Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook – 03/23/19

photo: Austin Gomber (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Following are the highlights from the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday minor league action, which are games held at Roger Dean in Jupiter, Florida against the Miami Marlins full-season affiliates.

With the exception of Peoria, the St. Louis’ squads all won with pitching ahead of hitting, allowing a combined five runs across three games. Two of those games featured shutouts from Memphis and Palm Beach.

Once again this spring, Cardinals Administrator of Minor League Operations Tony Ferreira is sharing highlights from minor league spring training contests.

The raw data is his, but the comments and awards are mine. However, be aware that only minimal pitching and hitting results are being shared – what you see here. So to find those struggling, you will have to look for names missing or make some guesses.

Remember these working team assignments are fluid by the day. In addition, another 10 players have yet to be cut from Major League camp. (Roster details here.)

When players are members of The Cardinal Nation Top 50 Prospect List for 2019, their rankings are noted.

Saturday’s Pitcher of the Day – Austin Gomber, Memphis

Austin Gomber (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

After being optioned out by the Cardinals on Wednesday, Gomber was solid in his first outing on the backfields Saturday. The southpaw fanned five batters over five shutout innings.

Gomber, who will start the season at Memphis and will remain stretched out in case he is needed at the major league level, made four Grapefruit League appearances this spring. Over 11 innings, he allowed 19 hits (including six homers) and 13 runs.

His main issue was executing his fastball command, but he certainly took steps forward against the Marlins.

Saturday’s Hitter of the Day – Conner Capel, Springfield

Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The outfielder collected three hits, including a triple, three RBI and he came around to score twice.

Capel joined the Cardinals from Cleveland along with Jhon Torres in the Oscar Mercado trade last July and made his organizational debut in the Florida State League. Though it was only 29 games, the 21-year old hit .248 with a homer and 19 runs driven in.

Will he advance to Springfield to open the 2019 season?

 Get the entire picture! The Cardinal Nation members can check out the full list of minor league spring training attendees by working roster assignment and minor league spring training game schedules.

The full system view by level and position as last season ended with every transaction all year long is available via the Roster Matrix, always free, right here at The Cardinal Nation.

Memphis (3-3-1) 2, New Orleans 0

Memphis pitching:

  • Austin Gomber – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K – Saturday’s Pitcher of the Day.

Memphis hitting:

  • Brian O’Keefe (C) – 2-for-3, R, HR, RBI – 25-year old catcher, who has spent parts of the last three years at Peoria.

Springfield (4-2-1) 14, Jacksonville 5

Springfield pitching:

  • Genenis Cabrera – 4.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K – power lefty, who struggled in big-league camp but still could make an impact out of the bullpen for the Cardinals at some point in 2019.

Springfield hitting:

  • Conner Capel (LF) – 3-for-5, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI – Saturday’s Hitter of the Day.

Palm Beach (3-3-1) 3, Jupiter 0

Palm Beach pitching:

  • Edgar Gonzalez – 4.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K – Cardinals 2018 sixth round pick out of Fresno State.
  • Roel Ramirez – 2.0 IP, H, BB, 3 K – Also apart of the Tommy Pham trade from Tampa last July.
  • Patrick Dayton – 1.0 IP, H, 2 K – 23-year old lefty, who sported a 0.78 ERA over 20 games at Peoria last year.

Palm Beach hitting:

  • Dennis Ortega (C) – 2-for-4, 2B – defensive-minded backstop, who is still looking to make traction with the bat.

Peoria (4-3) 2, Clinton 3

Peoria pitching:

  • Jacob Schlesener – 4.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K – Unable to escape short-season ball yet, but his potential continues to show through.
  • Sebastian Tabata – 1.0 IP, 2 K – 21-year old Venezulean, who debuted with the DSL Cardinals Red last summer.

Peoria hitting:

  • N/A

Tomorrow’s games: Sunday’s minor league games are scheduled to be held in West Palm Beach and Jupiter. Memphis and Springfield travel to West Palm to play Houston while Palm Beach and Peoria stay at Roger Dean and hosts the Astros lower-level minors clubs. Games start at 1 p.m. ET.

Check back here each evening for these reports for the remainder of minor league camp! While you are here, check out the other articles here at The Cardinal Nation. You will be glad you did!

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