Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/30

On Friday, 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.

It was the Cardinals first sweep of the spring as all four clubs claimed wins on the day. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition improved to 21-16-4.

Friday’s Player of the Day: Springfield’s Xavier Scruggs had seven total bases with a triple and home run in three at-bats, plated three and even added a walk. The right-handed slugger has 62 home runs in four pro seasons, but just five triples.

Friday’s Pitcher of the Day: Springfield’s Seth Maness yielded four hits and no walks in five shutout innings. The right-hander was a New York-Penn League All-Star, then pitched for Palm Beach and Quad Cities last season, his first as a professional.

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.

On Saturday, the Cardinals have yet another camp day, their sixth of the spring. Memphis will face Springfield while Palm Beach and Quad Cities will match up on the George Kissell Quad behind Roger Dean.

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 2, Buffalo 1

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Nick Additon 4.1 1 0 4 5 5th in system with 128 Ks last season
Jess Todd 2.2 3 0 0 4 One unearned run
Barrett Browning 1 0 0 1 2 LHR Rule 5 addition from Angels
R.J. Swindle 1 1 1 Former Tampa Bay lefty

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Zack Cox 3 2 Has to be happy for Matt Carpenter and himself
Pete Kozma 4 2 May be second base starter
Mark Hamilton 1 1 1 1 1 Will be playing in outfield in 2012
Chris Swauger 1 1 2-out go-ahead RBI double in the 7th
Sam Tuivailala 1 1
Steven Hill 1 1

Springfield 4, Binghamton 2

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Seth Maness 5 4 0 0 2 Moved quickly in 2011 rookie year
Kevin Thomas 2 1 0 2 One unearned run
Jorge Rondon 1 1 1 1 57:46 K:BB ratio in 11 bet. PB and Spr
Eric Fornataro 1 1 0 1 5th in system in IP last season (144.2)

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Xavier Scruggs 3 1 2 3 1 1 1 Check out his blog all about his bats
Niko Vasquez 3 1 2 2 Batted just .226 last year bet. PB and Springfield
Adam Melker 4 2 1 Then went over to MLB game and doubled again
Kenny Peoples-Walls 1 1 1 1 4th rounder in 2011 began with GCL
Audry Perez 1 1

Palm Beach 9, St. Lucie 2

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Seth Blair 5 5 2 2 3 Looking to put behind inconsistent 2011
Aidan Lucas 2 2 0 2 One of my unheralded pitchers to watch
Heath Wyatt 2 0 0 1 1 3rd in Appy League with eight saves in 11

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Geoff Klein 2 2 4 1 1 Strong Player of the Day contender
Luis De La Cruz 2 1 Two-run blast
Jeremy Patton 4 2 1 38th-rounder had strong rookie year with Batavia
Neil Pritchard 1 1
David Bergin 1 1
Charlie Tilson 1 1
Starlin Rodriguez 3 2 1 1 2B is our #27-ranked Cards prospect

Quad Cities 6, Savannah 4

Quad Cities pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Tyrell Jenkins 4 7 4 1 4 Our #8 Cardinals prospect for 2012
Ricky Martinez 2 0 0 0 1 Career 3.03 ERA in two seasons
Robert Revesz 1 0 0 0 0 LHP missed entire 2011 season
Cody Springer 1 0 0 0 0 Free agent signee – Southern Arkansas
Ethan Cole 1 0 0 0 1 Only threw 10 2/3 innings in Batavia debut

Quad Cities hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Matt Williams 3 3 1 1 Did not hit into a double play the entire 2011 season
Roberto Reyes 2 1 3 1 Very productive day at the plate
Jesus Montero 3 2 C batted .276 for Johnson City last year
David Medina 3 2 2 2 7th in system with .382 OBP in 2011
Tyler Rahmatulla 3 1 Having nice spring
Colin Walsh 1
Anthony Garcia 3 1 1 1 Ranked #22 on our top 40 prospect list
Roberto De La Cruz 1 3B will see time at 1B and in OF in 2012

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