Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 03/31

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

Springfield and Palm Beach were victorious. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition remains at 21-16-4.

Saturday’s Player of the Day: Shortstop Matt Williams had two doubles in four at-bats for Quad Cities, but no one drove him home.

Saturday’s Pitcher of the Day: Springfield’s Scott Gorgen has made his second consecutive appearance in this space. On Saturday, the returnee from Tommy John surgery allowed just three hits and no runs in four scoreless innings. Gorgen fanned five.

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.

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.

Springfield 4, Memphis 0

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Brandon Dickson 4 9 4 3 Will open in Memphis’ rotation again
Adam Reifer 2 1 0 1 Is he getting back into form?

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Chris Swauger 2 1 1 7th in Texas League with .296 average in 2011
Sam Tuivailala 2 1 1 Cards 3rd-rounder in 2010 draft
Pete Kozma 2 1 1 Still on the 40-man roster
Jermaine Curtis 2 1 Even pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings last summer

Springfield pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Scott Gorgen 4 3 0 0 5 Career ERA of 2.97 over three seasons
Nick Greenwood 1 1 0 LHR was non-roster MLB camp invitee

Springfield hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Jake Shaffer 4 1 1 First Cardinals hit – just signed
Xavier Scruggs 3 1 2 Yesterday’s Player of the Day keeps hitting
Niko Vasquez 3 1 2 Two-run single
Kolten Wong 2 1 1 Top-ranked second baseman in the system
Greg Garcia 3 1 1 1
Rainel Rosario 3 1 1 1 Led PB in hits, doubles and RBI in 2011
Nick Derba 2 1
Jose Garcia 1 1 1 Second in system with .320 BA last year

Palm Beach 6, Quad Cities 1

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Drew Benes 4 4 1 2 Four starts, 34 career relief appearances
Chase Reid 2 1 0 3 2.28 ERA in 19 pen G for Palm Beach
Zack Russell 2 1 0 2 1 Made 23 starts for Quad Cities in 2011
Jose Pasen 1 0 1 OBA of .252 was 5th-best for Appy SPs in 11

Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Ronny Gil 4 1 2 1 1 Fifth in system with 18 stolen bases last year
Starlin Rodriguez 3 1 1 2011 Midwest League All-Star
Mike O’Neill 3 1 1 1 1
Luis De La Cruz 1 1 1 1 C was non-roster spring training camp invitee
Nick Longmire 3 1 1
Alan Ahmady 3 1 1 1 Drew 71 walks last season in 110 games
Vance Albitz 2 1 1 Signed last August 24 from independent ball
Jonathan Rodriguez 2 1 2 4th in MWL with 20 HRs, 5th in OBP at .389
Packy Elkins 0 1 1

Quad Cities pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Todd McInnis 4.2 4 1 1 3 2011 NY-Penn League All-Star
Robert Stock 1 3 4 1 There are going to be some bumps in road
Iden Nazario 0.2 1 1 2 2 Fanned 39 in 33 1/3 innings
Danny Miranda 1 2 0 15 saves led the 2011 NY-Penn League

Quad Cities hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Matt Williams 4 2 2 .845 OPS for Johnson City in rookie 2011 season
Colin Walsh 1 1 1
Anthony Garcia 1 1 1
David Medina 4 1 2011 NY-Penn League All-Star
Roberto De La Cruz 4 1 Signed for $1.1 million in Dominican in 2008

Subscribers to the main site, TheCardinalNation.com, should continue to check out my extensive spring training content over the upcoming days. Today’s addition is an in-depth interview with minor league hitting coordinator Derrick May.

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