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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

photo: Kramer Robertson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 18, 2019

photo: Perry DellaValle (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 1-3 on Wednesday as Peoria and Springfield combined to surrender 18 runs, Palm Beach lost a classic pitchers’ duel despite eight shutout innings from Player of the Day Perry DellaValle, and Memphis salvaged a nail-biting home win over San Antonio.

Results for games played Wednesday, April 17th.


Memphis 7, San Antonio 6

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

Memphis outlasted the Missions 7-6 and leveled their record at 7-7 as the offense was spearheaded by a pair of 23-year-old middle infielders. Edmundo Sosa and Tommy Edman had three hits apiece for the Redbirds, lifting their averages to .333 and .370, respectively, while first baseman John Nogowski drilled a two-run homer in the fourth to give the club a lead they would never cough up.

Daniel Ponce de Leon (105 pitches) was the starter and winner, allowing four runs over six innings, and permitting a pair of longballs among seven base knocks. Ryan Meisinger pitched around third baseman Ramon Urias’ first error of the season, delivering two hitless and walkless innings with two strikeouts. John Fasola got the shaky save after giving up two ninth-inning tallies.

Thursday’s game: vs. San Antonio, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.


Tulsa 10 at Springfield 7

Shane Billings (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield fell to 5-9 as the staff was cuffed around for six homers in a 10-7 slugfest home loss to Tulsa. Righty starter Casey Meisner was the primary victim, as he was bludgeoned for five home runs in five innings. Roel Ramirez was shelled as well, allowing eight baserunners in just three stanzas, and four earned runs.

Among the S-Card batters, the leader was outfielder Shane Billings in his season debut. The Wingate University product doubled, homered, and drew a walk in his four plate appearances. Scott Hurst nearly matched him, as he also popped his first homer of 2019, and added a walk and a single on the afternoon.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, LHP Austin Warner (0-1, 5.00), 7:05 CT.


Lakeland 1, Palm Beach 0

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

Player of the Day Perry DellaValle dazzled the Lakeland batters but he couldn’t pitch forever, and bullpenner Ben Yokley gave up a two-out solo walkoff homer in the ninth as Palm Beach fell 1-0, dropping their season record to 10-4. (They nevertheless maintained their one-game lead in the Florida State League South, as their nearest pursuers went winless as well.) DellaValle matched last year’s #1 overall draft pick Casey Mize pitch-for-pitch, even though the Cardinal was drafted 812 picks lower. DellaValle whiffed eight Flying Tigers, seven swinging, while conceding just three singles and a walk.

The only two Palm Beach hits were provided by shortstop Rayder Ascanio, who doubled, and center fielder Chase Pinder, who had an infield hit to open the game. (Justin Toerner did not play. Other than his spectacular season line of .462/.614/.641, I have no reason to believe he’s been promoted.)

Thursday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, Angel Rondon (2-0, 0.90) 5:30 CT.


Clinton 8 at Peoria 4

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

Outfielder Lars Nootbaar and 18-year old Panamanian catcher Ivan Herrera each went deep and Nootbaar added a three-bagger, but it wasn’t enough, as the Chiefs fell 8-4 to the LumberKings. Last year’s eighth round pick out of Southern Cal, Nootbaar is now slugging over .600 despite striking out only 10% of the time. Herrera meanwhile is making a run at Nolan Gorman for best 18-year-old hitter on the team (and on the planet) trailing the top prospect in OPS just 1.146 to 1.034.

Peoria (now 5-8) was led on the bump by 20-year-old righty Alvaro Seijas, who equaled his career high with nine punchouts and lowered his season ERA to 2.51 by permitting one run on four hits and a walk across six stellar frames. Fellow lefty Jacob Schlesener’s (loss, 0-1) severe control struggles continued as the Rogersville native walked all four men he faced, all of whom scored, with Noel De Jesus (blown save) charged with three more (two earned) in his inning of work. Southpaw reliever Evan Sisk made his 2019 debut, fanning four men in two innings, with one hit and walk each, but the offense could not close the gap.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington, Cole Aker (0-1, 11.25), 6:30 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 16, 2019

photo: Irving Lopez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On a 2-2 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Memphis pummeled Round Rock, the A-ball squads both took it on the chin, and Springfield’s keystone cornerstone Irving Lopez earned our Player of the Day honors for the second straight day as he homered twice to lead the S-Cards to their fifth consecutive victory after opening the year with seven defeats.

Results for games played Monday, April 15th. (Note the two early bird tilts for Tuesday.)


Memphis 10 at Round Rock 2

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Starter Jake Woodford logged 6 1/3 solid innings, permitting a pair of solo homers and nothing else as the Redbirds routed the Express 10-2. The righty required precisely 100 pitches as he fanned four, walked three, and helped himself by picking a man off second base. Jesus Cruz relieved Woodford with two on and one out, and in celebration of his 24th birthday Cruz promptly whiffed the next two batters. This was to be expected as Cruz has now retired 16 men this season, 15 of them on strikes. He has also walked six men, but only allowed a single safety.

At the plate, the 5-7 Redbirds were led by John Nogowski (3-for-3) who reached base five times via hit or walk, and by a trio of middle infield thumpers (Tommy Edman, Edmundo Sosa, and Ramon Urias) who combined for seven hits, five for extra bases, six RBI, and six runs scored. Outfielder Adolis Garcia elected not to participate, striking out in all five of his plate appearances.

Tuesday’s game: vs. San Antonio, Genesis Cabrera (0-0, 13.50) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 6, Tulsa 5

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield (5-7) edged nearer to the .500 mark on the strength of two Irving Lopez longballs, besting Tulsa 6-5 on a beautiful breezy evening at Hammons Field. First baseman Chris Chinea went deep also, as the team tallied their six runs despite just five hits on the night. With his fourth and fifth homers, all in the past five games, Lopez lifted his batting average to a fine .297 and his OPS to a stunning 1.206 on the young season.

Williams Perez started and leveled his record at 1-1, allowing three runs in five innings, while the bullpen received yeoman work from both Mike O’Reilly and Seth Elledge. The righty relievers finished off the game with two innings apiece, whiffing nine and walking none — though they did each permit a tally.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Evan Kruczynski (0-0, 9.64) 11:10 CT.


Lakeland 5, Palm Beach 0

Edgar Gonzalez (Fresno State)

Palm Beach fell to 9-3 on the season as they were held to two singles, a double, and a walk by the Flying Tigers staff, which fanned 13 Cardinals on the night while blanking them, 5-0. Newly-named Florida State League Player of the Week Justin Toerner went 1-for-4, dropping his league-leading average to .457, league-leading on-base percentage to .615, and league-leading OPS to 1.273.

Righty starter Edgar Gonzalez could hardly be blamed for the loss, as he surrendered just one earned run (plus two unearned) across half a dozen solid innings. Last year’s sixth round draft pick fanned four, walked one, and generated a 9-to-3 groundout/flyout ratio while lowering his ERA to 2.63 and his FIP to sub-2.00. The Fresno State product needed just 83 pitches to navigate his six frames.

Tuesday’s game: at Lakeland, Alex Fagalde (1-0, 1.80) 9:30 CT.


Clinton 8 at Peoria 7

Wadye Ynfante (State College Spikes)

Dionis Zamora was battered for eight runs in the first three innings, and the Chiefs could not quite catch up, falling 8-7 at home and slipping to 4-7 on the 2019 campaign. The Peoria pen was brilliant, however, with 6 1/3 shutout innings. Edgar Escobar remained spotless on the season and lowered his career ERA to 0.99 as he struck out four LumberKings over 2 1/3 innings. Freddy “the fight doctor” Pacheco fanned four over his 2 1/3 as well, bouncing back from a five-run outing in his previous appearance.

Outfielder Wadye Ynfante homered and singled to lead the batsmen, while fellow flycatcher Brandon Riley singled, doubled, and drew a walk. Designated hitter Brady Whalen also singled and doubled, raising his average to .333 for the year. Peoria’s 18-year-old backstop Ivan Herrera had a full evening’s work, gunning two of four basestealers, committing his first error of the year, rapping his second double, and continuing to show a mature hitting approach by drawing his fifth free pass in just 29 trips to the plate.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Clinton, Tommy Parsons (2-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 11, 2019

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

It was a 1-3 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, with Memphis losing another heartbreaker in the ninth, and Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas leading Peoria to the lone organizational triumph with his six shutout innings.

Results for games played Wednesday, April 10th.


San Antonio 6, Memphis 5

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

As with his first start, 22-year-old Jake Woodford permitted no earned runs over five innings. The Missions could marshal just one hit and four walks against the Redbird righty, but Genesis Cabrera allowed four tallies in just 2 1/3 IP, and Chris Beck surrendered the losing run in the final frame of the 6-5 defeat, dropping the club to 2-5.

John Nogowski had a pinch-hit solo homer in the seventh, Tommy Edman knocked in a pair of runs, and Lane Thomas continued his Two True Outcomes season with a pair of free passes. Thomas has now walked or whiffed in 18 of 25 trips to the dish.

Thursday’s game: at San Antonio, Ryan Helsley (0-0,  0.00), 7:05 CT.


Tulsa 12, Springfield 6

Kramer Robertson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield sunk to 0-7 as the Tulsa Drillers put a dozen runs on the scoreboard. Journeyman starter Williams Perez permitted six runs, five earned, in 2 1/3 innings, and Roel Ramirez was torched for four scores in one inning of work. Connor Jones walked five in 2 2/3 IP, but held the Drillers hitless and off the board.

Kramer Robertson provided the pop, homering for the second day in row — and thus matching his entire 2018 tater total, with two. Shortstop Robertson went 3-for-4 overall and scored a pair of runs, while Dylan Carlson went just 1-for-4, but also contributed a sac fly and his first stolen base of the season.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 9.00), 7:10 CT.


Daytona 5 at Palm Beach 3

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach fell to 5-2 on the year, as Daytona took a 5-0 lead halfway through the game and made it stand up for a 5-3 final. Yariel Gonzalez was the hitting star with two singles and a double in five trips to the plate, as well as his first steal of the year. Justin Toerner went 0-for-3 but drew two walks, and Luken Baker had a single, a run, an RBI, and a free pass, lifting his average to .318 and OPS to a robust .880.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez struggled after a dazzling nine-strikeout opener five days before, surrendering three runs in 2 2/3 innings while fanning just 1 of 13 batters faced. Southpaw Patrick Dayton fared well for the third straight time however, twirling two shutout innings with three strikeouts. (The 23-year-old lefty posted a 0.78 ERA in 35 innings for Peoria last year, with a 51/11 K/BB ratio and no home runs.)

Thursday’s game: vs. Daytona, Alex Fagalde (0-0, 3.60) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 4, Wisconsin 2

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

Righty Alvaro Seijas bounced back from a poor first performance, spinning six shutout innings in the Chiefs’ 4-2 home victory over the Timber Rattlers. The 20-year-old starter fanned six while walking one and plunking a batter, in addition to allowing a trio of singles and a double. He needed a mere 81 pitches, and posted an 8-to-2 groundout/flyout tally. Registering the save was Edgar Escobar, who retired a pair of batters to finish off the win.

Left fielder Leandro Cedeño went 3-for-4 with two first-inning RBI, giving Peoria (now 3-4) a lead they would never relinquish. Corner infielders Josh Shaw and Brady Whalen had two base knocks apiece, the latter lifting his average to an even .400. Designated hitter Nolan Gorman had his first hitless game, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 32.40) 6:35 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 9, 2019

photo: Nolan Gorman (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 1-3 on Monday with the trio of losing squads allowing double-digit runs and Palm Beach providing the only solace with an Angel Rondon-led shutout. Player of the Day Nolan Gorman had a pair of homers and five RBI.

Results for games played Monday, April 8th.


Omaha 14 at Memphis 3

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Omaha Storm Chasers plated 12 in the second on the way to a 14-3 blowout Monday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Primary victim was Mike Hauschild, who surrendered nine tallies and got the hook during the second frame. Tommy Layne was charged with three more, including two inherited on a grand slam plus a solo shot in that horrendous second.

You know it’s a bad day for your twirlers when the organization’s #1 prospect arm has the same pitching line as your first baseman. (Alex Reyes and John Nogowski each walked two batters, fanned none, and threw 21 pitches, but at least Nogowski completed an entire inning.)

Memphis hitters were led by Tommy Edman and Adolis Garcia, with two singles apiece. Edman also drew a free pass. Drew Robinson and Joe Hudson collected RBI and the Redbirds infield turned three double plays.

Tuesday’s game: at San Antonio, Austin Gomber (1-0, 1.80) 7:05 CT.


Tulsa 10, Springfield 1

Alberto Triunfel (Salt Lake Bees)

Tulsa tallied in every inning but one, while pasting the Double-A Cardinals 10-1 to complete the sweep on Monday afternoon. Springfield starter Austin Warner allowed 11 baserunners and five earned runs in four innings, Casey Meisner yielded two and Will Latcham three more runs as no Cards pitcher escaped unscathed. As a result, the S-Cards remain without a victory on the young season at 0-5.

At the plate, shortstop Alberto Triunfel and first baseman Chris Chinea each went 3-for-4, lifting their averages to .400 and .385, respectively. Triunfel’s day included his second and third doubles. Dylan Carlson (.368) also contributed a double, giving him five extra base hits on the season, which leads all Texas League batters.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Anthony Shew (0-1, 2.25) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Daytona 0

Angel Rondon (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach salvaged the day for the Cardinals farm, lifting their record to 4-1 with a 3-0 whitewashing of Daytona. Angel Rondon fairly dazzled in his season debut, permitting just two singles and two walks while fanning half a dozen Tortugas. Rondon required 76 pitches on the night, and the shutout was finished off by C.J Saylor, Kodi Whitley, and Ronnie Williams, who combined to strike out seven and allow only four baserunners over the final four frames.

Justin Toerner’s torrid start continued with a 3-for-4 night, raising the right fielder’s average to an otherworldly .600. Contributing their first longballs of 2019 were Nick Plummer and Chase Pinder.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Daytona, Johan Oviedo (0-0, 0.00) 5:30 CT.


Wisconsin 10 at Peoria 6

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria entered the eighth inning trailing 10-0. Then 18-year-old Nolan Gorman smacked a three-run home run in the eighth and a two-run tater in the ninth. Gorman now leads all minor league ballplayers with his six extra base hits — and maybe best of all, it has been three extra base hits to the opposite field, one to center, and two to the pull side. Gorman’s 2-for-5 evening actually lowered his batting average to .476, now second on the team to Brendan Donovan’s .500. Donovan went 2-for-4 Monday with a walk, increasing the infielder’s OBP to .625 thanks to six free passes.

The Chiefs (now 1-4) had one mild pitching highlight, as reliever Jim Voyles went 3 1/3 innings and allowed a single run. Starter Dionis Zamora fanned seven in 4 1/3 innings, but yielded four scores, followed by Chris Hunt, who was charged with five tallies against just four outs secured.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Tommy Parsons (1-0, 0.00), 6:35 CT.


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