Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/26

On Monday, the Cardinals’ two lower-level clubs, Palm Beach and Quad Cities, traveled to the New York Mets’ home at Port St. Lucie while Memphis and Springfield remained home at the Roger Dean Stadium complex to face the Mets’ Triple-A and Double-A clubs (along with their MLB counterparts).

Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach were victorious but Quad Cities fell. The Cardinals spring record against external minor league competition is now evened up again at 12-12-3.

Monday’s Pitcher of the Day: In a day with a number of very solid pitching performances – there were eight different scoreless outings of two innings or more – this decision was my toughest all spring. The winner is Palm Beach’s Jonathan Cornelius, who spun three perfect innings while fanning two.

Monday’s Player of the Day: Memphis’ Amaury Cazana, who since being drafted in 2006 has played in the Mexican League every season from 2007-11, reminded us that he can still hit. The 33/37-year-old walked, singled and homered in five plate appearances, driving in two.

As he has been doing the last few seasons, Cardinals farm director John Vuch is sharing game stats with this site and several others with interest in Cardinals prospects. As always, the raw numbers are his, but the comments mine.

Don’t read too much into which rosters on which players are appearing as spring assignments are especially fluid.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals’ five clubs entertain the Miami Marlins on the Cardinals side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

The Cardinal Nation subscribers can check out the full minor league schedule and spring training working rosters. The entire system view by level and position is available via the Roster Matrix, right here at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

Memphis 7, Buffalo 5

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Brandon Dickson 4 3 0 0 3 Had a quiet spring until now but will be ready
Sam Freeman 2 0 0 1 1 Has a chance to become the 1st lefty called up
Adam Ottavino 1 0 1 2 1 Control seems to be an issue lately
R.J. Swindle 1 1 2 1 2 Veteran-ness is good; results better
Maikel Cleto 1 3 2 1 1 Hasn’t thrown a lot of zeroes this spring

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Amaury Cazana 4 1 2 2 1 1 Our Player of the Day
Zack Cox 5 2 1 Pulling for Matt Carpenter to stick in St. Louis
Ryan Jackson 1 2 Ready to start at SS every day
Steven Ramos 1 1 1 Nice opportunity to play up for 2011 JC OF
Jonathan Rodriguez 1 1 Proven hitter
Pete Kozma 1 1 Will he start at second or be utility man?
Chris Swauger 1 1 Outfielder quietly keeps on hitting

Springfield 3, Binghamton 0

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Scott Gorgen 4 1 0 1 3 Fantastic spring so far for the TJS returnee
Deryk Hooker 2 2 0 0 3 Often overlooked SP was TL Pitcher of Week 2x in 11
Scott Schneider 2 0 0 0 0 Had a 5.98 ERA for Springfield last year
Adam Reifer 1 0 0 0 1 Maybe he’s getting the kinks worked out

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Kolten Wong 4 2 1 Has hit all spring long and seems ready for AA
Niko Vasquez 4 2 1 3B looking for career resurgence
Jermaine Curtis 4 1 2 1 1 Career bests in BA (.315) and HR (5) in 2011
Adam Melker 2 1
Xavier Scruggs 1 1 1 Blog entry delayed this week at
Oscar Taveras 1 “Minor League Guy” poised to make AA leap
Audry Perez 1

Palm Beach 2, St. Lucie 1

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Carlos Martinez 5 3 1 4 4 Delivery a concern, so may start back in Palm Beach
Boone Whiting 2 1 0 0 1 0.89 WHIP last season was best in all of MiLB
Jonathan Cornelius 3 0 0 0 2 24th rounder in 2011 fanned 9.6/9 IP for Batavia

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Alan Ahmady 1 1 1 1 2 Perfect day at plate for guy who plays all over
Ronny Gil 1 1 Can the SS keep hitting enough?
Rainel Rosario 1
Starlin Rodriguez 1

Savannah 5, Quad Cities 2

Quad Cities pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Drew Benes 3 0 0 2 3 St. Louisan had 5.40 ERA at Quad Cities last season
Brandon Creath 2 0 0 1 3 11.84 K/9 IP was 2nd-best for RPs in the 2011 GCL
Stalyn Lopez 1.2 4 2 1 1 K:BB ratio in 11 GCL was 31:24 in 47 2/3 IP
Willy Paulino 1 2 3 2 2 Led GCL with 12 saves and was all-star in 11

Quad Cities hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Luis Mateo 3 2 2 2 Struggled in PB trial in 11, but may be ready now
Geoff Klein 1 1 1 1 Big catcher had one very productive AB
Anthony Garcia 1 1 1 .407 OBP in 11 was 2nd-best in Cards system
Matt Williams 2 1 1 Coaches seem impressed wth 15th-rdr in 2011
Nick Martini 3 1 Needs to show 7th-round pedigree
Roberto Reyes 1
Virgil Hill 1

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