Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Notebook: 04/02

Highlights from Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training games in Florida

Friday brought another camp day in Jupiter during which intersquad games were held. As always, Cardinals director of minor league operations John Vuch shares game highlights. The raw data is his, with the comments mine.

Team summary:  5-1 was the operative score of the day, as Springfield beat their big brothers from Memphis (the ones that aren’t in Minneapolis) and Palm Beach topped Quad Cities. The Florida State League club clinched the best minor league record of the spring as Springfield evened their mark once again. Both of Saturday’s losers, Memphis and Quad Cities, will break camp with losing records this spring.

Combined records: The Cardinals records on the day were… you guessed it, 2-2. Spring totals are now 27-33-8 overall and 18-24-4 versus external competition.

Xavier Scruggs (Brian Walton photo)My Pitcher of the Day: Shaun Garceau, pitching for Springfield, tossed six shutout innings at Memphis, scattering six hits and just one walk.

My Hitter of the Day:  Palm Beach’s Xavier Scruggs (pictured) went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. His 59 RBI last season between Batavia and Quad Cities ranked ninth in the organization.

Saturday’s schedule: The final day of formal competition will occur as the three northern clubs prepare to break camp and head out for the regular season. Memphis and Quad Cities play their Marlins counterparts while Springfield and Palm Beach are apparently done with game action for the spring.

Springfield (6-6-3) defeated Memphis (4-8-3), 5-1 (in “7-ish” innings)

Memphis Pitching

Evan MacLane – 6.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K’s – Veteran lefty decided to return to the organization for 2010.

Memphis Hitting

Charles Cutler – 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI – Is he the best hitting catcher in the system? By how much?
Mark Shorey – 2-for-2 with a double, walk and run scored – Has been coming on strong lately.
Jon Jay – 2-for-3 – Here’s hoping he sees ample time in centerfield this season.

Springfield Pitching

Shaun Garceau – 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – The Pitcher of the Day coming off a couple of less encouraging outings. Only pitched 30 1/3 innings in 2009.
Matt Meyer – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Springfield Hitting

Jim Rapoport – 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored
Andrew Brown – 2-for-4 with a double and run scored – Was very hot earlier in camp.
Daryl Jones – doubled and scored – Hope he will turn it on when the season begins.
Curt Smith – singled and walked – Led Palm Beach in all three Triple Crown categories last season.
Colt Sedbrook – singled and scored – Was fourth in walks (52) in the system in 2009.
Steven Hill – singled, scored and had an RBI – With Springfield last season, made 40 starts at catcher, 30 in the outfield and 25 at first base. Also spent part of 2008 in Double-A.

Palm Beach (8-6-1) defeated Quad Cities (5-9), 5-1

Palm Beach Pitching

Jared Bradford – 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s – What looks to be a very effective outing was almost good enough to make him Pitcher of the Day.
Mark Diapoules – 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K’s – Solid relief from both who followed Bradford.
Jason Buursma – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K

Palm Beach Hitting

Xavier Scruggs – 3-for-4 with a double and RBI – Player of the Day. Good to see you, Xavier. Where have you been?
Tommy Pham – 2-for-3 with a double and run scored – Running out of superlatives to describe his spring with the bat.
Francisco Rivera – 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI – A lot of 1B/3B love on this team today.
Roberto Espinoza – 2-for-4 – Catcher is a career .200 hitter in four professional seasons.
Chris Swauger – RBI double
Rich Racobaldo – singled and scored
Jermaine Curtis – singled, scored twice and had an RBI – Fifth-rounder in 2008 is another who hasn’t been a regular in these reports this spring.

Quad Cities Pitching

Aaron Terry – 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R
Daniel Calhoun – 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 K
Joe Kelly – 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K’s – Continuing to look good and is definitely a player to watch in 2010.

Quad Cities Hitting

Niko Vasquez – 2-for-4 with a double and run scored – Is he borrowing Tommy Pham’s bat? He has six hits in last three days including three doubles.
Matt Adams – 2-for-3 with an RBI – Two consecutive days here after having been quiet prior.
Jason Stidham – doubled

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