikeouts.)

Tuesday’s game: at Daytona, Angel Rondon (3-1, 2.03) 6:05 CT.


West Michigan 2, Peoria 0

Evan Sisk (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria was whitewashed by the Whitecaps 2-0, as they scraped together just two singles, two walks, and a Wadye Ynfante double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Lars Nootbaar walked and singled, raising his OPS to an even .800, and making him Monday’s sole Chief to reach safely twice. Nolan Gorman’s slump continued, as the 18-year-old went hitless in four trips with a strikeout.

Righty starter Kyle Leahy gave Peoria (now 13-15) six stanzas of four-hit baseball, but yielded the game’s only tallies on a two-run homer by Ulrich Bojarski. Lefty reliever Evan Sisk continued his dominant 2019 campaign, fanning three over two hitless innings and lowering his ERA to 1.17.

Tuesday’s game: at West Michigan, Cole Aker (0-2, 6.86), 6:05 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 2, 2019

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It was a 4-1 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system as Peoria got a much-needed sweep, the upper minors teams claimed convincing victories highlighted by two homers from Player of the Day Kramer Robertson, but Palm Beach was nearly no-hit while being shut out.

Results for games played Wednesday, May 1st.


Memphis 5 at New Orleans 1

Anthony Shew (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Anthony Shew’s Triple-A debut couldn’t have gone much better, as the 25-year-old righty led Memphis to a 5-1 win over New Orleans with 5 2/3 shutout innings. Shew fanned four while allowing just three singles and a walk, as the Redbirds improved their record to 14-12.

Chris Ellis coughed up the only Baby Cakes run, and Chris Beck and Jesus Cruz combined for just 20 pitches to navigate the final two tallyless innings.

Memphis received offensive contributions across the board, with no individual standout. Ramon Urias singled and stole a base, as did Andrew Knizner. Lane Thomas had his first triple, and Max Schrock reached via a hit and a walk. If anyone distinguished himself it was Tommy Edman, with a big pinch-hit RBI double in the ninth to give the Birds some breathing room when they were leading by a scant run.

Thursday’s game: at New Orleans, Austin Gomber (3-0, 2.54) 7:00 CT.


Springfield 9 at Amarillo 6

Kramer Robertson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Player of the Day Kramer Robertson boosted Springfield (9-17) to the victory at Amarillo, going 2-for-5 with a pair of longballs in the 9-6 slugfest. The former LSU shortstop now boasts a team-leading .926 OPS on the season. First baseman Chris Chinea also drove in two with an eighth inning homer, and Dylan Carlson singled, walked, and stole his fourth base in five attempts (third in the past four games).

Righty veteran Williams Perez was the starter and winner, conceding four runs in six stanzas. The 27-year-old fanned seven and walked just one. Roel Ramirez got the hold with a shutout seventh inning, despite a pair of free passes. Merandy Gonzalez and newly promoted Junior Fernandez each allowed a harmless run in an inning of work to finish off the win.

It was Springfield’s first road victory of the season after they went 0-for-April in their 10 contests away from Hammons Field.

Thursday’s game: at Amarillo, Evan Kruczynski (0-2, 10.97) 7:05 CT.


St. Lucie 2, Palm Beach 0

Angel Rondon (Peoria Chiefs)

Righty Angel Rondon allowed one run and was the tough-luck losing pitcher as Palm Beach fell 2-0 at the St. Lucie Mets. Rondon was effectively wild and wildly effective all night, whiffing eight men in five innings while walking five and permitting just a pair of singles. C.J. Saylor and Ramon Santos (season debut) followed Rondon (3-1, 2.03) to the bump, and conceded only one run in three innings despite three hits and three walks.

St. Lucie starter Tommy Wilson (98 pitches) baffled the Beach Cards (17-9) for seven no-hit innings before backstop Dennis Ortega broke up the no-no to open the eighth against Mets reliever Yeizo Campos. Palm Beach managed a pair of singles in the ninth from Justin Toerner and Zach Kirtley, but Chase Pinder grounded out to end the contest. Toerner whiffed twice and is now batting .387 with a 1.053 OPS.

Thursday’s game: at St. Lucie, Edgar Gonzalez (1-4, 3.32) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 6, Dayton 0 (Game 1 – seven innings)

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Nolan Gorman mashed his seventh homer and hot-hitting first baseman Brady Whalen remained on a tear, going deep for the fourth time in five games, leading Peoria to a 6-0 whitewash of Dayton in the first tilt of a Wednesday twin bill. The switch-hitting Whalen, now 12 for his last 31, also doubled while lifting his average to .338 and OPS to .984.

Catcher Ivan Herrera singled in three trips to the plate, and helped his moundsmen by gunning the only two would-be base stealers. (The 18-year-old has now thrown out a solid 35% on the season, and has yet to commit a passed ball in 14 starts.)

Tommy Parsons entered the game with a 0.30 ERA that apparently wasn’t good enough for him, so he threw five more shutout innings. The 23-year-old righty has now allowed 14 hits in 35 innings, with a 26/5 K/BB tally. Not having pitched for over a week, Parsons was pulled after just 53 pitches, likely to give a rusty bullpen some work following several days of weather-related inactivity. Freddy Pacheco and Evan Sisk finished the shutout, with the latter providing a spotless seventh inning after first escaping an inherited bases-loaded crucible in the sixth.


Peoria 7, Dayton 3 (Game 2 – seven innings)

Lars Nootbaar (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria completed the doubleheader sweep and lifted their ledger to 10-13 with a resounding 7-3 nightcap victory over the Dayton Dragons. Lars Nootbaar led the way with a 3-for-4 performance. The 21-year-old outfielder singled twice and doubled, and plated a pair of insurance runs in the sixth. While there were no other multi-hit games, keystoner Josh Shaw doubled, was hit by a pitch, drove in a run, and crossed the plate twice.

Righty Kyle Leahy got the start and the win, surrendering two runs on five singles and a walk while pitching five innings. Edgar Escobar wrapped the evening up with a 1-2-3 final frame that took just 11 pitches. Other than a four-run debacle last week, Escobar is unscored upon in seven appearances for the Chiefs, covering ten innings.

Thursday’s game: vs. Dayton, Cole Aker (0-2, 9.22) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 30, 2019

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In an abbreviated and winless 0-2 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, the A-ball squads took a vacation, Springfield was blasted by Frisco, and a great all-around game by Player of the Day Andrew Knizner wasn’t enough to lift Memphis above New Orleans in a shutout defeat.

Results for games played Monday, April 29th.


New Orleans 3, Memphis 0

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis slipped to 13-11 and failed to plate a run in the 3-0 Baby Cakes home win. Hard-throwing lefty Genesis Cabrera started and allowed just one tally over 4 1/3 frames in his most effective performance of the young season. The 22-year-old Dominican gave up four hits, three walks, a balk, and a hit batter, while fanning two.

Jesus Cruz followed Cabrera to the hill, inheriting a one-out bases-loaded jam. One pitch later the inning was over, as Cruz induced a 5-4-3 twin killing from the bat of hard-hitting cleanup batter Harold Ramirez. The Redbird righty then threw a perfect additional inning with a pair of strikeouts. (Cruz has now fanned 12 of 23 batters in Memphis, and 22 of 40 overall, while allowing only one run on four hits.)

Player of the Day Andrew Knizner singled, doubled, drew a walk, and gunned the only base thief, but his batting exploits were in vain as the team never scratched the scorebook. The backstop raised his average to .348 and is now 16 for his last 36 with just three strikeouts. Tommy Edman and Lane Thomas doubled, and Edmundo Sosa singled, for the only non-Knizner base knocks. First baseman John Nogowski did draw two free passes; he and Sosa now share the team OPS lead at .885.

Tuesday’s game: at New Orleans, Daniel Ponce de Leon (2-0, 3.24) 6:30 CT.


Frisco 9 at Springfield 2

Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Evan Mendoza reached safely three times and stole a pair of bases, and left fielder Conner Capel doubled, homered, and gunned a runner at the plate, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Springfield (8-17) was thumped by the RoughRiders 9-2 on Monday afternoon. Slumping slugger Irving Lopez wore the silver sombrero on an 0-for-5 day, Scott Hurst fanned three times, and third baseman Alberto Triunfel went 0-for-4 and committed a throwing error.

Starting pitcher Harold Arauz permitted six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk, while whiffing none of the 26 men he faced. Arauz allowed a pair of homers over his 5 1/3 innings as his ERA rose to an even 6.00 on the season. Righty relievers Seth Elledge and Merandy Gonzalez provided the pitching highlights, posting identical 1-2-3 innings out of the bullpen, each man fanning a batter.

Tuesday’s game: Off


Palm Beach off

At 16-8, the Beach Birds are locked in a tie for the lead in the Florida State League South Division with Bradenton (PIT). Losers of three straight, their road trip continues closer to home at St. Lucie with the opener of a set against the 13-11 Mets, three games back in the division.

Tuesday’s game: at St. Lucie, Johan Oviedo (4-0, 1.63) 5:30 CT.


Peoria off

After a cold weather-interrupted weekend at Beloit claimed both Saturday and Sunday contests, the well-rested Chiefs return home to Dozer Park to face Dayton (CIN). The series will be a battle of last-place clubs, as the 8-15 Dragons are eighth in the Eastern Division and the 8-13 Chiefs are in the cellar of the Western Division.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Dayton, Tommy Parsons (3-0, 0.30) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 25, 2019

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The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Wednesday, with Player of the Day Rayder Ascanio reaching base four times and plating the 10th inning walkoff winner in Palm Beach’s victory. Peoria and Springfield combined for just three runs in their setbacks, and Memphis pushed above .500 with a win.

Results for games played Wednesday, April 24th.


Memphis 7 at Omaha 5

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Andrew Knizner, Edmundo Sosa, and John Nogowski had two hits apiece as the Memphis Redbirds opened their road trip by stopping the Storm Chasers 7-5 and boosted their record over the break-even mark for the first time since Opening Day, at 10 up, 9 down. Nogowski hit the Redbirds’ only homer, Sosa and Knizner lifted their team-leading averages to .345 and .340 respectively, and Tommy Edman stole his fourth base of the year and 32nd in 35 tries dating to mid-May of last season.

Starter and winner Harold Arauz went six innings, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits and fanning four. Lefty Tommy Layne followed Arauz and needed just 11 pitches to induce three straight groundouts, while Chris Ellis finished with a two-inning save, striking out four and allowing a lone, harmless run.

Thursday’s game: at Omaha, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.


Amarillo 4 at Springfield 2

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Dylan Carlson crushed a two-run homer for his team’s only tallies as the S-Cards (6-14) lost to the Sod Poodles by a final of 4-2 in the Hammons Field afternoon tilt. Shortstop Kramer Robertson provided the only other offensive spark with a pair of walks, improving his exceptional BB/K ratio to 16/12 on the year. (The 24-year-old sports a so-so .271 average, but a nearly .900 OPS thanks to patience and power unlike he’s ever shown before.)

Southpaw starter Austin Warner gave the club six strong innings, fanning five against zero walks while permitting just two runs on solo homers. But Seth Elledge gave up the telling blow in the ninth, a two-run shot to 20-year-old Hudson Potts, who entered the final inning batting .160 on the season. Prior to that, rehabbing righty Luke Gregerson had a sparkling appearance, fanning a pair of Poodles and needing only nine pitches to traverse the seventh inning and temporarily keep the score knotted at two.

Thursday’s game: vs. Amarillo, Anthony Shew (0-2, 2.45) 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2, Jupiter 1

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

Angel Rondon logged another sturdy performance on the bump, lowering his ERA to 2.08 by allowing just a solo homer over six efficient stanzas in Palm Beach’s dramatic 2-1 win. The righty required 92 pitches, whiffed seven, walked two, and permitted four hits. (He has now conceded a mere nine hits in 21 2/3 innings, and fanned 25 men.)

The Palm Beach bullpen excelled as well, holding the Hammerheads to one base knock in four scoreless frames. Zach Prendergast allowed two runners and fanned four across two innings, and lefty Patrick Dayton (0.87 ERA) whiffed two and walked two.

Second baseman-right fielder Rayder Ascanio (3-for-3) had a walk and a trio of singles, including the game-winner in the initial extra frame, as first place Palm Beach upped its record to 15-5. Justin Toerner (.390) was the only other batter to reach base more than once, as he singled and was hit by a pitch. Catcher Julio Rodriguez went 1-for-5, snapping his string of four straight multi-hit games. The 21-year-old’s OPS is now .965 on the year.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Myers, Johan Oviedo (3-0, 1.71) 5:30 CT.


Quad Cities 4 at Peoria 1

Cole Aker (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria fell to 6-13 on the season despite out-hitting the visiting River Bandits nine to four, as the Chiefs managed nary an extra base hit or free pass in the 4-1 loss. Righty starter Cole Aker was charged with the defeat, though he fanned a career-best nine batters. The 22-year-old allowed five walks but only two hits — unfortunately both homers. 21-year-old Canadian Michael Brettell pitched a pair of hitless innings in relief.

Outfielders Wadye Ynfante and Brandon Riley singled three times apiece to lead the Chiefs batters, and fellow flycatcher Lars Nootbaar had the sole RBI, as the team went 0-for-6 with men in scoring position. Nolan Gorman was 1-for-4, lowering his average to .315 and OPS to .967. Second baseman Edwin Figuera scored his club’s only run, but also grounded into a game-ending triple play.

Thursday’s game: at Beloit, Diego Cordero (1-1, 1.96) 6:30 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 23, 2019

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It was a 3-1 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinal farm system. Memphis suffered the lone defeat despite two home runs by co-Player of the Day, outfielder Johan Mieses, who shared the award with Peoria starter Tommy Parsons and his complete game two-hit shutout. Springfield and Palm Beach needed no such pitching gems as they combined for 19 runs on 25 hits in their triumphs.

Results for games played Monday, April 22nd.


Round Rock 9 at Memphis 4

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Genesis Cabrera started and struggled again, allowing four runs in four innings, including a pair of home runs to Taylor Jones as Memphis slipped to 9-9 on the year. Relievers Ryan Meisinger and Chris Beck also permitted multiple runs in the 9-4 loss, while Tommy Layne was the bullpen bright spot, fanning two in his 1 1/3 shutout innings.

The Redbirds managed just six hits on the afternoon, as co-Player of the Day Johan Mieses went 2-for-3 with dual longballs, and first baseman John Nogowski registered the only other multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and raising his average to .313 and OPS to .976. Tommy Edman and Edmundo Sosa combined to go 0-for-7, dropping their outstanding averages to .323 and .333, respectively.

Tuesday’s game: off


Springfield 13, Amarillo 7

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield scored three in the first on Dylan Carlson’s third home run of 2019 and were never headed as they cruised to 13-7 win over the Sod Poodles. In the process, the S-Cards snapped a five-game losing skein and lifting their ledger to 6-12. Carlson had three hits and a walk on the night, while Irving Lopez mashed his team-leading sixth longball among his own trio of safeties. Evan Mendoza had two singles plus a double, and Elehuris Montero homered and singled, as the S-Cards pounded out 16 hits.

Lefty starter Evan Kruczynski was supported by nine runs in the first four innings but couldn’t stick around for the win, needing 99 pitches to navigate 4 1/3 innings. He allowed nine baserunners and five runs, four earned, as he fanned three and walked the same. Righty bullpenner Roel Ramirez went 1 2/3 for the win, allowing only a solo homer. Lefty Jacob Patterson whiffed one in a spotless ninth, and now has ten strikeouts and no free passes on the year (7 1/3 IP).

Tuesday’s game: vs. Amarillo, Casey Meisner (0-1, 8.76) 6:30 CT.


Palm Beach 6, Jupiter 3

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Led by 21-year-olds Julio Rodriguez and Bryce Denton with three hits apiece, Palm Beach improved to 13-5 as they subdued the Jupiter Hammerheads 6-3 Monday night at Roger Dean Stadium. Rodriguez and Denton each doubled and singled twice, and each was also thrown out on the bases. Backstop Rodriguez (now batting .359) achieved the slightly better overall night, however, by gunning a base stealer.

Starter and winning pitcher Alex Fagalde dazzled for much of the evening, but in his final inning fell victim to a homer immediately following an infield hit, creating a rather misleadingly mediocre line of three runs in seven frames. Fagalde fanned seven, walked no one, and required just 84 pitches as he raised his record to 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA. Righties Bryan Dobzanski and Junior Fernandez tied a bow on the win, with a shutout inning each, including two whiffs apiece.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Jupiter, Perry DellaValle (1-0, 2.60) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 7, Quad Cities 0

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs skunked the visiting River Bandits 7-0, raising their record to 6-11 on the young season. Righty starter Tommy Parsons earned co-Player of the Day with a dominant shutout, fanning six and allowing just two hits and a trio of walks. Parsons even helped himself by picking a runner off first, as he took just 102 pitches to complete the nine stanzas. (Moreover, if not for a wild pitch on what would’ve been a game-ending strikeout, he’d have used ten fewer tosses and easily accomplished the rare “Maddux.”)

Peoria received hitting contributions up and down the lineup, as leadoff man and right fielder Lars Nootbaar drew four free passes, first baseman Brady Whalen provided the lone longball, and Nolan Gorman (.333), Brandon Riley, and Brendan Donovan delivered two base hits each. Defensively, Nootbaar had an outfield assist and Gorman committed his second error at the hot corner.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 2.51) 12:05 CT.


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