Cardinals minor league spring training notebook: 04/01

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers had their final games of the spring. It was yet another camp day – with a twist.

With the Springfield club preparing for their Monday exhibition against St. Louis at Hammons Field in Springfield, the matchups were different. Memphis faced Palm Beach while Quad Cities matched up against the extended spring training players on the George Kissell Quad behind Roger Dean.

Memphis and Palm Beach tied, while the EST players exacted some revenge on the Quad Cities players who beat them out. The Cardinals’ spring record against external minor league competition remained at 21-16-4.

Sunday’s Pitcher of the Day: Quad Cities right-hander Sam Gaviglio is back here again. This time out, the 21-year-old right-hander from Oregon State allowed just two EST baserunners over four scoreless innings. The Cards’ fifth-rounder from last June’s draft struck out five.

Sunday’s Player of the Day: Maybe outfielder Virgil Hill was disappointed about apparently not getting another shot at Quad Cities – yet. One thing is for sure – the extended spring training player put some hurt on the baseball Sunday with seven total bases on a triple and a home run. The 22-year-old also had three RBI.

Special thanks to Cardinals farm director John Vuch, who shared game stats all month long. As always, the raw numbers are his, but the comments mine.

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Memphis 1, Palm Beach 1

Memphis pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Brian Broderick 5 7 1 0 4 Opened last season in Nationals’ pen
Chuckie Fick 2 0 3 40-man roster addition over the winter
Barrett Browning 1 0 1 47 K but 35 BB in 66.1 IP for Salt Lake in 11

Memphis hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Bryan Anderson 3 2 Good to see his bat isn’t disappointed
Jermaine Curtis 2 1 1 1 May make team in place of Aaron Luna
Anthony Bryant 2 1 1
Chris Swauger 2 1 Moving up from Springfield last 1.5 seasons
Pete Kozma 1 Starting at second base for Memphis in 2011

Palm Beach pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Richard Castillo 3 3 0 1 1 Strong Pitcher of the Day contender
Dean Kiekhefer 2 3 0 1 One unearned run allowed
Justin Wright 2 0 1 3 31 of 37 career appearances were scoreless
R.J. Swindle 1 1 0 1 Veteran free agent will open with Memphis
Palm Beach hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Lance Berkman 3 1 3 1 What did you expect from a ringer?
Alan Ahmady 2 1 Can play all over
Geoff Klein 2 1 1 1 Catcher has been in these reports often lately
Ronny Gil 1 1
Travis Tartamella 1 1
Nick Longmire 3 1 Looking for rebound after quiet 2011

Extended spring training 4, Quad Cities 3

Quad Cities pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Sam Gaviglio 4 1 0 1 5 Highest-drafted Cards pitcher last June
Brandon Creath 1 1 1 1 11.84 K/9 IP was #2 in Appy League in 11
Willy Paulino 1 3 3 3 Seems like many runs allowed this camp
Travis Miller 1 1 0 2 28 appearances in 11 tied for 1st in NYPL
Quad Cities hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Matt Williams 3 1 1 SS continues to impress
David Medina 3 1 1 Regular in these reports to play OF mostly
Adam Lewis 2 1 1 1 1 Tryout C apparently has earned a contract
Roberto De La Cruz 3 1
Colin Walsh 2 Career .371 OBP in two pro seasons
Nick Martini 2 Drew 28 BB vs. 34 K in rookie GCL campaign
Extended spring pitching IP H ER BB K Notes
Dail Villanueva 4 2 1 2 1 3.64 ERA in US debut – 2011 GCL
Shooter Hunt 1 1 1 1 Spent last 2 years at High-A
Dyllon Nuernberg 1 1 1 2 5.36 career ERA in two seasons
Kevin Jacob 1 0 2 31st-rounder in 2011 from Georgia Tech
Extended spring hitting AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB Notes
Virgil Hill 3 2 3 1 1 Clearly our Player of the Day
Gerwuins Velazco 2 1 1 20 y/o Venezuelan hit .245 in 2011 GCL
Kolby Byrd 1 1 1 C making his only AB of the day count
Adam Ehrlich 2 1 C was Cards’ 6th-rounder in 2011
Gary Apelian 3 1 OPS’ed .845 for Johnson City last season


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